Guest Review: Kinky Boots The Musical

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Last night SuperBreak’s Claire was lucky enough to see Kinky Boots – the West End’s hottest new show! Here she tells us what makes this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical so special…

I was really looking forward to seeing Kinky Boots, as I loved the film and so was eager to see how the show translated on stage. Kinky Boots The Musical has some big names behind it. Cyndi Lauper has written the all music and Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles) wrote the storyline.  It’s now packed up its high heels, and crossed the Pond from Broadway – where it’s already won several Tony Awards – to the Adelphi Theatre in London, so this show is a BIG deal and I LOVED it!

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If you haven’t seen the film (the show is exactly the same storyline) here goes….

Charlie Price moves to London with his girlfriend  but quickly has to return back home to Northampton when his father dies suddenly and Charlie inherits the family shoe factory, Price & Sons. Charlie soon realises that the business is in trouble; their shoes are old fashioned, orders are drying up and they’re running out of time to come up with a solution. While out in London one night, Charlie has an encounter with a drag queen called Lola after he tries to save her from an attack and the heel of her cheaply made shoe is broken. That’s when the story starts (it’s based on a true story BTW!) Charlie asks Lola to help him design a range of shoes specifically made for drag queens which he then plans to showcase at the International Milan Shoe Fair. Interwoven into the main story is a love story, as well as a back story for Lola about her own journey and what she has had to deal with along the way.

This show is fast-paced, funny, glamorous, camp, a bit sad at times, thoughtful, and glorious.  All the cast are really strong and work very well together, but it’s the amazing Lola and her backing group, The Angels, who steal the show and get all the best costumes and funniest lines in the show. The songs are plentiful and have Cyndi Lauper’s signature stamped all over them, which I loved as it fitted right in with the style and storyline of the show. I’d say this show would suit anyone looking for a modern, comedy musical – if you love Mamma Mia!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert or Billy Elliot, you’d love this too. It’s not really for kids under about 14, as there’s a bit of swearing and adult humour, but it would be great for couples or groups.

As you can tell – I really loved it and the rest of the audience did too, as the cast got a full-house standing ovation which they fully deserved. I definitely plan to see it again and will be telling everyone I know to go and see it too!

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