Kinky Boots Struts Through Tampa

Disclosure: I received tickets to Kinky Boots as opportunity through the Tampa Bay Bloggers and the Straz Center for the purpose of this review. The opinions shared are my own.

You have to love a musical which plot centers around a shoe.

To quote Kinky Boots a shoe is “the most beautiful thing in the world”. Honestly, as a runner who spends miles, hours, even days in shoes, I couldn’t agree more. A good shoe is a beautiful thing. While Lola’s six inch heels may be out of my comfort zone, Kinky Boots is a comforting and familiar story of destiny and acceptance.

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Steven Booth (Charlie) and J. Harrison Ghee (Lola) – Photo Credt: Matthew Murphy

After the unexpected death of his father, Charlie Price inherits the family unprofitable shoe factory North Hampton, England. By chance, he meets Lola, who provides Charlie with an idea for an “untapped niche market” to save the factory and Charlie as well.

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Kinky Boots – Tour Cast – Photo Credt: Matthew Murphy

A book produced by Harvey Feinstein and Cyndi Lauper, the influences of Lauper are evident in each number from the hints of synthizer to the soul-touching lyrics. (Think True Colors.) The brilliant combination of Lauper and Feinstien delivers a compilation of fun disco style numbers that will touch your heart and soul sole and inspire to learn how to isolate your hips in six inch heels and dance on conveyor belts while running.

But, Kinky Boots is so more than drag queens and fancy, sexy six inch heels. With the dust settling after this summer’s Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, Kinky Boots reminds us that we still have a long way to go towards acceptance and equality. However, with silver lining glittery hope, Kinky Boots also teaches us that change and acceptance is possible one man at a time, even if those have yet to make up their minds.

In fact, Kinky Boots breaks down this beautiful lesson of acceptance into six simple steps in the final number, “Raise you Up /Just Be”.

  1. Tell the truth.
  2. Learn something new.
  3. Accept yourself and you’ll accept others too.
  4. Let love shine.
  5. Let pride be your guide.
  6. You change the world when you change your mind.
J. Harrison Ghee as Lola - Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

J. Harrison Ghee as Lola – Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

When you see Kinky Boots at the Straz this weekend (and you must see it), I urge you to stand up and shake your money.

Give Kinky Boots a similar standing ovation as a Mama Mia audience and get up and dance with the cast during “Raise You Up /Just Be”. Show the sex in the heel the love and support it deserves.

 Kinky Boots will be strutting on stage at the Straz now until Sunday. 

Visit www.strazcenter.org for tickets and show times.

 

Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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