Broadway-bound Kinky Boots opens in Chicago

Kinky Boots, the new musical by Cyndi Lauper & Harvey Fierstein, opened last night at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, the show appears to be headed in the right direction as Chicago gives the creators the opportunity to fine tune the piece.

A couple of the reviews from opening night:

Hedy Weiss, Sun-Times: While
no one would mistake this new musical, which celebrated its
pre-Broadway opening Wednesday night at Chicago’s Bank of America
Theatre, as groundbreaking in any way, it is an ideally crafted,
altogether feel-good show — something of a “La Cage aux Folles” for the
recession-plagued, anti-bullying, “it WILL get better” generation. And
its solid if predictable storytelling (Harvey Fierstein’s take on the
popular little British film comedy of 2005), its accomplished and varied
score (an impressive first Broadway effort by Cyndi Lauper, that petite
paragon of pop, who has penned several numbers that are sure to become
keepers), its conveyor belt-smooth flow (courtesy of
director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell), and its strong, winningly
genuine cast, all conjoin to make it an engaging entertainment.

Michael Roberts, Showbiz Chicago:
Kinky Boots has something unique going for it that will add to its
success; that is Billy Porter…I would venture to say that Kinky Boots
will do for Mr. Porter what Hello, Dolly did for Carol Channing, Funny
Girl for Streisand; Phantom for Michael Crawford and Evita for Patti
LuPone. This is will become a show and role that will be forever
synonymous with Mr. Porter, and rightfully so…Alongside Mr. Porter is
the equally engaging Stark Sands as Charlie Price. Though his character
could stand a little more development in the second act, Sands has
remarkable stage presence and chemistry with his co-star…The book for
Kinky Boots is classic Harvey Fierstein, who always has the innate
ability to create an environment where his characters can be bigger than
life one minute, then intensely internal the next…The material at hand
is perfect fodder for [Jerry] Mitchell to develop the environment to
allow his actors to find their truth…A musical would be nothing without
the music, and for this, Cyndi Lauper is a revelation…Not since Rent
has there been a musical that is poised to have at least three numbers
cross over to the pop charts.

The marquee of Kinky Boots in Chicago

Jerry Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein celebrate the opening of Kinky Boots in Chicagp

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Harvey Fierstein on Obama’s accomplishments

“Obama announced the end of American troops in Iraq and NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT? Hello? What does that man have to do to get some credit from people?”

“He ended DON’T ASK…, he’s fighting DOMA, he’s extended marriage benefits to Fed employees, he’s given us a healthcare system we can build on, he saved us from a full blown Depression, he killed Ben Laden and a few other nasty types, and now he’s ending Bush’s idiot war in Iraq. And he’s done it all pretty quietly while fighting back challenges to his every word from the GOP which got us into all these messes in the first place. PEOPLE – A LITTLE RESPECT?” – Harvey Fierstein on Facebook