“Kinky Boots” at the Boston Opera House

Among the luminaries attending the official opening night performance of "Kinky Boots" at the Boston Opera House were Harvard's Robert "Bob" Mitchell and Boston's lovely Caron Le Brun. (Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill)
Among the luminaries attending the official opening night performance of “Kinky Boots” at the Boston Opera House were Harvard’s Robert “Bob” Mitchell and Boston’s lovely Caron Le Brun. (Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill)

“Kinky Boots” opened at the Boston Opera House on August 11 with performances scheduled through Sunday, August 30.

With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, “Kinky Boots” has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

The crowd at the official opening night liked what they saw and they let the cast know with their enthusiastic hoots, howls and clapping plus a standing ovation at the end. “Fabulous,” “fun” and “delightful” are just a few of the comments we overheard.

In the audience we spied WGBH’s Jared Bowen; Frank Avruch and his lovely wife Betty; Joyce Linehan, Mayor Marty Walsh’s Chief of Policy; Harvard’s Robert Mitchell and the incredibly beautiful and sweet Caron Le Brun, just to name a few of Boston’s A-list crowd.

My favorite theater critic, R.J. Donovan had this to say about “Kinky Boots”:  “The touring production looks and sounds great. Plus the players, from the principals to the supporting players, are all top notch.”

Other quotes that we read in the local newspapers include: “Explodes with heart, sass and strength.” ~Jared Bowen, WGBH; “A big-hearted, effervescent exercise in feel-good affirmation.” ~Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe; “A high-strutting delight.” ~Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald; and “… the thigh-high styles worn by the drag performers are nothing short of showstopping.” ~Jill Radsken, The Boston Globe.

So there! Don’t just take my word.

Incidentally, speaking of top notch, congratulations are in order to Ann Sheehan, Broadway in Boston’s super professional publicist, who is celebrating her 18th anniversary “working in this wonderful business” as she put it, with an incredible minimum of 225 openings during that time. Best Wishes for the next 18 years, Ann!

While on the topic of openings, everyone is anticipating “The Book of Mormon” with an official opening night performance scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. The New York Times has called it “the best musical of this century.”

For complete details about upcoming Broadway In Boston productions, or to purchase tickets, be sure to visit www.broadwayinboston.com .