AP Drama Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star Cyndi Lauper, won the 2013 Tony Award for best musical.
The musical is based on an obscure 2005 British film about a British shoe factory on the brink of ruin that retrofits itself into a maker of footwear for drag queens.
Lauper, whose hits include "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "True Colors," teamed up with playwright Harvey Fierstein to craft a story about sons and fathers, bonding at work and red patent leather.
Lauper's catchy, pop-rock 15-song soundtrack ranges from the ballad "I'm Not My Father's Son" to the pulsating "The Sex Is in the Heel" and the disco "Raise You Up/Just Be."
"Kinky Boots" beat out musical versions of "Matilda," ''Bring It On" and "A Christmas Story."
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