There is no business like shoe business in Kinky Boots Manila

I did not watch the 2005 movie nor read reviews or synopsis of the show but just like the opening song Price and Sons theme, I could say that I have seen “the most beautiful thing in the world” as Atlantis Production locally staged Kinky Boots.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper (True Colors) and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein.

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Kinky Boots revolves on Charlie (Laurence Mossman) as he has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (Nyoy Volante). A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible and discovers that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

The local production is directed by Atlantis Productions founder, Bobby Garcia with Molinder Cadiz as Musical Diretor.

The casting is perfect as Nyoy Volante gives justice to Lola, a drag queen who shines literally and figuratively as he dances with the angels. He totally stands out. Nyoy’s versatility shines magnanimously. There’s no doubt that he can perform any roles thrown his way just like what he did from the local franchise show “Your Face Sounds Familiar.”

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My favourite scene — The Land of Lola
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Lawrence Mossman as Charlie Price 

Also, Laurence Mossman portrayal of Charlie is so promising especially when he belted out “Charlie’s Soliloquy.” Even Yannah Laurel who played Lauren, who has a big crush on Charlie, is on-point, prove her way as a hopeful lass who sooner wins Charlie’s heart. Lauren’s “History of Wrong Guys” is funny with a “kilig” touch.

And let’s not forget the Angels.

My eyes are glued as the angels sashayed, do splits, cartwheels, and even dance in the conveyor belt. Their back-bending and powerhouse dance stunts wowed the audience. Every time they come out on stage, you will expect something fantastic, colourful, and magical.

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Lola and the angels

The Angels are composed of talented dancers and choreographers professionally trained here and abroad. You will forget their faces but you will remember how they transformed the show as if you’re watching Moulin Rogue with their powerful dances. Kudos to Gerhard Krysstopher, Mark Pineda, and Ritz Charles Beltran; as well as G-Force’s famous Asian Twins Jorge & Michael Jahnke, and Jazztin Salazar Cacayan.

Kinky Boots is really the most beautiful thing that I have watched for this year. From the characters to the set design; the angels and the ensemble—everything is perfect. This is highly recommended. And what really shines from the heels and the boots is the true message of the show.

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Nyoy Volante as Lola/Simon

 

Kinky Boots is a reminder to be proud to wear your boots and we must all be what we are. I really love how the show ends. So much love and respect for Lola and a dignified Charlie.

Catch Kinky Boots from June 30 – July 23, 2017 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays),
2pm & 8pm at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium 4th Floor, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave., cor. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City

(photos from Kinky Boots Manila)

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