Theatre: Kinky Boots

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The Kinky Boots Experience

Kinky Boots is the most joyful, courageous and touching production I have experienced in recent memory.  You will cheer for Lola and feel for Charlie.  You will want to dance in your seat and sing along with the actors.  You will laugh and you may cry.  Kinky Boots takes you on a roller coaster ride that leaves you buzzing in the end.   I saw it twice.

BOA Theatre

What It’s About

In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe
factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help
comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola.
Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping
out from their fathers’ shadows and transforming an entire community through the
power of acceptance.

Harvey Feirstein brings his theatrical heavy weight to this production just as Cynder Lauper lends her lyrical genius to this amazing production.  Lola, played by Billy Porter is a fighter.  She takes on the world while living his life as a woman.

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My new favorties

Dare I say that I’ve developed a bit of an artist crush on a male performer who just spent the last 2 hours belting out power ballads in a parade of sequined outfits?  Yes.  Yes, I have.

Listen out for these musical numbers:

  • The Land of Lola – This jaw dropping opening number sets high expectations for the rest of the musical.
  • Sex is in the Heel – Yes, yes, yes.  Absolutely over the top and amazing!
  • The History of Wrong Guys – Cute, witty and funny. A breath of fresh air in the production.
  • I’m Not My Father’s Son – The two main characters tell the story of the relationships with their fathers.
  • Everybody Say Yeah – A turning point in the play where everyone rallys behind a new, brighter future.
  • Hold me in Your Heart – A song of forgiveness, redemption, pain and love.
  • Raise You Up/Just Be – this is the closing number that rocked the house and got everyone out of their seats.

Billy Porter

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Lola is embodied by a fearless and flamboyant Billy Porter. In addition to his Broadway career, he has also releasted a few R&B albums.  He’s most known for his 1997 remake of the single “Show Me”. He has performed in Broadway productions including Rent, Miss Saigon, Five Guys, Grease, Dreamgirls and Smokey Joe’s.

Don’t miss Kinky Boots the musical and if you’re not afraid of spoiler alerts watch the movie as well.  British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is amazing in the part of Lola.

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2 replies

  1. So excited for Kinky Boots to come to Broadway! I’ve been following the show on Twitter (@KinkyBootsBway) and Instagram (KinkyBootsBway)!!

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