A Kinky night out

Hit Broad­way mu­si­cal mak­ing tracks for CN Cen­tre

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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.

CIT­I­ZEN PHOTO BY BRENT BRAATEN

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.

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