Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” seem like a perfect match with their inspirational messages of self acceptance. READ FULL STORY
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Everybody say yeah!
After winning six Tonys — including Best Musical — this past weekend, Kinky Boots will kick off a national tour beginning in Las Vegas in September 2014, EW has confirmed.
Adapted by Harvey Fierstein from the 2005 movie and featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper, the high-energy show revolves around a British shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy that gets a second chance by going into the niche market of making thigh-high boots for drag queens. Self-acceptance for everyone!
The Broadway production began previews on March 3, and officially opened on April 4. Fans can listen to the whole soundtrack, or check out their Tony performance – with Tony Award-winning star Billy Porter – below: READ FULL STORY
One of the biggest surprises on the Tony Award red carpet may have been that Cyndi Lauper – who won for her score in the musical Kinky Boots – wasn’t even wearing a pair of stiletto boots: “Just some kinky shoes,” she explained with a laugh to reporters.
Despite her choice of footwear, the show’s story – along with its uplifting message – was clearly on her mind in the press room after her big win. “Harvey [Fierstein] called me, and…he said, ‘I’m working on a book for a big Broadway musical. How would you like to write the music?’ And I said, ‘Fine.’ I had always wanted to work with Harvey. And he walked me through it. And maybe ignorance is bliss because I didn’t think about it. I just thought of the opportunity of what kind of music I could do for these two characters because they were so different. And you know, no one sings the same song in the shower –everyone has got their own jam, right? So that means these two different characters were going to have their own different style of singing. So as a musician that is a lot of fun! And so I just started to think of the whole thing like that. When they start singing, “Yeah, Yeah,” I just thought, ‘They’re going to the church of shoes!” READ FULL STORY
Despite a Broadway season that saw a 6-percent dip in attendance, theater fans still have cause for celebration at this Sunday’s Tony Awards. There’s a contest heating up for Best Musical, pitting the “revolting” children of Matilda against the fabulous drag queens of Kinky Boots.
And there’s some real suspense in other major categories: Will two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (above) add a Tony to his mantel for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy? Will former Who’s the Boss star Judith Light win back-to-back Tonys in Best Featured Actress in a Play? EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier offer their predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by the Energizer bunny of awards-show hosts, Neil Patrick Harris.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section.
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Everybody say yeah! Get ready to dig your heels into a 15-track exclusive first listen of the original cast recording of Kinky Boots, the high-energy Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical currently nominated for 13 Tony Awards — including all three principal actors (Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford). Adapted from the 2005 British indie movie chronicling the turnaround of a middling shoe factory that starts manufacturing thigh-high ‘kinky boots,’ the musical has Lauper’s signature sass and pop pep galore — we think you’ll be listening to this one… time after time. (The official CD will be on sale May 28.)
It was a notable week on the boards, one that included the Broadway debut of a most-beloved film star, a reboot of a musical two-hander with quite a vocal fanbase, and the Main Stem composing debut of an ’80s pop icon. (Click on the links below to read our full reviews.)
Lucky Guy A smoky, New York-flavored ode to Mike McAlary, the respected and feared tabloid journo who exposed corruption in the NYC police ranks, Lucky Guy brings two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks to the Great White Way, courtesy of a script by the late, adored Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle). But despite good notices for Hanks in most circles, critic Lisa Schwarzbaum was duly unimpressed, citing that “two hours of Lucky Guy and a theater-goer with no previous knowledge of McAlary and his tabloid cronies will still have no idea why Ephron was so enamored of this blowhard” and that the production “feels so inconsequential and dramatically inert.” EW grade: C+ READ FULL STORY
It’s time to put on your dancing shoes — Kinky Boots is coming to Broadway.
Based on the 2005 movie of the same name, the new musical, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, tells the based-on-a-true-story tale of Charlie (Tony-nominee Stark Sands), who inherits his father’s failing shoe store. When Charlie meets Lola (Billy Porter) an entertainer in need of some stilettos, he discovers that the unlikely pair may just be able to help each other out — and revitalize the business.
Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde) directs and choreographs the show, which debuted in Chicago last fall. Check out more exclusive photos from the production — featuring Sands and Porter, as well as co-star Annaleigh Ashford (Hair, Legally Blonde), below. READ FULL STORY
Have you heard the one about the drag queen and the shoemaker? Those are the central characters in the cult 2005 British comedy Kinky Boots, the latest movie to get the Broadway jazz-hand treatment. With music and lyrics by ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Newsies‘ Harvey Fierstein, the eccentric transatlantic export is set to head to the Great White Way in spring 2013 — but you don’t have to wait until then to hear what Lauper has up her legwarmer!
EW has an exclusive first listen of “Sex Is in the Heel,” the first song released from Lauper’s debut theatrical score. The song will be available for free download starting June 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the show’s official website. If you prefer a live rendition, Lauper will perform the song at this Sunday’s New York Pride Parade (where she’ll serve as Grand Marshal). Get your first earful of a remixed version of “Sex” below! READ FULL STORY
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