“Kinky Boots,” the Tony Award winning musical that is currently playing at the Moran Theater in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, is an incredibly entertaining show, full of huge energy, brilliant choreography, great music, tremendous humor and some deeply moving moments.

 

Based on a 2005 British movie, which was based on a true story, “Kinky Boots” has a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. It tells the story of Charlie Price, a young man, just moved to London, who inherits a failing provincial shoe factory when his father unexpectedly dies.

Back in London after his father’s funeral, Price gets knocked unconscious when he intervenes after he sees a woman being accosted by two drunks. When he regains consciousness, he discovers he is in a nightclub where the “woman” he attempted to save performs as Lola, a drag queen.

Charlie soon realizes that the high-heeled boots that his new friend Lola wears are not designed to hold a man’s weight. That gives him an idea of how to save the shoe factory. He’ll make “Kinky Boots” and hire Lola to help him design them.

Fierstein’s book is wildly funny in the first act and deeply moving in the second act as Charlie struggles to made a success of a business he never wanted and Lola comes to term with his/her true identity. Lauper’s Tony winning score is excellent and Jerry Mitchell’s Tony winning choreography is intricate and energetic.

The cast in this nationally touring company is first rate with wonderful performances by Timothy Ware as Lola, Curt Hansen as Charlie, Rose Hemingway as Lauren, the pretty factory worker who finds herself falling for Charlie and sings “The History of Wrong Guys,” and Aaron Walpole as Don, a factory worker who, for most of the show, doesn’t much care for either Charlie or Lola but eventually comes through for both.

Charlie Patton: (904) 359-4413