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'Kinky Boots' to launch national tour in Las Vegas next year

June 13, 2013|By David Ng
  • The cast of the musical "Kinky Boots" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York.
The cast of the musical "Kinky Boots" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre… (Matthew Murphy / O&M )

Riding high after winning six Tony Awards on Sunday, including the prize for new musical, "Kinky Boots" will launch a national tour in September 2014 that will begin in Las Vegas, producers announced Wednesday on the show's website.

No other cities on the tour have been disclosed. The musical, based on the 2005 British movie about a drag queen who rescues a foundering shoe factory, debuted in Chicago last year before opening in April at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York.

Pop star Cyndi Lauper won a Tony for writing the songs for the show. In the current Broadway production, Tony-winner Billy Porter plays the transvestite Lola, the role originated by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the movie. Stark Sands plays Charlie Price -- the lad who has inherited the factory -- originally played by Joel Edgerton. 

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No casting has been announced for the national tour. The musical is staged by Jerry Mitchell, who won a Tony on Sunday for the show's choreography. Harvey Fierstein adapted the original screenplay for the stage.

"Kinky Boots" has been a box-office success on Broadway, grossing more than $1 million per week for the past nine weeks. 

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