Many of Brandon Alberto Carreiro’s family and friends will be making the 40-minute trip to Providence this weekend to see him perform with the national touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots.”

While it may be a short jaunt up Interstate 195 to see Carreiro perform, his journey to the Providence Performing Arts Center stage has been much longer — one filled with potential detours and roadblocks. But his story is one of triumph, which may be why taking the stage in “Kinky Boots” means so much to him.

“This is my dream show,” he said. “We have five shows between Friday and Sunday. A majority of my family is coming to see me Saturday night.

“A majority of them have never seen me perform; this is a really big moment for me. To share that with the people I love and are close to me — and to be able to share that moment with them is really special.”

Part of the significance to Carreiro is the theme of “Kinky Boots,” which is based on a hit independent British movie from 2005, and chronicles the plight of Charlie Price, whose inherited family show business looks bound for closure until he finds a niche making men’s boots for drag performers.

“It’s a show about acceptance and tolerance,” said Carreiro. “Maybe you think it’s about accepting sexuality, but it’s really about realizing we’re all human beings and everyone has a story to tell, and they’re all important and finding common ground with someone who may not look like you but we all have something that connects us.

“At the end of the show, it’s a big celebration of love and acceptance and love for self and for one another.”

It’s a message Carreiro believes is important for the audience, and one that’s been important for his journey, as well.

“Doing a show that leaves the audience feeling inspired and sending them off with a message is — when I tell you it’s a full-circle moment, everything I’ve experienced in my life I get to express in this show.”

The New Bedford native grew up with a passion for performing and got his start in show choir and high school drama performances.

After spending some time training in Boston and New York and acting in productions around the region, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During the time he was undergoing chemotherapy, he was also acting in a New Bedford Festival Theatre production of “Hairspray.”

“The theme of the show is about perseverance and love and acceptance, and when you’re in a cast, everyone throws themselves into the world of the show, and that ends up becoming the bonding factor for everyone,” he said. “That energy was really palpable.

“I think that was my strongest medicine, even stronger than the chemo.”

Now, Correiro says he has a clean bill of health.

“I celebrated five years this year, so I can say I’m cancer free,” he said.

The diagnosis, Correiro said, forced him to evaluate his dreams of being a performer, and ultimately led him to renew his focus on the theater.

That led him to move to New York, where a chance encounter brought him to where he is today.

“I’ve had my eyes set on ‘Kinky Boots’ for about three years now,” he said. “I saw it by chance. I was walking past the theater where it was playing while training at Broadway Dance center. They were handing out tickets for something like $30 and I had nothing to do that night.”

He went to the show and was transfixed by what he saw.

“I was swept away,” he said. “The message was so incredibly inspiring. I knew from the moment I watched the show, I said, ‘I’m going to be in this show one way or another.’”

What followed was three years of auditioning. (“Broadway is a tough world to break into,” he said.) And now this full-circle moment on the stage at the PPAC where his high school drama teachers at New Bedford High once took him to see shows and participate in Q&A’s with the performers.

“I love New Bedford. It will always be my home,” Correiro said. “I will never forget, and I hold close to me all the teachers I’ve had — especially the teachers in New Bedford that supported me. This show is for them. Stop by the stage door afterward and say hello.

“This is going to be a really special homecoming.”