The Gateway Presents Long Island Premiere Of Kinky Boots Through Sept. 14 At Patchogue Theatre

Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots, the huge-hearted hit musical, tells the story of two people with absolutely nothing in common—or so they think! Charlie is a factory owner while Lola is a fabulous entertainer. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

Featuring 16 original songs by Cyndi Lauper, and a book by Harvey Fierstein, this joyous sensation “struts its stuff with sparkle, stilettos and heart.” Straight from the Broadway stage, the Gateway’s production of Kinky Boots at Patchogue Theatre, the Long Island premiere, runs through Sept. 14.

“Charlie Price, his father dies, the factory and the business is left to him,” said Lukas Poost about his character. “He doesn’t know what he wants, but he doesn’t want that.”

With his father’s shoemaking business foundering, Charlie comes up with the idea of expanding their operation to serve an alternative customer base—drag queens. 

“Lola takes you on the most amazing journey,” said Terry LaVell about his character. “Not only is she fabulous, eccentric, exotic, but also surprisingly different than most people expect.” 

LaVell has worked with Harvey Fierstein before—in Hairspray in Las Vegas and La Cage aux Folles on Broadway.

“His writing is absolutely amazing and I am just making sure that I stay true to the idea of what he wrote. And making sure it delivers to the audience that way,” said LaVell. 

Claire Adams plays Lauren, a factory worker who becomes a love interest of Charlie, her new boss. 

“The music is just a blast,” she said. “It’s been so fun just to be able to kind of mix the pop rock and the musical theater world. We look like we’re having fun because we’re having so much fun.”

Sam Zeller plays Don, another factory worker who is not ready for the new direction Charlie is taking the company in.

“When I see Lola, it’s a bit threatening, so there’s this confrontation between the two of them about what a real man is,” he said.

Zeller played the role on the national tour as well and worked with Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. 

“When they cast us, they wanted people who look like ordinary people. The idea is that they wanted all shapes and sizes,” Zeller said. “You know, they weren’t just casting models.” 

View the video above for featured interviews with the cast and snippets from the show.

Catch the Long Island premiere of Kinky Boots at the Patchogue Theatre, presented by The Gateway, through Saturday, Sept. 14. For tickets, visit TheGateway.org or call 631-286-1133.

—Reporting by Waldo Cabrera and Sandy Cabrera

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