'Kinky Boots' Announces National Tour Plans

11:05 AM PST 06/12/2013 by David Rooney
Matthew Murphy
Tony winner Billy Porter in "Kinky Boots"

The 2013 Tony winner for best musical will launch its road company in Las Vegas in September 2014.

NEW YORK -- Kinky Boots will kick up its glittery heels in Sin City.

Following its triumph at the Tony Awards on Sunday, when it took home six trophies including best musical, the Broadway production has announced plans to launch its first national tour at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas in September 2014.

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In addition to the top prize, Kinky Boots landed Tonys for Cyndi Lauper's original score (the first time a woman secured a solo win in the category), lead actor Billy Porter and director Jerry Mitchell's choreography, as well as orchestrations and sound design.

Adapted by Harvey Fierstein from the 2005 Miramax movie of the same name, Kinky Boots centers on a British shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy that finds its feet by diversifying into the niche market of making thigh-highs for drag queens. The show was nominated in 13 Tony categories.

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Even before its Tonys haul, Kinky Boots had chalked up its best week, grossing more than $1.4 million at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre during the seven days ending June 9. Representatives for the production said ticket sales the day after the ceremony totaled a hefty $1.27 million, with each performance now standing-room-only. The New York Times reported Monday that the show's advance sales have hit $10 million.

The Broadway production began previews March 3, with an official opening April 4. It has chalked up a cumulative gross of $15 million, which is expected to climb rapidly as Tony momentum propels the show into the tourist-heavy summer season.

Further details of national tour plans are expected at a later date. Lead producers on the Broadway staging are Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig.

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