REVIEW / THEATRE
Sands Theatre/Last Friday
The increased the heel, the nearer to heaven, so some say – and Kinky Boots is a musical of many highs. It is an outstanding spectacle, but additionally one with loads of soul – and sole.
The Tony Award-winning musical, with e-book and rating by two legends of stage and music, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, is about in Northampton. Charlie Price inherits his late father’s failing shoe manufacturing unit and has to fireplace all his long-time workers – except he can come up with a brand new product for a distinct segment market.
His resolution comes from an unlikely supply: Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen who befriends him after he tries to avoid wasting her from some toughs and will get knocked out by her damaged boot.
Charlie realises that drag queens want stronger heels which might bear a person’s weight and decides to gamble his manufacturing unit’s destiny on a line of “kinky boots” by Lola for the Milan runway – though, first, they have to overcome resistance from the close-minded folks of Northampton.
While Charlie’s storyline is the central premise of the plot, his scenes of daddy points and self-doubt are usually not very compelling and Lance Bordelon’s singing is typically overwrought.
Much comedian reduction comes from his workers, together with boorish Don (Adam Du Plessis), who makes life troublesome for Lola, and Lauren (a self-deprecatingly humorous Sydney Patrick), who is nursing a crush on Charlie.
BOOK IT / KINKY BOOTS
WHERE: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
WHEN: Until Sunday; tomorrow to Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 and 8pm; Sunday, 1 and 6pm
ADMISSION: $65 to $185 from Sistic (name 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)
INFO: Advisory 16 (some mature content material), go to www.marinabaysands.com
Jos N. Banks performs the statuesque Lola with a studied effortlessness. “Tell me I have not inspired something burgundy,” she declares, upon being introduced with an unprepossessing take a look at heel. Yet she betrays an achingly susceptible aspect out of drag as Simon, who was disowned by his father for not being the son he hoped for.
Charlie says of Lola that she leaves a “big, gaping hole” within the room after she departs and that is the case with Banks, whose absence is palpable in each scene Lola just isn’t in.
She is backed by her Angels, a powerful posse of high-kicking, back-flipping drag queens dressed impeccably by costume designer Gregg Barnes. With them within the image, the present heads for a surprising finale.
Director Jerry Mitchell additionally choreographs the show-stopping numbers resembling Everybody Say Yeah, which makes a very impressed use of conveyor belts.
The set by David Rockwell makes efficient use of moving items and transforms the stage from the brick-and-iron manufacturing unit to the glittering catwalks of Milan, helped by fabulous lighting from Kenneth Posner.
Kinky Boots is actually uplifting, in additional methods than only a six-inch heel and a stellar tuck. A kink could imply a deviation from the norm, however this musical deserves a spot within the hearts of all.