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‘Kinky Boots’ defines the return of summer to Broadway


The sex is back in the heel.

Stage 42 announced Thursday that an Off Broadway revival of “Kinky Boots,” the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein collaboration that won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2013, will begin theater performances in July.

The revival at the 499-seat Shubert Theater is set to be directed by Jerry Mitchell (“La Cage Aux Folles,” “Legally Blonde”), who directed and choreographed the original Broadway production, which earned him his second Tony for choreography.

The feel-good musical tells the story of a young Englishman, Charlie Price, who tries to save his family’s shoe factory by making boots for drag performers. The Broadway production – which starred Stark Sands as Price and Billy Porter as drag queen Lola, a performance for which Porter won a Tony – ended in April 2019 after 34 previews and 2,505 regular performances.

In his Critic’s Choice review, New York Times critic Ben Brantley called the musical, which features music and lyrics by Lauper and a book by Fierstein, “a shameless emotional push.” He described his heart-pounding, rhythmic score as performing “like a pop star on Ecstasy”. (The cast recording won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.)

“Kinky Boots” was a major hit in the nine years since it opened on Broadway, where it grossed $297 million and won six Tony Awards. The show has toured North America and Britain, and productions have been staged in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Poland and Spain. .

The Off Broadway production is scheduled to begin performances July 26 and open August 25 at Stage 42 of Hell’s Kitchen. No casting has been announced.

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