Kinky Boots 2013

Run Time:
2 hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 14+
Opened: April 4, 2013
Closing: April 07, 2019

Kinky Boots - 2013 - Broadway History , Info & More

KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common -- or so they think! Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship.

Featuring 16 original songs by CYNDI LAUPER, a book by HARVEY FIERSTEIN, and direction and choreography by JERRY MITCHELL, this joyous sensation "struts its stuff with sparkle, stilettos and heart!" (Sydney Morning Herald). There’s never been a better time to experience KINKY BOOTS, Broadway’s "dazzling, sassy and uplifting" (Time Out) smash!

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Theater Review: 'Kinky Boots'
6 / 10

At first glance, 'Kinky Boots' would appear to contain all the ingredients of a hit musical...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). But there is a saving grace to 'Kinky Boots' and it's Billy Porter, who imbues the role of Lola with fierce diva attitude in a Tony-worthy performance. 2.5 stars

Kinky Boots – review
6 / 10

We can credit costume designer Gregg Barnes with the boots - they really are luscious. But similar originality evades most of the songs, which, though tuneful enough, fade from the mind as soon as the last note has sounded. A few exceptions are The History of Wrong Guys, a clever girl/dumb choices number milked gleefully by Annaleigh Ashford, and I'm Not My Father's Son, a duet for Sands and Porter. Most of the others, even those that promise well, ultimately come across as generic, accomplishing little in terms of revealing character or driving plot. Certainly there's nothing to rival the poignancy of Time After Time, or even the daffy joy of She Bop. Still, Broadway audiences just wanna have fun, and if it means giving a standing O to a uneven book and score, they'll do it.

BWW Flashback: KINKY BOOTS Takes One Final Strut on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - April 7, 2019


As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Tony Award-winning, record-shattering Broadway production of Kinky Boots will play its final performance on April 7, 2019. At the time of its closing, the musical will be the 25th longest-running production in Broadway history, having played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews.

TV: KINKY BOOTS Alumni Reunite for an Epic 'Take What You Got'
by Nicole Rosky - April 4, 2019


As Kinky Boots prepares to take its final Broadway bow on Sunday, April 7, some of the cast got together to perform an epic version of 'Take What You Got.' Arranged by past Harry, Jake Odmark, the song features the only three other actors to play the role on Broadway- Andy Kelso (Opening-2014), Ross Lekites (2016-2017) and Corey Mach (2017-Closing). Watch below as they are joined by Sammy Merendino, Robert Morris, Mason Ingram, and Will Van Dyke for the ultimate dressing room jam session!

Photo Coverage: KINKY BOOTS Gets Inducted Into Smithsonian's National Museum of American History!
by Monroe George - March 6, 2019


Just last night, the cast and creative team of Kinky Boots had something to say 'yeah' about! Smithsonian Institution representatives, Abbe Raven and Anthea M. Hartig stopped by to formally induct the show into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Check out photos from the onstage ceremony below!

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Brings Some Fancy New Footwear to Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson
by Juliana Asbill - February 12, 2019


What do you get when you take the newest owner of his family's shoe factory that's about to go under and introduce him to a drag queen with a need for some sturdy but sexy footwear? Kinky Boots!

TV: First Look at Tiki Barber in KINKY BOOTS
by Stephi Wild - January 20, 2019


On Friday evening, January 18, 2019, Kinky Boots welcomed to the stage for the first time, Tiki Barber, a former American Football running back who played for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. Barber plays the role of "Don" in the Tony Award®-winning musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) for a limited run through Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Photo Coverage: Tiki Barber, Callum Francis and Andy Kelso Join The Cast of KINKY BOOTS
by Monroe George - January 19, 2019


Last night, Tiki Barber (NFL superstar and New York Giants legend) took over the role of "Don" in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. The show also welcomed Andy Kelso back to the factory as "Charlie Price" and Callum Francis (of Kinky Boots UK and Australia) as he made his Broadway debut as "Lola.'

Andy Kelso Returns to the Cast of KINKY BOOTS Next Week
by Julie Musbach - January 3, 2019


Andy Kelso will return to the Tony Award-winning musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Friday, January 11, 2019.

VIDEO: Football Star Tiki Barber Will Join the Cast of KINKY BOOTS!
by Kaitlin Milligan - December 11, 2018


Former football player Tiki Barber went on GOOD MORNING AMERICA this morning to announce that he has joined the cast of KINKY BOOTS for a six-week run starting at the end of February!

VIDEO: Watch Cast Members From KINKY BOOTS Perform a Parody of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' at Red Bucket Follies
by Stephi Wild - December 9, 2018


Equality, inclusion and joy permeated the performances at this year's poignant and record-breaking Red Bucket Follies. The company of Kinky Boots took top honors for best onstage presentation. In its number, Kinky Boots bid a farcical farewell to Broadway before the hit show closes this April after six unforgettable years.

Photo Coverage: Conor Maynard Joins The Cast of KINKY BOOTS!
by Monroe George - November 21, 2018


Conor Maynard joined the company of Kinky Boots on November 19! Check out photos of his first bows below!

BWW Flashback: Everybody Say Yeah and Meet Conor Maynard, KINKY BOOTS' Newest Star!
by Paul Smith - November 20, 2018


Connor Maynard made his Broadway debut in the hit show Kinky Boots on November 19, 2018. Before making his debut, Maynard accumulated a huge following, while based in Brighton, UK. He has garnered over a billion views on his YouTube channel and has millions of followers across all social platforms. He is a singer-songwriter and has over 13 million monthly listeners on his Spotify channel, just recently releasing his new single 'Whenever' to great numbers.

Callum Francis Suits Up Joining the Cast of KINKY BOOTS as Lola
by Julie Musbach - November 8, 2018


Callum Francis, star of the UK and Australian Tours of Boots, will make his Broadway debut as 'Lola' in the Tony Award-winning musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) beginning on Friday, January 11, 2019.

KINKY BOOTS Will Welcome UK Pop Star Conor Maynard
by Julie Musbach - October 11, 2018


Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today British pop star Conor Maynard will take over the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

BWW Review: Singapore Gets Kinky as KINKY BOOTS Opens In Town!
by Joceline Loo - October 8, 2018


For the first time, Singapore was treated to a night of Kinky Revolution as the direct from Broadway's national tour of Kinky Boots opened on Friday (5 Oct). It is a complete visual treat with dazzling neon lights, powerful ballads, and costume extravaganza. Amidst it all, it is also a compelling story of acceptance, determination and kindness. Audiences in the Sands Theatre were bursting with laughter and love throughout the night.

The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Welcomes KINKY BOOTS' Justin Colombo
by Broadwaysted - October 1, 2018


In case you missed it, last week the Broadwaysted crew was happy to be joined by one of the stellar cast members of Kinky Boots, Justin Colombo! We poured out cider, Montelobos Mezcal, and Kona Beer as Justin spilled about his epic journey to 'Raise You Up' in his Broadway debut, his awesome work on The Turf Sports, and his fond memories of #EnemyoftheShow Jay Schmidt's college jazz shoes.

KINKY BOOTS Will Close On Broadway This Spring
by Alan Henry - September 28, 2018


Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that the Tony Award-winning, record-shattering Broadway production of Kinky Boots will play its final performance on April 7, 2019. At the time of its closing, the musical will be the 25th longest-running production in Broadway history, having played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews.

Mark Ballas Will Strut His Stuff in KINKY BOOTS For Two More Weeks
by A.A. Cristi - September 27, 2018


Kinky Boots announce today that Emmy-nominated and two-time 'Dancing with the Stars' champion Mark Ballas will take over the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical beginning on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He will play a limited run through Sunday, November 4, 2018. Ballas succeeds David Cook who will play his last performance on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Photo Flash: DANCING WITH THE STARS Vet Mark Ballas Struts Into KINKY BOOTS!
by Nicole Rosky - September 21, 2018


Kinky Boots recently welocmed Emmy-nominated and two-time 'Dancing with the Stars' champion Mark Ballas, who took over the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical. He will play a limited run through Sunday, November 4, 2018. Ballas succeeds David Cook who will play his last performance on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

BWW Interview: The KINKY BOOTS London Cast Talks Nostalgia, Audience Reaction and Acceptance
by Aliya Al-Hassan - September 7, 2018


It's now three years since Kinky Boots strutted its way into the West End. Based on a true story, the show follows Charlie Price who turns his father's failing shoe factory into a success by making outrageous thigh-high boots, after a chance meeting with drag queen Lola. From Mid September, a new production heads off on tour around the country and 12 January 2019 will see the final West End Show.

JERSEY BOYS Alum Mark Ballas Will Strut His Stuff as Charlie in KINKY BOOTS
by Julie Musbach - August 9, 2018


Kinky Boots announce today that Emmy-nominated and two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Mark Ballas will take over the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical beginning on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He will play a limited run through Sunday, November 4, 2018. Ballas succeeds David Cook who will play his last performance on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Photo Flash: American Idol's David Cook Struts Back Into Broadway's KINKY BOOTS
by A.A. Cristi - August 2, 2018


 David Cook('American Idol' Winner, 7th Season) has returned to the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al HirschfeldTheatre (302 West 45th Street) He will play a limited run through Sunday, September 9, 2018. Cook succeeds Tyler Glenn (lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Neon Trees) who played his last performance on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Photo Flash: Cyndi Lauper Joins Panic! At The Disco on Stage For a KINKY BOOTS Reunion
by Stephi Wild - July 22, 2018


Grammy-nominated band Panic! At The Disco was joined on stage by famed singer Cyndi Lauper at NYCB Live in Uniondale, NY on Friday night. Together, they performed a rendition of her iconic hit 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun'. Frontman Brendon Urie previously met Cyndi during their time together on the critically acclaimed, TONY Award-winning Broadway hit Kinky Boots. Urie starred as Charlie Price, while Cyndi provided music and lyrics for the musical.

Charlie's Back! David Cook Returns to KINKY BOOTS Tonight
by Nicole Rosky - July 17, 2018


As BroadwayWorld previousuly reported,  David Cook ('American Idol' Winner, 7th Season) will return to the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) beginning today, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He will play a limited run through Sunday, September 9, 2018. Cook succeeds Tyler Glenn (lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Neon Trees) who played his last performance on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

David Cook Will Return to KINKY BOOTS Next Month
by Stephi Wild - June 19, 2018


Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that David Cook ("American Idol" Winner, 7th Season) will return to the role of 'Charlie Price' in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) beginning on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He will play a limited run through Sunday, September 9, 2018. Cook succeeds Tyler Glenn (lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Neon Trees) who will play his last performance on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Kinky Boots FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What productions of Kinky Boots have there been?
Kinky Boots has had 5 productions including Broadway which opened in 2013, US Tour which opened in 2014, West End which opened in 2015, US Tour which opened in 2017 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2022.
What Tony Awards has Kinky Boots been nominated for?
Kinky Boots has been nominated for the following Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Harvey Fierstein, Best Choreography for Jerry Mitchell, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Gregg Barnes, Best Direction of a Musical for Jerry Mitchell, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kenneth Posner, Best Orchestrations for Stephen Oremus, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Cyndi Lauper, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Rockwell, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for John Shivers.
What Tony Awards has Kinky Boots won?
Kinky Boots has won the following Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Harvey Fierstein, Best Choreography for Jerry Mitchell, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Gregg Barnes, Best Direction of a Musical for Jerry Mitchell, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kenneth Posner, Best Orchestrations for Stephen Oremus, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Cyndi Lauper, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Rockwell, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for John Shivers.
What awards has Kinky Boots been nominated for?
Kinky Boots has been nominated for several awards including the Distinguished Performance Award for Billy Porter and Stark Sands at the Drama League Awards, Distinguished Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Choreographer for Jerry Mitchell at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Costume Design for Gregg Barnes at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Jerry Mitchell at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding New Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
What are the songs in Kinky Boots and what's the order?
Prince and Son Theme
The Most Beautiful Thing in the World
Take What You Got
The Land of Lola
Step One
Sex is in the Heel
The History of Wrong Guys
I'm Not My Father's Son
Everybody Say Yeah!
What a Woman Wants
In This Corner
Charlies's Sad Soliloquy/Soul of a Man
Hold Me in Your Heart
Raise You Up
Just Be

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