Kinky Boots (Stage 42)
Closed 2h 25m
Kinky Boots (Stage 42)
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Kinky Boots (Stage 42) NYC Reviews and Tickets

89%
(222 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Clever

About the Show

A revival of the Tony-winning story of a shoemaker whose business is saved by glamorous clientele.

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Member Reviews (222)

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
85
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if A really upbeat fun show. Cast, direction and set was all terrific.

Don't see it if If you prefer a drama.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
96
Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Delightful, Yeah! yeah!

See it if You want to see a joyous, energetic, meaningful, fun show that explodes off the stage! Broadway size on an off Broadway stage. Spectacular!

Don't see it if you’re homophobic or just don’t want to see a big splashy over the top fun in your face whether you like it or not show. Read more

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
93
Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you'd enjoy a wonderful cast in an exciting production that provides a fun evening of entertainment from start to finish.

Don't see it if you do not like excellent musicals or are a stick in the mud. Read more

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
92
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like a delightful revival of Kinky Boots. The singing, acting and staging are fantastic. Costumes great. Very funny and also relevant.

Don't see it if you don't like gay or transgender issues in your shows. Read more

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Funny

See it if The story is about growing and it great to be yourself. Finding peace of who you are. Singing and great costumes, and fun show.

Don't see it if I like everything about this show. But I sure it not for everyone.

466 Reviews | 237 Followers
94
Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if This is a great revival with moving & energetic toe-tapping songs. I still love the sets. Outstanding cast.

Don't see it if This is a paired down version of the original show. If you prefer a serious drama then skip this one. Read more

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
88
Exuberant cast, sparkling choreography

See it if Upbeat, uplifting musical. Nice Lauper score. Mitchell's vigorous choreography gives the cast a chance to dance their tight asses off.

Don't see it if If you saw it on Broadway, by all means see it again here. The smaller production in a more intimate space brings you right into the show.

474 Reviews | 68 Followers
83
Entertaining

See it if Queer drag queen helps son of a factory owner revive his shoe factory business with lessons on tolerance/acceptance. Drag queens best scenes

Don't see it if "Magical Negro"/queer trope person "saves" straight boss man with their "Queer Black magical" powers, masculinity issues, predictable-ish. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
August 25th, 2022

"Overall, the show looks and feels like a slightly sized-down photocopy of the original."
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New York Theatre Guide
August 25th, 2022

"Despite these nit-picks, now is the perfect time to see 'Kinky Boots'. The musical is no longer a simple feel-good tale; it’s an important entreaty for equality."
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Theatermania
August 25th, 2022

"In a more confined space like this one, where the audience is closer to the actors, the dancing just explodes off the stage in the most exciting ways."
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New York Stage Review
September 4th, 2022

" 'Kinky Boots' doesn’t necessarily call for suspension of disbelief – only some suspension of the most exacting critical standards. That’s how eager, entertainment-loving customers will get — and are getting — a great, big boot out of it. Make that a great, big, glittering kinky boot."
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TheaterScene.net
September 1st, 2022

Several years after vacating its Broadway home, "Kinky Boots" has settled in to a cozier off-Broadway venue, Stage 42, at a presumed discount for theatergoers, albeit with a much smaller orchestra and actors whose talents far exceed their name recognition (and no mask mandates, which might be a deal breaker for some). Also returning is director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell who gives the resized production the same energy as the original, nurturing a buoyant vibe that, as before, underscores the show's positive messages about celebrating difference, particularly as it relates to hoary conceptions of masculinity. But, when everything is said and sung, Fierstein and Lauper's joyously uplifting, but shallow, efforts are only memorable for meaning well. That's not nothing, especially these days, but the show could have been so much more.
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Theater Pizzazz
August 30th, 2022

"Too often, though, the show wears its heart on its sleeve, leading to conflicts and themes that are inorganic, even clichéd."
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Front Row Center
September 13th, 2022

"'Kinky Boots' is also just good solid fun. The music is upbeat; the costumes sparkle; the singing is gorgeous and athletic, and the performances by many in the cast are stellar."
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Stage Buddy
September 18th, 2022

" 'Kinky Boots' is instructive without being pedantic, sweet without being cloying, and all-around entertaining."
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