by Elliot, Concierge
A traditional shoemaker and a vibrant Drag Queen cross paths and form a successful business. Sounds crazy right? Not if you see the amazing Kinky Boots on Broadway. With a team headlined by Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, and Jerry Mitchell, this show was bound for brilliance!
Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 British comedy film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth about a Northampton shoemaker who turns to producing “fetishism” footwear in order to save the failing family business and the jobs of his workers. The musical focuses on the relationship that forms between Charlie Price, the heir to the shoe business, and Lola, a fabulous Drag Queen, who becomes his inspiration and transforms the lives of the people surrounding the business in a positive and accepting way.
From beginning to end, the show was high energy and truly captivating. Cyndi Lauper’s music is some of the best new Broadway music I have heard in a while. Jerry Mitchell’s choreography is perfection, showcasing both the drag queens and the workers in the shoe shop. The costumes, especially the boots are incredible. The drag queens get to wear some of the best costume work displayed on Broadway!
If for some crazy reason, this doesn’t already appeal to you, two words: Billy Porter. This actor plays the drag queen Lola and from the moment he steps on stage, you are captivated. From his incredible comedic timing to his dramatic core, you can’t take your eyes off of Billy Porter. Watch for him at the Tony Awards – he deserves to win all the top honors!
Kinky Boots is a show for EVERYONE. The underlying theme is acceptance, with lots of glitz and glamour thrown in. Young and old, people can relate to this story, which makes it that much more wonderful. Visit the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and prepare to have an amazing and moving night!