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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots had been on my Broadway bucket list since the cast performed at the Tony Awards three years ago. Between the fabulous shoes and the even more fabulous drag queens, how could the musical itself not be fabulous?

So when I finally went to see it, I was thrilled.

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We sat down and eagerly waited for the spectacle to begin.

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And I have to say, I was disappointed. There was just something lacking in the show.

The plot was very predictable and, if I’m being honest, a little boring. The jokes elicited a brief, polite laugh, and were nowhere near as funny as the other Broadway shows I’ve seen recently. And what bothered me the most is the performers had minimal, if any, dance training. With the sheer amount of talent in New York City, I would think it would be fairly easy to hire trained dancers whose poor technique wouldn’t distract from the performance.

Also, I went with a group of Brits, and they went on and on about how the characters’ British accents were questionable, at best, which made me laugh. Despite living in London for a year I would have never noticed that!

I was definitely bummed. Faye, who had seen it before, said she loved the show the first time she went, and argued it was a better experience closer to the stage (we were up in the balcony). So if you’re going to see Kinky Boots that would be my suggestion, because then maybe the characters’ mannerisms and facial expressions would be easier to see, and thus more entertaining. That’s not quite an excuse in my book, since I saw Hamilton from the balcony and am now obsessed with it, but there it is.

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

As it turns out, a show about fabulous shoes and fabulous drag queens can, in fact, not be fabulous.

At least this picture is?

Kinky Boots - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Should you wish to buy tickets to Kinky Boots, you can find them here.

Otherwise I recommend going to Hamilton or Come From Away.

Let me know what other shows I should add to my Broadway bucket list!

~A

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