Kinky Boots – review

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 7:53 AM | Review by: Tian Glasgow | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Matt Henry (Lola) and Angels in Kinky Boots - photo Matt Crocket Matt Henry (Lola) and Angels in Kinky Boots - photo Matt Crocket

Kinky Boots is a fabulous crowd-pleaser of a show, several fantastic moments including the boxing match scene had me grinning throughout. Highly recommended family show.


When you sit down to watch a musical, your expectations can vary wildly, hoping for good performances, a proper spectacle, amazing tunes and with some intelligent lyrics. So as the lights come up on Kinky Boots another criteria appears which is that of the film to musical adaptation and the fact the film had a clear message that could easily be lost in the razzle-dazzle.


Kinky Boots features an incredibly talented cast especially in the main trio of Killian Donnelly as Charlie Price, Matt Henry as Lola and Amy Lennox as Lauren. All sport simply amazing vocal ability and fantastic comic timing. The anticipation of the arrival of Lola in the story is well rewarded with her namesake song. But it was Amy Lennox performing ‘History of Wrong Guys’ that stole the show with the audience in fits of laughter and highlighting Cyndi Lauper’s flare for writing a fun and witty tune. The music shows that Lauper is able to write songs that feel familiar but don’t come across as pastiche as she skips between disco, soul and classic ballads. Not all songs hit exactly the right tone for me especially the rock ballad stylings of Donnelly’s solos, although his vocal prowess is unquestionable and a joy to hear.


Jamie Baughan (Don) and Matt Henry (Lola) in Kinky Boots - photo Johan Persson Jamie Baughan (Don) and Matt Henry (Lola) in Kinky Boots - photo Johan Persson

As a big fan of the film, I feel that the musical used the opportunity to present Lola as a true unapologetic performer, which was beautiful to watch. But in the medium of film Chiwetel Ejiiofor was able to show us the inner conflict in the character. For me the play never found a way to portray this aspect of the story on stage, too much time was spent in big numbers about the shoes and shoe factory’s battle with foreclosure. In the moments given to get in touch with Lola, Matt Henry’s soulful performance makes the most of every second but I feel the razzle-dazzle does stop us connecting with the true person.


Kinky Boots is a fabulous crowd-pleaser of a show, several fantastic moments including the boxing match scene had me grinning throughout. Highly recommended family show.


Ensemble in Kinky Boots - photo Matt Crocket Ensemble in Kinky Boots - photo Matt Crocket

Info: Kinky Boots is at the Adelphi Theatre | book tickets




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