ALL ABOUT THE BOOTS: A sneak preview of Kinky Boots at the Orpehum with Grace Stockdale

Next Tuesday, May 19th, marks the opening night for Kinky Boots in a five day engagement at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. The show was a surprise smash when it first opened on Broadway in 2013 winning six Tony’s, including Best Musical. The musical has music written by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy-winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein.

Kinky Boots is a testament to the true diversity in the Orpheum’s current season, and a huge reason I am so supportive of the Theatre. Kinky Boots is about Charlie Price, a man who is finding it hard to keep his father’s business afloat and not be a disappointment to the family. Success comes in an unlikely form when Charlie meets Lola, a fierce performer in need of some new boots. Lola, for those of you who don’t know, is a drag queen.  In prep for opening night, I had a chance to speak with Grace Stockdale who plays Nicola–Charlie’s nagging and outrageous wife. “She’s one of a woman,” Grace offered when talking about her character.” [I admire] her drive, feral perseverance, strength and her ferocity.”

Grace is making her touring Broadway debut with Kinky Boots and she says she’s learned a lot from life on the road. “The road has taught me to be grateful for “home”, and to cherish the precious time you have with your loved ones,” she reflected. “It really makes you appreciate your own bed. Those are all things we tend to take for granted in our normal lives, but when the road becomes your reality, are very precious.” She adds that this being in a Broadway show has been a hugely humbling experience. “Being in such a spectacular show has rewards and lessons of it’s own, most of all gratitude and humility,” she adds. “I’ve also learned patience. That’s something all of us need in this kind of life.”

Grace Stockdale in character
Grace Stockdale looking fierce and in character

Kinky Boots is significant in promoting loving who you are, no matter what gender, race, or sexuality. The show has begun a JUST BE campaign, which encourages audience members to be whoever they want to be and “showing the world what you care about.” The show’s theme of self-love and friendship also translates to cast members like Grace. “I hope the audience receives the message of love, and the freedom to be who they want to be,” Grace says. “Which is ultimately themselves: whole, complete, and beautiful.”

When asked how she would pitch the show to someone who might not typically attend Broadway shows, Grace’s answer was simple, “Come relax and enjoy a good story. As your self.  AS you are.”

Kinky Boots will open May 19th for a limited engagement through May 24th with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Orpheum or Laurelwood’s box office and they start at just $20. This show will surely sell out so don’t waste time getting your tickets!

Also, you can follow Grace’s journey as Nicola on Twitter @GraceStockdale!

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