The cast of 'Kinky Boots'

The cast of ‘Kinky Boots’

*From the Broadway and Off-Broadway revivals of Romeo and Juliet, to The Trip to Bountiful, Fun Home, Here Lies Love, Kinky Boots and Awake and Sing!, 2013 was a year of diversity in song and story on the New York stage.

New York City — boasting to be a cultural melting pot — wouldn’t be the epicenter of theatrical arts without a diverse range of shows on and off The Great White Way.

The 2013 calendar year saw what could be some of the most ambitious offerings of diversity to ever tread the boards; from a Cicely Tyson-fronted version of Horton Foote‘s classic The Trip to Bountiful and a nod to traditional Hebrew culture and its brief dalliance with rock music (Soul Doctor), to the “theatre event” Here Lies Love that was David Byrne and Fatboy Slim‘s surprising hit and an all-female take on Othello. There seems to have been something for just about everyone.

Broadway, with its glitzy star power and limitless marketing reach, saw a splash of color — the rainbow flag kind — when Harvey Fierstein‘s latest tuner Kinky Boots, arrived in the spring. Based on the 2006 indie drama, which helped launch the career of 2014 Oscar hopeful Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”), the musical adaptation featured the direction and choreography of Jerry Mitchell, the songs of Grammy Award-winning pop music veteran Cyndi Lauper and the big return of underrated dynamo Billy Porter, making a triumphant comeback to The Great White Way after nearly 15 years.

Read MORE of this Karu Daniels report at Playbill.