The purpose of a good musical is to entertain, have you humming afterwards and demanding that your friends go see it as soon as possible. If that fits your definition of a good musical then you should be heading over to see Kinky Boots which is the classic Broadway hit!
You will recognize all the ingredients for a ' Best Musical' nominee with a wonderful collection of talent at all levels of the production giving us their personal best. If this hit does yield a truck load of Tony Awards it will be criminal.
Most importantly, the audience gets to see the work of four great masters who work in perfect collaboration.
Legendary Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell gives us a gift of a musical that has so much energy you wonder how the cast can do two shows on Wednesday's and Saturdays. The cast should be walking around with canes from expending that much explosive energy on stage. Mitchell maintains a firm grip on the pacing and gives us lavish production numbers that left you breathless and in awe.
Harvey Fierstein is a legendry Broadway pioneer for LGBT Americans as an actor and writer. Personally, he has always had my respect and admiration not only for his considerable talent but also his courage. The book for Kinky Boots is sharp and in tune with the production and the music. Harvey has a great gift for story telling and he might just seize his second Tony Award for writing.
Who knew that Cyndi Lauper could hit it out of the park in her first Broadway musical as a composer and lyricist? She matches Fierstein's skill in story telling with one anthem after another that inspires everyone to feel empowered and good about themselves. Lauper took this challenge and has created music for this show that will be sung in high schools, universities, cruise ships and yes, even 'American Idol'! What joy it is to see her talent at its best and to be inspired by her music.
Now she can add a Tony Award to her Grammy and Emmy. Calling the Oscars?
Billy Porter and Stark Sands
Finally the ever talented and extraordinary performer Billy Porter has his moment! From his first appearance on stage until the end, Porter owns the stage - in fact he tears it up! With endless energy, respect for other performers and a sexiness that defies all genders, he is a power house that won't be stopped by anything. Porter has his long time fans (including me) and to see him in a starring glamorous role is so damn rewarding to not only his fans but every member of the audience.
Porter's genius should not overshadowed the incredible performance by his talented co-star Stark Sands who plays 'Charlie' with a likable charm and an excellent voice. Sands rise to every challenge and holds his own when with Porter on stage and that is no small achievement.
Other highlights includes "Lola Angels', the spectacular set of David Rockwell and really excellent lighting by Kenneth Posner.
This is the show for everyone from tourists to theater snobs, from Jersey blue hair ladies to cowboys from Wyoming and from LGBT Americans to .....well, really they standing alone should be enough! See Kinky Boots now at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.