Friday, October 12, 2018

Kinky Boots in Review - Running till 14 Oct 2018 + Special Promos

Jeremy Lee weighs in on the the Singapore run of the Cyndi Lauper hit musical Kinky Boots, now running at the MBS Sands Theatre till this Sunday 14 October 2018. Check out the links below for special promotional prices! 


If you think that people who are different, who don’t conform to what society expects of them, should just stop whining and get in line to be like everybody else, perhaps Kinky Boots isn’t for you.

Yes, for make no mistake, the Tony Award-winning musical, now playing at the Mastercard Theatres at the Marina Bay Sands is about somebody different. Or rather, a whole group of people who are different. And man, do they make good music and drama together.




Her name was Lola. She was a show girl. But the show isn’t set in the Copacabana, but in the town of Northampton in the United Kingdom, at the unsexy and unlikely setting of a shoe factory. Lola is the unlikely saviour of Charlie Price, a normal bloke whose father has just died, leaving him a mess to inherit. How will he keep his dad’s ailing shoe factory afloat?

Unlike most normal blokes, he doesn’t just sell it and run or shut down and retrench staff. Charlie is different. He calls the help of a group of men who dress as women, specially Lola, to help him design shoes that look like they are for women, but are built for men to wear.

Based on the 2005 movie of the same name, Kinky Boots adds music by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein to become a cheery musical about acceptance, family and a fun time for all -- unless you’re the type who just don’t like to see others live their lives on their terms and have fun while doing so.

Lance Bordelon as Charlie has aw-shucks appeal as the normal bloke who doesn’t know what he has gotten himself into, but is brave enough and open minded enough to do something about his father’s factory and receives a lesson in acceptance in the process. His fine voice shines the most in “Soul Of A Man”.

Jos N. Banks in the show-stopping role of Lola (also known as Simon) dazzles as a drag queen performer, the leader of a gang of drag queens who have style. But he also touches as a simple boy forsaken by the world at large, but is brave enough to be himself in a world that doesn’t want him to be.


Among the girls, the standouts are Sydney Patrick as Lauren, the factory girl with a crush on Charlie, and Hayley Lampart as Nicola, Charlie’s materialistic girlfriend.

But really, the show belongs to the two guys, who bond in “Not My Father’s Son” to show the audience how both of them may not be so different after all.


For this show reminds us that everyone is different in their own way - it doesn’t have to involve kinky boots or wigs. Charlie, the supposedly normal bloke, is also different in that he embraces those who are different, thinking out of the box to save his company, showing us that it sometimes pays to be different.

And ultimately, the lesson learnt here, amid the catchy tunes, infectious choreography, exuberant performances and glitzy costumes, is that acceptance pays more than rejection. An amazingly fitting message for this divided world that we currently live in now.



Kinky Boots runs at MBS's Sands Theatre till this Sunday 14 October. Specially-priced bundle tickets for the weekend are available for groups of 2 and 4. Check out the links below to purchase!

For bundles of 2 tickets, click here. - 2 for $200 (A Reserve tickets)

For bundles of 4 tickets, click here. - 4 for $200 (B & C Reserve tickets)




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