Kinky Boots Steps Toward the Tonys

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The show with the most Tony Award nominations this year is, unsurprisingly, a musical. But Kinky Boots does seem to have surprised at least a few Tony-watchers by besting the more-anticipated Matilda for nominations, if by only one: 13 for Kinky Boots and 12 Matilda.

With a book by Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein, songs by pop star Cyndi Lauper and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, the show tells the tale of a British shoe factory rescued from closure with the help of a drag queen. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his impressions of Kinky Boots and whether it or Matilda will come out on top when the Tony Awards are given away on June 9.