with special guest Hunter Valentine
For the past 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling—and surprising—her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music’s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million (and 14 Grammy nominations) and has won countless awards, from a Grammy and an Emmy to numerous honors for her tireless activism.This year brings another series of spectacular firsts for Cyndi, as well as a celebration of her three decades in the music industry. To her lengthy list of accomplishments, she can now add Broadway composer, Tony Award winner, star of her own TV show, and author.
In the summer of 2013, Cyndi will embark on the She's So Unusual Tour to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of her iconic debut album of the same name which spawned four Top-5 hits on the Billboard 100 (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Time After Time, She Bop and All Through the Night).
She will play the album in its entirety as part of the show each night to honor and thank her legion of fans that have stood by her since the beginning.
Cyndi, who won great acclaim with her 2006 stage debut as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera, has written the music and lyrics for the much-anticipated Broadway adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots. The show won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Leading Man and Best Score. Cyndi became the first solo woman ever to win the Tony for Best Score.
The new musical, which opened on The Great White Way in April brings together a powerhouse team: Cyndi, legendary producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (who wrote the book) and venerable director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.
“Kinky Boots is the kind of joyous, inspirational musical that we love and are excited to share with audiences,” say Roth and Luftig. Inspired by a true story, it’s the tale of one Charlie Price, who is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father. Help arrives from the unlikeliest angel—a charismatic drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalize the ailing business and help one another grow into the men their fathers dreamed they would become. In the process—and buoyed by Cyndi’s unforgettable score of instant classics, from lively comic tunes to bring-down-the-house stunners—they transform an entire community through the power of acceptance. It’s a message that could not be more timely.
Of course, Cyndi has always been an advocate for people who are different (among whom she proudly counts herself.) She details this journey in her recent New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Written with journalist Jancee Dunn and published by Atria Books, the memoir details for the first time Cyndi’s tumultuous years growing up in Queens, the ups and downs of a career that has spanned over three decades, her conflicted feelings on fame and her advocacy of equality for all that led to the creation of her foundation, the True Colors Fund.
Cyndi writes with moving detail about how she left her chaotic home life at 17 with no prospects and no money. While taking jobs at the racetrack, as an I-Hop waitress and gal Friday, music was her refuge. She moved from band to band, playing small gigs, and finally landed a solo deal. In 1983 she broke out with the album “She’s So Unusual” which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top 5 singles on a debut album.
“Most of us think of Cyndi as the free-spirited girl who just wants to have fun and her many die-hard fans will be surprised to know her real life story,” says Judith Curr, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Atria Books.
“Sometimes I come off good, sometimes not so good,” says Lauper. “But I never wanted this book to be anything but my truth. It’s not about what people think of me, but what I learned along the way. And if telling the story of what I went through can help someone else, then it’s worth it.”
For her television adventure, she joined with one of TV’s most influential producers, Mark Burnett, whom she met after her 2010 turn on Celebrity Apprentice. Her docu-series, titled Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual, aired this past January and February on WE tv. The half-hour show gave viewers a backstage pass through her personal and professional life as she juggles her roles as rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, and philanthropist.
Fans of the FOX hit Bones will also be glad to know that Cyndi also continues her recurring role as the bewitching psychic Avalon Harmonia. Helping others has always been a guiding force for Cyndi. An unwavering advocate for equality long before she became famous, she co-founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 to further her commitment. The organization works to inspire everyone to get involved in advancing equality for all through its Give a Damn Campaign and to bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness through its newly launched Forty to None Project. Cyndi's particular commitment to helping these vulnerable youth is driven by the fact that they are on the street primarily due to family rejection based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. "As a mother, I can’t ever imagine throwing my child away. I can’t imagine kicking a kid out of my house. I can’t imagine rejecting a person who is, literally, a part of me," says Lauper.
In addition, Cyndi is the Honorary Chairperson and a co- founder of the True Colors Residence, the first project of its kind to provide a permanent, supportive and secure home to formerly homeless LGBT youth in New York City.
Looking to the near future, Cyndi will once again turn back to her first love - music. For now, she’s mum on the details of her next album and tour, but one thing is for sure: it’s yet another invigorating challenge for this ever-changing artist—a woman who is never afraid to push herself creatively, and take her many fans along for the ride. For more information about Cyndi, please visit her website at: www.cyndilauper.com.
- October 18, 2013 8:00 PM Add
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