Put your boots on San Jose! Kinky Boots, Presented by Broadway San Jose is here!

Get on your sexiest boots, grab a friend and go directly to the Center for Performing Arts to see Broadway San Jose’s presentation of KINKY BOOTS.

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Inspired by the 2005 indie film of the same name, KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie Price (Curt Hansen), heir to a failing shoe factory in Northampton England.  Just as Charlie realizes his dream of escaping to London with his new fiancée, he is called back to Northampton due to the death of his father.  When faced with the reality that the factory is failing and that he will have to close the doors leaving lifelong friends without a job, Charlie starts to question what his destiny in life is and what he could do to turn things around.

Amid his crisis, Charlie crosses paths with cabaret drag queen, Lola (a ridiculously talented J. Harrison Ghee), struggling to find a good pair of boots, and that is when it hits him (both literally and figuratively)!  A niche market and a chance to transform the factory. An idea is born and the very unlikely duo form a plan crazy enough to save Lola’s footwear problems along with the Price and Sons factory.

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Selling the Price and Sons employees on the idea is met with initial skepticism, but a dazzling rendition of “The Sex is in the Heel” by Lola and her troop of backup “Angels” inspire the crew and soon the whole factory is on board with the plan.  J. Harrison Ghee is inspiring as Lola (and the non-drag Simon).  Over the top, but with soulful wisdom, she shows this small town that you can’t always judge a book by its cover.  Every scene as both Simon and Lola is perfection.

Some of the greatest moments of KINKY BOOTS play out in the first half.  Love struck factory worker Lauren (Rose Hemingway) almost steals the show with her funny and earnest “The History of Wrong Guys” after she realizes she has fallen for Charlie.  Extra points for most creative use of a factory air gun in a Broadway production.

Assembly line equipment, factory workers and drag queens come together in a spectacular and indescribable way for “Everybody Say Yeah” to end the first act.  The choreography, music and energy had the audience so excited that you could feel the disappointment about intermission.

As the show resumes, we see that finding yourself and following your passion prove to be easier in theory than in practice for Charlie and Lola.  The factory workers struggle to overcome their prejudice against a drag queen designer, and Charlie realizes he has big shoes to fill as the head of the factory.  With morale down, money a scarcity,  the stress of a looming deadline and the ever present feeling of self-doubt creeping in on both Charlie and Lola, it looks as if the new boot line will not be ready in time for the big Milan fashion show.

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Charlie digs deep for the strength to pull through and Curt Hansen has the chance to show off his vocal chops with a powerful “Soul of a Man”.  He realizes his passion and is surprised to find a factory of people, in turn, willing to do whatever it takes to make the show a success.

KINKY BOOTS is a tale of challenging stereotypes, finding yourself and redemption, but it is all that and so much more.  It’s a story with heart, a whole lot of sparkle, great shoes, dazzling drag queens, incredible costumes, fun choreography, across the board fantastic performances, glitter, sequence, music, sparkly lipstick, and did I mention fabulous boots?

Kinky Boots will get you up on your heels and dancing all the way home!

The San Jose engagement of KINKY BOOTS is presented by Broadway San Jose and is playing now through January 29th.  Tickets are available at www.broadwaysanjose.com or at the box office located at the Center for Performing Arts (255 Almaden Blvd.) or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787).