In September of 2018, it was announced that the Broadway show, Kinky Boots would be closing after running for 6 years at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. When I saw the news, I was absolutely devastated and didn’t know how to properly handle the news of a musical that I hold so near to me is closing. Now, a few days after the one-year anniversary of me seeing the show I decided to finally write that thank you message and share how the musical turned the worst year of my life into the best.
Kinky Boots is truly a one in a million musical, I’ve never walked out of a show feeling as happy as I did when walking out Kinky Boots. With an amazing score and a heartfelt story to match, Kinky Boots really can turn a gloomy day into the best. When I saw the musical, I was in the worst place I’ve ever been, a devastating life event happened a few months prior to my seeing the show and I was still trying to deal with the emotional consequences, and it was hard to get through and do a lot of daily tasks. But, when I walked into the theatre and the show started, I forgot about everything bad. For those 2 hours, Kinky Boots made me forget everything bad and focus on the pure happiness that was happening in front of me. The pure joy of the music itself is enough to make anyone smile, but by the end of the Act 1 finisher “Everybody Say Yeah”, I was starting to feel a sense of pure happiness surge through me. By the end of the show and during the show’s finale of “Raise You Up”, did I truly start to feel like my old self again. The lyrics of the song still resonate with me to this day, and whenever I need, dare I say, to have a raising up, I’ll play that song and everything is seemingly okay and I know I can move past it.
While the overall message of Kinky Boots is ultimately acceptance, the undertone of happiness and living every day triumphantly is also there, and that’s the message I’m living with now. Because of my Kinky Boots experience, I started to take things by storm and truly become the Lola of my own life. Because hell, if she can do it then anyone can. Kinky Boots came into my life when I needed it most, and because of that, this show will forever remain in my heart and I will forever be eternally grateful to those involved for creating this masterpiece. Get yourselves to the Al Hirschfeld before April 7, 2019 to see this gem before it goes. You can change the world if you change your mind and live your life triumphantly. Because of Kinky Boots, I started to feel like my old self again and start to look up, because of how happy and the pure joy I was feeling from the show, its message and its music. Thank you, Kinky Boots, for existing️.