Due to its score by pop legend Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots has been one of the most anticipated Broadway cast recordings of the season. The album, released on May 28, went straight to the top of Billboard’s Top Broadway Albums chart, debuting at #1. The Kinky Boots cast recording also placed #51 on the Top 200 chart, making it the highest-charting Broadway cast recording since the mega-hit The Book of Mormon.
Released on the Masterworks Broadway label, the Kinky Boots recording has a 15-song track list which includes songs such as “Sex is in the Heel,” “The History of Wrong Guys,” “Everybody Say Yeah,” “The Soul of a Man,” and the show’s rousing closer, “Raise You Up”.
Kinky Boots stars Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Stark Sands, and Annaleigh Ashford. The show’s music and lyrics are by Tony winner Cyndi Lauper (writing for Broadway for the first time), and the book is by Harvey Fierstein. The album has orchestrations, arrangements, and musical supervision by Stephen Oremus.
Having already starred on Broadway as a performer, in the 2006 Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Threepenny Opera, ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper now comes to Broadway as a songwriter. Lauper has composed the score for a new musical version of the independent British film Kinky Boots, which is scheduled to open this Spring at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots tells the tale of a struggling shoemaker whose business is reinvigorated when it stops producing traditional men’s shoes and begins making flashy footwear aimed at the drag community. The show’s book is written by Harvey Fierstein, who also penned the script for the current Broadway hit, Newsies. Hairspray‘s Jerry Mitchell will provide both direction and choreography for the tuner.
Stark Sands (American Idiot) has been cast to star as Charlie Price, the young man who has taken on the difficult task of saving his family’s shoe factory. Billy Porter (Miss Saigon) co-stars as Lola, the drag performer who helps Charlie to the realization that he can breathe new life into the business by fashioning shoes aimed at far more flaboyant buyers.
Kinky Boots will make its premiere at an out-of-town tryout in Chicago this autumn, before beginning preview performances at the Al Hirschfeld on Broadway on March 5. The show’s official opening date is April 4.