Drag queens have been the brunt of jokes for years; Kinky Boots takes it to a new level of respect. This musical, with Billy Porter playing the main character drag queen, Lola, is comical and riveting. This show deserves the Tony Award it received. It will entertain you, while awing you as you watch men, dressed as woman, dancing around in three inch heels. Lola and her angels look so good it’s hard to see them as men. The show is fresh and alive with energy. The music is vibrant and the performance is breathtaking. The choreography is right on with a dance-heavy show. The cast moves around conveyor belts with a liveliness and sparkle.
The theater is comfortable and spacey, with a good view from all seats. The mezzanine seats did not make you feel as though they were too far away. The stage set is large with the ability to host many different scenes. Most scenes take place within the main set, with spot lights highlighting the current scene.
Cindi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics; the songs have so much charisma that you feel as though you could get up and dance along with the cast. It’s apparent that Cindi is a very talented and gifted composer. The story is based on a book by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Jerry Mitchell. It’s got a great message but the story is a little slow. My favorite line in the show was “Look to the heel, young man. The sex is in the heel.” This ends up being sung in a song but the delivery is very funny.
The first act has wonderful scores by Cindi, with two solo numbers one by Charlie and one by Lauren. The first showstopper song is when Lauren sings her solo, “The History of Wrong Guys”. This number is humorous and entertaining. The first act has a lot of magnetism. Oddly enough there is no sex in the show. The last song of the first act is “Everybody Say Yeah.” This song was very enthralling and had you singing along in your seat. The choreography is so smoothly orchestrated among the cast....