A Kinky night out
Hit Broadway musical making tracks for CN Centre
According to True North Touring, the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots – featuring songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper – is coming to CN Centre on March 22. A ticket pre-sale opportunity begins today at 10 a.m. (Use passcode STEPONE). Kinky Boots projects power – the spiritual power of music and the sensual power of footwear. This hit on stage was also a popular British film based on the book telling the true story of a man who inherits a shoe factory and strikes up an unlikely partnership with a cabaret performer and drag queen.
“Charlie Price reluctantly takes over his father’s business, a shoe factory, and he is looking for a new idea,” said CN Centre manager Glen Mikkelsen, explaining the plot. Charlie meets up, by way of a street fight, with Lola, a drag queen who tips over some dominoes in his brain that transform the business. It sets its focus on sexy footwear, especially the kind that can handle the weight and hip position of men in high heels.
This hilarious romp earned 13 Tony Award nominations, taking home six of the coveted trophies including the all-important Best Musical as well as Best Score for Lauper.
When it was staged in London, it picked up another set of honours: three Laurence Olivier Awards. It has been a smash in Toronto, Australia, Korea, Chicago, Japan, and scores of other places.
Mikkelsen was in New York City on a family trip when he and his wife Joanne spotted ads for a Broadway show with which they were not familiar. They took a chance on Kinky Boots and it ended up being “one of the most exciting and fun Broadway shows” he had ever seen. When True North Touring called to say they were bringing the show to Canada, CN Centre was quickly penned into the schedule. “It is fun, it is lively, it is uplifting – a wonderful show,” Mikkelsen said.
True North Touring is the presentation company behind The Illusionists and Dirty Dancing that previously performed at CN Centre. They are also the production house behind Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles, and have connections to the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose hockey franchises.
Glen Mikkelsen wears his own kinky boots as he announces that the Broadway musical Kinky Boots will arrive at Prince George’s CN Centre on March 22. The show, with music by Cyndi Lauper, will be making its debut in northern B.C.