Billy Porter's 'Kinky Boots' has a 2013 opening date on Broadway

Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

"Kinky Boots," the new musical starring Pittsburgher Billy Porter, has an opening night on Broadway: April 4, 2013, at the the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th St. Based on the 2005 film that was inspired by a true story, the musical boasts a book by Harvey Fierstein, a music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, who also directs. Previews begin March 5, 2013. The show will prep for its Broadway run Oct. 2-Nov. 4 in Chicago.

BillyPorterLolaTony nominee Stark Sands of "American Idiot" co-stars with Porter, who most recently came home to work with City Theatre as a choreographer for the Andy Warhol musical "POP!" and starred in "Angels in America" at New York's Signature Theatre. "Kinky Boots" marks Lauper's Broadway debut. A free mp3 download of Lauper singing the beat-heavy "Sex Is in the Heel" from the show is available at the show's website.

In "Kinky Boots," Charlie Price (Sands) inherits his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (Porter), a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

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