Have you heard the one about the drag queen and the shoemaker? Those are the central characters in the cult 2005 British comedy Kinky Boots, the latest movie to get the Broadway jazz-hand treatment. With music and lyrics by ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Newsies‘ Harvey Fierstein, the eccentric transatlantic export is set to head to the Great White Way in spring 2013 — but you don’t have to wait until then to hear what Lauper has up her legwarmer!
EW has an exclusive first listen of “Sex Is in the Heel,” the first song released from Lauper’s debut theatrical score. The song will be available for free download starting June 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the show’s official website. If you prefer a live rendition, Lauper will perform the song at this Sunday’s New York Pride Parade (where she’ll serve as Grand Marshal). Get your first earful of a remixed version of “Sex” below!
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In Kinky Boots, a sassy drag queen named Lola becomes the unlikely savior for Charlie Price, a shoemaker whose family business is falling flat. Lola shakes things up when she sashays into Charlie’s life and inspires him to transform his shoe line into fetish footwear for transvestites, revitalizing both the business and the entire community.
Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde) will direct and choreograph the show, which will play Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre from October 2 through Nov. 4, 2012, in anticipation of a Broadway opening in 2013.