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Kinky Boots

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great acting
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29 reviews
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4750 reviews
 

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.... Read 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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Reviews (4779)

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75
Avg Score

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
The New York Times

"'Kinky Boots' is a reminder that you don’t always have to be a masochist to enjoy being smashed by a steamroller. From the outset, this show comes rushing at you head-on, all but screaming: 'Love me! Love me!' It’s a shameless emotional button pusher, presided over by a strong and sassy drag queen who dispenses life lessons like an automated fortune cookie." Full Review

95
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

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

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

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

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

35
Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

45
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

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

90
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

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NorthJersey.com

"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." 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

45
Los Angeles Times

""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." 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

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

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88
Avg Score

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

See it if You enjoy masterfully staged shows with heart and meaning at the core layered with pure talent

Don't see it if You are uneasy with drag, but even then see it

78
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Dragalicious

See it if you're up for a mostly lighthearted theatrical romp.

Don't see it if you're put off by men in drag.

97
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like musicals with a different story,not the same old boring show,see it if you love fashion,cindy lauper,great actors and awesome boots

Don't see it if you dont like musicals,fun stories and costumes,get acting and music

78
Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Fun, Inclusive

See it if You love shoes. You like your shows to have heart. You've ever felt scared to be different. You like stories about people being open.

Don't see it if You're not into feel-good shows. You can't handle stories about people who may be different from you.

85
Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like fun pop music, you're not looking for a particularly heavy storyline. A total blast! Todrick Hall is awesome!!

Don't see it if you're afraid of some epic drag queens and the shoes they will stop all over you in.

91
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun musical with a heart and great music.

Don't see it if You do not like a poppy score or do not like the idea of drag queens.

85
Delightful, Flawed, Entertaining, Fun, Heartwarming

See it if you want a show full of heart and fun Cyndi Lauper music that, while flawed, is still winning by sheer joyfullness and can-do effort.

Don't see it if a flawed book that is full of cliches cannot distract you from a fun poppy score and ultimately moving (if cliched) story.

92
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if See it if you love Lauper, Fierstein, and an upbeat dance show, with a catchy score.

Don't see it if want to spend 2 hours enjoying a great show

82
Delightful, Refreshing, Fun

See it if Want to have a fun night at the theater without overthinking anything.

Don't see it if You are not in a good mood to begin with.

94
Delightful, Fun music, Nicely directed

See it if you want to see a big hearted show about a shoe factory. And a story of acceptance

Don't see it if you don't like drag, have trouble with accents, are looking for a drama

69
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you think drag queens and attitude are hilarious. Some catchy tunes, but empty.

Don't see it if you're looking for the best musical on Bway. It won the Tony in a year without much competition.

93
Epic, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a beautifully written and performed show that is also incredibly entertaining and will make you smile a lot.

Don't see it if If you get uncomfortable with guys dancing around in drag or don't like a rock score.

100
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if It was a fabulous show FUN

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

94
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want a full fledged great Broadway show

Don't see it if Gays or cross-dressing offends you

50
Refreshing, Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if You want a feel-good musical about beating the odds and overcoming bad parents and bigotry.

Don't see it if You need your script sharp, your music especially tuneful, or your characters less than broad. It has a good heart but isn't well done.

90
Delightful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a clever, feel good musical about friendship and succeeding at being the underdog

Don't see it if you don't like movie to stage musicals

91
Original, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if You love great stories

Don't see it if You do not want to spend two great hours

85
Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if this show is vibrant, fun, and insightful.A show about courage,acceptance, and parental expectations.Alan Mingo Jr. is great as Lola.Superb!

Don't see it if I can not think of any reasons not to see this show..don't miss it!

83
Entertaining

See it if If you love great singing, great dancing. Music was incredible. it started a bit slow maybe the first 15 minutes but great show.

Don't see it if If you're uncomfortable with transvestites or drag queens

92
Original, Enchanting, Must see, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you want to smile your face off for two hours; if you love joyful shows (and shoes)

Don't see it if you just want a night of quiet theater; if you are intolerant of gender-bending

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you like fun shows with great singing and original musical songs, with great costumes and clever staging.

Don't see it if you like very serious shows or musicals that are more drama than comedy.

90
Funny, Original, Great staging

See it if It's a must see show if you haven't seen it.

Don't see it if See it/

88
Funny, Edgy, Refreshing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want singing dancing splendor - and have an open mind

Don't see it if you're more on the prudish side

82
Funny, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a good musical with a good score and good singing or you are interested in cross-dressers and their lives.

Don't see it if transvestites are not your cup of tea.

75
Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like flashy shows with lots of dancing. And if you enjoy lots of men in drag. Like, a lot. Or if you like well-written songs.

Don't see it if you're offended by gay things. Or if you don't like Cyndi Lauper. Or if you don't like to have a good time.