Billy Porter alongside ensemble members in Broadway’s <i>Kinky Boots</i>.
Billy Porter alongside ensemble members in Broadway’s Kinky Boots.
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Tonight marks the official Broadway opening of the fabulously dragified musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Featuring a score by Grammy Award-winning pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Newsies), the musical stars Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (American Idiot) in the role of Charlie Price, Billy Porter (Angels in America) as the sassy drag performer Lola, and Annaleigh Ashford (Dogfight) in the role of Lauren. Based on the 2005 film, Kinky Boots follows Charlie, who tries to save his recently deceased father's shoe factory from bankruptcy by manufacturing shoes for drag queens.

Directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Catch Me If You Can), the cast also features Celina Carvajal (The Toxic Avenger) as Nicola, Marcus Neville (The Full Monty) as George, Daniel Stewart Sherman (Wild Animals You Should Know) as Don, Marquise Neal as Young Lola, and Sebastian Hedges Thomas (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Young Charlie. The ensemble also includes Adinah Alexander, Eric Anderson, Eugene Barry-Hill, Stephen Berger, Caroline Bowman, Paul Canaan, Andy Kelso, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Eric Leviton, Ellyn Marie Marsh, John Jeffrey Martin, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Tory Ross, Charlie Sutton, and Joey Taranto.

Check back in with TheaterMania tomorrow for a review of Kinky Boots and pictures from the opening night's red carpet!

For more information about Kinky Boots, click here.