‘Kinky Boots’ is stunning

Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official webpage of 'Kinky Boots' in London

Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official webpage of ‘Kinky Boots’ in London

Kinky Boots’ is a fantastic, funny, contagious and energetic musical. The show arrived to London at the end of last August and finally I could see it. I didn’t know too much about it, only that won the Tony Award for the Best Musical in 2013. My expectations were high and it didn’t disappointed at all. I was overwhelmed by all the colours, dresses, high heels and choreographies. Lola is a wonderful character, her personality is unique, her songs are amazing and catchy, with all the Drag Queens dancing with her it’s really funny and beautiful to see.

The musical is at the Adelphi Theatre, in Strand. It’s based in a British film that was released in 2005 (also inspired in true events). The Broadway producer Daryl Roth saw the film and got so inspired to make it on stage. It was developed as a musical with songs by Cyndi Lauper and opened on Broadway in 2013, winning a lot of popularity and awards. It was just a matter of time that a British story like we see in ‘Kinky Boots’ would come to London soon. Don’t miss ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre, I got some Day Seats at the front row for £25. People get there very early in the morning and you wait until 10:30 am, but it’s worth it.

The story is about overcoming, self-acceptance and respect. Tells the story of Charlie Price. His father was the owner of Price & Son, a shoe factory in Northampton but when he died, Charlie had to look after the business. He realised that the sales weren’t going so well, but he wasn’t sure of selling the company or change the products for a new market. Charlie met Lola, a Drag Queen who was having problems with her high heels, because they were breaking all the time because of her weight. So he got inspired to create a new kind of heels for this potential market, but his father was planning to sell the business already before he died.

Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official webpage of 'Kinky Boots' in London

Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official webpage of ‘Kinky Boots’ in London

All the characters from the show are really well created and performed by the actors and actresses. For example, Killian Donnelly does a great job as Charlie. He looks very vulnerable and he has an amazing voice, as always, as you can see in songs like ‘Soul Of A Man’. I adored him in ‘Memphis’, so I was really looking forward to watch him singing again. Then it’s Matt Henry as Lola, who is absolutely stunning, with a great voice and performance too. He looks as a strong Drag Queen but also with a lot of heart. It’s my favourite character from the show by far. Her performance of ‘Hold me In Your Heart’ is memorable. Also, I can’t forget Amy Lennox as Lauren. She is hilarious too and her solos are great, like ‘The History Of Wrong Guys’.

Probably the best of the show is the story, which is based in real events. The script is made in such a wonderful way, because is a dramatic story but you are not crying all the time. It’s really funny, the characters make you laugh, but you know that Lola’s story is hard and very touching. I must recognise that I couldn’t get most of the jokes but anyway, the atmosphere and the reaction of the audience was great, so you leave the theatre in a good mood and with a smile you can’t explain. It’s really moving to see how Lola needs to fight every day to be accepted, but Charlie too, to be respected and loved for creating a new and innovative product with all his heart.

Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official webpage of 'Kinky Boots' in London

Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official webpage of ‘Kinky Boots’ in London

The stage is great, with lots of effects. The factory is beautiful, they even have a treadmill for the ‘Everybody Say Yeah’ scene, and also a catwalk for the scene in Milan. There are lots of choreographies and I was really impressed because there are lots of Drag Queens wearing high heels and they dance so amazingly well, like they were wearing flat shoes. Of course there’s lot of rehearsals, but this guys are fantastic, without doubt. The songs are fine, with a combination of styles such as rock, pop and electronic. There are a few catchy like ‘The Sex Is In The Heel’ or ‘Everybody Say Yeah’ and a few solos performed by Charlie, Lola and Lauren that are great too. I also need to mention ‘Not My Father’s Son’, one of the most dramatic songs on the show. But in general the songs, by Cyndi Lauper are not very innovative in musical theatre. It’s a great show, with good songs but nothing unusual that hasn’t ever been on stage. The best of the songs is watching the actors singing and performing.

Without doubt ‘Kinky Boots’ it’s a great show at the Adelphi Theatre, hopefully will be there for a long time, so lot of people will see and love the story. It’s a very energetic show, fantastic, beautiful and colourful to see. The performances of Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry and Amy Lennox are spectacular. The actors and actresses dance and sing very well, everything is energy, fun and entertaining. ‘Kinky Boots’ is the best solution for the cold and rainy days.

Cesar

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