Everybody Say Yeah! Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Kinky Boots Opens on Broadway
Glenn Close, Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields, and Joan Rivers are among the guests who strutted their stuff on opening night.
Kinky Boots, the new Broadway musical with a score by Grammy Award winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Newsies) celebrated its opening night at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Thursday, April 4. Following the performance, which was attended by a glittery group of celebs including Tony Award winners Christine Baranski (TheBoulvard), Cherry Jones (Doubt) Steve Kazee (Once), Audra McDonald (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret), Bernadette Peters (Follies), and Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray), the cast and creative team headed to the Westside Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis for a swanky afterparty.
Based on the 2005 British film, Kinky Boots follows Charlie, who tries to save his recently deceased father's shoe factory from bankruptcy by manufacturing shoes for drag queens. The company is led by Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (American Idiot) as Charlie, Billy Porter (Angels in America) as the sassy drag performer Lola, and Annaleigh Ashford (Dogfight) in the role of Lauren. 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.