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Todrick Hall

March 31, 2022, 8:00 pm | Delmar Hall | $30 – $35

We all respond to crises in different ways but when lockdown hit, Todrick Hall knew right away what he needed to do. Which of course was to buy a full-size, pink blue and yellow 80s Ms Pac-Man arcade machine and install it in his house. But there was something else he needed to do too. On a Monday in April he decided to record a lockdown-themed EP, by Tuesday night he was recording the first songs, by Friday the whole thing was finished, and four days later the Quarantine Queen EP was streaming worldwide. “People tell me they see it as work ethic,” he says, “but I see it as passion. I wake up, and the only thing I want to do is create.”

 

None of which might have seemed likely a few decades ago in the tiny Texas town of Plainview; a beautiful little place, Todrick remembers, if not a locale well known for its over-abundance of liberal views. “Back then there was no YouTube, no social media, no nothing,” he remembers. “I became creative out of pure boredom.” On Sundays he’d sing in church; every other day of the week he’d practice backflips in his back garden. An Easter Bunny-themed musical at elementary school led to classes at a local dance studio called Tip Tap Toes so, when the Nutcracker ballet came to town looking for auditionees, Todrick was ready. He was cast as a gingersnap. “I can still remember the feeling of my heart beating,” he says of his first big performance. “It was the biggest adrenaline rush. I could not believe I’d done it. It was a feeling I’d never felt before. I felt like I’d ridden the biggest rollercoaster in the world and in that moment I knew: I want to feel like this forever, no matter what.”

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