A New Pair of Kinky Boots Struts Down Broadway

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As a born-and-raised, worn out and jaded New Yorker, the word kinky doesn’t scare me. It doesn’t shock, surprise or faze me—even if it’s in the limelight that is Broadway. Now, if you add some shiny boots and composition from Ms. Unusual herself, Cyndi Lauper, then that’s another story.

Or should I say, Broadway musical.

Based on the true story of a 2005 film, Kinky Boots lures the audience into the opening act with the busyness of the Price & Son shoe factory, where father and son sing about their hopes and dreams for each other, and what it’ll take to walk a mile in the shoes already fitted for them. Charlie (Stark Sands) runs away from the responsibilities of the factory and his father’s reigns, opting out for a career in marketing and engagement to his young love instead, while Lola (Billy Porter)– who we meet as a young kid, struggling to walk and dance in red heels on stage – gets shunned by his father for choosing the life of a drag queen.Kinky Boots

Stark Sands and Billy Porter

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Although their paths seem so different in that beginning, they soon meet through the music, yes – Lauper’s music. It weaves the magic of this musical, with Lola’s energy and tune like “The Land of Lola,” where we meet the fascinating character and her girls (The Angels), and quickly learn that the difference between a Drag Queen and a transvestite depends solely on style. There’s also the catchy “Sex is in the Heel”, where Lola describes what’s in the essence of a sexy shoe. Hint: It has nothing to do with comfort. And of course, we get walked back full circle with “Hold Me in Your Heart”, where Lola belches an almost Whitney Houston-like performance to her dying father.

Yes, the music was great, but what about the boots? How can we forget those kinky boots?

It was monumental almost when Price & Son shifted the production line from old, classic men’s shoes to the sparkly and glittery high boots designed by Lola. Kinky boots infused with the tunes and performance on that stage, and representing everything those characters were trying to convey—all 6-inches stiletto piece of it.

In the end, before the audience could blink from the sparkle, there was a parade of Drag Queens modeling the designs and being so open, genuine and bold—what being a man is really all about. And you can’t help but sing and clap, somehow realize midway that you just might have sat through your first Drag Queen show. Yes, a first even for this jaded New Yorker. But it’s the humanness in that which captivates; regardless of the shoes you choose to walk that path on.

Kinky Boots is now playing at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre: 302 West 45th Street, New York, NY. For show times and tickets please visit: www.KinkyBootsTheMusical.com

Review by Carolina Pichardo, co-founding editor of Young Urban Moms.


 

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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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One Response to A New Pair of Kinky Boots Struts Down Broadway

  1. Tracy Kaler says:

    This sounds like a fun musical! In fact, today, my hairdresser told me he loved it. I've been a fan of Cyndi Lauper for decades now and who doesn't love a good drag show? The costumes alone must be worth the ticket price! I love the title :)
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