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Kinky Boots - National Tour

The Tony-winning musical featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein.

Tell Us Everything! Kinky Boots' Tiffany Engen Lets You Sneak a Peek at Her Road Diary

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. Tiffany Engen plays enthusiastic factory girl Lauren in the touring production of Kinky Boots, and she told us that she's a big Bette Midler fan, can't leave home without her favorite blankey and adores Funny Girl. Find out what else makes Engen tick below!

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

What do you admire most about your character?
Lauren is instinctual and impulsive in the best way. If she thinks it, she says it and I really love that about her.

The thing I miss most about home is…
My sister.

Who is a performer who inspires you?
Bette Midler.

What’s something about being a performer that no one prepared you for?
That something you love so much could at times cause you a lot of heartache. Rejection is hard and part of the process but it's devastating when you let it sink in to your soul. You have to try brush it off and keep pursing the joy in every aspect of the business.

What’s the one thing that has to come with you when you’re on the road?
A fuzzy blanket. Hotel beds all feel the same but when you put a fuzzy blanket on it, it feels like home.

What’s your pre-show process like? Is there something you have to do before you hit the stage?
I workout to warm up right before the show, then I MUST have a ricola before the show while I do a vocal warmup (my need for a ricola is just a superstition but I gotta have it) LOL. Then right before I hit the stage I say a quick thank you/prayer/meditation for this show/this audience/this day.


What’s a musical you love so much that you belt songs from it in the shower?
Currently my shower hears a lot of Hamilton. :)

You only get to bring one book, one album and one movie with you for a year—what are they?
Tina Fey's Bossypants
Funny Girl
You've Got Mail

What’s your dream role?
Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

What’s the cheesiest joke you know?
How do you make a Kleenex dance? Put a little boogie in it!

You have a day off—how do you treat yo’ self?
Sleep in, take a yoga or pilates class, maybe brunch it out...I will go to the ends of the earth for a great eggs benedict!

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