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This Nervous Mom’s Letter to the Cast of ‘Kinky Boots’ Will Make You Smile and Cry

One of our favorite musicals currently on Broadway is Kinky Boots. Its story of love and acceptance is a much-needed narrative right now that’s making an impact offstage too. One mom, for example, didn’t know too much about the musical other than it’s all about drag queens, but she took her 10-year-old daughter to see it anyway. She left so moved by the show that she wrote a letter to the cast, and orchestrator Stephen Oremus (who won a Tony Award for his work) posted it on his Instagram account.

In the letter, the mom explained that she tried a website that suggests Broadway shows at random, and when the site told her to see Kinky Boots, she was quite anxious about the choice.

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She begins her letter telling the cast, “The entire bus ride into the city I was thinking, ‘Would this be appropriate? Am I making a mistake? The show is about drag queens. How am I going to explain this to my daughter?'”

As she quickly found out, the show is quite suitable — and needed — for audiences of all ages.

“For the next few hours my child was mesmerized,” the mother wrote. “As the cast sang the final number, I had tears streaming down my face. Not only was this an appropriate show for my daughter, it was the best show for my daughter to see.”

“In a world where kids are bullied every day, the message of your show is to celebrate what makes us different and unique. I cannot imagine a better message to send to my daughter than one of acceptance and tolerance.”

“(Yes, I did have to answer a number of questions on the bus ride home — much to the chagrin of the elderly woman sitting across from us — but it was totally worth it.)”

No, we’re not crying right now — you’re crying right now.

Read the entire letter to the Kinky Boots cast: