Kinky boots from Kinky Boots.
This month, the Orpheum hosts drag queens in very high heels. No, Trannyshack isn't headed to Broadway. It's Kinky Boots, the Tony award-winning play about making boots for drag queens, by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and pop idol Cyndi Lauper. Here, the duo discuss the sky-high shoes.
Harvey Fierstein: “Can you really wear kinky boots up and down these San Francisco hills?”
Cyndi Lauper: “Hell, no.”
Harvey Fierstein: “Kinky boots have six-to-eight-inch heels. If you wore them on these hills, you’d have the best legs in the world. We should have the ensemble dancers have a race here.”
Cyndi Lauper: “Oh, don’t do that to them—they need to perform.”
Harvey Fierstein: “That’s true. One actor stepped down wrong—not falling down, just stepping wrong— and had 12 broken bones in his foot.”
Cyndi Lauper: “But the show’s about more than boots. A lot of people hear “kinky boots,” and they think it’s about, you know...”
Harvey Fierstein: “It’s not a show for fetishists—they leave everything so sticky.”
Cyndi Lauper: “It’s about family, all kinds of family.”
Harvey Fierstein: “It’s about accepting your holes and accepting yourself, but not just because you’re a guy who wants to wear a dress. It’s deeper than that.”
Dec. 2-28, shnsf.com
Originally published in the December issue of San Francisco