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Jan 19, 2019

Kinky Boots: Opening Night

 

The mid-winter weather outside may be frightful, but the flame-red boots on stage at the Opera House this weekend are delightful as the Tony winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS makes its Lexington debut.  Regardless of your own preference in footwear, you’re guaranteed to leave with a spring in your step.

The Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein penned show brings a timely message about inclusion and accepting people for who they are. The exceptional new music by Lauper has a frisky American Top 40 feel, glitzy costumes, dazzling choreography, and an amazing cast that bring the affirming message home is a perfect package. With nearly every performance this weekend sold out, including tonight’s packed opener, Lexington audiences are Here. For. It.

Set in Northampton, England, KINKY BOOTS tells the true story of Charlie Price, who very reluctantly inherits a down on its luck shoe factory from his father. Times are tough for the company, and he has to come up with a plan to keep the factory afloat.

Enter Lola, a fierce drag queen who has a chance meeting with Charlie that ends up in an outlandish idea to keep the doors to the factory open- a fabulous reboot of the company’s production line: fabulous heels for women who just happen to be men.

Bringing Lola and her flashy friends to the Northampton factory to design the outrageous shoes sets up the story for a myriad of challenges. As a boy from Estill County, Kentucky, I couldn’t help but imagine a similar situation if the Carhartt factory workers there were suddenly beset with manufacturing sequined gowns for RuPaul’s Drag Race instead of their iconic workmen’s dungarees.  I don’t imagine singing and dancing their way to a Tony Award would have ensued, but I digress.

KINKY BOOTS ends its run on Broadway on April 7th, when it will have played 2,540 performances- making it the 25th longest running production in Broadway history.  While its time on Broadway is coming to an end, several international bookings continue. This particular touring production is just getting started in the USA, after a successful launch in Asia.  

Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets, apparently. If you are lucky enough to get a ticket to this nearly sold-out Opera House engagement, you’re going to be very happy to find what audiences around the world have been discovering since 2013: There’s no business like shoe business.