Cuban Production of Rent Makes History at Broadway's Kinky Boots

News   Cuban Production of Rent Makes History at Broadway's Kinky Boots
 
Following the historic changes in rules regarding travel to and from Cuba, members of the cast of the Cuban production of Rent took in the April 11 evening performance of the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book to the hit musical, posted the news on Twitter and Instagram, writing, "The Cuban cast of RENT saw @KinkyBootsBway 2nite. It's the 1st B'way musical they've ever seen. Thank you, President OBAMA! Sanity at last."

A spokesperson for the Broadway musical told Playbill.com, "[The Cuban cast] loved the show and visited with the cast after. It was their first trip to America and their first Broadway show. Original costume designer Angela Wendt was with them, as was Andy Señor, who directed the Cuban production."

See photo, below, that was posted on Instagram.

Based on the 2005 film of the same title, the Northampton, U.K.-set musical has a book by Tony 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 Cyndi 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 Porter 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 last fall. It opened to acclaim April 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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

 

 

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