PHOTO CALL: Kinky Boots' Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford and Jerry Mitchell Honored with Sardi's Portraits

By Matthew Blank
December 11, 2013

Kinky Boots director Jerry Mitchell and stars Billy Porter, Stark Sands and Annaleigh Ashford were honored Dec. 11 with portraits that now adorn the walls of the famed eatery.

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Jerry Mitchell, Annaleigh Ashford, Stark Sands, Billy Porter and Max Klimavicius
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With a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, the musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre began previews March 4 and officially opened April 4.

In Kinky Boots, according to press notes, "Charlie Price (Sands) has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (Porter). A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world."

Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Actor (Billy Porter), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers).

The design team includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (costume design), Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Tony Award winner John Shivers (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Randy Houston Mercer (makeup design), Telsey + Company (casting), with musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office, online at, or by calling Telecharge at (800) 432-7250.