Tell Us Everything! Kinky Boots' J. Harrison Ghee Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

Road Diary 11/20/15

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted some answers and, luckily, those performers were more than happy to indulge us by sharing their road diaries. J. Harrison Ghee plays the fabulous drag queen Lola in the touring production of Kinky Boots, and he told us that he loves The Wiz, has a major shopping addiction and misses New York City. Find out what else makes Ghee tick below!

If I had to describe Kinky Boots in one word, it would be…
Uplifting.

What do you admire most about your character?
Lola's boldness is something I am definitely carrying over into my personal life more and more each day!

The thing I miss most about home is…
Being a part of the New York nightlife scene. I have some amazing friends and I miss running the city with them.

Who is a performer who inspires you?
Since the day I discovered him in the AMDA library, Billy Porter has been such an inspiration to my life and career. Of course, being a part of this production now has only elevated my respect and love for him.


What’s the piece of advice you’d give to young performers?
Keep people in your life who will be brutally honest with you, they will save you time and embarrassment.

What’s the one thing that has to come with you when you’re on the road?
I have to have clothing options. During the first part of the tour, my suitcases were definitely both over 50 pounds and I always paid the overweight fee cause I need my clothes.

Rank your top three favorite fast food joints you crave when you’re traveling.
1. Chic-fil-A
2. Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits
3. Chipotle

What was the show that that hooked you on theater and performing?
The Wiz.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve bought for yourself while on the road?
In Boston, I designed a pair of what I like to call my "kustom kinky konverse sneakers." They are black converse with red kiss marks on the outside and they say "Kinky Boots" on the heel.


What’s a musical you love so much that you belt songs from it in the shower?
The Color Purple. I like to think I’m one of the church ladies.

What’s something you’re passionate about outside of performing?
I really enjoy interior decorating, I can't wait to get back to New York and set up my own space. So many DIY projects in my head already.

You only get to bring one book, one album and one movie with you for a year—what are they?
The Bible.
John Legend's Love In The Future.
The Wiz.

What cartoon character is your spirit animal?
I've always felt a connection to Bugs Bunny.

Being on tour with Kinky Boots has taught me…
Innumerable lessons, but mostly it has taught me to remain bold and open to life's opportunities.

What’s your dream role?
I currently get to play it every night! I never thought something like this would exist much less the reality of having the opportunity. But besides Lola, I still haven't had an opportunity to play Seaweed in Hairspray.

You have a day off—how do you treat yo’ self?
SHOPPING!!!! Buying all the sparkly and flowy things I can find.

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