Kinky Boots

Remember the recent post I wrote about Chicago theatre, and how it was more than just Broadway in Chicago? And remember how I said that I adore BIC is because they provide the opportunity for shows to test the waters here before heading to Broadway? 

Well, we'll soon have another show to add to the list of pre-Broadway engagements. Kinky Boots, a new musical by Cyndi Lauper (yes, "girls just wanna have fun" Cyndi Lauper) and Harvey Fierstein, is set to begin kicking its heels October 2 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.
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Based on the 2005 British film, this topical musical comedy explores how far a man is willing to go to save not only his family's failing shoe factory, but the faltering town that relies on the business as well. 

Enter Lola, a fierce and fabulous drag queen who inspires Charlie, the factory owner, to reinvent how he looks at life and his business.  

On paper, the cast and creative team for this sounds smashing. Of course you can't go wrong with the likes of Lauper attached to any project, and I'm curious to hear how her distinct pop sound will translate to the stage. Director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell and book writer Fierstein know their way around fun and fabulous, with shows like Hairspray, La Cage Aux Folles and Legally Blonde the Musical under their combined belts. As Lola, the big-voiced Billy Porter has the potential to blow the lid off the joint, and as the love intest, Annaleigh Ashford has demonstrated her charming comedic chops in several shows, including Wicked where she played Glinda in the Chicago production for a spell.