“Kinky Boots” tour review

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“Kinky Boots” is one of the several musicals I have gone to see without any previous knowledge of the plot, setting, music, etc. I saw the show for the first time on February 13, 2016 when it came to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and I enjoyed it.

The musical, “Kinky Boots” is based off the 2005 film of the same name. The music was written by singer/songwriter, Cyndi Lauper and won six Tony awards in 2013, including “Best Musical.” It also won “Best Musical Theater Album” at the Grammys in 2014.

Charlie Price (Adam Kaplan) has no choice but to take over his family’s shoe making business after the death of his father. As he tries to come up with ideas to save the shop, one night he stumbles upon Lola (J. Harrison Ghee), a drag queen who tells him after one of the club shows that his/her expensive heels are always breaking. After the meeting, Price conjures up the idea to make high heel boots designed for men and offers Lola a position as the designer.

As the story continues, Price and Lola form a friendship and begin to understand each other. They discover they are more alike than they thought when they speak of their childhood and fathers. Price also learns to accept not only Lola’s work that could help save his family business, but her as a person.

Adam Kaplan did a great job as Charlie Price. He had a strong and fantastic voice that seemed to suit the character. His vocal abilities really shone in the song “Soul of a Man.”

J. Harrison Ghee was phenomenal as Lola. He had a fantastic voice.One of the best songs he sang was “Hold Me in Your Heart.” The actor gave a good insight to the character and the struggles Lola went through in his life as a man who likes to cross dress. Ghee did a great job portraying Lola with the correct amount of sassiness and flair.

NOTE: Please forgive any incorrect use of “he” or “she” regarding Lola.

The entire cast did a great job and I especially loved seeing Aaron Walpole as Don. I saw Walpole while he was in “Les Misérables” on Broadway, it was great to see him playing a hilarious character with more stage time.

I thought “Kinky Boots” was pretty good and it met my expectations. It was not a show I was familiar with like I was with “The Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story” or “Les Miserables.” All I knew when I went into the show was that “Kinky Boots” involved drag queens. It made me laugh, and I thought the music and choreography were great. I enjoyed the message the story gave of learning to accept others who are different than you.

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