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

30
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Predictable, Manipulative

See it if you're still stuck in the '90s (in your musical taste & your politics). There's nothing new here to offer anyone with 21st C sensibilities.

Don't see it if you think you are going to experience a show with any substance. This show is toothless, transparent, insulting and manipulative.

49
Cliched, Boring, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you get free tickets. The choreography was good, if I have to find something positive in it. And it tries to teach an important lesson.

Don't see it if you can spend your money anywhere else. I got an extremely discounted ticket and couldn't wait for it to be over.

Also This has some of the dumbest lyrics against the dumbest score paired w... Read more Read less

39
Entertaining, Banal, Overrated, Insipid, Great singing

See it if you want to shut your brain off and enjoy a fun filled evening of dance and pop music with an empowering message.

Don't see it if you desire a well crafted score, are tired of the same message you've already seen in better shows, you liked the movie.

32
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched, Insipid

See it if your Midwestern grandmother is in town and wants to see something "provocative"

Don't see it if you've moved beyond early-2000s gay politics or if you dislike the gimmick of the "magical negro" -- for a good gay show, see Fun Home.

46
Overrated, Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You're looking for very light, fun, easy to digest material. Not much to provoke thought here. Cute score by Cyndi Lauper, good costumes.

Don't see it if You're looking for depth or anything risqué really at all. Remarkably bland for a show with 'kinky' in the title.

39
Banal, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you must try to understand how THIS show won best musical. I don't get it...

Don't see it if you want to avoid the same experience I did...

45
Dated, Overrated

See it if you want to forget what you saw moments later and enjoy fluffity fluff fluff. Its a light evening - not good, not bad, just blah.

Don't see it if you have limited resources and can only pick one or two shows. Only see it if you have exhausted most other options on Broadway.

29
Cliched, Schlocky, Banal, Dumb

See it if You think the musical question of whether it's ok to be a tranny still needs to be debated.

Don't see it if You react if the premise of a show seems patently false.

47
Funny, Overrated, Disappointing, Great costumes, Silly

See it if you're looking for something fun and flashy, with a bit of emotion injected in at the right times.

Don't see it if spangles and silliness don't suit your tastes, and you're searching for something with a more genuine emotional core.

9
Confusing, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if I walked out.... Only show Ive ever walked out of.

Don't see it if You want a plot or good music or a musical or anything to root for

45
Cliched, Insipid, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you need a show to take your out-of-town relatives to.

Don't see it if thoughtful gender/sexuality politics are important to you.

45
Entertaining, Edgy, Fluffy, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You like fluffy musicals. Big show numbers. Glitzy costumes.

Don't see it if You like deep meaningful theatre

30
Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are a sheep who likes to follow the crowd.

Don't see it if You don’t like overrated musicals that are incoherent and banal.

26
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if don't want to say to yourself: "Boy, am I in the wrong place." However, the audience bounced to the Lauper music for the entire show.

Don't see it if an unacceptable take on gay life offends you. I saw it for nothing and still did not like it, paying for it would have been painful.

39
Disappointing, Overrated, Dull

See it if you have money to spend and nothing better to do.

Don't see it if you need to clean your bathroom (you'll have more fun and get something accomplished).

0
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like superficial, corny music and don't care about an engaging story plot. And if you like being around drunken bachelorette groups.

Don't see it if you like musicals with songs that move the plot along and make you feel deep meaningful emotions.

48
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You like fash and fluff and don't care about an interesting story.

Don't see it if you are looking for something intellectual or thought provoking.

25
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like a folky, "feel-good" show. Or if you solely want to appreciate a fine tech crew.

Don't see it if You're looking for consistent, clever writing, characters with actual substance, or relevant, interesting conflict.

38
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Trite material is appealing to you. Nothing of substance here.

Don't see it if You want meaningful theater.

40
Disappointing, Fluffy, Funny, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You love upbeat songs, Drag Queens and silly plots.

Don't see it if You like shows with actual plot structure. The 2nd act of this show is so confusing and bad it's almost avant-garde.

40
Appropriation, White savior complex, Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if If you're the kind of person who goes to Drag Brunches and are just tickled that some people can act like that

Don't see it if you truly care about drag culture, you don't care for just flashy musicals, you like interesting/complex music.

23
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Banal

See it if you like bad acting and amateur performance.

Don't see it if you don't like big and small ugly men dressed as ugly women that cannot dance and sing.

25
Banal, Insulting, Overrated, Boring, Terrible music

See it if you want to insult your intelligence.

Don't see it if you appreciate good musicals.

40
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like upbeat music and a great, colorful set

Don't see it if you liked the movie (I was so disappointed!) or you like more substance in your show

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Cliched

See it if you want a ditzy show with no real feeling

Don't see it if you want something with some substance


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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