I was fortunate enough to get to witness the genius that is Kinky Boots this past month while I was in New York! Let me start off with saying, I can barely WALK in heels, and those are grown-ass men doing flips and back-handsprings in them!! WHAT?? Tell me who they're taking lessons from, because I want in!! Not only was I in awe of their beautiful ability to walk in stilettos, but I was completely enamored by the plot! I don't believe there to have ever been a more original story line! They were able to take something as boring as the production of shoes, and turn it into an energetic, emotional, and mind-blowing performance!
The vocal talent involved in the show, while sounded great, was tough to listen to as a classical vocalist! It is no secret that the musical theatre world is not known for their technique and this show definitely showcased that, but the acting and dancing made up for the lack of healthy vocalizing! When an audience comes in, they are not specifically listening for whether or not your belt is healthy, that is up to YOU to ensure your long career, and is very much a personal choice or preference! Be that it was a rock musical, I would say that it could have been far worse than it was in concern to technique! Two thumbs-up to the actors/actresses in this show, who were able to run around the stage while belting their hearts out!!
While the dancing was absolutely incredible, the acting is what truly got me! It was the perfect mixture of humor and heavy and I LOVED how it dealt with real-life problems that we are facing every single day!! I would love to be able to take everyone I know to see this musical because It truly showcases the effect that words and actions can have on a person!!!! This musical was the perfect example as to what beautiful magic can be produced when we have an open mind, and open hand, and an open heart!! We need to fill the world with more love and acceptance, opposed to hatred and hurtful words!! I would absolutely recommend Kinky Boots to ANYONE and EVERYONE that has the opportunity to see it!! WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, YOU CHANGE THE WORLD!!!!!! (and Lord knows, in this society, that just might do us a lot of good;))