Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kinky Boots

“The sex is in the heel, fierce as you can make it. The sex is the appeal. Kinky boys can shake it.” — Cyndi Lauper, The Sex Is in the Heel

THIS should make you laugh — at me. 

Paul bought tickets to Kinky Boots months ago as a present for me. I've been a fan of the movie for years and had hoped to see the musical on Broadway when it first came out. That wasn't going to happen, so seeing the touring company in Des Moines was the next best option.

Our tickets were for Sunday night, Super Bowl Sunday (which explains why that night had the best available seats!). 

It had snowed all the night before and most of Sunday, and we were buried under 14 inches of it. Even with his heavy-duty, industrial-strength snow blower, it took Paul two hours to carve out the driveway, but he got it done with enough time for us to leave extra early for the show. Despite the dozens of cars in the ditch along the way, we arrived safe and sound and were pleased to discover when we got there that we had ninth-row center seats. 



The show hadn't been underway long when a troop of six dancers, called The Angels, came out and joined the chorus and, as as one might expect, much singing and dancing ensued, 

After a little while I leaned over to Paul and whispered "Those are some chunky dancers!"

He didn't reply.

The show rolled on and after another half hour or so, I started noticing one of the dancers, a willowy blonde, who though slenderer than the rest and executing all the dance moves with skill, seemed awkward walking or even simply standing. 

A question began forming. I whispered to Paul, "Those are girls, right?"

He looked at me bemusedly and said in that oh-aren't-you-just-adorable tone of voice, "Um, have you looked at the pictures of the cast in the program at all?" 

"No," I said. 

"Not girls," he said. 

I know the plot of the movie backwards and forwards having seen it multiple times. I knew that the two main characters are both male, one in drag, one not, but I somehow didn't remember or notice or whatever that the six dancers were also men in drag. (No wonder they had little skirts over the front section of their leotards.)

In my own defense, there were also some chunky sopranos in the chorus who were for sure female.

We had a good time, although Paul says the mix and the EQ (whatever that is) were awful, making the live pit orchestra sound recorded instead of live, muddying the audio so much that we couldn't understand many of the lyrics —and it was just plain too loud.

But hey, those "chunky dancers" (Harrison, Tommy, Nick, Ricky, Juan and Hernando) could really shake a tail feather . . . or whatever.

1 comment:

  1. ::chuckling:: One of my favorite performers, Harvey Fierstein was in the Broadway version of that play. I've seen it on film, but not yet the stage play. It sounds like great fun!

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