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Critics are calling it "a sizzling theatricality that's bound to put a little more spring in your step and cheer in your heart" — if you're a musical theatre fan, you're about to fall in love with Broadway's huge-hearted hit, Kinky Boots.

Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, Kinky Boots is a brand new, original South African Premiere Production of the multiple Tony award-winning, smash hit musical, opening in theatre from 11 June 2019.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots was first brought to life on the big screen in 2005 before being transformed into a hit musical, winning six Tony and three Olivier Awards.

Kinky Boots features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Choreography and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots has played to sold out houses on Broadway and in the West End since 2013.

To celebrate the arrival of the mega-hit Broadway musical in South Africa, Tracey Lange caught up with Tony award-winning score writer, Cyndi Lauper to talk about what the musical symbolises for her and, the rest of the world.

It's about family. It's about the family you grow up with and the family that you work with...

Cyndi Lauper, Tony-winning score writer — Kinky Boots

The thing that makes us all human beings is that, we all have similar problems with the expectations of our parents and sometimes, you feel like you just could never live up to what you feel your dad wanted you to be and, a lot of men don't talk about this today.

Cyndi Lauper, Tony-winning score writer — Kinky Boots

Talking about her collaboration with Kinky Boots author, Harvey Fierstein, Lauper expresses her admiration and describes him as one of the greatest musical book writers.

He’s a great book writer. He's a great voice in the theatre. He was always a great voice in the LGBTQ community and, I was always a fan and I got to know him and become a friend and I truly do it admire him.

Cyndi Lauper, Tony-winning score writer — Kinky Boots

The Fugard Theatre’s Kinky Boots is brought to you by the same creative team behind the Fugard Theatre productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl and West Side Story. Direction is by Matthew Wild, Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot.

Kinky Boots is a beautiful story of hope, friendship and inspiration that highlights we are not as different to each other as we think. Add in the fabulous music, glittering costumes and breathtaking choreography, this is an unmissable night of fun!

Daniel Galloway, Managing Director — The Fugard Theatre

Listen to Tracey Lange in conversation with pop icon, Cyndi Lauper on Kfm 94.5!

THE STORY

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Tickets are now on sale, and can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com

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