Kinky Boots On Broadway New York City
How excited was I when my good friend Jill Seimen asked me to be her date for the soon-to-be-hit show Kinky Boots on Broadway? The answer…Very Excited! In a New York second we left our hubby’s in the dust for a girls night out on Broadway!
We began our evening with a scrumptious dinner at Marseille-NYC. Over a glass of vino we did lots of catching up on all things “girl talk.” Once our check was paid we started our walk the few blocks over to the theater, but not before our pre-show ritual of stocking up on a package of Twizzlers and bottles of water.
Since I live in the theater district it makes walking past the ever-changing Broadway marquees unavoidable. And since the theater district located in the heart of Times Square has become exhaustively congested I find myself less interested in the spectacular sights and sounds of Broadway and far more interested in how to navigate through the waves of people. As a result I walk by theaters daily and rarely notice what play, musical and actors are coming to Broadway, or on their way out-the-door. Tourists would categorize me as a “typical New Yorker, always in rush to get to where they are going,” but I beg to differ. I like to think of it as “maneuvering a challenging labyrinth of tourists packing the sidewalks four-wide while endlessly snapping pictures of the lights on Broadway.”
I mention the above because when Jill handed me my tickets for Kinky Boots on Broadway I have to admit having blindly walked past the theater countless times without ever noticing the marquee. Jill was kind enough to give me a 30- second download how the play was based on the Miramax motion picture “Kinky Boots”, from the book written by Harvey Fierstein, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.
Side Note: I was giddy with excitement upon learning that Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics. I worked with Cyndi a few years ago on an album cover and video shoot. I fondly recall that day as being one of my favorite photo shoots of all time. Cyndi was delightful and listening to her belt out Etta James’ popular tune “At Last” was like listening to Etta herself. Her voice is just that good.
Sorry, I digressed!
If you are like me and unfamiliar with the book, movie or play then allow me to provide a brief overview; Kinky Boots is a story about a failing shoe factory that reinvents itself as a manufacturer of fetishwear for the cross-dressed gent. It’s summed up best when Charlie Price, who is the last hope for the struggling Price & Son shoe company, says “There must be a niche market for properly built-to-last women’s boots for women who are men.” From this point Kinky Boots had me! What followed was a perfectly balanced sequence of sharp script and brilliant songs.
It made me laugh, it made me cry but most of all it left me feeling a little Kinky in my boots!
Oh and for all you Cyndi Lauper fans “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”…. at least Jill and I did!
Kinky Boot Credits: (courtsey of the NY Times)
“Book by Harvey Fierstein; music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, based on the Miramax motion picture “Kinky Boots,” written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth; directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus; sets by David Rockwell; costumes by Gregg Barnes; lighting by Kenneth Posner; sound by John Shivers; hair design by Josh Marquette; makeup design by Randy Houston Mercer; associate choreographer, Rusty Mowery; music director, Brian Usifer; music coordinator, Michael Keller; technical supervisor, Christopher C. Smith; production stage manager, Lois L. Griffing; associate producer, Amuse Inc.; general manager, Foresight Theatrical/Aaron Lustbader. Presented by Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jyne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergère, Allan S. Gordon and Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters. At the Al Hirschfeld Theater, 302 West 45th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200, telecharge.com. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.”
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