‘Kinky Boots’ will give you a confidence boost

Glitter queens: Lola (played by Nyoy Volante) and her angels steal the stage in ‘Kinky Boots.’

Shoes are the best part of any outfit. They have the power to make the most impact, making or breaking a #lewk. But it’s not all just about looks — shoes can also affect your attitude. Those obsessed with footwear will relate: if you’ve ever put on that special pair that makes you feel a little something like you can conquer the world, you probably could. There’s a line from the movie In Her Shoes (2005) where Toni Collette tells Cameron Diaz something that sums it all up: “Clothes never look any good, food just makes me fatter. Shoes always fit.” The right shoe, no matter what you have going on, can still give you the confidence to go places.

And indeed, places do they go in Kinky Boots. The musical, written by Harvey Fierstein, is about Charlie (played by Laurence Mossman), an heir to a shoe factory; and Lola (played by Nyoy Volante), a drag queen who also happens to be a professionally trained boxer. The two grow up at the same time but don’t meet until they’re adults in London, in an altercation where Charlie tries to save Lola from a bunch of drunken dudes but ends up knocked out himself.

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Charlie wakes up in the club where Lola performs, in what is probably the most glorious dance reveal number, with Nyoy’s hips, winks, and flicks of the wrist worthy of standing ovations not even halfway through the first act.

Lola’s “angels”, basically an army of indestructible, glittering queens, sprinkle a welcome lightness to the show, with their onslaught of dance moves and lip-syncing abilities enough to match those from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Everyone else in the cast holds their own, but believe me when I tell you that Volante absolutely steals the show and crushes it ten times over. Volante is able to capture the nuances of being a drag queen, and at the same time is able to belt out show tunes in a way that makes you forget that Volante is “that acoustic guy”.

As the story moves along, the play grapples with several themes, exploring abandonment, destiny, and acceptance. In the beginning of the story, Charlie is reluctant to take on the factory, but in the end he becomes passionate and puts everything on the line for its survival. Both leads struggle to come to terms with their fathers, but in the end accept their past and learn that they’ve grown from their experiences. The biggest result of this is that they both accept themselves and come into their own, which brings the audience to the moral of the story: when you’re confident, you’re nothing less than the most beautiful thing in the world — yourself.

Kinky Boots is doing another limited run this March at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza. Tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph.

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