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New York | 2h 20m | Ends Apr 07

Kinky Boots (Broadway)

From 29 critic and 6,899 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Inspired by true events, 'Kinky Boots' tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's shoe factory. Looking to save the family business, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend — cabaret star Lola — who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. Soon, this unlikely duo creates the most sensational footwear that’s ever rocked the runways of Milan… giving the factory and its hardworking family a sparkling new future.



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royberko.info

"'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!" Full Review

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Theatermania

"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." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

90
Chicago Tribune

"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." Full Review

90
CurtainUp

"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." Full Review

90
Stu on Broadway

"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." Full Review

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
CitiTour

"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." Full Review

85
StageZine

"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." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

85
Financial Times (UK)

"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." Full Review

80
New York Post

"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." Full Review

80
USA Today

"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." Full Review

80
The Washington Post

"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." Full Review

80
Stage Left

"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. " Full Review

75
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

75
WNBC

"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." Full Review

75
Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

70
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

70
The Associated Press

"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." Full Review

70
Backstage

"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." Full Review

70
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

65
New York Theater

"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." Full Review

55
The Guardian (UK)

"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." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"'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." Full Review


100
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like drags

Don't see it if you are anti lgbtq

100
Funny, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the unexpected. Saw it 3 times and I loved it everytime

Don't see it if If you don’t like drag queen

100
Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're in the mood for a very fine film to stage transfer featuring a wonderfully tune-full score!

Don't see it if you're bothered by drag queens.

100
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Catchy songs, great story, and amazing costumers. I've seen it three times and I have no plans of stopping.

Don't see it if you have no interest in seeing good things.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if (Saw this show with David Cook as Charlie Price).You want to see a show with amazing costumes, fun music, good story and a message.

Don't see it if You want to see a more traditional musical.

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Fun, Humorous, Great singing & dancing

See it if You love red!

Don't see it if You don’t have an open mind.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you like good entertainment, musicals, and fun theatre

Don't see it if do not like musicals

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Do not be put off by the name, this show is one for everyone! It's impossible not to be taken away by its charm. Perfect into to Broadway.

Don't see it if Honestly, this show has something for everyone. A comment I cant say about most shows. You'll be hard pressed to find something to frown at.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a lively musical with good acting and a good story-line

Don't see it if you don't want to see a great musical with a story revolving around drag queens and their footwear

Also One of the best shows I've seen this year; definitely the best musical... Read more Read less

100
Best show ever, Favorite, Must-see

See it if You want a great funny and warming night of entertainment

Don't see it if U live under a rock

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if topical and light-hearted exploration of topical and controversial subject

Don't see it if you are transphobic and/or homophobic

100
Delightful

See it if Lovely

Don't see it if The performance and songs are great. The actors are also great

100
Edgy, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see an upbeat, positive show!

Don't see it if Drag Queens are not your thing.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a show that works on all levels - score, book, staging, singing, perfomances

Don't see it if You don't like drag queens?

100
Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love watching men in drag dance in high heels better than you ever could

Don't see it if You're easily offended

100
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Looking for a fresh show where you can just be what you wanna be.

Don't see it if If serious shows are you thing and don't appreciate musicals

100
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals, are ready to dance in your seat and open to various lifestyles!! It is a very clever performance

Don't see it if You don't like musicals but this one morning change your mind.

100
Delightful, Edgy, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if This show is a mix of traditional values community meeting members of the Drag community. It shows how they can work successfully together

Don't see it if Narrow minded individuals who do not practice tolerance should stay far away from this theater rather than be thrown out!

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained and have an amazing time at the theater

Don't see it if You don’t like fantastic musicals

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I thought this was going to a fluff show. I was wrong. The most entertaining show I’ve seen

Don't see it if Someone who does not like a musical

100
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love great music, if you want to be uplifted by a showstopping finale that would leave you humming and singing as you exit the theatre!

Don't see it if You are not fabulous.

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love great singing and dancing and amazing music, if you love cyndi lauper, if want to see an amazing musical with a beautiful message

Don't see it if you don’t want to watch guys dance in heels, if you don’t like cyndi lauper

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Great staging

See it if You love a great story about acceptance and love. You want to sing walking out of the theater. You want to feel all the feelings. FAV SHOW💃

Don't see it if No reason not to see it!! PHENOMENAL SHOW

100
Masterful, Must see, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are looking for a fun show with great costumes, incredible musical numbers, and captivating storyline

Don't see it if drag queens aren't your thing

100
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if Kinky Boots is a must see show!

Don't see it if you are dead!


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