Broadway comes to Boston: Kinky Boots

Posted August 6, 2015 by Rosalind Saul in Theater & Arts
Kinky Boots

Brace yourself, Boston because the Tony-bedecked darling Kinky Boots is on its way.  From August 11 – 30 at the Boston Opera House, Kinky Boots will be making a splash with all the right looks for the season!

Kinky Boots is based on the true story of the family-run W.J. Brooks Ltd shoe factory that, in an effort to save themselves, re-branded to create men’s fetish footwear line “Divine Footwear”.  A 2005 film of this incredible tale starred Chiwetel Ejiofer and Joel Edgerton, and now the musical adaptation is taking Broadway by storm.  The production tells the tale of down and out Englishman Charlie Price who moves from provincial Northampton to London to inherit his father’s shoe factory.  The factory is struggling because its primary product, handmade dress shoes for men, is a sad relic of a nostalgic past.  Luckily, Charlie meets drag queen Lola who helps reinvigorate Charlie’s fashion sense; the two create a custom line of shoes for ever-demanding Drag Queens in order to save the factory.

Kinky Boots is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell (whose previous Tony winnings include accolades for Hairspray and Legally Blonde), and from a book by theatrical impresario Harvey Fierstein (who has won four Tonies for his work on La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, and Hairspray).  What better way to complete this all-star team than by including the upbeat, nostalgic music of Cindi Lauper?  The mix is truly a winner; Kinky Boots boasts six Tony Awards of its own: Best Score, Best Choreography, Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Sound Design, and Best Orchestrations.  It has also received fistfuls of other accolades: two Drama League Award nominations with one win, nine Outer Critics Award Nominations with three wins, and two Drama Desk Award nominations with one win.  It’s pretty clear that Kinky Boots is not a show to be missed!

The touring cast of this all-American musical is an all-star line-up to boot!  Original Broadway Company member Kyle Taylor Parker headlines as Lola with Broadway veteran Steven Booth as Charlie.  The rest of the cast is comprised of Broadway stardust combined with raw talent: Broadway baby Lindsay Nicole Chambers plays love interest Lauren, and television regular Joe Coots is factory foreman Don.  The ensemble is filled with fresh young talent, excited to be on the road again.

The Boston Opera House, as always, plays host to this Broadway touring company.  The theatre was originally opened as a movie and vaudeville house in 1928.  Designed by prominent theatre architect Thomas W. Lamb, the theatre’s grandiose architecture and lofty columns remain to this day a spectacular display of beauty.  In 1965, the theatre was acquired by the Sack Theatres Company who re-named it “The Savoy” and continued to operate it as a movie theatre until it was acquired by Boston Opera Company director Sarah Caldwell with the help of philanthropist Susan Timken in 1980.  Caldwell and Timken made it the home of the Boston Opera Company, and so the theatre was re-named once more.  Unfortunately, due to financial disaster the Company dissolved in 1991 and the theatre fell into disrepair.  In 2003, Mayor Thomas Menino and Senator Edward Kennedy managed to acquire landmark status for the theatre, and commenced an eighteen month renovation plan which brought the theatre to its modern splendor.  The theatre re-opened on July 16, 2004 and has remained home to Broadway in Boston and the Boston Ballet ever since.

Kinky Boots will be playing at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington Street) from August 11 – 30th with matinees on the 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, and 29th.  Tickets can be acquired through boston-theater.com or ticketmaster.