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‘Kinky Boots’ wraps up taboo-breaking two-month run in conservative China

AFP, BEIJING

Away from the large theater that hosted Kinky Boots, Chinese drag queens perform in dimly lit local nightclubs where they do their makeup and hair themselves.

Chinese drag performer Charlie Van de Ho is among a handful of drag queens who put on a show every Wednesday night at a local club in a bustling Beijing bar street.

Kinky Boots could “bring something new” to the country, Charlie said. “Let people realize that things in the world are diverse, not that unitary.”

On a recent evening, dozens of people cheered as the drag queens lip-synced and danced to Christina Aguilera songs.

Jos Banks, who plays Lola in the musical, said that it was a “beautiful thing that this culture” was getting a spotlight in China.

“It’s a story about love and acceptance,” Banks said. “And that’s something that we all need.”

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