Kinky Boots To Launch Tour in Vegas

Kinky Boots Broadway ShowThe Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots is currently one of Broadway’s top-grossing shows, bringing in big audiences night after night. And later this year, people outside of New York City will finally get a chance to see the crowd-pleasing tuner. The first national tour of Kinky Boots will start off in Las Vegas at the Smith Center on September 4, 2014.

Based on the British film of the same name, Kinky Boots is about a young shoe manufacturer who saves his family business by focusing on making footwear for an untapped market — drag queens. The musical, directed and choregraphed by Jerry Mitchell, has a book by Harvey Fierstein and score by pop star Cyndi Lauper.

Kinky Boots can currently be seen on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W. 45th Street), where it opened on April 4, 2013. Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com.

Grammys Nominate Motown, Matilda, and Kinky Boots

Motown the Musical Broadway ShowThe 56th Annual Grammy Awards recently announced this year’s nominees, and as usual Best Musical Theater Album is the category that gets the attention of the Broadway community. This year the category has just three entries, all Broadway shows. The trio of nominees are three of the biggest hits on Broadway to open last season: Motown the Musical, Matilda: The Musical, and the Best Musical Tony Award winner Kinky Boots.

The recent film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables was also represented among the Grammy nominees, with the deluxe edition of the movie soundtrack getting a nod in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category.

The Grammy Award winners will be announced on January 26, 2014, when the ceremony is broadcast live on the CBS network from Los Angeles.

Broadway Smash Kinky Boots Recoups Investment

Kinky Boots Broadway ShowIn its first year on Broadway, Kinky Boots has already made back its original investment of $13.5 million, an impressive accomplishment for any Broadway musical. By comparison, current top show competitors of Kinky Boots, Wicked and The Book of Mormon recouped in 14 and 8 months respectively. And with little to no discounting, Kinky Boots profitability has no end in sight.

“We’re so happy that audiences have embraced Kinky Boots in such an overwhelming way,” stated the show’s lead producers, Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig. “We’re proud that this show offers people such great joy, Tony Award-winning talent, and financial success, and it’s exciting to be able to make this announcement in such a remarkably short time.”

Kinky Boots, which is based on the independent British movie of the same name, began performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 4. The musical went on to win several Tony Awards this past June, including Best Musical and Best Score for Cyndi Lauper.

Kinky Boots Switches From Rush to Ticket Lottery

Kinky BootsThe Tony Award-winning hit musical Kinky Boots, featuring music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, has changed its rush ticket policy. The Broadway show started out offering a first come, first served rush ticket model, where discounted $37 rush tickets were sold at the box office as soon as it opened. But effective Tuesday, July 9, Kinky Boots is switching to a lottery.

Now these $37 discount tickets will be distributed through a lottery held a few hours before each performance of the show. People wishing to enter the lottery can enter their names into the drawing starting two and a half hours before the performance. The actual drawing will take place two hours before the show. Lottery winners are allowed to purchase up to two tickets.

Based on the British independent film of the same name, Kinky Boots tells the story of a young man who inherits a failing family shoe business and discovers — with the help of a new friend — that he can revitalize the company by designing flashy, high-quality footwear for drag queens.

Kinky Boots To Launch National Tour

Kinky BootsFollowing its triumph at the Tonys, Best Musical award winner Kinky Boots is now set to hit the road. The hit Broadway musical will launch its national tour in 2014 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kinky Boots has already been enjoying significant success on Broadway with strong ticket sales, but the Tony stamp approval is always important for giving a show an extra boost when it goes on tour. Kinky Boots not only won the Tony award for Best Musical, but it also took away five other trophies, including Best Score for Cyndi Lauper and Best Choreography for Jerry Mitchell.

Based on the indie film of the same name, Kinky Boots is about a young man named Charlie who inherits his late father’s failing shoe factory. A new friend makes Charlie realize that there is an untapped market who need custom ‘kinky’ boots that can support a manly frame while still looking fabulous.

Kinky Boots Broadway Cast Recording Tops Charts

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

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.

Kinky Boots Takes Best Musical Tony Award

Kinky Boots Broadway ShowThe 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall last night, and Broadway’s best came out dressed in their finest to compete in several categories. Best Musical is always the most anticipated award of the evening, and that honor went to Kinky Boots. Kinky Boots also took Best Actor (Billy Porter), Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Sound Design, and Best Orchestrations, making it the biggest winner of the evening.

As for the other major categories, Pippin won Best Musical Revival, which was not surprising given the warm reception that the show has received from critics and audiences alike (both Patina Miller and Andrea Martin also took acting awards for their work in this production). Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver, won the award for Best Play. Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? earned the prize for Best Revival of a Play.

Other notable wins include 88-year old Cicely Tyson as Best Actress in a Play for her energetic turn in the revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful and Judith Light for Best Featured Actress in The Assembled Parties. Though film star Tom Hanks failed to take a Best Actor honor for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy (the award went to Tracy Letts for Who’s Afraid), Hanks’s co-star Courtney B. Vance did win a Best Featured Actor award. Similarly, much-raved-about Matilda star Bertie Carvel wasn’t able to nab Best Actor in a Musical, but his Matilda colleague Gabriel Ebert did secure a Featured Actor award.

For a complete list of Tony Award nominees and winners, please visit www.TonyAwards.com.

2013 Tony Award Nominations Announced

Kinky Boots Broadway ShowThe Tony nominations were announced this morning, and the new musical Kinky Boots came out ahead of the pack with 13 nods, including Best Musical, Direction, Choreography, Original Score, Book, and, of course, Best Costumes. Close behind was the rave-reviewed British musical Matilda, with 12 nominations.

The Broadway revival with the most Tony Award nominations was the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin, which earned 10 noms. With 8 nominations, Golden Boy was the play revival that fared the best. Lucky Guy had the most nominations (6) of any new play, and star Tom Hanks earned a nod for Actor in a Leading Role.

The Tony nominees will battle it out on June 9 when the Tony Award ceremony takes place. The awards will take place at Radio City Music Hall and will be aired in a three-hour broadcast on CBS.

Kinky Boots, With Music By Cyndi Lauper, Coming to Broadway

Cyndi Lauper

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, NewsiesHairspray‘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.