Veronica @ 'Kinky Boots' - I am not the same person

What it’s about.

Charlie, the heir of a Northampton shoe factory that’s on the brink of closing, meets Lola, a London drag queen. The unlikely duo works together to save the factory and make some kinky boots!

My experience.

  BILLY PORTER IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL

BILLY PORTER IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL

Before I begin, I’d just like to offer you all a science™ fact of the day: Did you know that it takes approximately seven years for all the cells in your body to regenerate? So like, scientifically speaking, we are DIFFERENT people.

Constantly evolving.

Now, the reason I bring this up is because this is not my first time experiencing the magic of Kinky Boots. The first time I stepped into the #LandofLola was my sophomore year of high school, four years ago. A lot has changed since then. Seriously, this is the thought that lingered while I was #ONSCENE at Kinky Boots this past weekend. It’s not the same show I remembered seeing, in large part because I am not the same person.

I knew all of the iconic bops going into the show, because I would be lying if I said I don’t do my makeup to “Sex Is in the Heel” and “The Land of Lola.” Cyndi Lauper, you did not have to go that hard, but you really did that.

THANK YOU. A MF QUEEN. UGHHH. SLAY ME.

I mean, can we just take a moment to appreciate this masterpiece:

I was really tempted to sing along. This was essentially me:

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YASSSS THE SEX IS IN THE HEEL!!!

While I rejoiced in the music and fabulousness of Kinky Boots, I just have to go off on a rant. One word: LEGROOM. Now, I’m not a tall person, but if you’re over 5’6”, these seats are the worst.

Like, how do you manage? RIP Knees.

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You know, for a ticket that costs an arm and a leg, you would think there would be more legroom… or maybe not if you’re a leg short.

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And now on to the show…

Don has always been a personal fave. I love his character arc and how he goes from a homophobe to accepting people for who they are.

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I think this message of acceptance is something we can all learn from, and if someone like Don can do it, literally anyone can. Seeing this now in 2018 versus 2014 has made me realize just how much has changed in terms of our national dialogue. In a time of toxicity fueled by hateful speech, this message of acceptance and love is very inspiring and optimistic.

Since so many tourists from places like the Midwest and the South are drawn to see Kinky Boots because of its popularity (and drag queens), I can only hope that they open their hearts and minds to the show’s message, and get in touch with their humanity.

I’m looking at you, Pam from Kentucky. Follow the six-step program:

👠 The Price and Simon Secret to Success 👠

  1. Pursue the truth

  2. Learn something new

  3. Accept yourself and you’ll accept others too

  4. Let love shine

  5. Let pride be your guide

  6. You change the world when you change your mind

One can hope!

Gotta admit, I’ve been having a tough couple of weeks and seeing Kinky Boots really lifted my spirits. It was nostalgic as it was a major throwback to my high school days, but also very much needed. Theatre is my religion and the theatre gods spoke to me that night:

 Celebrate yourself triumphantly

 Cuz ur a star, and don’t you forget it.

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Don’t be a drag, just be a queen. 👑

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