To­drick Hall Presents: “Straight Outta Oz”

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un­til a year be­fore “American Idol.” Many of his videos are orig­i­nal songs, chore­ographed par­o­dies — “Beauty and the Beat,” for ex­am­ple, is a hip-hop take on the Dis- ney clas­sic — and col­lab­o­ra­tions with other artists and fel­low YouTube sen­sa­tions. Hall’s YouTube star­dom evolved to in­clude stints work­ing with “American Idol” win­ner Fanta- sia Bar­rino and a cap­pella group Pen­ta­tonix.

“I got to chore­o­graph for Bey­oncé and that was a re­ally cool ex­pe­ri­ence. I think the thing I’m most grate­ful for is that I made a re­ally great friend in Tay­lor Swift. I get to go spend Thanks­giv­ing with her and go hang out with her,” Hall said. “It’s re­ally cool to be able to have a friend that’s ex­pe­ri­enced so much. I look up to her as a role model for how she runs her busi­ness and how she treats her fans. There’s no one who treats her fans as good as she does. … She makes me want to be a bet­ter per­son.”

A new per­spec­tive

Most re­cently, Hall was a judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and per­formed in the Broad­way mu­si­cal “Kinky Boots.”

“I learned so much from be­ing on the show and I grew so much. I had been head­lin­ing my own shows, but when you’re head­lin­ing an [award-win­ning mu­si­cal] you have to step it up,” Hall said. “Hav­ing to do eight shows a week as a lead … you never leave the stage. It’s a dif­fer­ent type of com­mit­ment.”

To pre­pare for his role each day, Hall not only had to re­hearse, but had to watch his diet and how much he talked to en­sure he was on point for the show.

“Ev­ery­thing about it was so dif­fi­cult. It was the most ful­fill­ing thing I’ve ever done as well. I hope to be able to ap­ply all my new tricks that I’ve learned,” he said.

Play­ing a char­ac­ter who spends most of the show in shoes wor­thy of the Spice Girls gave Hall a new per­spec­tive on per­form­ing.

“I have such a huge ap­pre­ci­a­tion for women, for ev­ery­thing that they do ev­ery day be­cause it is so dif­fi­cult to walk in heels. Why does any­one have to go through this torture?” he said. “I think ev­ery guy should have to walk in heels for a few months.”

For fans who hope to soar to their own YouTube star­dom — and be­yond, as he has — Hall said the most im­por­tant thing is to not stop.

“So many peo­ple want to give up af­ter five videos. It is so worth it in the end,” he said. “Be true to your­self. There are so many peo­ple out there be­ing car­bon copies. You al­ready are unique.”

Vo­cal­ist and per­former To­drick Hall rose to fame thanks in large part to his YouTube chan­nel. Now, he’s tak­ing his lat­est work — a vis­ual al­bum in­spired by ‘Wiz­ard of Oz’ — on a live tour, with an up­com­ing stop in At­lanta. (Pub­lic­ity pho­tos)

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