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‘Kinky Boots’ Opens Tonight On Broadway – Learn Blumenthal’s Connection to the Show

April 4, 2013

Billy Porter & Stark Sands in ‘Kinky Boots’

Blumenthal Performing Arts is proud to be an investor in four musicals that will open on Broadway each of the next four Thursdays.

  • April 11 – Matilda in Shubert Theatre.
  • April 18 – Jekyll & Hyde in Marquis Theatre.  Yup, the same show we saw back in Nov.
  • April 25 – Pippin in Music Box Theatre.

Check out these wonderful new shows and get a sneak peek of what is headed to Charlotte in the seasons ahead.

First up is Kinky Boots that opens April 4.

Kinky Boots features music and lyrics by Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell.

Based on the 2005 film and inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price (Stark Sands), an aspiring young businessman who, after the death of his father, is forced to give up his dreams of living in London in order to save his family’s fledgling shoe factory in Northern England. Charlie finds inspiration in Lola (Billy Porter), a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As the unlikely pair works to turn the factory around, they find they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

How does Lauper feel about writing for Broaday?  On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Lauper says she realized that writing theater songs and writing pop songs had a lot in common.  “You need to be economical; you have to say something simply,” Lauper says. “I believe you still can have poetry. Now, Harvey believes it has to be in the most stupid, simple terms, but I think he believes in poetry!”  CLICK HERE to listen to the interview on NPR.

CLICK HERE to read the Broadway.com article about Kinky Boots opening on Broadway tonight.

Click here to see video excerpts, and hear songs written by the amazing Cyndi Lauper

Want to connect with Kinky Boots on social media?

Check back next Thursday when we take a look at Matilda.

Other shows on Broadway that have already opened that Blumenthal Performing Arts are investors in include Cinderella and Grace, which starred Paul Rudd and Ed Asner.

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