Singer, actor, dancer and choreographer Todrick Hall was the main act at Sykes After Dark on Friday Sept. 23. Hall, who rose to prominence after competing on the ninth season of “American Idol,” performed original and cover songs.
Hall is also known for his popular YouTube channel, where he has exceeded two million subscribers and over 300 million views. His videos with the most views include a flash mob for Ariana Grande, a flash mob in major retailer Target and a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz.
Anyone in attendance was well aware of his love for Beyoncé. Hall choreographed the music video for Beyoncé’s song “Blow,” and many of his videos on YouTube are a nod to the singer. Aside from all of Hall’s accolades, he is also an avid member and advocate in the LGBTQ community.
Many students were surprised with meet and greet passes to meet Hall after the show.
“It was a really good show, and it was really inspirational to people in the LGBTQ community,” said Jazzmine Holmes, a sophomore and a Sykes Student Union staff member working the event. “He’s a very humble person.”
He described his artistic career in eight tips (that purposely create the acronym ‘BEYONCE’): believe, entrepreneurship, yasss (the reaction you should have when you think of an idea worth pursuing), own your brand, network naturally, challenge yourself and evolve. His advice to the audience was, “If you don’t have Beyoncé in your life, put some Beyoncé in your life.”
Hall is working to push his visual album “Straight Outta Oz” to Broadway and is a main judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” He will also take over as the lead role of Lola in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” in November.
Sunny Morgan is a second-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at SM848270@wcupa.edu. Her Twitter is @SunnyMorgan97.