These KINKY BOOTS are made to be totally awesome.

Published on: July 28, 2015

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I have a 5-month old who is going through a sleep regression phase. The only time I can count on uninterrupted sleep is from 7pm-11pm (usually). If I miss the constant Zzzz’s during that time, I’m in for a night of sleeping in 30 minute increments. It’s really bloody tiring.

I know this baby-phase is just that – a phase – but sleep is so precious at the moment, that for me to miss out on my continuous-sleep time-slot, there needs to be a really good reason for it.

Kinky Boots is a really great gd reason.

Stellar opening number aside, it takes the show a few musical numbers before it hits its stride with the presentation of Lola – the fiercest drag queen the stage has seen since Priscilla. Once she struts her stuff, the collective relaxation of the audience is almost palpable – suddenly they’re ready for some big, campy fun and the actors grab hold of the moment and run with it.  They are all, across the board, fabulous – their energy is infectious and when paired with Cyndi Lauper’s sharp lyrics and poppy score, the performance seems to reach far beyond the Royal Alex’s proscenium arch. It is SO fun to be a part of.

Once of the most interesting aspects of the show is the casting of “real” looking people. Gone are the waif-like girls and chiseled men in their twenties (OK, there are a few of them) and in their place are a mixed bag of shapes, sizes and age who were all a real treat to watch and a refreshing diversion from the norm.  It makes me wonder why we need to wait for a show about accepting diversity to have a more diverse casting call. Clearly the talent exists for less skinny and more substance.

In the midst of a busy Toronto summer, it can be difficult to decide where to focus our attention and time; the city is always chock-a-block of worthy happenings.  If you’re still undecided, Kinky Boots is a SOLID option for families, couples, a solo date-night or for dreary visiting relatives. It’s a totally awesome feast for your senses and practically impossible not to love.  So when I woke up at midnight that night, and again at 12:30am, and then 1am and then 1:30am… I was OK with it. The Kinky Boots sleep sacrifice was WELL worth it.

Kinky Boots is on at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St. W.) until November 8. For tix click here.

Photo: The Canadian Cast of Kinky Boots – Photo Credit: Cylla von Tiedemann

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