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Lauper, Fierstein create 'Kinky Boots' musical

Feb. 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A stage musical based on the British film "Kinky Boots," with a book by Harvey Fierstein, and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, is to premiere in Chicago.

The show's producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig said the Windy City engagement in October will precede an anticipated Broadway run.

"'Kinky Boots' is the kind of joyous, inspirational musical that we love and are excited to share with audiences," Roth and Luftig said in a statement Wednesday.

The musical is being directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

Based on a true story, the show follows Charlie Price, who is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. He meets a fabulous drag performer named Lola and, together, they not only revitalize the nearly bankrupt business, but also help one another grow into the men their fathers always dreamed their sons would become, a synopsis said.

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