Kinky Boots

I finally had a chance to see Kinky Boots, after having wanted to see it for months now! And it was definitely worth the wait!

Kinky Boots tell the story of Charlie Price, who unexpectedly inherits his father’s high quality leather shoe company. Through changing customer expectations and cheap shoes flooding the market, the factory has been in trouble for years. Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a cabaret drag queen who tells him about the struggle to find sturdy heels for men. With the help of factory worker Lauren, Lola, and Lola’s group of drag performers, Charlie fights to keep the company alive by providing for a niche market.

The stage looms quite large with a factory facade taking up its entire length. But this drab exterior gets quickly transformed into exciting interiors. From the ever changing shoe factory to several London locations, the sets are lovingly crafted and work really well to bring the different atmospheres to life.

The characters seem overdrawn and tropey at times, and the very flimsy love story between Charlie and Lauren just feels wedged in for the sake of it, but there are really good moments from the star of the show, Lola, and her “Angels”.

The music is very catching, but nothing that’ll stick with you forever.

It’s a colourful, fun spectacle with stunning high-heeled dance numbers, but it feels very shallow and engineered. While I did enjoy it, I do wish it had more substance to go with the glitz! Three and a half rainbow sloths from me.

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