Kinky Boots and More Broadway imports

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Tonight marks the first preview performance of the West End premiere of Kinky Boots. The Broadway musical boasts a heavyweight creative team - Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Book), Grammy and Tony winner Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics) and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Direction & Choreography) - and garnered an impressive total of six Tony Awards (out of thirteen nominations) at the 2013 ceremony. Indeed, those trophies included the coveted Best Musical award.

In recent years the West End has heavily relied on musical imports from the other side of the pond for commercial success in the genre. If we examine just some of the Best Musical-winning shows since 2000,  some very prominent titles come to the fore. 'Hairspray,' 'Avenue Q,' 'Monty Python's Spamalot,' 'Jersey Boys,' 'Memphis,' 'Once,' and of course, 'The Book of Mormon' all took home the prized gong and ended it up with a West End transfer within a few years. With a plethora of home-grown musicals failing to make the registers ring at the box office, West End producers seem to be looking more and more to Broadway for inspiration. Cameron Mackintosh has already set the rumour mill ablaze indicating he would like to bring the latest Broadway smash 'Hamilton' to London in the near future - a show already tipped to win the 2016 Best Musical award.

The majority of upcoming West End musicals - either confirmed or rumoured - are transfers from New York. These include 'Elf The Musical,' which begins previews at the Dominion Theatre on 24th October,  and 'Motown The Musical,' at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 11th February 2016. Disney's 'Aladdin' will also be flying its magic carpet into the Prince Edward Theatre in Summer 2016 and I have personally heard utterings through the grapevine of future West End transfers for Gary Barlow's musical song-writing debut 'Finding Neverland,' cult hit 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' Renaissance-themed comedy 'Something Rotten!,' and the Lincoln Center's acclaimed revival of 'The King and I' (although the latter may be gearing more towards a UK Tour, than a West End transfer).

On the other side of the coin, it seems Broadway producers are more than keen to mount Broadway transfers of the most critically-acclaimed plays from London. Most notably, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' won Best Play at this year's Tony Awards and is the only drama on Broadway that currently has an open-ended run.

As these trends continue I can only encourage you to get your hands on a ticket for 'Kinky Boots' and see what all those Americans were making a fuss about! Set in a shoe factory in Northampton, if we Brits can't do the story and the show justice, surely no one can!