Sunday, September 1, 2019

reviews - KINKY BOOTS - The Phoenix Theatre Company

Andrew Poston and Darius Harper (front) and Cast
Photo by Reg Madison Photography
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through October 13.

"..The infectious, crowd-pleasing Kinky Boots, which won six Tonys as well as the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and had a long run on Broadway... makes its local debut at the Phoenix Theatre Company in an irresistible, upbeat and heartwarming production with a powerhouse performance by Darius Harper...Director Pasha Yamotahari has found an impressive cast for this production, including many talented local actors who shine in supporting parts...Darius Harper played the role of Simon/Lola in the first national tour of Kinky Boots and is nothing short of sensational in the part... As Charlie, Andrew Poston does very well as the straight man of the couple, managing to balance the character's conflicted feelings, confusion, and slightly stern layers....Kaitlyn Russell is hilarious as Lauren, the slightly kooky and entirely charming factory worker who finds herself falling in love with Charlie. Her solo, "The History of Wrong Guys," is a comical crowd pleaser. Joseph Cavazos is excellent as the rough and rugged Don, the conservative factory worker who has an issue with anyone who is different from him, especially Lola...Jessie Jo Pauley shines in the small part of Charlie's girlfriend Nicola...Local actors Chanel Bragg, Lucas Coatney, Nicholas Hambruch, Lauren McKay and Clay Sanderson get a few moments to create fun, small supporting parts... a powerful musical about acceptance yet also one filled with humor and a gigantic heart. The Phoenix Theatre Company's production of this uplifting, feel-good musical is upbeat and energetic, with a sensational cast. It's a perfect way to start the company's 100th season. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"As if a comet had penetrated the walls of the Mainstage at The Phoenix Theatre Company on the evening of August 30th 2019, something more than an exhilarating and elevating production of KINKY BOOTS, the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein hit, was afoot....Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard...kvelled as he recalled for the Opening Night audience the historic moments leading to the Company's celebration of its Centennial...Then, there's the excellence and quality of collaboration that has exemplified the Company's work and earned it its stellar reputation. This night, it was Pasha Yamotahari who turned in a masterful achievement of direction....(Darius) Harper delivers a breathtaking and scintillating portrayal of Lola, his representation of his not-so-sure-footed self, Simon, brims with sensitivity and pathos. The overarching point being, Harper is sensational!..This show is, in all respects, DAZZLING! A must-see!" Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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