Theater News: "Kinky Boots" Gets Worldwide Licensing

Kinky Boots - Music Theatre InternationalTheatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) http://www.mtishows.com, has secured worldwide licensing rights to the Tony Award® winning, Broadway musical sensation KINKY BOOTS.
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax motion picture written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, KINKY BOOTS features a warm and witty book by Harvey Fierstein and a richly diverse musical score from Cyndi Lauper, in her stunning theatrical debut. Jerry Mitchell has crafted a production bound to move, inspire and set audience's feet dancing.

“KINKY BOOTS is a one-of-a-kind musical filled with incredible energy, and an extremely powerful message,” according to Drew Cohen, President of MTI.  “’Being who you want to be’ resonates with people everywhere and is made palpable through Cyndi Lauper’s infectious score and Harvey Fierstein’s hilarious and insightful book.  The show provides so many opportunities for creative choreography and actors will love bringing these characters to life on their stages across the country.”

The original production of KINKY BOOTSpremiered in Chicago in October 2012, with both direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and starring Stark Sands and Billy Porter as Charlie and Lola, respectively. It made its Broadway debut at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013.

The production earned a season-high 13 nominations and 6 Tony wins, including Best Musical and Best Score for Lauper in her first outing as a Broadway composer, making her the first woman to win alone in that category. The musical's cast album premiered at number one on the Billboard Cast Albums Chart and number fifty-one on the Billboard 200 chart.

The National Tour kicked off in Las Vegas on September 4th, 2014.

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