Tony Award-Winning Hit Kinky Boots Will Bow in Korea This December

News   Tony Award-Winning Hit Kinky Boots Will Bow in Korea This December A Korean production of Kinky Boots, which will mark the first international staging of the hit Broadway musical that features a score by Cyndi Lauper, will premiere Dec. 1 in Seoul.

CJ E&M, which invested in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, presents the Korean premiere in a special arrangement with Daryl Roth & Hal Luftig, the show's Tony Award-winning Broadway producers.

The Korean-language production will officially open Dec. 5 for a run through Feb. 22, 2015, at the Chungmu Art Hall Grand Theatre in Seoul, Korea.

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."

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