Before my visit to Kinky Boots I had a feeling that this show wouldn’t be for me. I don’t know if it was the advertising, or the various things I had seen on Twitter etc. but I didn’t have high hopes. Despite this, I got up with my #1 theatre friend at 5:30am for day seats for the show, we queued for 3 hours and got centre front row for £25. We were still both a little unsure, but wanted to see the show anyway. Unfortunately, our instincts were right on the mark.

Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price, is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. (http://www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk/synopsis.php)

I saw Paul Ayres (the understudy for the role of Charlie) and it’s safe to say he wowed with his amazing voice and great comical timing. The whole cast was really strong and the choreography was impeccable, the big numbers were super impressive and made the audience go crazy. Amy Lennox as Lauren too had an incredible voice, but her characterisation for me was a little OTT; it was definitely enjoyable and funny in parts, but others felt a little cringey. Matt Henry as Lola, for me, was also over done, there’s exaggeration and then there’s exaggeration. Undoubtedly though, his voice is phenomenal – it’s the kind of voice that makes your jaw drop and really appreciate the talent you have in front of you – not only that, but he really put the songs across and gave a deeper meaning to the lyrics.

The show was a massive hit on Broadway, but I think for me it was just too much, it felt too much like farce, and anyone who knows me well knows that farce is definitely not my thing! I was disappointed that I wasn’t proven wrong but I guess you can’t like everything…

 

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