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
88
Avg Score

82
Delightful, Funny, 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.

93
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Relevant, Great music

See it if a high energy musical with great music that comes from the heart; some touching moments. Great costumes & staging. Well-deserved Tony

Don't see it if you can't get past labels to see people for their talent, heart, humanity.

Also Delighted to see Billy Porter back in this.... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you love a great story, characters you'll connect with, and leaving the theater with the feeling we're all more alike than we think.

Don't see it if you hate all that is good and right.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a high-energy show that's fun and uplifting. This show has a score by Cyndi Lauper (!!!).

Don't see it if you cringe at the thought of a pop-driven score or are incredibly conservative and don't appreciate drag queens.

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

77
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated, Original

See it if you want a spectacular visual show, catchy songs, and some humor with bits of emotion

Don't see it if you are looking for a production with depth, this one didn't take me on the emotional journey I had hoped

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love musicals that take risks and blend some traditional elements with edgier, thoughtful fare. Be ready to dance and sing!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of musicals, dislike flamboyant dress & acting, dislike Cyndi Lauper music, and are looking for immersive, serious fare.

95
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see a great book, score and casting. Fierstein and Lauper did a great job and "break-up" scene is the best ever.

Don't see it if you need your Broadway to be all glitz and glamour and a cast that has runway model looks.

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

91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if The new Lola rivals Billy Porter. J. Harrison Ghee can dance, act and has an amazing vocal range. THis man can sign the telephone book!

Don't see it if No reason why not to see it!

90
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Original

See it if Fun, catchy, poppy musical with drag queens, messages about tolerance and self acceptance, and tour de force vocals by Billy Porter

Don't see it if You're offended by drag queens or gay subject matter, or don't like musicals

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy modern/pop-music musicals, drag, intelligent thought-provoking scripts w/feel-good endings. Guaranteed you will be left uplifted.

Don't see it if anything having to do w/female impersonation offends you. The show's about acceptance, non-traditional family, inspiration, support & love.

90
Funny, Great staging, Original

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

Don't see it if See it/

90
The ultimate feel-good show, Just a tiny bit manipulative, Catchy score, Uplifting

See it if you don't mind "message" stories, although this one is wrapped up in so much entertaining singing and dancing.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing men dressed up in high heels.

80
Great staging, Entertaining, Slow, Overrated

See it if You want to see a really well-put-together show with a good message.

Don't see it if You feel like getting the music stuck in your head is prerequisite for loving a show. It had 4-5 good numbers, but mostly it was forgettable

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Hilarious

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

76
Delightful

See it if You enjoy cotton candy musicals. You enjoy RuPaul's Drag Race. (And currently, you want to hear a Panic! at the Disco take on lead vocals).

Don't see it if You care about good accent work. You want an ensemble that is solid all the way through.

78
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You like to see the biggest of the year.Lots of singing and dancing, simple plot. Moves along but could be much shorter. Forgot the music.

Don't see it if If you have only one Bway musical to see, pick something else.

100
Delightful, Great writing, Profound, Must see, Resonant

See it if you like relatable characters and a strong story line. Also, a fun pop score

Don't see it if I got nothing...This show really has something for everybody

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are looking for a tourist-friendly musical that still has some teeth...and legs.

Don't see it if you don't like men in dresses.

85
Dated, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Gargantuan and over exaggerated expressive singing and dancing-- great costumes and a lot of fun.

Don't see it if A very predictable plot, which was a bit slow, but fun and generous performances by the whole cast. Worth seeing.

Also I wanted to see this before it's Broadway run ended--and you can tell ... Read more Read less

76
Delightful, Edgy, Funny, Insipid, Original

See it if you want to see 2013 tony musical but I thought it was inspiring to some people who are trying to come out of their shell.

Don't see it if you don't like drag queens.

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.

94
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great dancing, Good lessons

See it if You like dancing, party atmosphere, great music and memorable characters

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

92
Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if True talent. Great score and sets.

Don't see it if Close-minded.


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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