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Rooting for "Kinky Boots" and LeBron

By Alan Pergament

If you are a regular reader, you probably know I am a big Broadway fan.

My late father turned me into one by playing show tunes on Sunday mornings.

I'm also a big basketball fan.

Which means I have a decision to make tonight when Miami meets San Antonio in game two of the NBA finals on Channel 7 at 8 tonight, the same time as the Tony Awards air on Channel 4.

I'll be rooting for LeBron James to help Miami tie the NBA series with San Antonio and Tony Parker because I want the series to last seven games.

And I'll be rooting for "Kinky Boots" to win the Tony for best musical.

That's because I saw "Kinky" in previews a few months ago after buying "partially obstructed" seats in the fourth or fifth row for $34 or so. If you ever go to New York City, you should try and do the same thing because "partially obstructed" just means you can't see the actors' first step on the stage.

After seeing it, I would have paid four times that amount. In fact, that's what people are doing now. As I left the theater, I told my girlfriend, brother and his wife that I expected "Kinky" to dominate the Tony nominations. Sure enough, it has 13 nominations.

It wasn't as difficult as predicting who is going to win the NBA title. The audience loved the "Kinky" preview and waited outside to seek autographs from the cast. Since seeing it, I have advised many of my theater-loving friends who visit New York City to see it and none of them has been disappointed. 

I was reminded about how much I loved "Kinky" this morning after seeing a wonderful feature on my favorite Sunday show -- "CBS Sunday Morning"  -- on Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book for the musical and enlisted Cyndi Lauper to write the music and lyrics.

I'm also rooting for the two main stars of the musical --- Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Porter plays the drag queen who inspired Sands' character -- the heir of a British shoe factory owner -- to market the boots to save the factory.

The musical is incredibly entertaining, lively and moving and has a strong message about acceptance.

Still, "Kinky" apparently isn't the favorite. "Matilda The Musical," which I haven't seen, is getting better buzz.

I'd hate to see "Kinky" lose. The truth is I'm not going to see it lose. Truth be told, watching the Tonys or Tony Parker isn't that big a decision. As much as I love live theater, you can't beat watching live NBA finals games. I'm going to watch Parker and tape the Tonys for later viewing. My father would understand.

apergament@buffnews.com

 

 

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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