Kinky Boots is back in South Florida. The musical comedy — about a struggling British shoe factory that finds salvation designing high-heeled magic for drag queens — played the Arsht center last year and now runs through March 13 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The touring production is the same, and the plot’s still a wee bit thin, but here’s why you should see it if you missed it last time.
As the warm, brash drag queen who befriends the young factory owner Charlie (Adam Kaplan), J. Harrison Ghee lights up the stage every time he steps on it. Especially in red.
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2. The music
Girls just want to have fun writing musical comedy. The standout numbers in Cyndi Lauper’s score — Not My Father’s Son, a heartfelt bonding moment that elevates the bromance between Charlie and Lola, and the rousing Everybody Say Yeah and Raise You Up/Just Be — are the reasons we love musicals in the first place. Also, just knowing Cyndi Lauper won a Tony Award makes you feel better about life.
3. The set
A shoe factory has never looked as good as it does as part of scenic designer David Rockwell’s set, which also morphs seamlessly into a flashy Milan runway.
As the down-to-earth factory worker with a crush on the engaged Charlie, Tiffany Engen is absolutely hilarious. Plus who doesn’t like a story where the girl in jeans gets the guy?
5. The boots
They’re amazing, thanks to costume designer Gregg Barnes. Look, we couldn’t walk in them, either, but what a joy to see director Jerry Mitchell’s bright choreography come to life via these works of garish genius.