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BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center

Based on the 2005 British independent film of the same name which was inspired by a true story, this musical tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory from his father. To save the business, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen, Lola. With Lola's help, Charlie develops a plan to produce a line of high-heeled boots. In the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

Kinky Boots which features a book by four-time Tony-Winner Harvey Fierstein and a score by Grammy-Winner Cyndi Lauper made its Broadway debut on April 4th, 2013. The musical which still runs to this day, would go on to win 6 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The national touring production currently playing through March 15th has a great Tony Award-Winning musical theatre score by Cyndi Lauper brought to life by some very infectious orchestrations by Tony-Winner Stephen Oremus. But at the center of it all is a very funny book by Harvey Fierstein that's filled with lots of heart. As Charlie Price, Steven Booth displays a whole lot of charisma playing a hero hiding under a victim's mantle. North Carolina native J. Harrison Ghee truly shines as Lola, a drag queen with winning ways. Lindsay Nicole Chambers is perfectly cast as Lauren, a strong working class girl who later develops a crush on Charlie. Other standouts include Joe Coots as Don, a burly hyper-masculine factory worker; Grace Stockdale as Nicola, Charlie's driven and uncompromising long-term girlfriend; and Craig Waletzko as George, the reserved, middle-aged factory manager.

This production is very skillfully directed (and choreographed) by Tony-Winner Jerry Mitchell who literally creates some very cinematic staging. From John Shivers' effective Tony-Winning sound designs; Kenneth Posner's brilliant lighting designs; David Rockwell's inventive scenery; and Gregg Barnes' colorful costumes.

Kinky Boots should not only have you leaving the theatre having a great time, but it will also leave you with a heart filled with joy!

For more information regarding the tour: http://kinkybootsthemusical.com/




From This Author - Jeffrey Karasarides

Jeffrey Kare currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeffrey took interest in live theater at age 11. He also had the great pleasure of seeing s... (read more about this author)


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