Kinky Boots

NEW YORK - Gleeks and Difficult People rejoice! Julie Klausner (Difficult People) and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland
Sitting down for a chat with the iconic Darlene Love and the amazing makeup artist La Sonya Gunter, the word that comes to
The team wants everyone to be able to relieve themselves "triumphantly."
Touring companies of established plays don't often get the props they deserve. The play perhaps has already breezed through town, with this-or-that headliner as lead. Some may be from Broadway, others not. But it's an experience worth every penny.
Kinky Boots is a delightfully entertaining spectacle with a message. With the book by the illustrious Harvey Fierstein, music by Cyndi Lauper, and direction (and choreography by) Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots truly has an all-star creative team.
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world!
"It's a very difficult disease," Kelso explained. "Seeing my grandmother go through it was difficult for sure, but also watching my father show up to the hospital and she could no longer recognize him, it's very difficult for those that have the disease but also those around them."
What brings people to the theater? I talk a lot about that each day with various producers and press agents. Of course, if anyone really knew an exact answer, many more shows would be successful. Instead we all try our best to guess.
Do all sons want to be "better" than their fathers? Do all fathers want the same for their sons -- that they grow to be "better" -- or do they secretly, perhaps unconsciously, always want to be someone their sons can look up to in every which way?
Some people may not automatically think, Kinky Boots -- great family show. But don't be thrown by the title. I asked Daryl Roth, a Kinky Boots producer with Hal Luftig, why the show is wonderful for families.
I chatted over the phone with Kinky Boots cast member Lauren Nicole Chapman, a Michigan native who attended West Bloomfield High School along with Interlochen Center of the Arts, and who made her Broadway debut as a part of the Kinky Boots ensemble last April, then joined the touring company in September.
On Dec. 7 I saw Kinky Boots at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Words cannot describe how extraordinary it is.
In a few months the family will appear together in a short film that was written by mom Audrey and directed by Wendell Thomas. In the spirit of art imitating life, the film, Outside the Box, is about an artistic family that tries to bridge the generational gap inherent in different types of musical tastes.
Two things happened in theater yesterday that had me thinking -- The New York Times reported Sting was going into The Last Ship, which he wrote the score for, and The Country House closed.
Different plays, different moods, different methods but common themes that make for extraordinary nights of live theatre.
The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she became the first transgender person to grace the cover of Time magazine in May of 2014.
"You have to stand your ground and be who you are and find acceptance -- if not in others, than in yourself. That's the road to happiness...and as Oscar Wilde said, and is quoted by [the character] Lola: 'Be Yourself: everyone else is already taken.'"
So we have one more example of gay men performing drag for major audiences and misconstruing for the masses what it means to be transgender.