Review: Kinky Boots at Fulton Theatre

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We all know the old saying, “laughter is the best medicine,” and thankfully, Kinky Boots has arrived at The Fulton Theatre to dole out all the dosages we need to get through this flu season and Coronavirus panic.

The heartwarming comedy opened on Thursday and had the packed house laughing, dancing and cheering the entire show.

Kinky Boots inspires audiences to “Just Be” themselves as it follows the story of Charlie Price, “heir” to the Price & Sons Shoe Company, as he finds the perfect solution for his failing business in cabaret singer and drag queen Lola (Simon). It’s a beautiful story of acceptance and friendship, all drenched in red leather and sequins.

The show, based on the 2005 film of the same name, has been a hit since it premiered on Broadway in 2013 with Billy Porter starring as Lola.

The Fulton’s own Lola, Darius Harper, is just as talented and beloved by Lancaster’s audience. He’s an absolute presence that commands the stage, and it’s not just because he perfectly executes each line and dance move in six-inch heels. Matt Farcher (returning to the Fulton stage since his brilliant turn as the Beast in Beauty in the Beast) also charms the audience with his affable wit, while Kate Fahrner’s quirky Lauren has audiences rooting for the underdog that has a “The History of Wrong Guys”.

In all honesty, each performance is absolutely spectacular (I’d go again just to see and cry over Harper’s “Hold Me in Your Heart” one more time), and I think it’s partly because the show’s music and lyrics are written by none other than absolute queen Cyndi Lauper.

I thought The Fulton outdid itself with last year’s Mamma Mia!, but this season has been filled with incredible performances like Harper’s, Farcher’s and Fahrner’s, that leave me floored each time the curtain closes. The entire show is an absolute treat and is a 100% must see.

Kinky Boots runs until April 4. Grab your tickets here.

If you’re planning on seeing the show, I’d make a reservation at LUCA, a fantastic restaurant that is a semi-finalist for best chef in the Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. Its pasta and pizza is to die for.

The Whipping Man opens in the upstairs studio theatre on March 26, and Titanic sails onto the main stage on April 14.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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