5 Reasons You’re Going To Love Kinky Boots The Musical

12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor first won our hearts over in the 2005 dramedy Kinky Boots, when he played Lola, a drag queen, who forms an unlikely bond with a shoe-factory owner who plans to produce custom footwear for drag queens.

And now a decade later, the award-winning musical, which had its Broadway debut in 2013 (winning six Tony awards) has come to our shores! It’s the ultimate feel good, with killer songs and shoes to die for.

Here’s why you should nab a ticket while you still can…

It’s Based On A True Story

The 1999 a documentary ‘Trouble at the Top: The Kinky Boot Factory’ served as inspiration for the characters in Kinky Boots. The programme followed 30-something Steve Pateman, who had recently taken over his father as owner of a traditional shoe factory in Northamptonshire. While Pateman struggled with changes in fashion competitive market, he then started to think about expanding into ‘kinky boots’ – women’s shoes made specifically for transgender people.

The New Musical Stars

The Voice finalist Matt Henry is stepping in Chiwetel Ejiofor’s shoes (literally), as he plays Lola on stage. He’s come along way since his student days selling icecream at the same theatre Kinky Boots is playing. “It was amazing getting up on the stage for this show,” Matt, 36, says. “Seeing the auditorium from a different angle and looking out over where I used to sell programmes and ice creams.”

Kinky Boots The Musical Matt Henry in Kinky Boots The Musical

 

Cyndi Lauper’s Songs

Who doesn’t love Cyndi Lauper? With that rainbow her and bold style – she’s no doubt on every Fashion Editor’s 80s mood board this AW15. But while she’s served us some brilliant fashion inspo, let us not forget what an incredible musician she is, who has sold over 50 million records. And the Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun hit-maker is the mastermind behind the music and lyrics in Kinky Boots: The Musical.

Kinky Boots The Musical Cyndi Lauper has written the musical score

 

Shoe Heaven

It goes without saying that the footwear is out of this world. Union jack booties? Yes! 

Kinky Boots The Musical Fancy footwork

 

It’s A Story About Friendship

It’s a heart-warming musical that at its core is about celebrating people’s differences regardless of their race, sexuality (or shoe size). 

Kinky Boots The Musical Kinky Boots The Musical

 

 

Kinky Boots is now on at The Adelphi Theatre in London, www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk          

By Emma Firth