Kinky Boots

Today was somewhat less hectic if only because I had some rest.  Of course waking up in a new environment is always a little disconcerting but, there was work to do.  Christina and I did sleep in a little and found our way down to the dining room for breakfast.  I use the word found because the trip from the front door to our rooms is something of a trek with the dining room on the way.  We are in the New York Wing of the dorm which I think was maybe built later.  Anyway, to get to it is truly maze of down the stairs into a ramp area past the dining hall through the recreation room (which is usually populated with 20-30 pre-pubescent and teen-age revelers.   Into a lower hallway onto the lift (which tells you you have arrived on the 2nd floor but, in fact the lighted number say you are on the 1st), up to the second floor and into the hallway where we are staying.  I make it sound far simpler than it is.

Anyway, we had breakfast which was not bad.  I kept it light this morning.  Again the dining hall was filled with all these youngsters.  However, it is obvious they come from around the world.  Their energy is a little refreshing.  I wish they could restrain themselves in the courtyard at night however.  I did see a number of small older groups which I thought was reassuring.

We had decided to try and get tickets to Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.  This is a show I have wanted to see for sometime since I use it in my Creativity and the Art of Design & Production as an example for various reasons.  The scene designer was interviewed in Architectural Digest about the design.  I use that for the class.  It won the Tony for Best Musical in 2013.  We headed toward the theatre and ran onto the Shaftsbury Theatre where we are seeing Motown, the Musical with the class and it seemed like a good time to pick up the tickets.

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Christina wanted to point out of our guest speakers from Motown, the Musical. He plays Marvin Gaye in the show: Sifiso Mazibuko.

We continued on down.  One of the great things about London is walking the city.  It is enormous of course but, so much of it is simply beautiful and old.  The streets are so charming.  For instance this street is one that has nothing

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particularly special about it but it is quaint and charming.

We passed through Covent Garden again but this time we lingered and enjoyed the Saturday morning shopping, the live opera singer t the center of the stalls and people relaxing and eating in the various eating establishments.

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These mirrored ceiling were beautiful in the central hallway of the structure.  Adjacent to Covent Garden is the Royal Opera House.  If you have ever seen My Fair Lady, you know these locations play a central role in the opening of the play and film.

 

 

 

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This is the central area which was originally a fruit and vegetable market. I had to shoot across the flowers at the end. I am on the second floor. You can see the lower level in front with the bridge that spans the center and another lower level on the other side.

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Looking across the center to the other side.

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One of the exterior wings just outside the covered stalls. I like the architectural details of this little wing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving the Covent Garden it was a short walk to the Adelphi Theatre where Kinky Boots is playing.  We secured the tickets for the matinee and headed back to Ramsey Hall to take care of some things to greet the students on Sunday.

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The Adelphi Theatre is located on the Strand in Westminster. It is considered a West End theatre (he equivalent of a Broadway house in NYC).

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We returned quickly to see the show getting some lunch across the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The play was great.  It was little slow out of the gate because they creators decided to add in some backstory on the two leading men.  This musical was taken from a 2005 indie film and is based on a true story.  It is set in Northampton, England, London and Milan.  The film is wonderful if you are looking for a nice comedy.  There was at least one number that could have been cut I thought even though it was a good song for Lola but, all in all it was a great show with a great message for our times.  In fact, I felt perhaps the creators were a little ahead of the curve where some of the issues were concerned.

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Cover from the program.

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The is a scene from the show and no, I didn’t take it during the show. This is from the program.

Just had a comment on my FB page from John wondering how a British film converted to an Americanized musical translates onto the British stage.  Well, John I would have to say – not bad.  I think the issues are universal and it is interesting here how many American shows dealing with American life are playing in London.  For instance, there is now a major revival of Funny Girl (which I plan to see).  I saw a number of plays 2 years ago dealing with American life and productions set in America (Cosi Fan Tutte in a Coney Island-like setting).  Now seems to be no different.  So, it is interesting to see as you said a British film converted to an Americanized musical on the British stage.

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Costume Sketches by Gregg Barnes (from the program).

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We slowly walked back to the Hall to relax for a bit and had a later than expected dinner at my favorite pub – the Fitzrovia Belle.  Changes haven’t hurt it any and I leave with a look at a traditional fish and chips dinner with a beer.  The bourbon was my idea.

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