By Michael Gioia
29 May 2013
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.
For more on the men of Kinky Boots, check out Playbill.com's Leading Men column with Sands and Porter.