Broadway producers have been mining the Hollywood archives for new material for several years now, and it would seem they're beginning to scrape if not the bottom of the barrel, at least the sides of it. The latest movie to get the song-and-dance treatment: Kinky Boots.

Remember Kinky Boots? It belongs to the genre of Movies in Which British People Band Together to Do Something Odd in Order to Raise Money. Other examples include The Full Monty (schlubby guys perform a strip show) and Calendar Girls (old ladies make a nude calendar). Kinky Boots, mostly nudity-free, is about a small-town shoe factory that's struggling to stay afloat until it hits on a niche market: high-heeled boots for drag queens. The drag queen who provides the inspiration is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. (Yes, that's him in the picture. No, it's not Jackée Harry from 227.)

The film isn't terribly original or clever, and it made less than $2 million during its limited U.S. run in 2006. But it made another $8 million in the U.K. and elsewhere, suggesting it has its admirers -- and, more importantly, it lends itself readily to a stage treatment. It ends with a climactic production number (a fashion show launching the new line of boots), it's saucy without being raunchy, and it's a feel-good, upbeat kind of story.

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