February 2, 2017

Todrick Hall to bring ‘Straight Outta Oz’ to Purdue in April

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Broadway Actor, MTV star, “American Idol” finalist and viral YouTube personality Todrick Hall will bring his show “Straight Outta Oz,” to Purdue University’s Loeb Playhouse on April 11 at 8 p.m. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with support from the Purdue University LGBTQ Center.

Hall is putting a new “twister” on L. Frank Baum’s most classic creation, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” With over 20 original songs, Hall brings to life this American Classic like you’ve never seen it before. Watch as he and his talented crew tell the tale of Hall’s adventures from his small town in Texas, to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.” How does a Hollywood hopeful succeed in the business while dodging falling houses, wicked witches and the infamous “Poppyrazzi.” This show is great for the family with powerful musical numbers, innovative sets, sensational choreography, dazzling costumes and a great social message.

In 2016, Hall joined “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars,” as a judge. He also assumed the lead role of Lola in the hit Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots.”

Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, costume designer, playwright and director.  Hall rose to fame as a semi-finalist on the ninth season of “American Idol,” in 2010.  He focused his talent on creating his own content on YouTube. His videos of flash mobs to songs by Ariana Grande and Beyoncé became viral video sensations. Hall has amassed over 2 million YouTube subscribers and an astounding 420 million YouTube views. He has since choreographed for Beyoncé. He won the 2016 Streamy Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  He is nominated for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Award for Social Star. 

In 2014, Hall was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 to watch in Hollywood and Entertainment. He also stars in his self-titled MTV show, “TODRICK,” which he writes and directs. The docu-series shows fans a behind the scenes look at Hall and his creative team as they choreograph and stage elaborate performance videos.  He has written and directed commercials for Fiat and theme songs for “Sesame Street.” He wrote and performed in the Virgin Airlines safety video.  He was part of the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis,” on Broadway and previously took the stage alongside Fantasia Barrino in “The Color Purple.”  

TICKET INFORMATION: Students: $20 / General Public: $25

CAMPUS PRE-SALE: Tickets go on sale to Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students, and Purdue faculty, staff and retirees with a current identification card at 10 a.m. Thursday (February 2) through 5 p.m. Friday (February 3). Students can purchase tickets online through convocations.org/tickets and faculty, staff and retirees can purchase through the Purdue Stewart Center box office or by calling 800-914-SHOW.

FRIENDS PRE-SALE: Tickets go on sale to Friends of Convocations donors at 10 a.m. Thursday (February 2) through 5 p.m. Friday (February 3). Friends can purchase through the Purdue Stewart Center box office or by calling 800-914-SHOW.

GENERAL PUBLIC SALE: Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday (February 4) through convocations.org/tickets or any Ticketmaster outlet. 

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

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