REVIEW: Kinky Boots at Hershey Theatre

by: Jimi The Intern
November 29, 2017

“Kinky Boots” struts onto the Hershey Theatre stage tonight through the weekend.

This Tony Award-winning musical combines high-energy, upbeat tunes, and a lot of laughs with an underlying message of “accepting people for who they are.”

Kinky Boots is based on the book by Harvey Fierstein, and the musical’s score was produced by none other than the iconic Cindi Lauper.

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A “Kinky” Story

The story follows Charlie Price, played by Lance Bordelon, who has aspirations of moving from his small town in Northampton to work in London.

Once he accomplishes this, Price is suddenly called back home when his father passes away. He soon realizes that the family shoe business, “Price & Son,” is about to go bankrupt.

Charlie is close to shutting the factory down until he gets inspiration from a very unlikely source. A chance meeting with Lola, a drag queen in London, gives him a hair-brained idea to save the factory by producing high-heeled boots for drag queens.

Charlie’s character is full of energy and emotion. He struggles with trying to save the factory and its employees while also trying to find out what he wants in life.

The connection between Charlie and Lola comes to a tipping point during a heated confrontation, where Lola’s emotion is evident in her show-stopping ballad, “Hold Me In Your Heart.”

Boots, Music, and Drag Queens

The boots that Price and Lola create are on full display throughout the entire second act. The performers not only strut around in the crazy, thigh-high, six-inch stiletto boots but also perform thrilling dance routines while wearing them.

Lauper’s score doesn’t just stick to one genre and features a little bit of rock and roll, funk, R&B, and heartfelt ballads that show off the talent of the entire ensemble.

Highlights of the show include the first act’s finale, “Everybody Say Yeah,” “Land of Lola,” and “Raise You Up/Just Be,” which ends the show on a high note as the entire cast dons the show’s signature boots.

“Everybody Say Yeah” also features the best dance moves of the show with the performers strutting the boots while dancing on rotating treadmills.

It’s mesmerizing and entertaining to watch.

The song that stuck with me was, “The History of Wrong Guys,” performed by Lauren, the love interest of the story. In the song, you get to see her quirky character on display as she helps Charlie find his way with the new venture.

After that song, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her anytime she was on stage.

As they say in the show, “ladies, gentleman, and those who have still yet to decide” will enjoy this show from start to finish.

Kinky Boots runs Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. at Hershey Theatre.

Categories: Art/Culture, Music, Theatre

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