Kinky Boots the musical on Broadway

"Sex is in the Heel" says Lola, the drag queen and main shoe designer in the new Broadway musical, Kinky Boots.  And anyone who has a shoe fetish would be doing themselves a favor to drop what they are doing and go see this spectacle now in previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.  Equal parts drag show and small town musical, Kinky Boots provides a fun and energetic night at the theater for those looking for a good time and to find the passion in their lives.

Kinky Boots is based on the movie of the same name and is one of those movies perfect for a musical adaptation.  It is a predictable story; but often it is not how you get there, but the journey that is the most fun.  This tells the story of a shoe company located in a small English town and of Charlie, the man that is bound to inherit the company and all its' troubles.  Charlie's girlfriend wants them to move to the big city, but sad news brings him back home and all of a sudden he has more responsibility than he wanted.  He must find a way to re-invent and invigorate his failing business to keep the workers employed who have been there for years.  By chance, Charlie meets Lola, and through her finds new purpose in life, comes to accept who he really is and most importantly, finds the passion that has been missing in his life.  There are themes of moving out of a father's shadow, finding one's self and calling in life and the fact that you can always go home.

Performances were solid all around with Billy Porter absolutely bringing down the house as Lola.  Mr Porter's raspy, bluesy voice was the perfect counterpoint to the pure sounding but professional Stark Sands as Charlie.  The music and lyrics by 80's pop star, Cyndi Lauper, were appropriate to the story, moving it along with a mix of original pop and dance numbers.  The choreography was well done and well executed by the whole company, making sure that those that weren't that fleet of foot were limited to what they could handle.  The Angels, Lola's back-up dancers, were all amazing.  Anyone that can do moves like that in heels like that I have to respect.  Of course the biggest stars were the costumes, especially the shoes/boots.  As I mentioned the boots are inspiring and they really take center stage for the last number along with the other costumes.  Think over the knee boots decked out in the patriotic colors or with gem studded heels.

Yes, I enjoyed this show.  Yes it's goofy fun.  And yes, it's predictable.  But for the songs, performances, choreography and especially the costumes, it is worth the time to find out why "Sex is in the Heel."