Kinky Boots ★★★★★

Kinky Boots – Lauper’s Music had me leaping and wishing I had my knee-high’s on.

Kinky Boots

I adore a feel-good, grooving, all singing musical. Especially the ones that are brave, bold and bring the audience to life. This is a hit show and should not be missed. Every musical fan must see this show.

Kinky Boots book writer, Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein, admits in the programme that the alchemy behind a hit show is something of a mystery. Kinky Boots has a decent, perfectly good story borrowed closely from the earlier film, it’s got a score by Cyndi Lauper that contains numerous recognisable echoes of her pop hits, if not the most sophisticated lyrics, and it’s chock-full of energy and enthusiasm from a large, exuberant cast. Maybe the key to a hit show is hitting all the boxes when it comes to casting, costume, lighting, vocals, orchestra, staging… everything hitting the mark. Nothing left for audiences to critique, no space for audiences to think.

Captivating from the start, from the striking shoes to the stunning vocals. David Rockwell’s set design is imaginatively used by director Jerry Mitchell, incorporating conveyor belts, machinery and all the trimmings of a working shoe factory, then adding Gregg Barnes’ shimmering, sassy costumes you get this fantastic opening into why change is a good thing.

The messages in-between the boots, the blonde bombshell drags stars, this show is heart-warming: underneath our defensive exteriors, we all have the same insecurities and foibles, so accept people for who they are, and if you can, do it glamorously.

One of the main characters Lola, who is the lead Drag Queen was so captivating, that actors voice is outstanding and held the audience’s attention. There is on poignant song about his father and you could hear a pin drop the audience was silent.

The show is about the glitter, the glamour and the glory in being who and what you want to be in life and taking no prisoners. The final cat walk in Milan had audiences on their feet. It is fun, fresh and friendly.

If you fancy a fun night out at the theatre go and see Kinky Boots.


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