KINKY BOOTS Reviews-Talkin' Broadway review

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
KINKY BOOTS Reviews
Posted: 4/4/13 at 03:48pm
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LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
KINKY BOOTS Reviews
Posted: 4/4/13 at 06:15pm
Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
KINKY BOOTS Reviews
Posted: 4/4/13 at 07:11pm
CukorLover
Featured Actor
joined:11/14/08
Murray nails it (in the coffin) !
Kinky Boots
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
amNY is mixed to negative (2.5 stars):

"So why does this musical, which looks and acts like a crowd-pleaser, still feel so unsatisfying? The biggest problem is that Lauper’s electric-pop songs are generic.

Furthermore, Jerry Mitchell’s production resembles a slick but uninspired rehash of all his earlier shows such as “The Full Monty” (the working class environment), “La Cage aux Folles” (flashy drag queens and Harvey Fierstein’s one-liners) and “Hairspray” (a spunky spirit)."


http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/theater-review-kinky-boots-2-5-stars-1.5010417
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
The Chicago Tribune is a RAVE!!! and talks about tremendous improvements and perfections being made from its run in Chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-mov-0405-kinky-boots-broadway-review-20130404,0,1029229.column

Even as the U.S. Supreme Court debates what is marriage, the sentimental and hugely enjoyable new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" is debating the nature of manhood, with a fabulous twist. But as timely as this show suddenly seems to be — it posits an ideal world according to Harvey Fierstein, wherein struggle leads to self-acceptance, which leads in turn to public triumph — there's nothing whatsoever that's time-bound about Cyndi Lauper's cheerfully audacious, toe-tapping score.

Lauper, a genuine and necessarily fearless original — happily lassoed for duty on a Great White Way in dire need of a woman with so many melodic hooks in her bag of tricks — has been promoting dance-fueled tolerance for decades. And that distinguished history, judiciously coupled with a book by the famously droll and direct Fierstein, is riveted into the stiletto heels dancing through industrial Britain in this show — a witty, striking and emotionally centered movie-to-musical transfer about a down-at-heel Northampton shoe factory that reinvents itself by making reinforced footwear for hefty drag queens.
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broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
The Associated press is mixed to positive

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP9a5442fcf8494714b84a3e8f5b803996.html

The show that opened Thursday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre is so full of good will — did you expect anything less from Lauper or Fierstein? — that only a curmudgeon could walk out and not want to hug the crowds in Times Square, even the sketchy ones in cartoon costumes.

True, the second half is almost completely unnecessary, the English accents are laughable and the footwear puns are relentless. But who cares? This is a big ol’ sweet love story about sons, the families we make and red patent leather.
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NewYorkTheater
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/10

"Is it a shock to say that “Kinky Boots” just isn’t kinky enough?
It could have been. Harvey Fierstein wrote the book, he who began his career as a 300-pound teenage drag queen on the Lower East Side. Cyndi Lauper is making her Broadway songwriting debut, she who began as the girl with the tie-dye colored hair who just wants to have fun...."
Kinky Boots Review: Cyndi Lauper's Broadway Songwriting Debut

broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
The L.A. Times is negative

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-kinky-boots-review-broadway-cyndi-lauper-20130405,0,5788177.story

This slavering-to-please production, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and featuring Lauper's recycled blend of pop and funk, is a tall, overstuffed wedding cake crammed with so much sugary filling that even those with an insatiable sweet tooth might prefer a slice of cantaloupe instead.

By turns entertaining and stultifying, "Kinky Boots," which had a tryout production last year in Chicago but could still use another round of tinkering, takes too much time to hit its stride. Fierstein's book cumbersomely sets up the situation of Charlie (Stark Sands), the uncertain young man with a good heart who inherits his family's shoe factory in the English Midlands just as the business is teetering on collapse.


And oh what a gaggle of acrobatic drag queens Mitchell has pressed into service! If "Kinky Boots" weren't such a cheesy commercial mess, it might actually be fun.

Ouch.

Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
Updated On: 4/4/13 at 09:52 PM
IdinaBellFoster
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/06
Most of these reviews praise the cast, and seem to solidify nominations for Porter & Ashford. Sands is also receiving better notices than I had imagined.

Now we just wait for Brantley...
"Oh look at the time, three more intelligent plays just closed and THE ADDAMS FAMILY made another million dollars" -Jackie Hoffman, Broadway.com Audience Awards
Anthony Fremont
Stand-by
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IdinaBellFoster
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/06
That was a lot more positive than I expected. Do we think Sands will score a Best Actor nomination as well?
"Oh look at the time, three more intelligent plays just closed and THE ADDAMS FAMILY made another million dollars" -Jackie Hoffman, Broadway.com Audience Awards
jv92
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/05
She might be Tony-winner Cyndi Lauper by June. I'm not a fan of pop songwriters crossing over to musical theater, but this score intrigues me.

bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Who paid him to write that? That was WAY more positive from him than I was expecting. And honestly, I thought Act 1 was way worse than Act 2.
IdinaBellFoster
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/06
This could be a situation similar to LA CAGE and SUNDAY. Matilda has a terrific score, but Lauper might end up on top.
"Oh look at the time, three more intelligent plays just closed and THE ADDAMS FAMILY made another million dollars" -Jackie Hoffman, Broadway.com Audience Awards
singtopher
Broadway Legend
joined:12/28/05
I'd call that Mixed-Positive to Positive from Ben.
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jv92
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/05
This is NOTHING like LA CAGE or SUNDAY... . Both shows are HIGHLY commercial. And neither Lauper nor Tim Minchen are either Sondheim or Herman.



Updated On: 4/4/13 at 10:12 PM
ClumsyDude15
Broadway Legend
joined:12/11/06
Kudos to Cyndi, the cast, and the creatives for some pretty great reviews.

"I'm raisin hell and I'm a felon in a four foot frame" --- Bring It On: The Musical.
"It's supposed to hurt. That's how you know it meant something" -- Peter and the Starcatcher.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
Updated On: 4/4/13 at 10:58 PM
jayinchelsea
Broadway Star
joined:4/9/09
Reviews much better than I expected, particularly from Ben. Saw it at preview this week. Wanted to love it, sort of liked it. Nothing about the show is special, including the two leads, and what works best are the pieces taken from other shows (the HAIRSPRAY finale, stolen by Mitchell from himself, is the best example).

But it does have heart, although can we call a moratorium on drag queen heroes for musicals? Okay, I liked it better than PRISCILLA or LA CAGE.
CukorLover
Featured Actor
joined:11/14/08
Shocking, just schlocking !!!!
ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
I'm shocked at these reviews too. I didn't think the show was that great. Extremely bland overall. Someone definitely paid Ben for that review because he would not like this.
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Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
I think it will still struggle to fill seats. It's an elusive concept to market. I think tourists will have no idea what its about and audience reception has been luke warm.
"The sexual energy between the mother and son really concerns me!"-random woman behind me at Next to Normal "I want to meet him after and bang him!"-random woman who exposed her breasts at Rock of Ages, referring to James Carpinello
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
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Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
Updated On: 4/4/13 at 11:22 PM
mjroberts972
Understudy
joined:6/13/11
When I saw it last week, the audience ate it up. I think they received it well. Almost too well.

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