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Michael Roberts, Showbiz Chicago: Kinky Boots has something unique going for it that will add to its success; that is Billy Porter...I would venture to say that Kinky Boots will do for Mr. Porter what Hello, Dolly did for Carol Channing, Funny Girl for Streisand; Phantom for Michael Crawford and Evita for Patti LuPone. This is will become a show and role that will be forever synonymous with Mr. Porter, and rightfully so...Alongside Mr. Porter is the equally engaging Stark Sands as Charlie Price. Though his character could stand a little more development in the second act, Sands has remarkable stage presence and chemistry with his co-star…The book for Kinky Boots is classic Harvey Fierstein, who always has the innate ability to create an environment where his characters can be bigger than life one minute, then intensely internal the next…The material at hand is perfect fodder for [Jerry] Mitchell to develop the environment to allow his actors to find their truth…A musical would be nothing without the music, and for this, Cyndi Lauper is a revelation...Not since Rent has there been a musical that is poised to have at least three numbers cross over to the pop charts.

Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago: Get ready, Broadway! Another new musical is making waves in Chi-town and lucky New York gets another major musical, “Kinky Boots the Musical” based on the “cult” film of the same name written by Tim Firth and Geoff Deane, has been taken to a new level, one that will start a whole new class of followers, thanks to the creative minds of Harvey Fierstein (book) and Cyndi Lauper ( music and lyrics). This smashing, energetic re-telling of the story, sharply directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, is sure to set New York audiences “on their heels”...What makes a show truly effective, in particular, one with the energy of this script and music, is a cast that feels the pulse of the story and makes it all seem real...the entire cast of 32 is as solid as it gets- from start to finish, you cannot help but LOVE this new musical.

Jodie Jacobs, Examiner.com: “Kinky Boots,” a new musical from the pens of “Newsies” playwright Harvey Fierstein and Grammy and Emmy composer/Lyricist Cyndi Lauper ought to scoop up the Tony Awards when it arrives on Broadway next spring. After honing pacing, performances and scenes during previews the past two weeks, “Kinky Boots” looked like a winner that will be around a long time…Gorgeous costumes help. But it is Billy Porter as Lola, the drag queen, who makes the show work.

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