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Broadway: “Kinky Boots” Taking a Vacation as Univision Buys Out Theater for One Week

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The Tony winning musical “Kinky Boots” is so hot that it finishes fourth every week at the box office after “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” and “The Book of Mormon.”

But next week it will seem like the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Feinstein phenom has suddenly fallen out of favor. It will only show results from four performances next week.

Why’s that? Well, Univision has rented the Al Hirschfeld Theater for one week starting Thursday May 8 through Tuesday May 13th. They’re going to do their upfront presentations. They’ve bought out all 8 performances of “Kinky Boots,” lock, stock, and red leather.

The cast and crew will get a much needed week off, and the producers will cash a check as if every seat was sold out. Even though it’s a total sell out, the Univision money won’t be counted as box office. It’s a private sale and no one will be in the house but Univision execs and their stars. Maybe they’ll try on all those boots backstage!

A source tells me “Kinky Boots” made the deal last November, and knew it was coming so they blocked out the week.

Disappointed? Go see “Pippin,” or “Gentleman’s Guide,” or better yet, “Here Lies Love.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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