PHOTO CALL: Billy Porter, Stark Sands and Cast Offer Sneak Peek at Broadway's Kinky Boots

The new Cyndi Lauper-scored musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, with direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, begins previews March 3. The cast and creators held an open house Feb. 28.

Based on the 2005 film of the same title about a struggling shoemaker who reinvents his business by creating fabulous and sturdy footwear for drag performers, Kinky Boots will officially open on Broadway April 4. Tony winners Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig produce.

It has a score by Grammy winner Lauper, a book by Tony winner Fierstein ( Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies), and is staged by Tony Award winner Mitchell ( Hairspray, Legally Blonde, La Cage aux Folles).

The musical recently played an out-of-town try-out at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. 

Stark Sands ( American Idiot, Twelfth Night, Journey's End) is cast as Charlie Price, with Billy Porter ( Grease, Angels in America, Smokey Joe’s Café) as Lola. The cast also features Annaleigh Ashford ( Rent, Legally Blonde), Celina Carvajal (Spiegelworld's Empire), Daniel Sherman ( Desire Under the Elms), Marcus Neville ( The Full Monty), Paul Canaan ( Legally Blonde), Kevin Smith Kirkwood ( How to Save the World…), Kyle Taylor Parker ( In the Heights), Kyle Post ( Rent), Charlie Sutton ( How To Succeed...), Joey Taranto ( Rock of Ages), Andy Kelso ( Mamma Mia!), Tory Ross ( Cry-Baby), Jennifer Perry ( Mamma Mia!),   Aaron Bantum ( Finian's Rainbow), Adinah Alexander ( The Wedding Singer), Eric Anderson ( South Pacific), Eugene Barry-Hill ( The Lion King), Stephen Berger ( The Pajama Game), Caroline Bowman ( Wicked), Sandra DeNise ( Shrek), Eric Leviton ( Seussical), Ellyn Marie Marsh ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert), John Jeffrey Martin ( Hairspray), Nathan Peck ( La Cage aux Folles), Robert Pendilla ( Wicked), Lucia Spina ( South Pacific), Sebastian Hedges Thomas ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Timothy Ware.

According to producers, "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."

Musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Kinky Boots are by Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus ( The Book of Mormon, Wicked).

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).

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