‘Kinky Boots’ Onstage at Pittsburgh CLO (Thurs., 7/7/22)

KINKY BOOTS (musical) music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein. Pittsburgh CLO July 5 – 10.

From Jersey Boys to Hamilton, musicals based on true stories are an odd lot, and one of the oddest is Kinky Boots. Winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) in 2013, the show is derived from the true tale of a shoe-factory owner who saved his business by converting it to produce specialty footwear: the high-heeled, high-fashion boots worn by men who perform as drag queens. Kinky Boots gave Pittsburgh native Billy Porter a breakout lead role as Lola, the queen who inspires the factory man to get those boots rolling off the line. Now the musical returns, minus Porter, but in a lauded national touring production. 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (M.V.)