Kinky Boots: Broadway Musical NYC

2013 Tony Award-winning best musical Kinky Boots, a Broadway show in NYC, is an endearing and heartwarming musical rendition of the story of Charlie Price and his quest to save his shoe factory with the help of Lola, a fabulous transvestite entertainer. “You change the world when you change your mind” and “sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out” are the mantra of this inspiring story set to music and stage.

What’s This Show About?

Kinky Boots, a Broadway show in NYC, is based on the 2005 film of the same name. It’s based on a true story of Steve Pateman and his family-owned shoe store W.J. Brooks, Ltd. in Northamptonshire, England, where he designed a line of kinky boots called Divine Footwear.

Kinky Boots at Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Kinky Boots at Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Photo credit: Broadway Tour)

The musical tells the story of Charlie Price, a young businessman whose dreams of living and working in London. His life is interrupted when his father dies and leaves his bankrupt Northern England shoe factory to him. He struggles to save the factory until help and inspiration turn up in the unlikely Lola, a grand transvestite entertainer who needs new heels. Charlie and Lola work to make the factory profitable, learning they have a lot in common.

Watch the talented actors and award-winning directors contrast Charlie’s dark, drab life and outlook with Lola’s sparkly drag club show and illuminate some time-tested metaphors such as “let me be me,” “oil and water don’t mix,” and “take a stand.”

What Makes “Kinky Boots” Tick?

The highlight of this new musical is the creative team of Jerry Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, and Harvey Fierstein, director/choreographer, singer/songwriter, and author, award winners all. Their combined seasoned talents and collaboration have resulted in a musical extravaganza with a wonderful story brought to life through an incredible score and awesome dancing.

Jerry Mitchell received the 2013 Tony Award for his choreography and another for direction of Kinky Boots. This is definitely not Jerry’s first big Broadway production. Over the past 33 years, he’s worked on more than 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End productions. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “The Full Monty,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” and “Peep Show” in Las Vegas are just a few of his credits.

Cyndi Lauper

Cover of Cyndi Lauper

Grammy and Emmy award-winning singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper brought her long career to bear to create the music and lyrics for “Kinky Boots.” This is her first time writing music for the stage and she nailed it with songs for four characters, including Charlie and Lola. Along with rousing pieces, the music includes several ballads for the singers and 12-piece orchestra to tell the story.

Jerry Mitchell hired Harvey Fierstein to write the book for “Kinky Boots,” the musical. Fierstein was instrumental in bringing his good friend Cyndi Lauper on board to write the music. Fierstein brings a formidable acting and writing career to the production, as the author of “Newsies,” a children’s book called “The Sissy Duckling,” and acting on TV in shows including “Nurse Jackie” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

What to Expect from Kinky Boots

Get tickets online, by phone, or at the box office at the Al Hirschfield Theatre at 301 West 45th Street. Seats range from $87 to $167 for the two hour 20 minute show. The show runs through the first week of May, 2014, with Tuesday 7pm shows, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 2pm matinees and 8pm shows, and Sunday 3pm shows. Kids under four years old are not allowed in the theatre.
Awards won by show and cast include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Best Choreography, among many others.

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