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Kinky Boots is Kinkier Than Ever! – Theater Revisit and Review, January 27, 2015

I took in Kinky Boots on January 27, just two days after Billy Porter took a leave of absence from his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Lola. While I had heard rave reviews about this performance, Nick Rashad Burroughs played the role this night.   (Kyle Taylor Parker leaves the national tour to cover Lola until April 26.)  Porter returns on April 28th.

But let’s  get back to Nick…he was amazing! I thought he gave the character of Lola great substance through each song and scene. For someone to succeed in that role, one needs an incredible diversity of skills, and the uncanny ability to transform from reserved Simon to flashy, gorgeous Lola. He portrayed this role flawlessly.

Charlie, played by Andy Kelso (he originated the role of Harry in the show), was also very relatable and delivered such songs as “Not My Father’s Son” and “Soul of A Man” with such emotional power and conviction. His good looks and commanding presence also does wonders for holding one’s attention.

Another notable performance was from Jeanna De Waal, who plays Laura, the girl who has always made terrible mistakes with men and again is falling for the engaged Charlie, for whom she works in his factory. She delivers her song, “The History of Wrong Guys” with such hilarity.   One can definitely see the Cyndi Lauper influence in her character.

What surprised me about Kinky Boots is that it’s so much more than just a fun show with high energy musical numbers. The storyline is powerful, and through the two and a half hour performance, it took me from laughter to tears and back again.   You won’t want to miss this spectacular Broadway smash.

Kinky Boots, by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in an open run. Directed by Jerry Mitchell; scenic design, David Rockwell; costume design, Gregg Barnes; lighting design, Kenneth Posner; sound design, John Shivers; hair design, Josh Marquette; music supervision/arrangements/orchestrations, Stephen Oremus.

With Kyle Taylor Parker, Andy Kelso, Jeanna De Waal, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Cortney Wolfson, Marcus Neville, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Paul Canaan, Sean Patrick Doyle, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Kyle Post, Joey Taranto, Jake Odmark, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jennifer Perry, Douglas Baldeo, Cameron Colley, Adinah Alexander, Eugene Barry-Hill, Stephen Berger, Alfred Dalpino, Anna Elinsfeld, Mia Gentile, D’Andre Lee, Eric Leviton, Ellyn Marie Marsh, John Jeffrey Martin, Graham Montgomery, Abby Mueller, Nathan Peck, Robert Pendilla, Stephen Tewksbury, and Timothy Ware.

A $37 ticket lottery is drawn 2 hours prior to curtain at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office with entries accepted two and a half hours prior to each performance.

Michelle Jerson

Contributing Writer

February 1, 2015


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