Talk about having a figure better than some females, the ‘Angels’ of “Kinky Boots” (Joseph Anthony Byrd, Tony d’Alelio, John J. Dempsey, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Xavier Reyes and Andy Richardson) can kick higher, sing better and perform to the upmost of their ability in showbusiness. Talk about ‘Legs for Days’, these actors are stacked and quite fit. Some of the JAX cast are the spitting image of the cast on Broadway. Take a look at the video and see if you can tell who’s who in the U.S. Tour cast.
In the orchestra pit is an eight-piece band that carries the music for the entire show. The guitarists playing “Take What You Got” really stands out - almost as a soloist. It’s not entirely a musical, nonetheless, the musical numbers are fabulous and very entertaining throughout the night.
Curt Hansen (Charlie Price) also had to be physically fit as he ascended and descended the stairs of Prince & Son; and let us not forget his donning a pair of stiletto red boots at the end. As the collaboration between this shoemaker and the Kinky Boot designer (Lola) unfolds, the characters come up with a solution for a failing business.
Timothy Ware (Lola and Simon) has an impeccable British accent, his acting is superb and visual presence as a woman is lovely. It was noticed that Lola did not have long nails, but how could he when the role called for so many wardrobe changes during the two-act play.
Kudos go out to the factory workers especially Aaron Walpole (Don) who appears to be the foreman of the factory, and he almost sacrifices his honor in a battle of fisticuff with Lola. What a spectacular dance routine when the cast maneuver back and forth on moving treadmills. It’s a sight to see. There are also many funny lines and dance numbers from those in the factory.
This show may have many people speculating what type of crowd and what type of people will be attending, nevertheless, it is not recommended for children (even though there are two child actors at the beginning and in the end of the show. The subject matter may be controversial, yet the actors are wonderful. You probably seen this production advertised on every local TV channel and guest appearances on some local shows, so you might want to add some tickets for this weekend.
Tues., May 2, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Wed., May 3 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 4 7:30 p.m.
Fri., May 5 8 p.m.
Sat., May 6 2 & 8 p.m.
Sun., May 7 1:30 & 7p.m.
LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
300 West Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
SHOW TICKETS: start at $38.50, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.