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Girls Night Out • Kinky Boots • London

September 11, 2015

Cyndi Lauper once sang ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ and that is exactly what me and my best friend did on Wednesday night at the amazing new West End show Kinky Boots* which Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics for herself. If you love great music, bright lights, dazzling costumes and above all you can appreciate a tough pair of Sassy heels, then grab ya girls and book the tickets, I guarantee you will love this show.

I wasn’t completely sure what to make of it when the curtain first went up. I knew little of the story, or who was starring in it, and I’ll be honest, when I saw the set (a dreary Northampton shoe factory) and I watched the opening scene (a father and son rambling on about men’s shoes) I wasn’t sure if this show was going to be my cup of tea. But ten minutes later I was dancing away in my seat with the rest of the audience as we watched beautiful and glamorous drag queens in seven inch heels shaking their booties like they were in a Beyonce video.

Kinky Boots London_Killian Donnelly, Amy Lennox, Matt Henry_6560_Photo by Matt CrockettSo how does it go from a dreary Northampton factory to a show with so much SASS and GLAMOUR? Well, inspired by true events, this unusual story, written by Harvey Fierstein, follows Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly), a man who is struggling to run his family business, yes, the shoe factory. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola (Matt Henry), a fabulous performer in need of a brand new pair of boots.

Throughout the story we are entertained with outstanding music, cry-out-loud jokes and controversial dance moves, and not forgetting Charlie’s hilarious love interest Lauren (Amy Lennox) who we share many a girly moments with. But it’s the beautiful friendship between Charlie and Lola that is the most wonderful thing to watch; two very different people teaching us to accept others for who they are, and to just be whoever you want to be. That’s what is really wonderful about this show … that and the incredible slow-motion drag queen boxing match, but you really have to see it to believe it.

With tickets from just £25 with no booking fee (click here) it’s the perfect excuse for a girly night out. Grab yourself a cocktail at the bar and let your hair down as you boogie away with this amazing cast. By the finale, me and my best friend were up on our feet, clapping, dancing and ‘woop’ing’. I wanted to steal a pair of the Kinky Boots for myself and join them on stage. The music, written by Cyndi Lauper, is stunning – from beautiful ballads, to sing-a-long, jump-a-long, feel-good numbers.

For more info head to kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk or give them a tweet at @KinkyBootsUK

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