...and had the feeling we'd seen a show that, once it opened, tickets would be hard to come by. Cyndi Lauper's score was just plain fun, and the guitars and percussion that were part of the orchestra had the audience "rockin." The numbers that stayed with me the most were actually the solos and there were three, all outstanding: Lauren (hilarious), Charlie (emotional and dramatic) and Lola (moving). The numbers that were performed by Lola and his "Angels" were fun and amazing...what those guys could do in their "Kinky Boots!" Lola (Billy Porter) was especially comedic in his line deliveries, and Stark Sands (Charlie) was his perfect "straight man," albeit a funny one. The cast just seemed to mesh and enjoy what they were doing, and this play worked for me.
Would I bring a child to the show? It depends. The message - accepting yourself and being accepted for who you are - is something I would have wanted to share with my daughter when she was a teenager, but there's more to the story than just that. The show is also about people dropping their prejudices, making things work and learning from the experience. Parents will know if the story line is something that is right for their children, and for adults, this is a very funny, entertaining show with a strong message. We walked out of the theater happy that we saw this musical, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it is received when it opens tonight!