There is nothing more exhilarating than a night out at the theater that involves a passionate tale of triumph in the face of adversity and a wickedly high pair of heeled boots that is kicking down stereotypes about gender one show at a time.
Kinky Boots, a musical based on a book by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, doesn’t miss a step when it comes to telling the story of floundering British shoemaker Charlie Price and the fabulous Lola, a man who transforms into even more of a glam goddess through the magic of Price’s stunning, bedazzled boots. The unlikely duo ends up having much in common as they both attempt to emerge from the shadows of what their fathers had planned for their lives.
Tom Souhrada and J. Harrison Ghee shine as the stars of this while plenty of supporting characters such as George, played by my favorite Hollywood Square Jim J. Bullock also add to the depth of the show. The music from this show has the pop-rock thumbprint of Lauper and also includes the deeper message of acceptance that many of Lauper’s songs convey.
My favorite part of this show was watching the audience around me smiling, whistling and clapping to the beat while absorbing the message “Just be who you wanna be!”
Kinky Boots is playing at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday March 13. The show then travels two Fort Meyers and Naples. Kinky Boots will then return to South Florida next year. In 2017, the show will appear April 18-23 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.