September ,27 2015
Kinky Boots

Happy Sunday everyone! Phew, I was so sure today would slip by before I got the chance to unleash this post on the internet. Luckily, time is on my side. The past 7 days have been super hectic for me! I went to see the amazing Josh Groban and only a few days earlier my friend Tiffany and I went to go see the Tony award-winning musical: kinkyboots You read that glittery, red font right. Yes, Kinky Boots! Tiffany had been talking up this musical for months when finally we decided to get tickets. It would be her second time and my first time ever seeing the production and it was more fun and better than I imagined it would be. For those who haven't heard of Kinky Boots before, it follows the story of a young man named Charlie who is left his father's shoe factory upon his death. While Charlie decides whether or not his destiny is to take over his father's legacy, he meets Lola, a glittery and confident drag queen who might be the answer to all his problems. With a strong friendship between the two leads, it's a great ride of deep emotional moments and laugh out loud excitement. The musical numbers went from huge explosive technicolour masterpieces to shaded and calm scenes, which balanced out the fun loving characters with their deeper demons. It was these deeper themes which really connected with me (not that much of a surprise, haha) because I hadn't expected them in a production that sounded so enthusiastic and glamourous. Nonetheless, the slower numbers provided an easier source of connection for the audience and brought the playhouse to it's feet with thunderous applause on multiple occasions. [caption id="attachment_2467" align="aligncenter" width="600"]lola&charlie Alan Mingo Jr. and Graham Scott Fleming[/caption] The lead actors Alan Mingo Jr. and Graham Scott Fleming as Lola and Charlie respectively, were very well balanced. Each received a variety of different songs, fast and slow, being able to show off their immense talent, star power, and golden comedic timing. The magnitude of Mingo's role as Lola concerned me for Fleming. As I flipped through the program before the performance, I was sure Fleming would be upstaged by the sheer greatness of Mingo's role. I'm proud to be wrong! Fleming delivered an excellent and strong performance, standing fairly beside Mingo in a role which stood out with compassion and complexity. I have definitely become of fan of both performers and will be excited to see what future projects they take on! I'm so happy Tiffany ended up taking me to see it and the whole night was such a blast it helps make sure, during busy school days, that fun is still a priority in daily life. I strongly encourage you to see this performance if you ever get the chance! It may not sound like you're type of production but this show surprises in more ways than one. Or if you've seen it, what's your favourite song? Mine is "Soul of Man" which I have linked to the Broadway recording of, and I think you should check it out! Oh, I love the theatre! xo Novellette

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