Review: “Kinky Boots” Delivers Soles with Soul

The cast of "Kinky Boots." (photo: Matt Murphy)

The cast of “Kinky Boots.” (photo: Matt Murphy)

I suppose it’s easier to win a battle when you feel the world is on your side. Such is the case inside the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where Kinky Boots, a new musical by Harvey Fierstein (book) and Cyndi Lauper (music and lyrics) has recently set up shop.

The show’s opening number, “The Most Beautiful Thing,” begins with a flashback of the show’s two lead characters as children, discovering their own relationship to shoes — Charlie is the son of a shoe factory owner; Lola is a drag queen in the making. As little Lola (played by Marquise Neal) struts around the stage in red heels, the audience goes wild as if it’s populated with the kind of progressive young parents who show off their sons on YouTube dressing up like Disney princesses for Halloween. This audience wants to see the underdog succeed, and in Kinky Boots it’s a win-win as both Charlie and Lola have mountains to climb (albeit one in sensible shoes and the other in stilettos).

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online and look forward to our interview with Harvy Fierstein in our May issue. 

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