Kinky Boots Wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
By Adam Hetrick
The Masterworks Broadway original cast album of Kinky Boots, the Tony Award-winning musical that features a score by Grammy and Tony winner Cyndi Lauper, has won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Based on the 2005 film of the same title, the Northampton, U.K.-set musical has a new book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies) and a score by "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hit-maker and "True Colors" songwriter Lauper.
The original Broadway cast album, which was released May 28, 2013, from Masterworks Broadway, debuted in the #1 slot on Billboard's Top Broadway Albums Chart.
Other musicals competing in the category included Matilda The Musical and Motown the Musical.
Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (2004's La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can), who created the high-energy dances that sent audiences and cast members into a frenzy during Hairspray, directs and choreographs Kinky Boots, which is bedazzled with a series of show-stopping numbers by Porter and a bevy of drag performers.
Kinky Boots premiered on Broadway March 3 following an out-of-town engagement at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago last fall. It opened to acclaim April 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
In addition to taking Best Musical and Tony wins for Lauper (Best Score), Mitchell (Best Choreography) and Billy Porter (Best Actor), Kinky Boots also saw awards go to Stephen Oremus (Orchestrations) and John Shivers (Sound Design).
Musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Kinky Boots are by Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (The Book of Mormon, Wicked).
The track list follows:
1. "Price & Son Theme"/"The Most Beautiful Thing in the World"
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