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CD REVIEW: Kinky Boots

Book: Harvey Fierstein

Composer &Lyricist: Cyndi Lauper

Music Supervisor/Otchestrator/Arranger: Stephen Oremus

Reviewer : Rosie Revell

[Rating:5]

Kinky BootsMere days after it swept the Tony Awards the Broadway cast recording of Kinky Boots sashays its way to be reviewed and the hype around the show is going stratostrophic. Its is easy to dismiss the hype but I’m genuinely pleased to report that the score it is a genuine musical delight that will not disappoint.

Loosely based upon a true story, Kinky Boots the musical, arrived on Broadway in October 2012 via the much loved film of 2005. Charlie Price (Stark Sands) has inherited his father’s northern England shoe factory and all it’s financial woes. The market for fine, handmade brogues is shrinking. Desperate to live up to his father’s legacy but also to save the factory Charlie encounters drag queen Lola (Billy Porter) and her troupe The Angels who are in need of sturdy stilettos for their act. Despite the culture shock of the northern factory meeting drag artistes common ground is found and the fortunes of the factory are revived. Charlie and Lola realise that while seemingly from different worlds they have a lot in common starting with the need to stand up to their fathers to find their own way in the world.

From the moment the CD starts it is an uplifting toe-tapping collection of tunes that stick in the mind long after listening.The orchestration is dazzling as it moves breathtakingly through different styles. Its an upbeat, uplifting collection of songs. Especially enjoyable songs include, “Sex is in the Heel” “Everybody Say Yeah” and “In This Corner”.” The leads Sands and Potter are both given their chance to shine and have fantastically powerful solo songs “Charlie’s Soliloquy” and “Hold Me In Your Heart” with which to stamp their authority on. Songs involving the whole company such as “Price and Son Theme/The Most Beautiful Thing in the World” and “Raise You Up/ Just Be” the opening and closing numbers ensure the CD begins and ends on a true high.

Cyndi Lauper, herself making Tony history,in becoming the first solo female to win the best score has created one of the most popular scores in recent years. This cast recording has become the highest charting score since The Book of Mormon two years ago. The songs are pure Lauper and it really plays to the show’s advantage. It is easy to imagine Lauper singing these as they are so reminiscent of her 80s hits; “Charlie’s Soliloquy” is as soulful as “Time after Time” and just as memorable, heartfelt and thoroughly enjoyable.

A true gem to listen to again and again and again.

CD available to purchase from Masterworks Broadway

 

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