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Tony Award-winning 'Kinky Boots' hits stage at Pikes Peak Center this week

February 12, 2018 Updated: February 13, 2018 at 10:58 am
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The Pikes Peak Center gets one of its rare Broadway plays this week with the Tony Award-winning "Kinky Boots," which won Best Score for Cyndi Lauper's music and lyrics and more Tonys than "Grease," "West Side Story," "Mary Poppins" or "Maltilda."

"Kinky Boots" wasn't an instant success on Broadway, but it went on to win accolades and a season-high 13 Tony Award nominations and six wins.

The performances Tuesday and Wednesday, featuring Lauper's music, will tell the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's failing shoe factory and saves it with help from Lola, a flamboyant entertainer he befriends.

"The character of Charlie is pulled back into his hometown ... and we get to find out, 'What does that mean?" said Lance Bordelon, the Louisiana-born actor who plays Charlie.

"Charlie is a flawed hero, which is refreshing to see on stage. I can relate to Charlie."

The performance by the nonprofit Theater League "is probably only the third or fourth Broadway show we've had at the Pikes Peak Center," said Denise Abbott, the center's director of sales, marketing and promotions.

But the center will stage "A Chorus Line" and "Let it Be," both Broadway hits, later this year.

"Kinky Boots" made its debut in 2012 in Chicago and hit Broadway in 2013.

"Cyndi Lauper wrote the music, so you will have a great musical time," Bordelon said. "My favorite song is Lola's opening number because it sets the tone and speaks directly to the audience."

The current cast has been performing the show since August and will tour till May, Bordelon said.

" ... We've done 130 shows at this point and have 100 left. We sing the same numbers, but ... it's never boring."

"Kinky Boots" - which also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2014 - is based on a book by Harvey Fierstein, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth and featuring choreography by Jerry Mitchell.

"'Kinky Boots' is open arms, open heart, open door ... to have conversations you wouldn't normally have. It's entertaining, it's exciting, but it also has a dense heart," Bordelon said.

"The character of Lola is an example of heart in the show. It's a journey of acceptance ... and you will laugh the entire time."

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