From MTV, Broadway and “American Idol” to Hanover College, multi-talented performer Todrick Hall will bring his high-energy stage show to a sold-out Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Friday, Feb. 15, as part of the Hanover Enrichment Series.
Hall, a YouTube sensation and star of MTV’s “Todrick,” will take the audience on a unique journey through “Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain.” The dynamic performance entertains while delivering a perspective on what it means to embrace individuality and diversity, overcome obstacles and produce work that inspires others.
The past year has been a whirlwind for Hall, who has been performing in the cast of “Chicago” in London since late November. In addition, he toured the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand following the release of his third studio album, “Forbidden,” in early 2018. His ambitious efforts follow the successful 2016 release of “Straight Outta Oz,” a visual concept album with a related original musical about growing up gay in Texas and persevering to be successful in show business.
“Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain” portrays the rewarding effort to make “Straight Outta Oz” a reality and showcases Hall’s talent as singer, dancer, choreographer and inspirational personality. A feature-length film, released in 2017 and previously screened in New York and Dallas, is currently available online.
Hall landed a role in Broadway’s original production of “The Color Purple” at just nine years of age. He worked in musical theatre for years before appearing on “American Idol” in 2010. After an elimination in the semifinals, the experience ignited a passion to succeed in the industry – on his own terms.
He gained a huge following on social media through lavish productions of original songs, music videos, collaborations with performers (such as Taylor Swift and Pentatonix) and even personal updates. His YouTube channel has nearly three million subscribers and his videos have totaled more than 530 million views.
His current weekly show, “Todrick,” airs each Monday on MTV. The docu-series gives fans a glimpse at Hall and his collaborators as they create his wildly popular weekly videos.
The MTV program follows an eight-episode web series, “Pop Star High,” which served as a parody of high-school comedies and imagines the top pop stars attending the same school.
In addition to his current work on MTV, Hall previously appeared on the eighth season of “RuPaul's Drag Race” as a guest judge during a “Wizard of Oz”-inspired challenge. He served as a full-time judge for “RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2” and the program’s ninth season.
Hall returned to Broadway in 2016 for a four-month run as Lola, a drag queen cabaret performer, in “Kinky Boots.” In 2017, he starred as Billy Flynn during a special limited-engagement role in “Chicago.”
The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from the McManaman Trust and German American Bank.