5 reasons why we can’t wait for Kinky Boots in the UK

5. The soundtrack

A confession: we’ve loved the soundtrack since we bought it after Kinky Boots, which is in previews at the Adelphi Theatre from 21/8, won six Tonys in 2013. Hold Me In Your Heart (You Tube clip above) is the showstopper Whitney should’ve recorded. But there’s so much more to the soundtrack than that.

4. Killian Donnelly

He originated the roles of Deco in the West End production of The Commitments in 2013, Huey in Memphis the following year and now Charlie in Kinky Boots. It would be fair to say Donnelly’s a big deal particularly after his Olivier nomination earlier this year as best actor in a musical for Memphis. Charlie’s by no means our favourite character but it’s great to have such a safe pair of hands at the heart of the production.

3. Tweaking the film

The 2005 film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor is well worth seeking out and the basis for the story of how an under-threat Northampton shoe factory is saved by concentrating on a niche market thanks to drag queen Lola. The musical soundtrack is completely new and listening to it (monstagigz didn’t catch the musical on Broadway) it’s clear that the plot just became a whole lot more interesting. We won’t be completely sure until we go to that 1st UK preview on 21/8. Look out for a review on this site.

2. Lola

Billy Porter won the 2013 Tony as best actor in a musical playing our favourite character drag queen Lola. It’s clear she’s got her pick of the best songs. Sex Is In The Heel is fantastic (and does a great job in propelling the story including that all important we-can-do-it moment) but perhaps our favourite is Land Of Lola (YouTube clip above). ‘Once you walk inside these doors you’re mine, now let me blow your mind.’ Who could wish for a better introductory song? Big shoes to fill and we’ve everything crossed for the UK’s Matt Henry. Perhaps cast member and X Factor runner up Marcus Collins might understudy?

  1. Cyndi Lauper

Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy) wrote the book and could easily have topped the list but we’ve gone for Madonna’s 80s rival who’s written the most brilliant score. The History Of Wrong Guys (YouTube clip above) could’ve been sung by Cyndi herself. The soundtrack’s genius is that it covers so many musical bases: 70s disco for Lola, rock (Soul Of A Man) and the soul and pop already mentioned. If that wasn’t enough, prepare to be floored by the not-living-up-to-your-parents’-hopes theme that is Not My Father’s Son. Who would bet against Kinky Boots enjoying the longest West End run?

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