This Mum Wrote To The ‘Kinky Boots’ Cast To Thank Them For Inspiring Her Daughter


A mum has written a beautiful letter to the Broadway cast of musical Kinky Boots to thank them for inspiring her young daughter.

Kinky Boots is based on a real story — as told in the 2005 movie of the same name — about a young man named Charlie who is struggling to save the shoe business he’s inherited from his father.

He teams up with an unlikely companion – a drag entertainer named Lola – and the pair bond as they plot to save the company by making the knee-high boots.

The musical explores the themes of family, tolerance and self-acceptance through the show’s characters.

The mum explained in her letter she wanted to go to a Broadway show with her daughter over the holiday break, and the pair ended up with tickets to Kinky Boots.

“My child was mesmerized. As the cast sang the final number I had tears streaming down my face,” she wrote.

“Not only was this an appropriate show for my daughter, it was the BEST show for my daughter to see.

“Thank you for helping me show my daughter what it means to be a good person and a good citizen. To paraphrase your show, you all helped me show her that when someone struggles to step, you lend a helping hand, and when someone hits the dust, you raise them up.

“Valuable lessons I wish everyone would learn.”

Orchestrator Stephen Oremus posted the letter on his Instagram and said it was a reminder of the power of theatre.

Read the mum’s letter below:

My ten-year-old daughter wanted to see a Broadway show over her holiday break. I had just come across a website called Broadway Roulette and was interested in trying it so I figured this would be perfect.

That morning, as we were getting ready to leave, I got a text saying that they spun the Roulette Wheel and it landed on Kinky Boots. I have to be honest with you, I was a little nervous. I was taking my ten-year-old daughter to see Kinky Boots? Of all the possibilites on Broadway at the moment, we got Kinky Boots? The entire bus ride into the city, I was thinking, would this be appropriate? Am I making a mistake? This show is about drag queens, how am I going to explain this to my daughter?

We take our seats (which were AWESOME by the way) and as the orchestra began to play I held my breath. For the next few hours my child was mesmerized. As the cast sang the final number I had tears streaming down my face. Not only was this an appropriate show for my daughter, it was the BEST show for my daughter to see. In a world where kids are bullied every day, the message of your show is to celebrate what makes us different and unique. I cannot imagine a better message to send to my daughter than one of acceptance and tolerance. (Yes, I did have to answer a number of questions on the bus ride home — much to the chagrin of the elderly lady sitting across from us — but it was totally worth it.)

To this day when my daughter mentions the show I still get teary eyed. Thank you for helping me show my daughter what it means to be a good person and a good citizen. To paraphrase your show, you all helped me show her that when someone struggles to step, you lend a helping hand, and when someone hits the dust, you raise them up. Valuable lessons I wish everyone would learn. Thank you for one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had with my daughter. You are all an inspiration to me each and every day.

(Photo: Australian Kinky Boots cast, by Matthew Murphy)