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Another Broadway Blockbuster To Light Up Melbourne

08 September 2016

Victoria will welcome another Broadway blockbuster when the smash hit ‘Kinky Boots’ premieres at Her Majesty’s Theatre in October.

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings joined the cast at a rehearsal in Southbank today, and was treated to a sneak peak of the critically-acclaimed show.

Kinky Boots is the latest cultural showstopper secured for Victoria by the Andrews Labor Government. Visitors from all over Australia and the world will join Victorians in packing the iconic theatre – and that’s a big boost to the visitor economy.

The feel-good hit, with music and lyrics by pop legend Cyndi Lauper, is one of world theatre’s top productions. International rave reviews have led to the show cleaning up major theatrical awards. Kinky Boots has won six Tony Awards – including Best Musical in 2013.

Australians enjoy the big theatre acts, and they love seeing them in Melbourne. We’re the national leader when it comes to arts and cultural events, and we want to stay that way.

Cultural events don’t just showcase the best of everything Victoria offers, they contribute more than $1 billion to our economy each year.

The Labor Government has added $80 million to its major events chest so that we can continue to secure the biggest and best events.

We’ve also established a $20 million Regional Events Fund, which will ensure regional Victoria can stage its own events that drive visitation and create jobs.

Kinky Boots opens on October 22.

Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings

“The big Broadway blockbusters attract visitors from all over Australia and the world. It means more business for our traders, and more jobs for locals.”

“Today’s sneak peak proves it – Kinky Boots is a must see. This will be another great addition to our world-class calendar of events.”

“Kinky Boots isn’t just a true showstopper, it promotes important discussions about identity, diversity and inclusiveness.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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