By Carey Purcell
and Adam Hetrick
25 Apr 2014
|Photo by Matthew Murphy|
Based on the 2005 film of the same title, the Northampton, U.K.-set musical has a new book by Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies) and a score by "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 Tony Award winner Billy 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. 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 Porter (Best Actor), Kinky Boots also saw awards go to Stephen Oremus (Orchestrations) and John Shivers (Sound Design).
In the Broadway production, Tony Award winner Porter (Grease, Angels in America, Smokey Joe’s Café) stars as outgrageous drag performer Lola, who in an upended Cinderella moment, accidentally knocks out her hero with a stiletto boot. Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia!) plays Charlie, the working-class guy whose encounter with Lola's broken heel sparks a business proposition that changes both of their lives.
Here's how it's billed: "In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price (Kelso) 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."
Current tour dates follow:
Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 4-14 at the Smith Center)
Tempe, AZ (Sept. 16-21 at ASU Gammage)
San Diego, CA (Sept. 23-28 at the San Diego Civic Center)
Portland, OR (Oct. 1-5 at the Keller Auditorium)
Seattle, WA (Oct. 7-26 at The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Denver, CO (Oct. 29-Nov. 9 at The Buell Theatre)
Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 11-30 at The Pantages)
San Francisco, CA (Dec. 2-28 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (Dec. 30-Jan.11, 2015, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts)
Detroit, MI (Jan. 15-25 at Fisher Theatre)
Des Moines, IA (Jan. 27-Feb. 1 at Des Moines Civic Center)
Nashville, TN (Feb. 3-8 at Tennessee PAC)
Houston, TX (Feb. 10-22 at the Hobby Center)
Durham, NC (March 10-15 at the Durham PAC)
Charlotte, NC (March 17-22 at the Belk Theater)
St. Louis, MO (March 24-April 5 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre)
Cleveland, OH (April 7-19 at the Palace Theatre)
Buffalo, NY (April 21-26 at Shea's PAC)
Philadelphia, PA (April 28-May 10 at the Forrest Theater)
Rochester, NY (May 12-17 at the Auditorium Theatre)
Memphis, TN (May 19-24 at the Orpheum Theatre)
East Lansing, MI (May 26-31 at the Wharton Center)
Grand Rapids, MI (June 2-7 at DeVos Performance Hall)
Providence, RI (June 9-14 at Providence PAC)
Schenectady, NY (June 16-21 at Proctors)
Hartford, CT (June 23-28 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)
Minneapolis, MN (July 28-Aug. 2 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Boston, MA (Aug. 11-23 at Boston Opera House)
Greenville, SC (Sept. 1-6 at The Peace Center)
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) and Randy Houston Mercer (make-up design).
Kinky Boots is produced on Broadway by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergère, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp, and Jujamcyn Theaters.
For Broadway tickets visit Telecharge.com. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.
Check out highlights from Kinky Boots!