Things got a little `KINKY’ yesterday at the Spring Road Conference

We had a boot-scootin' good time at KINKY BOOTS. Photo: Malcolm Mayhew.
We had a boot-scootin’ good time at KINKY BOOTS. Photo: Malcolm Mayhew.

KINKY BOOTS is making tracks all over Broadway. The blockbuster hit, about a man who goes into the boot-selling biz with a cross-dresser, was the talk of the Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference yesterday.

It was officially announced at the conference that the show, which is nominated for 13 Tony Awards, will tour in 2014. Of course, we’re going to make a run at it, we enjoyed it so much (and we think you will, too).

The score was written by ’80s pop tunesmith Cyndi Lauper, and Broadway vet Harvey Fierstein penned the book. The two came together yesterday, along with principal cast members Billy Porter, Stark Sands and Annaleigh Ashford, to discuss the show’s origins in a “Creative Conversation.” There was also a KINKY BOOTS lunch held at the Hard Rock Cafe, where sparkly red lapel pins, in the shape of the show’s ruby-red, knee-high boots, were distributed to attendees.

Dione Kennedy (second from left), Performing Arts President & CEO, spoke on a panel yesterday about the challenges and rewards of the commercial theatre touring industry. Photo: Malcolm Mayhew.
Dione Kennedy (second from left), Performing Arts President & CEO, spoke on a panel yesterday about the commercial theater touring industry. Photo: Malcolm Mayhew.

Elsewhere at the four-day conference, Performing Arts Fort Worth staff members spoke on industry-related marketing and programming panels. Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of PAFW, was among a group of presenters, producers and booking agents that discussed the challenges and rewards of the commercial theater touring industry. Jason Wise, Director of Marketing & Sponsorships for PAFW, contributed to a panel about bridging the gap between the Broadway worlds of education and marketing, and Sue Lippa, PAFW’s Community Outreach & Education Manager, spoke on a panel about community engagement opportunities.

Loved, loved, loved MATILDA THE MUSICAL.
Loved, loved, loved MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Photo: Joan Marcus.

We spent last night splitting up to see several shows. Among our favorites: MATILDA THE MUSICAL, about a special girl with special powers; ANN, based on the career of Texas governor Ann Richards; and, of course, KINKY BOOTS, which was as humorous as it was heartwarming.

Tonight, we’re seeing MOTOWN and PIPPIN. We’ll have another update for you over the weekend!

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