'Kinky Boots' goes international

19. December 2014 11:45 by Julie Merar in Theater  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


The musical "Kinky Boots" has become a hit since premiering on Broadway in early 2013. The book for the production was written by the Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein, known for his work in "Torch Song Trilogy"  and "Hairspray." Fierstein teamed up with 80s pop star Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the score for the production. Lauper​, of course, is best known for her catchy, timeless hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." The production of "Kinky Boots" kicked off a national tour in Las Vegas in September 2014 with dates scheduled through summer 2015. Future productions have also been planned for international locales such as London. What's more, Playbill reports that Music Theatre International has acquired future worldwide licensing rights, meaning that "Kinky Boots" may soon be enjoyed in theaters around the globe. 

'Kinky Boots'
Fierstein and Lauper's production is based on a 2005 film of the same name that follows a young man named Charlie Price who inherits a shoe factory from his father. When Price takes over the factory is near bankruptcy, as it makes sturdy men's footwear that is falling out of fashion. He realizes he must find a new, reliable clientele to save the business. Fortuitously, he meets a drag queen named Lola, and notices that the high-heeled shoes of her and her friends do not adequately carry a man's weight. Price and Lola eventually come to an agreement to save the factory by creating thigh-high, kinky boots made especially for drag queens. 

"Kinky Boots" racked up five Tony Awards in 2013 and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album in 2014. The show's Tony Awards include best original score (Cyndi Lauper), best actor in a musical (Billy Porter), best sound design of a musical (John Shivers), best choreography (Jerry Mitchell) and best orchestration (Stephen Oremus). 

Lauper and Fierstein spent around four years writing the show, as both stars have extremely hectic schedules and pursued other creative ventures during their collaboration. Fierstein wrote other plays in this during this time, including the book for the musical production of "Newsies." Lauper​, in the meantime, recorded the album Memphis Blues and penned a memoir. According to the Los Angeles Times, the duo is slowly searching for another project on which to collaborate, hoping to have an idea that will allow them to work with a number of older female entertainers.

Oregon and Florida State face off in Rose Bowl playoff semifinal

18. December 2014 12:40 by Julie Merar in College Sports  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

In this year's 2014-15 Rose Bowl, the University of Oregon Ducks take on the undefeated Florida State Seminoles for a chance to play in the National Championship. The winner will go up against the winner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, in which the No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both games take place on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2015, along with the Cotton Bowl, Citrus Bowl and Outback Bowl. The Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 2 by the College Football Playoff selection committee with a record of 12-1. Despite having a better 13-0 record, the Seminoles earned a No. 3 ranking by the same committee. 

The match up will showcase the talent of two of the NCAA's most promising quarterbacks, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Both stars are Heisman Trophy candidates, although Winston already received the prestigious accolade in 2013 after the Seminoles won a National Championship to finish a 14-0 season. Of course, while the spotlight often is directed at the quarterback, both teams have versatile squads that make them so successful. Though Oregon is the favorite to win, Florida State are currently on a 28 game win streak and have not seen a loss since Winston started his run as the Seminoles' quarterback. A Rose Bowl victory for either team will mean competing in the CFP National Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 12, 2015.

The 2014-15 Rose Bowl 
The Rose Bowl annually takes place in Pasadena, California in the stadium by the same name. With the introduction of the playoff system this year, the Rose Bowl will be host to a CFP semifinal game once every three years, in rotation with five other bowl games. In future off years, it will revert to a match between Big Ten and Pac-12 teams. Dating back to 1902, the Rose Bowl is the oldest bowl game in the country and has always been a final destination for teams in the Big 10 and former Pac-10 (Pac-12 since 2011). With over 100 years of tradition, the Rose Bowl truly is "The Granddaddy of Them All." However, in the 2014-15 season, the Rose Bowl has instead become a stopping point, and either team will likely celebrate and then begin preparing for the National Championship.

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