kinky boots

The national tour of “Kinky Boots” makes a stop in the Tampa Bay area for five performances at the Straz Center May 17-19.

TAMPA — The smash-hit musical “Kinky Boots” will be presented May 17-19, in Carol Morsani Hall at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Tickets start at $38. For performance times and tickets, call 813-229-7827 or visit strazcenter.org. The show is sponsored in part by the Tampa Bay Times.

The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Kinky Boots” features a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.

“Kinky Boots” continues playing on stages around the globe and is currently represented with a Broadway production in its sixth year; a London production in its fourth year having won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Musical; a UK tour; the North American national tour in its fifth year; and a Japanese production returning to Tokyo and Osaka for a second season this spring. Previous international productions of “Kinky Boots” include a Germany production; a Korean production which completed a third successful season this past spring; an extended run in Toronto which earned the Dora Award for Best Musical; and an award-winning Australian production. The Grammy Award-winning original Broadway cast recording of “Kinky Boots” is available on Sony Masterworks Broadway.

Inspired by true events, “Kinky Boots” takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

The national tour of “Kinky Boots” is produced by Troika Entertainment. The creative team includes Tony Award winner 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; Brian Strumwasser, make-up design; Joy Dewing Casting and Wojcik|Seay Casting; DB Bonds, associate director; and Rusty Mowery, associate choreographer.

“Kinky Boots” features musical supervision by Roberto Sinha, and arrangements and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Oremus.