Kinky Boots Review | Adelphi Theatre | 9th March 2017

Story Line
The story follows a young boy, Charlie Price as he tries to save a factory that he is unexpectedly left after his dad passes away that is rolling straight off the cliff. He enlists the help of Lola, a Drag queen who is extreme and fabulous to help save the factory by designing Kinky Boots. Along the way there is several moments where it possibly could all fall apart but by accepting each other they get there in the end and save the factory.

Review of Show
The show overall is a uplifting, heartfelt and fun filled musical from the word go. The enthusiasm and energy created by the cast is overwhelming and it will undoubtedly make you smile and want to dance along with them.
The cast overall has been cast very well with David Hunter as Charlie Price, Matt Henry as Lola and Elena Skye as Lauren with many other good names in the ensemble.

David Hunter as Charlie is an outstanding actor, his version of Soul of a Man is completely heart wrenching and moving, as well as his overall acting within the role with many comedic and also serious parts within the musical.

Matt Henry as Lola was part of the original cast of Kinky Boots and has stayed onto the role and really has made it his own. His dedication to the role shows he always is professional and is amazing at showing the raw emotions that Lola shows, the struggles with how his dad accepted him being a drag queen and his way of dealing with the negative people.

Elena Skye who plays Lauren is a fantastic new addition to the cast 2016/17. This is her Westend Debut but you wouldn’t believe this with her vocals which are very good and her passionate acting towards this role. She brings the upbeat and crazy feeling to the role of Lauren that works so well in contrast with the sensible Charlie Price.

The factory ensemble are all skilled and talented actors and actresses all dedicated to each individual roll bouncing off of the energy of each other. The singing talent is amazing from every person, including those who have individual singing lines such as Paul Ayres, Chloe Hart and Emma Crossley. Overall the Ensemble of Kinky Boots is one of the strongest I have ever seen.

The drag queens well what can I say. The are all fabulous and stunning with amazing bodies and ooze the sexual vibe needed for this role and interact with the whole audience. They always are on point with very strong vocals and harmonies that are blended beautifully. You wont be able to take your eyes off of the drag queens currently playing.

Review of Set
The set of Kinky Boots is cleverly made but also is not over powering. The use of props is clever and actually aids towards the dance numbers and the overall look. The main set that is always there is brick style look which works well when doing the various numbers as it can give many different looks with the different lighting and props.
The set never got in the way and the cast knew what they were doing. I have seen before when certain parts of set have stopped working and the cast have carried on with the number.
The lighting is cleverly done with several pieces of lighting for certain numbers integrated within the set and it really adds to those numbers and does not over power the overall feel of numbers. I really commend the lighting crew they always have a good grip on the lighting and know what adds to the feeling and doesn’t overpower the numbers or the performers.

Stage Door
If you want to go to stage door all the actors are lovely and so willing to stop and take photos and sign things. I have had good chats with them and they are all lovely and really take that extra time to give this to anyone there.

View of the stage:

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