The Vilar Performing Arts Center’s 20th season is its biggest, brightest, and boldest yet as it brings in not one, but two of Broadway’s best contemporary shows. The national tours of Kinky Boots and RENT will take the stage in Beaver Creek this winter.

First up on January 16th and 17th at 7:30pm is Kinky Boots — the spunky, fun, feel-good show about discovering the friendships that make us and celebrating who we truly are. Based on true events, this show tells the story of Charlie Prince, a man struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and take over the family’s shoemaking business. Just as things are looking bleak for Charlie, unexpected help arrives in the form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some new stilettos. Kinky Boots, which The Washington Post calls “sweetly, vivaciously, irresistibly good!,” features music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Lauper’s music won the show the 2013 Tony Award for Best Original Score, bringing its Tony total to 6 wins, including Best Choreography and the top honor of Best Musical. The cast album also won a Grammy Award in 2014 for Best Musical Theatre Album.

The touring company includes a talented cast led by Lance Bordelon as Charlie Prince and Jos N. Banks as Lola. Bordelon has starred in the national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Saturday Night Fever, and We Will Rock You. Banks was featured in the international tour of Hair and the national tour of The Color Purple. The ensemble cast for Kinky Boots has members ranging from Broadway veterans to tour first-timers.

The true essence of Kinky Boots, however, isn’t in its awards and recognition, but rather in its genuine, heartfelt storytelling. Kinky Boots is an uplifting and inspiring tour de force of modern musical theatre, filled with intricate moving set pieces and high-energy dance numbers. Seeing this show in the Vilar Performing Arts Center is an especially unique experience because of its intimate theatre space, which puts you up close so that you can take in every detail of the music, dance, and of course, the shoes! The Vilar Performing Arts Center has continually brought the highest quality performances in Broadway to the valley. Kinky Boots joins the likes of Grease, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, CATS, and many more that have graced the VPAC stage. Experience the show that critics call “a big-hearted, high-kicking hit” (Chicago Tribune) – get your tickets at vilarpac.org.

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