Is Kinky Boots good for kids?
We do not recommend brining kids to see Kinky Boots, there talk about sex, death, cross-dressing as well as
other adult themes.
Kinky Boots Nov 11 - Nov 30
Kinky Boots is one of the newer musicals on stage that is gaining a lot of attention quickly. It is based on a 2005 film with the same name. It is about a man named Charlie Price who inherits the shoe factory that belonged to his recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the factory is getting close to bankruptcy and Charlie has to save the family business that his father started. This deems to be challenging for Charlie at first, but he soon finds inspiration from an entertainer named Lola. The two grow closer while Lola helps Charlie make a success out of the factory. Lola, a drag queen, gives Charlie the idea to produce women’s shoes for men. This is how the factory ends up making “kinky boots” and the two men must see if this idea will actually become a hit amongst shoe loving men.
In 2013, Kinky Boots won six Tony Awards including one for Best Musical. The musical talent is easily recognizable with the lyrics and music of Cyndi Lauper, who happened to be the first female songwriter to win a Tony that was solo. If you are familiar with Cyndi Lauper’s music, then you know you’ll be in for a night of catchy songs and fabulous energy amongst the performers. Even the costumes are ravishing with their colorful designs and creativity. The sets are big and give plenty of room for the impressive dance sequences, which were choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Even with the setting of the story taking place at a drag club, the theme of the story goes beyond the lives of drag queens. The story touches upon important acceptance issues in regards to father and son relationships. How often do fathers accept their sons for being drag queens? If you are a drag queen or used to be then you will definitely cry over the drama surrounding the acceptance part of the story amongst the father and son.
Kinky Boots has a lot of dialogue regarding sex, death and cross dressing.
Obviously, these are not subjects that will interest or would be appropriate for kids under 13 years of age. Teenagers may get a kick out of it, but this is mainly a musical that adults will enjoy and appreciate. Overall, this is a feel good story that will make audience members want to dance more than anything else. It is enjoyable and certainly worth watching when it comes to the Los Angeles Pantages Theater on November 11th through the 30th.
Kinky Boots Los Angeles Pantages Theater
Did you know that the highly acclaimed Kinky Boots, written by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, was based on the cult 2005 classic film of the same name? The show follows the story of Charlie Price, who has inherited his father's shoe factory--which is, unfortunately, failing. Charlie, who has had dreams of moving in the upper-circles of the conservative London social crowd, realizes that if the factory fails, all of its workers will be out of jobs, and decides he must do something about it. One of the workers at the factor suggests that they could branch out of the functional shoe business and start making boots for drag queens, which she describes as an "under-served niche market." Charlie is reluctant at first, due to the utmost concern that he and his fiancÚ put on social status and reputation, but upon meeting some of the many drag queens who buy and love his new "kinky boots," Charlie's life-and his factory-are completely turned around for the better.
The show, which began its musical life as something of a semi-popular sleeper hit, now boasts numerous critical praises and of course, critical awards. Much of the praise for the show is directed at Cyndi Lauper's book and music, which Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News described as "multicolored, surprising and fun," and "the real star of this show." Also heavily praised is the performance of Billy Porter, who plays Lola, a drag queen. Porter's performance was described as "a force of nature." Not all of the critical response was positive, however. Many critics thought that the script needed work, and was too forcefully sentimental and overly big-hearted.
Regardless of the minor criticisms by the theater critics, Kinky Boots provided itself worthy of its place on Broadway when it received a total of 13 tony Award Nominations for the 67th Annual Tony Awards. The show won 6 of these awards, which were: Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Actor in a Musical (Billy Porter), Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
In addition to receiving the highly honored Tony Awards, the show also received the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway Musical; the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score, and Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Billy Porter); and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Billy Porter).
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