Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig Neil Patrick Harris

Starring in both his first-ever Broadway role as well as in the first-ever Broadway production of the now iconic rock trans musical, Neil Patrick Harris is revealing to audiences why he won a Tony award for his turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

This wild interactive musical is an alt. fashionistas dream, a kinksters scene and a shot-in-the-arm of to the big Disney-fied Broadway fare clustering-up the great white way these days. With song titles like “Angry Inch” “Wig in a Box” “Exquisite Corpse” and “Sugar Daddy” you have to know you are not getting The Lion King here or even mainstream kinkiness of Kinky Boots. Shows like Hedwig hardly ever make it to Broadway (the original Hedwig production that enjoyed much critical acclaim had a long run at an off-Broadway house).

It’s Harris’ celebrity and skills that make this revival so popular…and sold out. A T.V. star in his own right, from his years starring in “Doogie Howser M.D.” to being part of the ensemble cast of “How I Met Your Mother” he has proved a talented song-and-dance man, hosting the Tony’s himself in 2009, 11, 12 and 13. He’s also been out since 2006 and his raising two children he and his partner David Burtka adopted from a surrogate mom.

What makes “Hedwig” very cool from a fashion/theatre arts perspective is as much the animation featured into the action as well as how quickly the costume (and mostly wig) changes occur…on stage, in real time of the action. In fact there is only one real moment when Harris is actually off stage for a change, ducking down out of sight during a song, then back up in a totally different look. Once again it speaks to the talent backstage as well as on to make a show like this run smoothly, something Harris actually spoke about when he thanked his dresser during this Tony acceptance speech this year,.

A star-turning performance of rock and roll transgender sublime and high fashion art is occurring at the Belasco Theatre with Neil Patrick Harris recreating Hedwig And The Angry Inch.

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Kinky Boots & Kenneth Cole

SPY01Who says the ‘theatre’ is dead?

In what’s being called the ‘perfecting pairing’ the recent Tony award winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots (that’s 6 Tony’s, one in fact for good old Cyndi Lauper for best score!) is teaming-up with Kenneth Cole to launch a limited addiction shoe collection.

“Being the son of a women’s shoe factory owner, Kinky Boots resonated with me on so many different levels,” Kenneth Cole claims.

Kinky Boots is a musical fashioned after the 2005 movie of the same name. In both, a shoe factory in the north of England slowly becomes the producer of shoe wear for drag queens…kinky boots.  It’s a great story, told now in song and dance (and a wonderful group of male dancers dressed as ladies) in the sold-out Kinky Boots.

Scheduled to be available in stores this holiday season, the Kenneth Cole collection will feature three styles: a red patent leather peep-toe pump, also available in different colors, as well as two versions of a knee-high boot: one in black and white leopard. Both boots sport red zipper detailing, and a red patent leather insole and heel. All three styles will feature a “Kinky Boots by Kenneth Cole” logo embossed on the sole and range in price from $150-$400.

I’d be very interested indeed seeing what woman (or man) for that matter struts around in those Kinky Boots. Either way, good old Kenneth Cole is on it.

Kinky Boots

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It’s not so often I get to write about theatre here on this blog. But living as I do very close to NYC I happen to catch lots of theatre, and occasionally actual Broadway fare and I just had occasion to make an occasion to see the new KINKY BOOTS. And I think this play, unlike so many others, fits well with our mission statement here.

With a book written by Harvey Fierstein music by Cyndi Lauper, K. B. is bound to be a hit. But the real reason I am writing about it here is the fashions featured in the play…and of course those wonderful ‘kinky’ boots. Gregg Barnes is responsible for the costumes that the wonderful ensemble of drag queens wear (leggy fantastic male dancers to a man) as does the main character “Lola” and though those high heel, knee-high kinky boots make an appearance…especially at the end of the play when everybody on stage is wearing kinky boots, I loved the frocks, bikinis and just about every other costume here…some quite kinky to say the least.

So my hat’s off to the professionalism of the actors in this play (as it always is to stage work) but in this case I wanted to make a statement for the fashion in Kinky Boots.

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