Theater Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ opens on Broadway

By Edith McCauley
Theater Critic

This is not an official review.

Recently, while scanning Showtime for recent movies, I found they were airing the original 2005 movie, Kinky Boots. Having read several reviews of the Broadway musical version of the film, my curiosity impelled me to tune in.

The Miramax Motion Picture, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, is the story of a young man who inherits a shoe factory in England upon the death of his father. Having for many years manufactured gentlemen’s shoes, he found the market slow.

His meeting with a drag queen who encouraged him to radically change his product into footwear appropriate for “the ladies of the night” gave his life a whole new direction.

Harvey Fierstein, who made La Cage the musical such a success, met with Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics for this production. Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed the show.

The show has received smashing reviews and is playing to sold-out houses. My trips to New York are no longer possible, so I am grateful for television and the print media. Kinky Boots I would love to see. One of these days, if I’m lucky, it may come to Chicago.

From the May 15-21, 2013, issue

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