A warm, likable, brassy, sentimental, big-hearted and modestly scaled Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots" updates the issues of "La Cage Aux Folles," touts acceptance and tolerance, stands behind a fresh-and-zesty Cyndi Lauper score, rolls out some mighty fine drag queens (with none of Arthur Laurents' infamous female interlopers) and adds a dose of ¿Billy Elliot¿-esque, Brit-style, emotional-industrial grit, only without the off-putting profanity and the raw politics. "Kinky Boots" won't change the Broadway world but it has the Chicago tryout audience on its side right from the shoe factory's first whir. And where Chicago goes first, New York usually follows. Through Nov. 4 at Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.; $33-$100; 800-775-2000 and broadwayinchicago.com Read Chris Jones' full review of "Kinky Boots"
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