Kinky Boots are boots that some would consider extreme and offer a quite dramatic and very sexy appearance. The term originated in the early sixties in England when high boots of this type were associated with the underground S&M world and were often worn by a dominatrix.
Kinky Boots The Musical, based on a true story and the movie of the same name took home six 2013 Tony Awards. Awards won included Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers).
With book by Harvey Fierstein Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price the reluctant owner of a shoe factory inherited when his father passes. The factory set in a rural working class town employs a motley group that for the most part has never worked anywhere else.
Price quickly learns that his inheritance is riddled with debt and is making a product that is out of step with the marketplace, and unable to compete with cheaper imports. A chance encounter with Cabaret star and all around fabulous Drag Queen Lola leads him to discover the niche market that just might save his factory and all of those jobs. A very unlikely partnership is quickly formed.
Creating a stiletto heel that will stand up to the weight of a man is a challenge but not the only one faced by Charlie and Lola. There is worker revolt, homophobia, an over bearing long distance fiancé and another love interest right in the factory.
Lauper’s score is as big a star as Lola. “I tried really hard to write songs that could also live outside of the theater,” Lauper says. “Before radio, Broadway music was Top 40 popular music. People bought sheet music and played the music at home with their families. I really tried hard to honor that tradition with Kinky Boots by writing songs that people would want to listen to at home after leaving the theater, or without even seeing the show.” She definitely achieved her goal.
Lauper’s score is contemporary in a way seen in “Rent”, “In the Height’s”, and “American Idiot”. It is fresh and fun in a way that is vital to Broadway’s future. It is what will attract a younger generation into Broadways ‘theaters.
Standout numbers include “Sex is in the Heel”, “Not my Father’s Son”, “Everybody Say Yea” and “What a Woman Want’s”. This is definitely a must have cast album for any Broadway fan.
Amazing sets, costumes and choreography perfectly compliment a stellar cast that all together contributes to making Kinky Boots the nearly perfect Broadway Musical.
J. Harrison Ghee hits all the right notes as Lola. Steven Booth’s Charlie is completely enthralling, a good guy that you will find yourself rooting for from the beginning. Lindsay Nicole Chambers is a delight as Lauren, the love that Charlie did not know was right under his nose all along.
Kinky Boots is as good as Broadway gets. Do not miss out on your chance to see this first rate first tour of a Broadway Blockbuster!!
Kinky Boots Plays Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park though March 8th. Tickets are $25.00-$108.00 and are available at http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/ The Metroplex gets another visit October 27th-November 1st when the show lands at Bass Hall. Information at http://www.basshall.com/ Tickets are not on sale for this performance yet.
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