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Having attended stage school for years when I was younger, I practically lived and breathed musical theatre.

I could probably recite many a score from all the old musicals we did them so many times. Even now, being a busy Mum of 4 and after leaving that life behind me many years ago, I still get a huge buzz from being inside a theatre. There aren’t many shows that I see today that make me wish I was still performing though, but this new offering to hit London’s West End I really do wish I was in! Please someone offer me a part!

I feel very honoured to have been one of the first people to preview the brilliant Kinky Boots, which has it’s official premiere here in the UK at the Adelphi Theatre on September 15th!

I went with a friend and we were absolutely blown away! As were the rest of the audience. During the interval, every single person seemed to be on a high. And that’s exactly how this show makes you feel.

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So what’s it all about?

Well, Kinky Boots is brought to you by iconic Grammy and Tony Award winning Cyndi Lauper, who has written all the music and songs. The story is taken from a book written by Broadway legend and four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

‘Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. 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 some sturdy new stilettos’

This is a fast paced, funny, all singing, all dancing full on glamour fest! Big characters and big voices…. oh the voices – the singing is amazing! The contrast between the two main characters is key and very clever. Charlie comes across initially as very bland and it’s great getting to know him and follow him on his journey, (the solo he performs towards the end is incredible by the way), but this is what makes his unlikely friendship with drag Queen, Lola utterly fascinating.

Matt Henry who plays Lola, was so charismatic…. seriously…. both my friend and I agreed that we literally couldn’t take our eyes off him. He was mesmerising. He owned that stage and he was truly fabulous. Such a star!

I didn’t recognise any names on the cast list when I read it briefly before the show, but there was one face I spotted on the stage that I couldn’t mistake. It was the very gorgeous Marcus Collins who appeared on the X-Factor a couple of years ago! I was a huge fan of him on that, he was runner up to Little Mix, remember? He was brilliant back then and he was absolutely brilliant in this too! I was so excited to see him!

Directed and choreographed by two time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Broadway Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

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The show has everything you’d want from a musical. It’s laugh out loud funny, it’s moving, it’s glamourous, it has a great cast but above all, the music and choreography were out of this world incredible. It was right up my street.

I’m not sure there are any adjectives worthy of describing how amazing it was!

On the night we watched, there was a much deserved standing ovation at the end. I think this is happening every night too from what I hear. I really didn’t want it to end, I could’ve watched it over and over!

My friend and I were absolutely buzzing on the way home! I can’t wait to see it again!

It’s the best thing I’ve seen in a long time and I just know it’s going to be a massive hit – I’m so glad I had the opportunity of seeing it before everyone else…. it’s like I’ve witnessed something very special!

I was offered two complimentary tickets to see Kinky Boots, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.
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