Kinky Boots Buzz– The new Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical, Opens in Chicago

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Kinky Boots is in solid shape as it gears up for its springtime Broadway premiere. The production, which sits somewhere between Billy Elliot and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, opened in Chicago last night (Oct. 17) to favorable feedback.

Kinky Boots is an adaptation of the 2005 British film, based on a true story, in which an old-fashioned shoe factory in Northampton overcomes recessionary burdens by transforming itself into a supplier of fetish footwear for drag queens and other pleasure-seekers—those who prefer their footwear red with glitter as opposed to Burgundy and buttoned-down.

By all accounts, Cyndi Lauper has created a sound score, Harvey Fierstein’s book is sincere and the performances are stellar, particularly that of Billy Porter who plays “Lola.” Director Jerry Mitchell brings it together, keeping the spectacle in order, offering a nice sense of humor, a heart-rending message and an engaging spirit.

Hedy Weiss of The Sun Times calls it “something of a La Cage aux Folles for the recession-plagued, anti-bullying, “it WILL get better” generation. “

Here’s our Kinky Boots-Chicago review round-up:

The digital buzz about the Broadway bound production of Kinky Boots.