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A whole lotta sole by Alessia Belsito-Riera

Filled with glitter, glam, and a whole lot of ‘sole’, don’t miss out on Kinky Boots – coming to the St James Theatre on the 28th of June and kicking up a storm until the 15th of July.

One of Broadway’s most beloved, soulful, and acclaimed musicals, Kinky Boots follows the story of Charlie Price, who is struggling to keep the shoe factory he inherited from his father afloat. On the brink of bankruptcy, Charlie is attempting to save the factory and live up to his father’s legacy when he meets Lola, a fabulous entertainer looking for a sturdy set of stilettos, and his inspiration. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find they have more in common than they realised, discovering that when you change your mind, you can change your whole world.

Kinky Boots stepped into the world and immediately left a footprint. This big-hearted extravaganza walked away with six Tony Awards in 2013 and multiple Laurence Olivier Awards in 2017, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography. It also stamped out the competition at the GRAMMYs® in 2014, winning Best Musical Theatre Album thanks to its lyricist and composer, pop icon Cyndi Lauper. The hilarious and uplifting book is by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

A show made for strutting its stuff, Kinky Boots will walk right into your world and take a firm stand in your heart. It is everything a musical should be, with elaborate costumes, exhilarating choreography, and a heartfelt story. The Aotearoa tour sees Stewart Adam McKensy in the lead role of Lola. Audiences fell in love with the Canadian performer’s Lola during the US national tour and a very successful Vancouver season.

New Zealand’s Kinky Boots is produced by G&T Productions and the Amici Trust, and helmed by director David Adkins, with costuming by Stephen Robertson and set by Harold Moot. “Kinky Boots is a perfect tonic to lift the spirits after such a tough few years,” Adkins says. “It’s fun, it’s free-spirited, and has so much heart. We know you’ll love it.”

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