Broadway Hit Kinky Boots Inks Amateur and Pro Licensing Deal

News   Broadway Hit Kinky Boots Inks Amateur and Pro Licensing Deal
 
The hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which features a pop score by Grammy Award winner Cyndi Lauper, has been acquired by Music Theatre International for future worldwide licensing.

"Kinky Boots is a one-of-a-kind musical filled with incredible energy, and an extremely powerful message," said MTI president Drew Cohen in a statement. "'Being who you want to be' resonates with people everywhere and is made palpable through Cyndi Lauper's infectious score and Harvey Fierstein’s hilarious and insightful book. The show provides so many opportunities for creative choreography and actors will love bringing these characters to life on their stages across the country."

A timeline for licensing availability was not announced. The Broadway production currently plays the Al Hirschfeld. A national tour launched in Las Vegas in September, with future productions planned in Korea and London. For more information about MTI and licensing, please call (212) 541-4684 or email licensing@mtishows.com.

Based on the 2005 film of the same title, the Northampton, U.K.-set musical has a new book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies) and a score by Grammy and Tony Award-winning "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hit-maker and "True Colors" songwriter Lauper.

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (2004's La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can), who created the high-energy dances that sent audiences and cast members into a frenzy during Hairspray, directs and choreographs Kinky Boots, which is bedazzled with a series of show-stopping numbers by the character of Lola and a bevy of drag performers.

Kinky Boots premiered on Broadway March 3, 2013, following an out-of-town engagement at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. It opened to acclaim April 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. A North American tour launched in Las Vegas earlier this fall. 

In addition to taking Best Musical and Tony wins for Lauper (Best Score), Mitchell (Best Choreography) and Porter (Best Actor), Kinky Boots also saw awards to go Stephen Oremus (Orchestrations) and John Shivers (Sound Design). 

Designing the production are Tony nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (costume design), Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Randy Houston Mercer (make-up design) DB Bonds as (deputy director), Rusty Mowery (deputy choreographer) and Will Van Dyke (associate musical supervisor).

Here's how it's billed: "In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price (Sands) has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (Porter). A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world."

Check out highlights from Kinky Boots!

 

 

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