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Preview Mon Oct 01 2012

Kinky Boots are Made for Walking

principal cast of 'Kinky Boots' the musical
Principal castmembers of Kinky Boots. Photo by Brianna Kelly

Kinky Boots is a highly anticipated, relevant new musical about acceptance that teaches "you change the world when you change your mind," according to castmember Billy Porter. It boasts a seriously talented cast and crew, with a combined plethora of various awards.

The musical is adapted from a 2005 independent British movie, which is based on a true story. When producer Daryl Roth saw Kinky Boots at a film festival, she immediately realized the potential of its "musical DNA." So she asked fellow producer Hal Luftig to help her bring it from the silver screen to the Broadway stage.

The pair enlisted Tony Award-winning writer and actor Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies, Torch Song Trilogy), to write the book adaptation. Beloved pop icon Cyndi Lauper was brought on as composer and lyricist to write the musical's original score, and Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, La Cage Aux Folles, The Full Monty) serves as both the director and choreographer.

Kinky Boots is a warmhearted tale of a very improbable friendship between a straight-laced bloke from Northampton, England and a fabulous drag queen from London. In order to save his family's shoe factory from bankruptcy, Charlie Price, played by Stark Sands (American Idiot, Journey's End, Twelfth Night) is forced to think outside of the shoebox. A new friend, Lola, played by Porter (Angels in America, Grease, Smokey Joe's Café) helps him realize a potential niche market, in which there is high demand for some sturdy, but ultra-sexy boots.

The principal cast of Kinky Boots also features Annaleigh Ashford (Wicked, Hair, Legally Blonde) as factory worker Lauren and Celina Carvajal (Cats, Tarzan, Dracula) as Price's fiancée Nicola.

Kinky Boots will have its world premier this Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., where it will remain for five weeks, until Nov. 4. Next year, Kinky Boots will make its official move to Broadway, premiering at the Al Hirschfield Theater on April 4.

Samantha / February 2, 2013 10:41 AM

so excited for this musical coming to Broadway! I've been following on twitter (@KinkyBootsBway) and Instagram (KinkyBootsBway)!

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