Actors Stark Sands, left, and Billy Porter perform in a preview show of "Kinky Boots" at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago.
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The Cadillac Palace Theatre promotes the musical "Les Miserables" in the theater district in downtown Chicago.
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The New York-bound musical "Kinky Boots" enjoyed a pre-Broadway run at a downtown Chicago theater this fall, but only after the state of Illinois lured producers with something that's scarce these days — money. The Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein production and a second musical, "Big Fish," were the first to apply for a certificate making them eligible for a state theater tax credit.