Kinky Boots - A Review
Opening at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, Kinky Boots is taking Broadway by storm. Directed by Jerry Mitchell, the musical follows two people who struggle to succeed in the shoe business.
Inspired by the 2005 movie of the same title, Kinky Boots presents a rather unoriginal story. The plot is predictable and seen in other shows like “Billy Elliot the Musical”, “The Full Monty” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, among others.
Still, Cyndi Lauper`s music and Harvey Fierstein`s book work wonders on stage – the show is sincere and rhythmic, a pleasure for all the senses.
The public meets Charlie Price (Stark Sands), an heir to a famous factory in Northampton. Charlie`s dream is to leave the province and head to London, along with his class-conscious fiancée, Nicola (Celina Carvajal).
However, the senior Price (Stephen Berger) passes away and Charlie is forced to deal with the family business. The story follows the character`s transformation that is triggered by a random meeting with a strapping drag performer. The charming Lola (Billy Porter) has a bunch of ideas that are to help Charlie reinvent the business and himself.
Kinky Boots is an emotional tale of passion, prejudice and stereotypes. Also, Lauper knows how to write music that makes the public feel the vibe of the show. The theater turns into a dance floor under the tunes of “Sex Is in the Heel” and “Everybody Say Yeah”.
The overall effect is fabulous – everything from choreography (Jerry Mitchell) to costumes (Gregg Barnes) and make-up (Randy Houston Mercer). Witty and uplifting, Kinky Boots is a breath of fresh air. Finishing with “Raise You Up/Just Be”, this Broadway musical will make you sing and dance uncontrollably. Spirits will be high, regardless of your shoes (high heels or sneakers). Take your kinky mood with you and enjoy the show!