KINKY BOOTS Extends Toronto Run Through May 2016
Toronto audiences refuse to let KINKY BOOTS end at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The show, which had its Canadian debut on June 16, 2015, was originally booked for a 12-week run. The demand from audiences was so strong, it has already been extended three times. In fact, GASLIGHT, which was supposed to play at the Royal Alex was moved to a reconfigured Ed Mirvish Theatre, so that KINKY BOOTS could be extended.
Continued strong demand for KINKY BOOTS has forced its producers to extend it again at the Royal Alex, until May 15, 2016.
This will be the absolute final extension, as the physical production is required elsewhere to begin rehearsals for a long-planned Australian production of the show.
Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, the authors of the show, state: "We're so thrilled the Toronto audiences have embraced Kinky Boots in such a big way," Lauper said about the news. "How exciting to be extended for a fourth time in this great city," Fierstein added. "Toronto audiences are incredible!"
It also means that another show scheduled for the Royal Alex will be moved to the new configuration of the Ed Mirvish Theatre. David Hare's magnificent play about Oscar Wilde, THE JUDAS KISS, which will star the great British stage and film actor Rupert Everett, will now be performed at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, from March 22 to May 1, 2016, before heading to New York, where it will have a month-long run at the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre.
With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.
The design team for KINKY BOOTS includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Tony Award-winner John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Stephanie Gorin and Telsey + Company/Justin Huff, CSA (Casting), with Musical Supervision and Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Oremus.
KINKY BOOTS is produced by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergere, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters in association with David Mirvish.
Photo Credit: Cylla von Tiedemann