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Play Review

Monday, 19 January, 2015 1:06 PM

'Kinky Boots' is fabulous at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo by Matthew Murphy

"Kinky Boots" tour photo

 

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria@americajr.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- "Kinky Boots" arrives at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Written by Harvey Fierstein and musical score written by Cyndi Lauper, this is a story of a struggling shoe factory in Northampton, England. The curtain went up and we saw a shoe factory with shoes coming down a conveyer belt. But when his father dies, Charlie Price (Steven Booth) is forced to bring back the company from the verge of bankruptcy.

When he meets Lola (Kyle Taylor Parker), a transvestite, who needs well-made stilettos, an idea comes to mind. Charlie collaborates with her (or him) and she becomes his designer. Flamboyant Lola figures she has a "niche" to fill and wants red boots. "Red stands for sex," says Lola. The unlikely pair finds they have more in common than ever and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change the world.

Inspired by a true story, "Kinky Books" the musical has some similar differences than the real story. In the original story, the shoe factory's name was W.J. Brooks Shoe Company. In the musical, it was Price & Sons Ltd. W.J. Brooks made women's boots for men and women, Price & Sons made women's boots just for men. Steve Pateman was the owner in real life, while in the musical the owner was Charlie Price. Also ,Steve Pateman modeled his line of footwear in his company's brochures and catalogs, while Charlie Price modeled the Kinky Boot line at the Milan Footwear Show.

"Kinky Boots" was an unexpected surprise. I thought it was a good musical adaptation even with the differences from the original story. Children may not understand the character of Lola who later becomes Simon at the end of the musical. However, it is still worth taking them to see it.

Come join the sold-out audiences who have discovered why the best way to fit in is to stand out.

"Kinky Boots" the musical is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell and took home six 2013 Tony awards, the most of any show in the season.

OVERALL GRADE: B

Detroit's Fisher Theatre is hosting Kinky Boots from January 15-25, 2015. Tickets start at $35 (including parking and facility fees) and is now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre box office.

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Kyle Taylor Parker

 

Photo Credit: Gavin Bond

Cyndi Lauper

 

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