Kinky Boots oct.17th, ’15

london west end

Music by Cyndi Lauper. Book by Harvey Fierstein. Six amazing drag queens who gorgeously light up the stage. And Lola, the queen of the queens, strutting her stuff in kinky boots. Nothing can go wrong!

The musical tells the story of Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) who doesn’t really have a plan in life. He should follow his father’s footsteps and produce high quality shoes but doesn’t really want to. He has a career oriented girlfriend and therefore rather follows her to London. But then his father dies and when he goes back, the factory is basically broke. On a drunken night out he tries to “save” a lady in distress and gets hit – not realising that the gorgeous woman in question is Lola,(Matt Henry) who wouldn’t have needed his help at all, but in saving him breaks the high heel of his boots. Boots that are expensive but cheaply made. Well, even if Charlie doesn’t know it yet, we do: he’s destined to make “kinky boots” , a niche market that will save his factory and subsequently his life as he finds help and understanding in Lauren, while his fiancé leaves him for a life in London. Until then there are a few obstacles, though. Not everyone accepts Lola as a designer, Don hates her and finally even challenges her to a fist fight, not knowing that she was trained as a pro boxing champion by her father. But Lola let’s him win and thus saves another soul – Don realises that his help will save the production of boots in time for Milan.

The huge shoe event in Milan almost doesn’t happen for Charlie, who had miscalculated so there’s no money for models. Desperate, he himself tries to walk his boots until – to the rescue come Lola and her angels.

Any Lennox is a fabulous Lauren who emulates Cyndi Lauper without being a cheap copy. Her voice is strong and made for blues and rock. Killian Donnelly is a charmingly lost Charlie who plays his innocence in a very cute way. Matt Henry is brilliant – he won the voice UK and rightfully so. Plus to sing and dance in those boots – kudos! He does have the depth to deliver the more serious parts of the role too which is a blessing.

Loved every moment! Both Gabe and I were dancing and clappyin the end, so a great time was had!

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