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REVIEW: Kinky Boots, Theatre Royal Norwich




This sassy musical, based on a true story, struts into town, stiletto heels at the ready.

As with most really successful musicals, there is a decent plot (as opposed to a bunch of songs loosely woven together) which tells of a struggling shoe factory in Northampton which finds a rather novel, niche new market to save the day.

Underlying it all is the relationship between newbie and reluctant factory boss Charlie, played by Joel Harper-Jackson, and drag artist Lola, beautifully played by Kayi Ushe, who becomes his designer and, ultimately, helps him find himself.

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Kinky Boots (16947667)

There are plenty of laughs along the way and some very in your face dance routines by the Angels, Lola’s dance group, and some terrific songs by 80s popster, Cyndi Lauper, but it is a touching piece. We see several of the main characters reassess their key beliefs and thus become kinder and more rounded individuals. Acceptance is all.

It moves along at a fair lick, with the first half ending with Everyone Say Yeah, as the whole company hits the factory floor and seizes the production line as an unusual prop, and there’s a delicious Whitney Houston moment when Lola belts out a huge ballad, Hold Me in Your Heart, in a simply fabulous floor-length frock.

So, if you need some high heels, sequins and a bit of glitz in your life - this is the show for you!

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Kinky Boots (16947664)

The show continues until September 28, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Sarah Hardy

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