Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Kinky Boots (Broadway)

From 7,452 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.

2h 20m | Already closed | Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (7452)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great singing

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).

Also KB has a few great prodn numbers...but I was bored by other parts. Thi... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Fluffy, Formulaic, Energetic yet tired at the same time, Friendly

See it if a celebrity you love is guest starring—a great opportunity to see them ham it up in an extreme comic role

Don't see it if you’re seeking nuanced portrayals of trans folks (aren’t all trans women brassy nightclub performers w/ sage advice and flamboyant fashion?)

Also Doesn’t hold a candle to the other Best Musical winners currently on B... Read more Read less

65
Not my cup of tea

See it if you like stories about drag queens

Don't see it if you saw the movie which is far superior

50
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You just want to see sparkly costumes and love a by-the-books-book.

Don't see it if You can not stand pop scores.

60
Cliched, Banal

See it if you need a crowd-pleaser.

Don't see it if you're easily bored by being able to tell what's going to happen by the time the first song is over.

67
Cliched, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you are solely looking to be entertained or are interested in cliched writing.

Don't see it if you're interested in seeing something profound.

50
Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Original

See it if you are trying to see every Tony award winner for best musical

Don't see it if you get bored easily

69
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like musicals in general

Don't see it if You saw Priscilla and liked it. Priscilla was a far better show

50
Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Insipid, Refreshing

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.

65
Overrated, Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy musicals similar to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. I loved Priscilla, but not Kinky Boots, but they were in the same genre.

Don't see it if You want to see a contemporary musical of a traditional nature.

69
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, 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.

55
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like a feel-good story that isn't particularly fresh with a rather bland score

Don't see it if you're over the "drag queens need love to" cliche

66
Fun, Disappointing, Forgettable music

See it if you enjoy a topical story about self-worth and personal empowerment. This show is very true to the themes and feel of the movie.

Don't see it if you need a musical score to be interesting or memorable.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love Cyndi Lauper and an interesting story.

Don't see it if The show was disappointing to me. Saw the show 2 times, enjoyed it the first time and absolutely found it hard to sit through the 2nd.

60
Cliched, Banal, Resonant, Heartwarming

See it if You want a singable score and are passionate about gay acceptance

Don't see it if You care Intensely about nuanced writing

65
Overrated, Fluffy, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you enjoy American pop, drag queens, and upbeat feel-good musicals.

Don't see it if you're close-minded.

58
Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated, Banal

See it if You want to see a show that, based on a true story, tries to entertain you and deal with social issues at the same time

Don't see it if You like more edgy and original musicals. Music and dancing are forgettable and if you loved the movie you might leave disappointed

65
Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you really like Cyndi Lauper

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals to be innovative.

52
Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you must see everything or if you like Cyndi Lauper music

Don't see it if you have no patience for banal story that you can see coming a mile away

65
Disappointing, Dizzying, Funny, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if you adored the film or have a thing for heels

Don't see it if you want a memorable theatre going experience. Poor songs for what could be a very interesting tale

51
Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like big, flashy, bland shows where much of the acting feels phoned in (though Lola was good)

Don't see it if you prefer smaller, more intimate, intense and thought provoking theater.

50
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you love drag queens and fierce choreography

Don't see it if you want a quality music with a good book to match (I'm sorry, how this won over Matilda is BEYOND me)

Also I felt like I was getting preached at. The music is bland and the acce... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious

See it if Like Cyndi Lauper music

Don't see it if You worship the movie Kinky Boots, which was fabulous

67
Formulaic, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you like big Broadway musicals, disco music & drag. Mark Ballas is a fish out of water and his singing voice is not Broadway-worthy.

Don't see it if if you want anything more than a fluffy "accept others" "we'll turn this situation around" story - or are uncomfortable about drag queens.

60
Entertaining, Overrated, Cliched

See it if you want to see Billy Eliot meets The Full Monty. Guaranteed not to offend even the homophobic

Don't see it if you don't like drag queens being the heros


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 th...
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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 effect...
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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 neve...
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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 ...
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