Student Review: Kinky Boots

May 2, 2018

On March 28th, Professor Butchy and Dean Loffert’s modern drama classes attended the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Student Purnima Tribhowan (far left) reviews the production below!

Kinky Boots was a magnificent play. It’s filled with laughter, romance, and the play sent a strong message. This play would make anyone want to see it twice. When the lights shut off, the backdrop opened up, the Price and Son sign went up, and the singing began, it was nothing like I’ve ever seen before. Young Charlie (played by Conner Mills) and his father (played by Stephan Berger) sang a great song for the opening. The song ended with a scene of young Lola (played by Cooper Lantz) wearing a pair of red heels and his father (played by Eugene Barry-Hill) yelling “Get those things off your feet and get inside here, you stupid boy”. This was great exposition and helped the audience get a glimpse of Lola’s childhood.

After the death of Charlie’s father, Charlie (played by Jake Shears) inherits and was left in charge of the factory. Although the Price and Son shoe factory was losing business, Charlie was courageous enough to take on the responsibilities to try to save the factory even though his fiancé was against it. Charlie was clueless how to save the factory until he met Lola, or “Simon from Clapton” (played by Wayne Brady). Lola is a fantastic drag queen that has a hard time being accepted. Charlie became inspired by Lola’s drawings of shoe designs. He eventually became more accepting of Lola, and they worked together to try and save the Price and Son shoe factory.

Wayne Brady did a fantastic job! He sang so beautifully; my favorite part was when he sang “Not My Father’s Son” because I could feel the emotions he was feeling, which helped us understand the passion he felt. Kristin Maldonado also did an amazing job as Lauren. She was funny, adorable, and has the voice of an angel.

Gregg Barnes did an outstanding job with the costume design! I loved how every costume stood out to match the mood and attitude of a character. In the scene when Lola was performing “Land of Lola” at the night club, he was wearing a red dress with red heels. I thought the costume design matched Lola’s feisty attitude very well! David Rockwell’s scenic designs were also one of my overall favorites. My favorite part of the scenic design was when the factory turned around and it became the bathroom, which was pretty cool. Another thing I loved was the music by Cyndi Lauper (composer/lyricist). The way the songs fit in at the right moment to help us feel the emotions the characters were feeling was amazing. My favorite song was “Everybody Say Yeah” because it had an exciting vibe.

Overall, Kinky Boots was amazing! The message of this play is to be more accepting. An example from the play would be when Don (played by Eric Leviton) and Lola fought, yet Lola let Don win. Afterwards, Don confronted Lola, and Lola explained why he let Don win. Then toward the end, Don became more accepting of Lola’s persona. I would recommend this play to everyone. I think a lot of minds would be more open if they were to see this play.

 


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