Kinky Boots (Broadway)
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Kinky Boots (Broadway)
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Kinky Boots (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

88%
(7456 Reviews)
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95%
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Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great singing

About the Show

This Tony-winning Best Musical, about a shoemaker whose business is saved by a wildly flamboyant clientele, features a score of catchy songs written by pop star Cyndi Lauper.

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69
Good-hearted, Disappointing, Long, Overrated, High energy

See it if you love musicals. Bold, brassy Boots tries hard to please. Hero saves the factory AND wins the girl AND makes a best drag-queen-friend.

Don't see it if you want consistent entertainment. Some songs dull. All lyrics are subpar. The book is meh. Plot unconvincing (manufactured arguments). Read more

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Great music, Great staging, Funny, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if this is a great show. Good music and a message.

Don't see it if you are offended by drag queens

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
December 27th, 2015

"Portraying Lola, Mr. Brady gleams with unassailable contentment and confidence, at least as long as he’s wearing a dress…It is a relief to report that Mr. Brady’s singing and dancing chops are of Broadway caliber...He radiates stellar heat and good humor...The perpetual cheer-churning machine that is 'Kinky Boots' keeps moving forward smoothly and propulsively, even through the inspirational quicksand of its second act."
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Time Out New York
April 4th, 2013

"The kicky crowd-pleaser Kinky Boots tells of Price & Son—a family business in danger of closing down.The musical holds up for the same reason Price & Son’s products do: solid craftsmanship and care. Lauper is a musical-theater natural, combining bright, infectious melodies with simple but effective lyrics. As each act progresses, the energy rises palpably, boosted by a heart-strong cast."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 4th, 2013

"By 8:05 p.m., you can pretty much devise not only the storyline but how all the secondary characters and B plots are going to fit into it. These shoes come already broken in. Kinky Boots is a well-fitted, well-staged toe-tapper in the contemporary big-Broadway idiom. It’s never boring; it’s never shocking; you are likely to leave entirely entertained and satisfied."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 4th, 2013

"The fact that Cyndi Lauper's infectious spirit shines through every number in her first Broadway musical score is unquestionably the chief asset of Kinky Boots, helping to elevate the show above its familiar template...Kinky Boots' catchy numbers and triumphant tranny-palooza finale make this a raucous crowdpleaser despite its obviousness."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 4th, 2013

"Sometimes audiences just wanna have fun. And you’d be a heel not to have fun at Kinky Boots, a new musical based on the 2005 British indie film."
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The Washington Post
April 4th, 2013

"When it’s good, “Kinky Boots,” the new Broadway musical with the rocking Cyndi Lauper score, is sweetly, vivaciously, irresistibly good. And when it’s not so good — well, let’s not dwell for the moment on the not-so-good. The show is the sort of party for which you will be more than pleased to find yourself on the guest list."
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Chicago Tribune
April 4th, 2013

"Even as the U.S. Supreme Court debates what is marriage, the sentimental and hugely enjoyable new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" is debating the nature of manhood, with a fabulous twist. But as timely as this show suddenly seems to be, there's nothing whatsoever that's time-bound about Cyndi Lauper's cheerfully audacious, toe-tapping score."
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Los Angeles Times
April 4th, 2013

""Kinky Boots," has arrived fresh off the assembly line, hoping to make a bundle with its generic sequins and bland uplift. This slavering-to-please production is a tall, overstuffed wedding cake crammed with so much sugary filling that even those with an insatiable sweet tooth might prefer a slice of cantaloupe instead."
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New York Post
April 5th, 2013

"There are few things theatergoers love more than musicals about persistence and self-acceptance. And since Cyndi Lauper teamed up with book writer Harvey Fierstein, the man behind “La Cage aux Folles,” rahrah empowerment gushes out of the likable but heavy-handed show as if from a broken pipe."
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New York Daily News
April 4th, 2013

"They’re dazzling, dangerous and devil-red. They’re the infamous footwear giving Broadway’s ever-joyful but sometimes too pointed new musical “Kinky Boots” its name...It's a reminder of what musicals have in common with shoes: They can both lift you up. Even with some stumbles, “Kinky Boots” is a high time."
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Theatermania
April 4th, 2013

"If your preferred Broadway experience is all about cocktails and drag queens, Kinky Boots will definitely fit the bill. But this show has a much wider appeal. Indeed, this high-energy spectacle with a heart is musical comedy at its finest."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 4th, 2013

"Its own lack of daring is perhaps 'Kinky Boots’s most glaring failing. The absence of danger or a believable threat keeps the stakes, and thus any enjoyment, artificially low throughout. Fierstein and Lauper have crafted a gay tolerance plea that’s safe enough to take your grandmother to, but they’ve left out the guts that might make it worth seeing for her or for you."
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Theatre is Easy
April 9th, 2013

"There’s little that’s envelope-pushing or edgy about this musical, and yet it succeeds in being both fun and joyful...Despite following the typical fare of Broadway musicals, the musical numbers which comprise 'Kinky Boots' feel far more fresh and engaging than those of other shows...Despite the fact that this show feels familiar, it is successfully hilarious and engaging...One cannot help but leave the theater with a feeling of joy."
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CurtainUp
April 4th, 2013

"Any resemblance of the new musical Kinky Boots to the 2005 film of the same name is purely intentional, but also almost irrelevant. There is little doubt that the intention of Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics and Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book, was to improve on their source material. And they have done it exceedingly well."
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New York Theater
April 4th, 2013

"The stage version delivers a couple of stand-out performances; a few touching moments; several catchy melodies presented with verve and panache in a diverse score of genuine pop tunes. “Kinky Boots” is professionally put together, it’s entertaining…and it’s both safe and familiar. That’s not a crime; it’s just a disappointment."
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C
November 29th, 2015

"So entertaining and so unthreatening that it’s unlikely to offend – or worse yet, bore – anyone...'Kinky Boots' briefly goes off the rails, as conflicts pile up as quickly and randomly as a pile-up on the Interstate and are resolved with ridiculous swiftness...Lauper has crafted a score full of infectious melodies and smart, sensitive lyrics…Just like Lola herself, 'Kinky Boots' is an eyeful, but one with an abundance of heart and soul."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 5th, 2013

"Audiences have heartily embraced this middling production, which features pop icon Cyndi Lauper as composer and lyricist...For a musical with such racy themes, it would be difficult to picture a more conservative, family-friendly show...We can credit costume designer Gregg Barnes with the boots–they really are luscious...Still, Broadway audiences just wanna have fun, and if it means giving a standing O to a uneven book and score, they'll do it."
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USA Today
April 8th, 2013

"What transpires is predictable, but Boots, like its heroes, is buoyed by its irresistible gumption, and a good-natured wit that's expertly stoked. Lauper imbues textures lifted from the Motown and disco eras with a sizzling theatricality that's bound to put a little more spring in your step and cheer in your heart."
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Stage Left
October 15th, 2017

"Yes, some of the lyrics are wince-inducing in their simplicity and heavy-handedness, and Charlie is angsty and especially schizophrenic in Act II. But, ultimately, who cares? We’re here for Lola and her 'girls', and the message of acceptance...'Kinky Boots' can be life-changing and life-shaping, even as it is also just a lot of pure, unbridled, musical comedy fun. "
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NorthJersey.com
April 5th, 2013

"What "Kinky Boots" sorely lacks is a dramatic commitment to what it's doing. Which is why a show that seems to make few false steps is so relentlessly tedious...We don't expect reality in a Broadway musical, but it should have a dedication to the world it creates, and all its emotional, comic and musical possibilities. The synthetic-feeling "Kinky Boots" fails that test."
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WNBC
April 5th, 2013

"What the duo has conjured together in “Kinky Boots” is a vibrant, if choppy tale about carving your own identity, with bold, brassy music that delivers on its promise, and a story that, like so much from this genre, is often predictable. Here, the boots may be kinky, but the story’s not quite sexy enough to provide a lasting turn-on."
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The Huffington Post
April 4th, 2013

"'Kinky Boots' was clearly meant to be a 'Full Monty'-style crowd-pleaser. Ironically, the rather minor British film it's based on also had little to recommend it...For a musical about drag queens clashing with burly blue collar males and a factory crushed by outsourcing, this is a tension-free show with almost no sex and only some very minor bumps in the plot."
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The Associated Press
April 4th, 2013

"The show is so full of good will that only a curmudgeon could walk out and not want to hug the crowds in Times Square. True, the second half is almost completely unnecessary, the English accents are laughable and the footwear puns are relentless. But who cares? This is a big ol' sweet love story about sons, the families we make and red patent leather."
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StageZine
April 7th, 2013

"Broadway has not had an original, big-budget musical as infectious and joyful as 'Kinky Boots' since 'The Book of Mormon'.... Ms. Lauper, who wrote all the music and lyrics, makes us overlook Harvey Fierstein’s often predictable book...Many pop and rock artists have written Broadway show scores in the past, but Ms. Lauper has set a new high standard for the genre, with a pop effervescence that is crisp, richly textured and consistently entertaining."
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Financial Times (UK)
April 4th, 2013

"The love stories, as it happens, are among the few disappointing bits in Boots, which has been given tuneful songs by Cyndi Lauper, in her Broadway-composer debut, and infectious direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell...The audience, which gets a rousing Mamma Mia!-like finale, goes home happy."
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Stu on Broadway
April 7th, 2013

"At last a new musical I can wholeheartedly recommend!...Director-Choreographer Jerry Mitchell keeps the story flowing without too many wayward passages... a winning musical to celebrate and applaud."
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Backstage
April 4th, 2013

"There’s no use putting up a fight with “Kinky Boots.” This is the feel-good musical of the season. Yes, Harvey Fierstein’s funny book is a bit too bald, Cyndi Lauper’s catchy songs are more lyrically repetitive than they should be, and director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell slights character and story in favor of splashy production numbers. Still, the damn thing works."
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R
September 15th, 2015

"'Kinky Boots' is the kind of musical that seeing it once is not enough. The music, the storyline, the humor, the stage excitement makes this a very, very special theatrical experience. The touring production of the show is as good as the Broadway show. This is one staging that deserves a standing ovation, not just the automatic polite Cleveland one, but a real, well-deserved one. Bravo!"
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Newsday
April 3rd, 2013

"Dissertations will surely be written about how, in the three decades since "La Cage aux Folles," drag-queen musicals became their own feel-good genre on Broadway. Filling the niche with cheer and fine craftsmanship now is "Kinky Boots.""
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