PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Kinky Boots' Annaleigh Ashford and Celina Carvajal Pick Their Favorite "80s Girl Crush" Songs

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29 May 2013

Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for her performance in Broadway's Kinky Boots, and her Kinky co-star Celina Carvajal belt out the music of 80s pop star and 2013 Tony nominee Cyndi Lauper weekly at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Here, the duo pick their favorite "80s Girl Crush" songs as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.

Based on the 2005 film of the same title, the 2013 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical has a new book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies) and music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "True Colors" songwriter Lauper.

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."

Playbill.com asked the show's leading ladies, Ashford and Carvajal, to pick their favorite "80s Girl Crush" songs — tunes by iconic women of the 80s whom they admire — and tell us why they made the list.

Kinky Boots received 13 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best Actor (Stark Sands, Billy Porter) and Best Featured Actress (Ashford).



For more on the men of Kinky Boots, check out Playbill.com's Leading Men column with Sands and Porter.

Visit KinkyBootsTheMusical.com.

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