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Kinky Boots Music by Cyndi Lauper |  Book by Harvey Fierstein | Directed by Jerry Mitchell
4 Stars

Fabulously sassy, uplifting and ever so kinky, the Tony Award-winning musical that's been dazzling audiences has finally high-kicked its way from Broadway to the West End.

Based on true events, the story about a struggling Northampton shoe factory began life as an independent film, following in the footsteps of Brit-hits 'Billy Elliot', 'The Full Monty' and 'Made in Dagenham', before being transformed into a musical.

Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, 'Kinky Boots' follows factory owner Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) whose chance encounter with drag queen Lola (Matt Henry) inspires a production line of sexy heels for transvestites that helps save the family business.

This show is a lot of fun and the script plays up the comedy well, offering the cast some brilliantly tongue-in-cheek one-liners.

It's the eccentric costumes and high-octane dance numbers like 'Sex Is In The Heel' that draw the audiences in. Matt Henry gives Beyoncé a run for her money with some athletic dance moves, accompanied by a chorus line of incredibly toned drag queens. Some of the full company numbers are particularly well put together - especially the stylized boxing sequence during 'In This Corner' and the seamlessly choreographed 'Everybody Say Yeah' which is a delight to watch.

It's not all glitz and high-kicks though; there are some grittier moments that give the show an edgier feel.

Despite some saucy subject matter the show manages to uphold a family-friendly feel and tackles the matter of gender and sexuality well. It's not groundbreaking, but the message of accepting ourselves and each other's quirks is uplifting and relates to men, women and 'those who have yet to make up their minds'.

Now, where can I get myself a pair of those boots..?

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