What Makes ‘Kinky Boots’ Tick And Why It Grabbed 13 Nominations

Originally posted on CBS Pittsburgh:

By James Cooper

What does it take to make a great Broadway musical? A talented score, a clever book, great singing and dancing, impressive costumes and an engaging set. Do all great musicals hit all of these points equally well? Of course not. But “Kinky Boots” does.

That’s why it grabbed a leading 13 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday.

Kinky Boots” opened in early April to wide praise (except for a few grinches). In a weak musical year, it may be the best Broadway has to offer. And two great pop icons like Lauper and Fierstein are sure to attract Tony voters.

MORE: Complete List Of 2013 Tony Awards Nominees

Lauper’s first attempt as a Broadway composer has received high praise for her hard-driving songs. The New York Times called her songs “audience hugging,” and while Variety noted that her lyrics don’t always make a lot of…

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