Kinky Boots is a musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein.
A record-breaking and multiple award-winning musical which has played to sold out houses on Broadway and in the West End since 2013, it is based on the 2005 British film Kinky Boots, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth and inspired by true events.
Like the movie, the musical tells the story of Charlie Price. Having inherited a shoe factory from his father, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.
Conceived in 2006, the creation of the stage version began in 2010 with the original production premiering at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago in October 2012, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, going on to open on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013. The musical began a US tour in 2014 and finally ended on April 7, 2019. It opened in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 15 September 2015, and in 2019 went on a national tour of the UK.
2019: Performed at the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, opening on 11 June. Directed by Matthew Wild, with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, choreography by Louisa Talbot, costume design by Birrie le Roux, set design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Tim Mitchell and sound design is by Mark Malherbe. The South African cast included: Darren Craig ("Charlie"), Earl Gregory ("Lola"), Namisa Mdlalose , Amy Campbell, Nathan Ro, Stephan van Huyssteen, Lucy Tops, Lindy Abromowitz, Ralph Lawson, Glenn Swart, Tshepo Ncokoane (Lola Alternate), Phillip Schnetler, Chester Martinez, Emile Doubell, Shaleeni Ranchhod, Catherine Isaacs, Shelley Lothian, Julio Jantjies, Nathan Muller, Dean de Klerk, and Lee van der Merwe. The role of Young Charlie performed in rotation by Alexander Wallace (10), Daniel Wolson (12) and Finn Newham Blake (11) while Young Lola is performed alternately by Seth Ellis (13), Oswald Pieterse (12) and Travis Turner (9).