30Nov

Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” Teaches the Value of Acceptance and Diversity

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It’s a new day. With the recent election, there is more of a need for acceptance and diversity than ever.  It hasn’t been an easy few weeks for so many of us as we grapple with a new administration that defies everything we believe in. Much of our inherent beliefs and the basis of what our Constitution stands for are on the line.

And this is where Broadway’s Kinky Boots comes into play. It’s a show that pushes the very idea of acceptance and diversity, and that is what our entire nation needs to do. We need to accept everyone for who they are – Muslims, Mexicans, gay people, disabled people, Jews and everyone else who have been ridiculed over the past few months or made to feel less than they truly are. The show is so very politically correct and music to my ears during these tough times. Its credo is “You change the world when you change your mind” and that is what so many Americans need to do right now.

Kinky Boots, winner of six Tonys based on a book by Harvey Fierstein, including best musical, choreography and orchestrations, Cyndi Lauper’s pop-rock score which is just so very Cyndi, is based on the true story of English shoe factory owner Charlie Price, who saves his family business by manufacturing shoes for a niche market: drag queens. Lola designs the shoes, with the help of factory workers who he teaches a lot about humanity and “what makes a man a man.” He ultimately draws Charlie out of his shell. Yet she also must contend with inner demons and the scorn of a few small-minded co-workers.

The show also promotes the notion that where you decide to do your business is really nobody else’s business. Lola’s path to get the team to accept her for who she is runs parallel with her accepting her own path and struggle to get where she is, and it’s simply beautiful.

Todrick Hall stepped into Lola’s shoes, right off the heels off a successful run by Billy Porter. He’s a wonderful singer and actor who puts all his heart into this role. Aaron C. Finley, who plays Charlie, and Haven Burston, who plays Lauren, are also terrific as the show’s romantic leads. Frankly, the whole cast is wonderful and the choreography stands out. The music will have you smiling and dancing in your seat, without question.

Furthermore, Cyndi Lauper – she is amazing. I loved her music back then and I love it even more now.

For ticket info, head here: http://kinkybootsthemusical.com/tickets.php.

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to facilitate this review but all opinions are my own.

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