By Lyndsay Bredahl
Kinky Boots hits the stage running for one week. It’s a heartfelt story that will leaving you smiling when you leave Bass Concert Hall. It has such a positive message believing that you can change your situation when you change your mind.
Charlie Price (played by Adam Kaplan) is ready to move away with his fiancé to London and leave Northampton, England behind. Just as he arrives, he gets a call that his father has passed away leaving the family business, a shoe factory called Price & Son. The factory is almost bankrupt and most of the workers have watched Charlie grow up. They are his family. He tries to figure out how to save it, but believes there is no hope until one night he meets Lola (J. Harrison Ghee) , who he tries to save her from being accosted. After talking, Lola, who is a man in drag, becomes the solution to his problem, when he gets an idea to target the drag community and make boots and high-heels designed to hold a man’s weight.
In the midst of production, Charlie gets Lola to come help him design a line of shoes. A lot of the factory workers try to fight Charlie on his idea, while one worker, Lauren (Tiffany Engen), starts falling for him. He ends up giving her a promotion because she had originally given him the idea to target a niche like some of the other surviving shoe factories had been doing. Some of the workers, especially Don give Lola a hard time, especially when he shows up in men’s clothing and introduces himself as Simon. Charlie tries to console Lola. They both realize that they didn’t become what there fathers wanted them to be and just how much they have in common.
Kinky Boots is based on true events and a touching portrayal of 2 people that are nothing alike, but have everything in common. It teaches you that you should never not get to know someone because they are different. That person may bring hope in your life. And there’s no one better to have composed the score than Cyndi Lauper, which won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score. She brings such raw emotional in each song, especially in the song Not My Father’s Son. The book was written by Harvey Fierstein and it is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
Even with all the sentiment in the songs, one of the best is funny girl Lauren singing The History of Wrong Guys. Tiffany Engen does an exceptional job playing her and adds much needed comic relief in the musical. You may also notice that Jim J. Bullock, Monroe of 80s sitcom, Too Close for Comfort, plays the factory manager, George.
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Photo by Matthew Murphy, Adam Kaplam as Charlie Price and J. Harrison Ghee as Lola/Simon.