KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL REVIEW | BLOGTOBER 21


I love a West End show and I try my best to see as many of them as possible. Kinky Boots was one which has been on my list to go see for a while now, and I finally got to go a couple of weeks ago. I love Drag and anything camp is 100% my cup of tea, so although I didn't know what to expect, I already knew that I was going to love Kinky Boots. However, as it often happens with West End shows, I adored it even more than I was expecting to and was completely blown away by just how fantastic the show was.

If you haven't heard of it before, Kinky Boots is based on the true story of a shoemaker from Northampton, who, when his father dies, decides to steer the business away from making classic shoes for men, and towards a big gap in the shoe making market: shoes for drag queens. With the help of a strong (and fantastically sassy) queen named Lola and her troop of girls, Price and Sons shoemaking business becomes a drag sensation.

My friend Joe and I managed to grab some tickets from an Amazon sale and somehow ended up sitting in the second row of the stalls for the show. It's the closest I've ever been sat to the stage for a West End musical and I'm so glad that it was for Kinky Boots. You could really appreciate how fantastic the drag really was being so close to the actors! I was absolutely in awe for the entire show and I think my face was stuck in a huge grin for the entire performance.

The actors themselves were honestly fantastic. The entire cast were completely brilliant, and all of the drag queens, known as the 'angels' in the show were incredible at what they did. The standout performer was Simon-Anthony Rhoden, who played lead drag queen, Lola. He was SO wonderful both in and out of drag and I was honestly just star struck by his voice, performance and just general look. I'm so happy we got to see him as Lola!

The soundtrack itself was also brilliant, and I honestly haven't stopped listening to it on Spotify since I saw the show a few weeks ago. Of course, listening through my phone doesn't have the same effect at all as it did being there in the theatre and watching the live performances. Every single song had me wanting to get up on my feet and dance around. I can't even explain how fierce and fabulous it was.

What I loved most about Kinky Boots was the feel good quality which it offered. You could just tell that the entire cast were enjoying the entire performance, and this radiated out to the audience too. There was an energy in the room which felt so positive. Kinky Boots carries a fantastic message of being kind, inclusive and accepting, and I think it's so important for a show like this to exist and be doing so well in 2017.

If you're looking for a West End show to go see in London soon, I'd 10000% recommend Kinky Boots, it's so feel good and happy and when it comes down to it, it has a really fantastic and open-hearted message hidden beneath all of the glitter.

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