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Cross-Dressers in High Heels Draw Audience to 'Kinky Boots'

It's based on the real-life story of a shoe factory owner.
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Kinky Boots, the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, is all set to romp through Manila this month at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium. Produced by the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, Kinky Boots is based on the real-life tale of a shoe factory owner who dreams up a novel way to resuscitate his failing business. As sales of traditional men’s shoes plummeted, the plan to create high-heeled shoes for cross-dressers was hatched, and after a few kinks, eventually proves successful.

The unusual subject of a BBC documentary soon received the Hollywood treatment as Kinky Boots hit movie theaters in 2006; of course, with all the potential afforded by its risqué themes, a Broadway version was never far behind. Much of its success can be credited to the music by ’80s pop music icon Cyndi Lauper and book by American Theater Hall of Fame inductee Harvey Fierstein, acclaimed for penning the book for La Cage aux Folles and winning the Tony Award for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (just one of his four, actually).

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The Philippine run is directed by Bobby Garcia who has put together a powerful cast which includes Nyoy Volante as the crossdresser Simon/Lola, Laurence Mossman as the business owner Charlie Price, Yanah Laurel as the factory worker Lauren, and veteran actress Tricia Canilao, who makes her long-awaited return to the stage as Nicola. Runs until July 23, with shows on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati; tickets available through TicketWorld, ticketworld.com.ph, 891.9999.

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