Reviews and Awards

Kinky Boots has managed to take Broadway AND the West End by storm, scooping both rave reviews and prestigious awards. Below us a round up of all of the awards and praise the show has received so far.

West End Reviews

After years of rumours and much anticipation surrounding Kinky Boots’ West End arrival, the show finally hit the West End with it’s press night held on the 15th September 2015. Read the Kinky Boots London Reviews to see what the London critics had to say.

Kinky boots london reviewsThe Guardian – Michael Billington: “Jerry Mitchell’s direction and choreography, in particular, give the show a physical dynamism that offsets the story’s feelgood factor.”

star-rating-4.0The Daily Mail – Quentin Letts: “Best of all, though, are the boots. Well done the wardrobe mistress and the backstage dressers who squeeze the cast into various items of footwear.”

star-rating-4.0The Stage – Mark Shenton: “It is played with a lovely, loving degree of truth by Donnelly and Henry as they come tentatively to see the world through each other’s eyes.”

star-rating-4.0The Times – Ann Treneman: “Those dancing boots are such a hoot!”

 

Broadway Reviews

Kink Boots received some fantastic reviews when it opened on Broadway in April 2013 as well as during its pre-Broadway tryoutBelow are a few quotes form New York’s biggest critics.

Blog CriticsBlog Critics: “It’s not the colorful drag queens but Charlie’s grumbling working-class employees who lend the show its layer of secondary depth. For one: As grunt worker Lauren, the fabulous Annaleigh Ashford nearly runs away with Act One with her deliciously out-there performance of the show’s best number, “The History of Wrong Guys.” Read More

New York Times LogoNew York Times: “Cyndi Lauper… has created a love- and heat-seeking score that performs like a pop star on Ecstasy… From their entrances, the cast members build up a bank of good vibrations.”

 

New York Post LogoNY Post– “Rahrah empowerment gushes out of the likable but heavy-handed show as if from a broken pipe.
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Cardinal logoThe Cardinal – “If you are joyful, have a spring in your step and willingly cast away the cold lens of logic for a couple of hours, I assure you that few productions of any type will leave you feeling better and happier than this one.” Read More

 

Time Out NY LogoTime Out New York – “The very model of a modern major musical! Irresistable, with a heart strong cast… Lauper is a musical-theater natural, combining bright, infectious melodies with simple but effective lyrics. As each act progresses, the energy rises palpably, boosted by a heart-strong cast. ”

windy cityWindy City Media Group – “The solo vocalists—notably Stark Sands, Billy Porter and Annaleigh Ashford—acquit themselves impressively on songs written for Lauper’s own multiple-octave range. Director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s utilization of his environment—in particular, conveyer-belts that quickly transform into vogue-worthy treadmills—likewise keeps the visually sensual Victorian-ornate stage picture vibrant throughout.” Read More

Stage And Cinema – It’s easy to see what attracted illustrious bookwriter Harvey Fierstein (Newsies), composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper (“Girls Just Want to Have Fun”), and equally accomplished director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde) to this lesser known (and much darker) 2005 film of the same name. The musical is a blue-collar, Cinderella story that puts its own spin on the feel-good. Read More

Awards

In the 2013 awards season, Kinky Boots emerged well adorned with six Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, one Drama League Award, one Drama Desk Award and one Artois Award. Below is a table list of nominations and awards Kinky Boots received for its first year on Broadway.

Awarding Body

Nominated For

Result

Artois Award Outstanding Achievement in Casting (Broadway Musical category) Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Billy Porter for his role as Lola/Simon Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Annaleigh Ashford Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Production of a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance in a Musical – Stark Sands for his role as Charlie Price Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance in a Musical – Billy Porter for his role as Lola/Simon Nominated
Outer Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Musical Won
Outer Circle Award Outstanding New Score in a Musical Won
Outer Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Musical Won
Outer Circle Award Outstanding Actor In a Musical -Billy Porter for his role as Lola/Simon Won
Tony Award Best Musical Won
Tony Award Best Original Score – Cindy Lauper Won
Tony Award Best Orchestrations – Stephen Oremus Won
Tony Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical – Billy Porter Won
Tony Award Best Sound Design of a Musical – John Shivers Won
Tony Award Best Choreography – Jerry Mitchell Won
Tony Award Best Book of a Musical – Harvet Fierstein Nominated
Tony Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical – Stark Sands Nominated
Tony Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical – Annaleigh Ashford Nominated
Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical – Jerry Mitchell Nominated
Tony Award Best Costume Design –  Gregg Barnes Nominated

 

The Acceptance Speeches

Here are a couple of our favourite acceptance speeches from the Kinky Boots team at the 2013 Tony Awards! Get your tissues at the ready!


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