Cyndi Lauper & Sara Bareilles ‘Truly Brave’… Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

TODAY’s Hoda Kotb teamed up with Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles, who mashed up their hits ‘True Colors’ and ‘Brave’ to create a song to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The music video for “Truly Brave” features young cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Cher Teams Up With Cyndi Lauper!

Cher is bringing along a very special guest on her Dressed to Kill tour – Cyndi Lauper!

The announcement was made late Wednesday night in a phone call to Andy Cohen on his Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live followed by a tweet from the star saying “I’m SO THRILLED 2 Be Working With CYNDI Again….She’s an INCREDIBLE ARTIST…&&..SHE’S ADORABLE.”

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will be opening for Cher for the first thirteen dates of the tour, from March 22 in Phoenix through April 12 in Detroit. Lauper will take over on April 23 in Buffalo and stay with the tour through the final date of July 11 in San Diego.


This isn’t the first time that Cher and Lauper have toured together. Cyndi opened over one hundred dates during Cher’s Believe, Living Proof and The Farewell Tours. 

Click READ MORE for the US tour dates.


The full list of Cher dates:

  • 03/22 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center (with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo)
  • 03/24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • 03/26 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • 03/28 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
  • 03/29 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
  • 03/31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • 04/02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
  • 04/04 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
  • 04/05 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
  • 04/07 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 04/09 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
  • 04/11 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • 04/12 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena (last date with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo)
  • 04/23 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center (first date with Cyndi Lauper)
  • 04/25 – Montreal, Quebec – Centre Bell
  • 04/26 – Ottowa, ON – Tire Centre
  • 04/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
  • 04/30 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
  • 05/02 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
  • 05/05 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
  • 05/07 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
  • 05/09 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
  • 05/10 – E Rutherford, NY – Izod Center
  • 05/12 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • 05/14 – Jacksonville, FL – Vets Memorial Arena
  • 05/16 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
  • 05/17 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
  • 05/25 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand
  • 05/28 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
  • 05/30 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • 05/31 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
  • 06/02 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
  • 06/04 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
  • 06/06 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
  • 06/07 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
  • 06/09 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
  • 06/11 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
  • 06/20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
  • 06/21 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
  • 06/23 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
  • 06/25 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
  • 06/27 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
  • 06/28 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
  • 06/30 – Portland, OR – Moda
  • 07/02 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
  • 07/05 – Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena
  • 07/07 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  • 07/09 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
  • 07/11 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center



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Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She’s So Unusual’ 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Cyndi Lauper will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her debut album, She’s So Unusual, with a special 2-CD deluxe edition. She’s So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration will be released on April 1 via Legacy.

The 2-CD edition will include the original album, rare demos, live recordings and remixes by the likes of NERVO, Bent Collective and Yolanda Be Cool. A single-CD version will also be available with the original album plus three remixes and a single LP with the original and a certificate to download the remixes. 


Liner notes were written by Jancee Dunn who worked with Cyndi on her autobiography. The deluxe edition will also include a reusable sticker set with vinyl cutouts of some of Lauper’s most famous clothing and a 3-D fold out of the bedroom from the Girls Just Want to Have Fun video. No word on whether a Captain Lou Albano cutout will also be included.

Lauper said of the new set “I’m always looking forward, trying to do something that’s new and different but every once in a while it’s good to look back and celebrate. I’ve always been proud of this album, with the statement we made and, most importantly, what it has meant to my fans, I want to thank them for all the years of support.”

Click READ MORE for the tracklisting.

Track List:

Disc 1

  • Money Changes Everything
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  • When You Were Mine
  • Time After Time
  • She Bop
  • All Through The Night
  • Witness
  • I’ll Kiss You
  • He’s So Unusual
  • Yeah Yeah
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun (2013 Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
  • Time After Time (2013 Nervo Remix)
  • Time After Time (2013 Bent Collective Remix)


Disc 2

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Early Guitar Demo)
  • All Through The Night (1982 rehearsal, with studio dialog)
  • Rules And Regulations (1982 Rehearsal)
  • Money Changes Everything (Demo)
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Demo)
  • Right Train, Wrong Track (Non LP B-Side)
  • Witness (Live, Boston, 1984)
  • She Bop (1983 Arthur Baker Remix)
  • Time After Time (Work In Progress Rough Mix)

Cyndi Lauper Speaks Out For LGBT

Cyndi Lauper has sent a message of Australia’s Prime Minister-elect Abbott to consider the rights of people like his sister when it comes to marriage equality.

“Hey on behalf of the LGBT community here in Australia I hope Marriage equality happens now. Tony Abbott think of your sister’s civil rights,” Cyndi tweeted today.

Cyndi has been an outspoken activist for the LGBT movement and has performed for numerous LGBT charities and events throughout the world. She started campaigning for equal rights in support of her lesbian sister Ellen. The song “True Colors” has become an anthem of acceptance and inspiration in gay community.


Tony Abbott, a former student priest, was swept to power in Australia last week following the personal endorsement of Rupert Murdoch.

His sister Christine Forster told 60 Minutes, “When I told him about the situation I was in, he just said to me, ‘Look, Chris, I know that life does throw up some difficult and sometimes terrible situations for people but I know that you’re just going to be doing the best you can to deal with that’.”

When questioned about his thoughts on homosexuality in a 2010 interview with Liz Hayes, Abbott said, “I’d probably say I feel a bit threatened… as so many people.” 

Cyndi Lauper’s Aussie Shows!

For 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling & surprising her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist & one of music`s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million, 14 Grammy nominations, & won countless awards.

Don`t miss this special performance which features Lauper`s most well-known songs & perennial radio favourites including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” & “Time After Time” right here in Melbourne!

‘Kinky Boots’ Musical Kicks Broadway Butt!

Scott Harrah from stagezine.com has reviewed Kinky Boots, a Cyndi Lauper inspired Broadway performance! Thanks to Scott and the team at StageZine for sharing this review with theaussieword.com!

Broadway has not had an original, big-budget musical as infectious and joyful as Kinky Boots since The Book of Mormon. However, unlike that irreverent blockbuster, this is far more traditional Broadway fare, with a superior score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper. 


While there is so much to savor in this energetic, razzle-dazzle show, the main reason to see the musical stage adaptation of the titular 2005 British indie film is Ms. Lauper’s unforgettable songbook. Ms. Lauper , who wrote all the music and lyrics, makes us overlook Harvey Fierstein’s often predictable book and gives Boots the “kick” it needs by supplying a steady flow of seamless songs, ranging from the dance pop that made her a household name to guitar-driven rock and soaring, emotional ballads. Many of the songs have the potential to become future Broadway standards. 

There is little here we have not seen before (from Fierstein’s own La Cage aux Folles to the recent jukebox adaptation of Priscilla, The Musical). However, the timing in 2013 for a gender-bending musical about acceptance, tolerance, and what it means to be a man could not be better. Young Charlie Price (Stark Sands) has just inherited the bankrupt Price & Son shoe factory in Northampton, England from his recently deceased father. While dealing with the grief and growing increasingly frustrated with his posh, demanding girlfriend, Nicola (Celina Carvajal), Charlie must find a way to make the factory profitable by creating a shoe no one else is producing. Along comes high-spirited black drag queen Lola (Billy Porter), hired by Charlie to be a designer, and one can guess much of what happens next. Price & Son starts producing footwear for crossdressers, and lots of chaos amongst the working-class “blokes” and Lola ensues. The premise, although flimsy, is brilliantly directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, and provides the right framework for Ms.Lauper’s vivacious songs and Tony winner Greg Barnes’ beautiful, outrageous costumes. 

Act One delivers more frenetic spectacle than any overproduced, high-tech pop concert. Highlights include “The Land of Lola,” the camp brilliance of “Sex is in the Heel” (featuring Lola vamping around with her entourage of drag sisters in thigh-high patent leather boots), and Charlie and Lola’s tear-jerker “I’m Not My Father’s Son.” In the latter, the story of the two men’s battles with their respective fathers, sung with harmonic conviction by Mr.Sands and Mr. Porter, tugs at the proverbial heartstrings without being overly sappy and sentimental. It is a song anyone who never lived up to his or her parents’ expectations can relate to, and numbers like this help Kinky Boots keep things real. 

Act Two is stuffed with filler, but the onstage antics are so gleefully uplifting, audiences will gladly overlook the padding. In “Hold Me in Your Heart,” Lola belts out lyrics with passion and a vibrato that is truly haunting. By the finale, “Raise You Up/Just Be,” even those who normally hate musical theater will have a hard time not clapping along, overcome by the cathartic vigor of it all.

There is a cornucopia of talent here, and director Jerry Mitchell makes them all gel cohesively, but one of the standouts is certainly Mr. Sands as Charlie. In any show featuring a drag queen, the “straight” man playing opposite him is sometimes overshadowed. However, the character arc and transformation of Charlie, from naïve English small-town guy to broadminded businessman, is far more believable and realistic than Mr. Porter as Lola. Mr. Porter has a gorgeous singing voice and his performance is full of sass and wit, but the character of Lola, as written by Mr. Fierstein, seems like a hybrid of RuPaul and, well, gravelly voiced Harvey Fierstein in any of his Broadway roles. 

Last fall, when Kinky Boots opened in Chicago, critics pointed out the absurdity of Americans doing British accents. Mr. Fierstein’s dialogue is loaded with U.K. colloquialisms, from “sod” to “wanker,” but these terms are unfamiliar to most Americans, and watching New York actors trying to speak like Brits is inane. Only the gifted Annaleigh Ashford, as Lauren, the factory worker who eventually wins Charlie’s heart, delivers lines in an authentic regional English accent. In a show created by two show-biz heavyweights as all-American as Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, one wonders why the setting was not simply changed from England to any small factory town in America. Fortunately, the songs are so universally appealing that the geographical setting is ultimately not an issue. 

Many pop and rock artists have written Broadway show scores in the past, but Ms. Lauper has set a new high standard for the genre, with a pop effervescence that is crisp, richly textured and consistently entertaining. No, she’s not Rodgers and Hammerstein or Andrew Lloyd Webber, but she isn’t trying to be. However, like those musical masters, Ms. Lauper knows how to propel a story forward with big, catchy melodies and hook-laden lyrics, filled with the requisite mix of sincerity, spunk, and accessibility, and Kinky Boots cements her status as a force in the pantheon of American musical theater. 

Here is that rare show that, at the final curtain call, does not get the obligatory standing ovation because the person in front of you has stood up and blocks your view, creating a ripple effect. Kinky Boots and its cast get a standing ovation because they have earned and deserve it. You may want to be the first person who stands up and cheers. 

KINKY BOOTS

Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Adapted from the Miramax film Kinky Boots, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth
Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell
Al Hirschfeld Theater
302 West 45th Street
(212-239-6200), http://kinkybootsthemusical.com/

 By: Scott Harrah www.stagezine.com

Cyndi Lauper ‘She’s So Unusual’ 30th Anniversary Tour!

Cyndi Lauper has just announced the She’s So Unusual Tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album. During the 22-date tour, which will kick off June 12th at Humphrey’s in San Diego, CA and wrap up July 13th at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT, Lauper will perform the record-setting album in its entirety. Select dates will also feature special guests Hunter Valentine. 


“Cyndi Lauper sounds like no other singer on the current scene,” Kurt Loder writes in his original Rolling Stone She’s So Unusual album review. “Lauper’s extraordinary pipes connect with the right material, the results sound like the beginning of a whole new golden age.”


Recorded and released in 1983, She’s So Unusual, Lauper’s debut solo album, is a colorful portrait of a unique and multifaceted talent. The album features some of Lauper’s most well-known songs and perennial radio favorites including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “All Through the Night.” She’s So Unusual made Lauper a household name and also cemented her place in musical history as the first female artist to have four top 10 singles on a debut album. The release went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and won Lauper a Grammy® Award for Best New Artist.

“It’s been such an amazing year for me,” said Cyndi Lauper. “When I realized it’s also the anniversary of the album that started my solo career, I knew it was the perfect time to thank my fans for sticking with me through it all. I’m so excited to perform She’s So Unusual from beginning to end, song by song and I can’t wait to see everyone!”

Lauper is one of the most inventive and compelling performers in pop history, equally famed for her soaring vocal range, fiery personality and tireless advocacy work. The iconic performer has been celebrating a creative renaissance as of late. “Kinky Boots,” the Broadway musical Lauper composed the music and lyrics for, opened April 4th to critical acclaim, with the New York Times Ben Brantley raving, “This storied singer has created a love- and heat-seeking score that performs like a pop star on Ecstasy. Try to resist if you must… you might as well just give it up to the audience-hugging charisma of her songs.” The highly-anticipated musical is the Broadway adaptation of the British film “Kinky Boots” and is itself inspired by a true story about the power of acceptance. The show brings together an impressive 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.

Last Fall she released her 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 Lauper’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. Earlier this year Lauper partnered with mega-producer Mark Burnett to star in her own We TV docu-series, “Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual” which 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.

For thirty 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 through her True Colors Fund. Lauper has released 11 studio albums, with her most recent, the Grammy® nominated Memphis Blues, ruling the Billboard Blues chart for 14 consecutive weeks to become the best-selling Blues album of 2010. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards.

“SHE’S SO UNUSUAL” Track Listing 
”Money Changes Everything”
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
“When You Were Mine”
“Time After Time”
“She Bop”
“All Through the Night”
“Witness”
“I’ll Kiss You”
“He’s So Unusual”
“Yeah Yeah”
Thanks to cyndilauper.com for the latest updates!

Gina G vs Cyndi Lauper Mashup!

DJ DougMC has been busy with his mish-mash-mixing! This time, he has given theaussieword.com an exclusive listen to his remix of Gina G’s new one Next 2 U mashed in with the funky new sounds of dance track Sex Is In The Heel by pop sensation and 80’s wild child Cyndi Lauper. This is one of those tracks you spin at 11:59pm on a Saturday night.