Where does multi-talented choreographer/singer/actor and part-time ”RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall find all his energy?
“I just have to accept the fact that I’m not a normal person,” he said, just a couple of hours after hopping off a red eye flight to Fort Lauderdale earlier this summer. “I don’t need a lot of downtime…it’s not fun to lay out at the beach or at a park.”
Instead, he’s constantly thinking about that next performance.
“I’m inspired by everyday things. I could be driving down the street and see a line on a billboard and one of the lines on the billboard could inspire a song or the title of an album. I love going to New York City to see a Broadway show, a live orchestra perform or a concert. That’s what I do in my free time,” Hall explained.
When he does find time to relax, Hall circled back: “I love a movie or a TV show, but nothing beats seeing a cirque show, Broadway, a performance of the “Nutcracker” ballet….I love to smell the remnants of the fog machine four rows back from the orchestra.”
Friends and colleagues alike credit the performer’s tireless work ethic.
“He’s genuine, fun, funny, but hardworking, very focused,” said Watkins, Hall’s companion for this trip.
The artist’s singular focus on his art doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate visits to South Florida…and his fans here. He’s looking forward to returning to the Broward Center next weekend with his “Haus Party” tour.
“Even though I travel so much, I don’t often get to see the sights,” Hall admitted, “but I always feel loved when I’m here.”
One of his first jobs was at Disney World and Hall came out while living in Florida. He’s sold out the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater but will be finally performing in the 2600-seat Au-Rene Theater.
“I remember thinking I will sell this theater out some day and now I can’t wait for it to be filled with my fabulous fans,” said Hall.
He plans to treat those fans to favorites from his last three albums, “Straight Outta Oz,” “Forbidden” and “Haus Party, Pt. 1,” and he promises more dancing.
“I want to dance a lot more. I really want to challenge myself choreography-wise,” Hall added.
He’s always pushing himself, and for good reason, the 34-year-old YouTuber acknowledged that, in the age of social media, aspiring young performers have the ability to “put themselves out there…without asking permission.”
“The downfall is that anybody can become famous these days, you don’t have to have talent,” Hall pointed out.
Fortunately, the talent part has never been a problem for him.
Todrick Hall’s “Haus Party” tour comes to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50 at BrowardCenter.org.