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KINKY BOOTS

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KINKY BOOTS
Kinky Boots


Cititour.com Review
There may be awesomely flexible drag queens, six-inch stiletto heels, and even a hairy man in a t-shirt, but there is absolutely nothing in the new Broadway musical Kinky Boots that will stop even a middle-aged Midwesterner from stomping their feet at the finale of this feel-good show now at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Indeed, in adapting the 2005 British film of the same name, choreographer-director Jerry Mitchell, bookwriter Harvey Fierstein, and pop queen Cyndi Lauper have managed to defiantly spread a message of self-acceptance for all men, women (and those who have yet to make up their mind) in a way so entertaining and so unthreatening that it’s unlikely to offend – or worse yet, bore – anyone.

The show’s dual protagonists are Charlie Price (the highly affecting Stark Sands), the aimless son of a British shoe factory owner who reluctantly takes over the family business after daddy’s untimely death, and drag entertainer Lola (the incredible Billy Porter) – real name, Simon – whom he accidentally encounters after visiting a London pub. Charlie gets a moment of inspiration when he sees Lola’s cheaply-made thigh-high boots and realizes they aren’t really made to support a man’s weight. So he convinces Lola to become a designer for a new line of footwear, which will be shown shortly in Milan and which Charlie hopes will resurrect his struggling business.

While the flamboyant Lola has some minor difficulty in adjusting to both her new gig and a return to small-town life –thanks in no small part to boorish factory worker Don (the excellent Daniel Stewart Sherman) -- everything is going so smoothly by Act I’s vigorous finale (“Everybody Say Yeah”), you may wonder why there has to be a second act. And that’s where Kinky Boots briefly goes off the rails, as conflicts pile up as quickly and randomly as a pile-up on the Interstate and are resolved with ridiculous swiftness. In fact, the creators might have been wise to eliminate the underdeveloped, obviously unhappy relationship between Charlie and his business-minded fiancée Nicola (a completely wasted Celina Carvajal) – especially since it barely affects the burgeoning, inevitable romance between Charlie and daffy factory worker Lauren (the deliciously delightful Annaleigh Ashford).

Making her first foray into writing for the musical theater, Lauper has crafted a score full of infectious melodies and smart, sensitive lyrics. If nothing immediately replays itself in the ear the way her greatest pop hits do (some of which, such as “True Colors,” could have been blended seamlessly into this show), such up-tempo tunes as “Sex Is in the Heel” and “Raise You Up/Just Be” get the blood pumping, while “I’m Not My Father’s Son,” a heartbreaking duet for Lola and Charlie, gets the tears flowing. Lauren’s comic aria, “The History of Wrong Guys” is a smile-inducing showstopper; while Charlie’s self-revelatory ballad “The Soul of a Man” and Lola’s divalicious “Hold Me In Your Heart” receive deserved, prolonged ovations. (Directors take note: expect to hear all three in auditions for years to come!)

Mitchell’s athletic, energetic choreography – especially as executed by his amazing “Angels” (Paul Canaan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Kyle Taylor Parker,Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, and Joey Taranto) – also earn their rightful share of oohs and aahs, as do David Rockwell’s well-conceived sets and Gregg Barnes’ superb costumes, both of which know just when to be flashy and when to be simple.

The same can be said of the dazzling Porter, who almost literally outshines everything else on stage. Channeling bits of Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Joan Crawford as Lola, he’s fierce, funny, and fabulous, but he never completely submerges the scared, scarred Simon who’s always there beneath the feathery frocks.

Just like Lola herself, Kinky Boots is an eyeful, but one with an abundance of heart and soul.

By Brian Scott Lipton

Visit the Site
http://www.kinkybootsthemusical.com/

Cast
Stark Sands, Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford, Celina Carvajal, Daniel Sherman, Marcus Neville, Paul Canaan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, Andy Kelso, Tory Ross, Jennifer Perry, Josh Caggiano, Aaron Bantum, Adinah Alexander, Eric Anderson, Eugene Barry-Hill, Stephen Berger, Caroline Bowman, Sandra DeNise, Eric Leviton, Ellyn Marie Marsh, John Jeffrey Martin, Nathan Peck, Robert Pendilla, Lucia Spina, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Marquise Neal, Clifton Oliver

Open/Close Dates
Opening 4/4/2013
Closing 4/7/2019

Preview Open/ Preview Close Dates
Preview Opening 3/3/2013
Closing Open-ended

Box Office
212-239-6200

Theatre Info
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
302 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
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