Fun, sassy and filled with plenty of heart, this musical deserves to run at the Adelphi Theatre for a long time. 

Taking audiences from a shoe factory all the way to the catwalk in Milan, Kinky Boots is the heartwarming story of Charlie and how he struggles to live up to his fathers expectations and make the family shoe factory business a success. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the form of Lola who helps the factory find a unique market for the shoes that they create.

Featuring music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is a proper grown up musical that has plenty of attitude and sharp humour that keeps audiences from beginning to end.

Of course there are some fabulous performances that really help grab the audiences attention. In particular, Matt Henry as the flamboyant and sharply funny Lola and is certainly one of the most memorable characters in a musical currently in the West End. Amy Lennox as Lauren also delivers a hugely funny performance, particularly during the number ‘The History of Wrong Guys’ – a highlight of the production. Meanwhile, although Killian Donnelly’s Charlie is overshadowed by Lola to some extent, but vocally precise and personality wise is likeable and is convincing in the way that the character grows in confidence.

The show is quite clearly directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with its high energy and fast pace that is slick and smooth throughout. Occasionally some of the scene changes are a bit awkward as there is so much else going on at the same time, but this is only a minor quibble in a slick production.

Cyndi Lauper’s music and lyrics have a wide variety of themes and cross a number of genres but the majority  are upbeat and memorable such as ‘Land of Lola’ and ‘Everybody Say Yeah’, while others such as ‘Not My Father’s Son’ show plenty of heart that really capture what is happening in the production at that time.

Although the majority of the show is light and fun, there are also great moments of poignancy – such as when Charlie and Lola discuss how they struggle to live up to their father’s expectations and proving that they both have more in common  than shoes.  This is key to making the production a success: it is filled with plenty of laughs but at the same time has moments that really tug at the heartstrings.

Kinky Boots is sharp, witty, funny and a brilliantly energetic production that will run quite happily for a long time to come in the West End.

 

Kinky Boots is booking at the Adelphi Theatre until the 28th May 2016. To book tickets visit: Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk , Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com , Love Theatre.com and Ticketmaster.co.uk . 

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