Exclusive World Premiere : Chicago Gets “Kinky”

Gay seems to be the rage these days. Television shows like “Modern Family” and “The New Normal” demonstrates that media has come a long way since “Ellen”  One of the most talked about shows is LOGOs “RuPaul ‘s Drag Race.”  Last night, Chicago hosted the world premiere of Broadway’s next hit, “Kinky Boots”  Broadway in Chicago premiered the musical with playwright ,Harvey Firestein and composer, Cyndi Lauper in attendance. Jerry Mitchell (director/choreographer) was also viewing his vision.

“Kinky Boots” is the charming story of when boy meets drag queen .  It also preaches the message of acceptance and being who you are.  Stark Sands carried the show as Charlie, the boy who inherited his family’s shoe empire.  But times change, and the business is in trouble.  Through the hand of fate, Charlie meets Simon/ Lola. Billy Porter steals the show as the fabulous Lola.  She is the “Wonder Woman” sent to save the factory.  Her million dollar idea is for Price to make stylish boots that men can wear.  Charlie has been spared but there is trouble. Something keeps Charlie from his destiny and that someone is Nicole. Celina Carvajal plays the fiance who wants Charlie in London.  London represents wealth and stature . She also wants him to dump his past and get rid of the factory.  Annaleigh Ashford is the girl who represents his future, Lauren.

The real star of the show however is the music.  Cyndi Lauper puts her heart and soul into each song , destined to be a classic.   Starks powerful voice is spotlighted in “The Soul of a Man” and Ashford’s belt is playful in the fun tune “The History of Wrong Guys”  .  Standing at center stage in a gorgeous gown and full makeup, Porter rips out of your heart and brings you to tears with the scene stealing “Hold Me in Your Heart.”  The show ended with the audience clapping along and tapping their feet to the rousing finale, ” Raise You Up/ Just Be.”  Bravos should also go out to Randy Houston Mercer, Josh Marquette, and Gregg Barnes for their fabulous hair , make up , and costume design. It is hard enough to make a woman look glamorous, but these geniuses made men look fab and fierce.  The choreography made the “Angels” look like glam Vegas showgirls with their high kicks and moves.  It was definitely a fun night at the theatre for all.

But you better hurry, cause the “Kinky Boots” train is heading for the Great White Way and will be pulling out of Chicago on November 4.  If you want the opportunity to see a classic before it becomes one, go to Broadway in Chicago or http://www.broadwayinchicago .com for ticket info.

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Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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3 Responses to Exclusive World Premiere : Chicago Gets “Kinky”

  1. gold price says:

    Kinky Boots is based on the terrific 2005 British film of the same name, which was very loosely based on a true story. The leading man, Charlie, who had plans to escape his small hometown outside London, finds himself trapped when his father dies. Rather than sell the factory, he becomes desperate to save the business so that the people who work there, whom he has known all his life, will have a way to support their families. In London, Charlie meets Lola, a drag queen who complains to Charlie about how difficult it is to find high heels that will support a man’s weight. Charlie becomes excited about this niche shoe market and convinces Lola to work with him to design these “Kinky Boots.” As in any movie (or real life) situation, when an “other” comes into a close-knit society, there is conflict and all parties must work hard to find ways to accept and appreciate one another in order to save their community.

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