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Kinky Boots at Her Majesty's Theatre

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These Kinky Boots are made for sparkling
Kinky Boots started life as a book, became a movie and morphed into a musical. It's a bit of a slow burn: the opening scene is the drab brown backdrop of a century-old shoe factory in Northampton whose specialty is—you guessed it—brown men's shoes, where little Charlie Price is being primed for a life of leather, lasts and laces by his dear old Dad.
Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Her Majestys Theatre, Melbourne, Price and Son
Sophie Wright and horrible brown shoes

Fast forward 15 years or so. Young Charlie and his aspirational fiancée whatsername (the audience works out early on it's not worth the bother) decide their futures lie in the bright lights of London, much to the dismay of Mr Price senior. His untimely demise drags Charlie back to the mother ship with its cash flow problems, horrible brown shoes and motley crew of lovable ruffians and good-hearted scrubbers.

Enter the gorgeous Lola, aka Simon from Clacton, a drag queen with a footwear fetish and a flair for design. Together they work out a formula to 'reinvent the heel' and manage to sell it to the tough crowd at Price and Sons. What starts out as a business partnership becomes a friendship between two loving sons who didn't live up to the expectations of their fathers. These young men had something to prove, and prove it they did.
Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Her Majestys Theatre, Melbourne, Price and Son
Charlie of Northampton and Simon of Clacton

The Sunday matinee saw the two leads played by understudies. Matthew Predney as the easygoing Charlie combined boyish charm with a great set of pipes, the perfect straight man to the flamboyant Lola. Sophie Wright as Lauren, factory worker and potential new girlfriend, showed flashes of comic brilliance that caught the audience off guard. But the loudest accolades must go to Euan Doidge as Lola, who bursts onto the scene in a blinding flash of glitter and sequins, and evolves into so much more than a drag queen with a shoe shortage.
kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Her Majestys Theatre, Melbourne, Price and Son
Don and Lola

His factory floor sing-off with the boorish Don on the subject of what women look for in a man is thought-provoking stuff: the subject of after-show conversation on the walk to the car park. You can't ask for much more than that of a musical: Kinky Boots is that and more. Make the most of the extended Melbourne season and catch it before it heads north to the bright lights of Sydney.
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Why? Melbourne just wants to have fun with Cyndi Lauper's Tony-award winning musical
When: Must close Sunday March 26 2017
Phone: 1300 795 012
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
Cost: From $65 to $170
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