REVIEW: KINKY BOOTS (Adelphi Theatre) ★★★★★
September 22, 2017  //  By:   //  London, Musicals, Reviews  //  Comments are off

Kinky Boots

The story of a young man who is reluctantly forced into his father’s shoes as the head of his family’s Shoe Factory, doesn’t exactly sound like a subject for a musical. Yet Kinky Boots has just celebrated it’s second birthday in the West End and there is no question as to why. The show is excellent, a funny, heart warming and brilliantly written show. The new cast is no exception.

David Hunter’s Charlie is fantastic. He’s funny and sweet, doing the brilliant Charlie Price justice. His voice soars through the theatre, particularly in Soul of a Man. He plays across from Simon-Anthony Rhoden’s truly brilliant Lola and Verity Rushworth’s hilarious Lauren with compassion and generosity. Rhoden is mesmerising as Lola, with fierce passion both in his flashy moments and the stripped back vulnerable ones.

The highlight of the show for me however, is the angels and what a team they are. The stage lights up when they enter, immediately lifting an already high energy. They are captivating, sexy and dynamic. Their first entrance is jaw dropping, and I am always blown away by the level of ability and talent that fills those high heels.

The factory community do an amazing job of contrasting the fabulousness of the angels, and showing the charming normality of characters that work at Price and Son. You would struggle to find another musical in town that has such a specific ensemble. Each character has a different personality and is engaged throughout, and the new cast encapsulate this fantastically. It is what gives the show that shiny finish, as not once to you see a general wash of ensemble. It is the reason I actively come to see the show when covers are on, as with the skill the ensemble portray on their own tracks, it makes me curious to see what they’re like centre stage.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show and I really hope that I am back celebrating its birthday for many years to come.

Reviewed by Kara Taylor Alberts
(@karaalberts)
Photo: Matt Crockett

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