Musical Monday: Kinky Boots!

In honor of the Kinky Boots tour closing in Nashville yesterday, this week’s Musical Monday is dedicated to one of my absolute favorite shows.

Yet again, this is another fantastic adaptation of a movie. Kinky Boots was released in 2005, directed by Julian Jerrold. It’s about a man, Charlie, who was chosen to take over his father’s shoe factory after his father’s death. The shoe factory is losing all their business and closing is inevitable until Charlie meets Lola, a drag queen. Lola convinces Charlie to change his product and make shoes for other drag queens (stilettos to be exact). Obviously, he faces controversy from his employees and even from himself. The movie is all about acceptance and love and how Lola strives for that through the making of shoes.

So let’s start off with a clip from Kinky Boots. 

This is “Everybody Say Yeah!” performed at the 2013 Tony Awards. Lola is played by Billy Porter and Charlie is played by Stark Stands.

So, as I mentioned before, Lola, played by Billy Porter (who is absolutely phenomenal let me say) is a drag queen who kind of takes over Price and Sons, Charlie’s shoe factory. Lola faces much controversy, especially from one of the workers, Don, who can’t seem to accept her. He makes nasty comments at her throughout the show and is just the classic bad guy.

Kinky Boots won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2013, which should tell you something. I think one of the best parts about this musical (aside from the fantastic dancing, fabulous set and costumes, and phenomenal singing) is the message it brings.

Acceptance is a big issue in today’s society and this musical addresses just that. Let’s take a second to watch Billy Porter sing “Not My Father’s Son”, a song that talks about the hardships of being who you are when people want you to be someone else.  

Today, the LGBT community faces a lot of controversy, all revolving around acceptance. Kinky Boots uses the character of Don to address this. Don can’t look past what is the accepted “norm”. He doesn’t want to be different and doesn’t want to be judged and Lola realizes this. So of course, Lola tries to change this. She tries to make Don see that she’s just a person too.

Lola faces a lot of emotional distress as well. Even though her character seems like the bravest, strongest person ever, the insecurities eventually get to her.

Kinky Boots uses the campaign “Just Be” and encourages everyone to be themselves. One of my favorite lines from the show is, “Just be who you wanna be. Never let them tell you who you ought to be”.

Not only is this show just a fun show to watch, but the message behind it is amazing and so very relevant today. The “Just Be” campaign is something everyone should strive to follow.

I was so empowered after seeing this show. I think I cried about 6 times during as well. After seeing it, you just want to be like Don. But of course, I’m not going to tell you why — you’ll have to find that one out on your own(:

Watch Kinky Boots: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Buy the album: iTunes 

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