On Halloween, kids dress up in all sorts of costumes, from dragons to rock stars. One year on a Halloween in the 80s, my costume involved orange spray paint, fishnet stockings, an off the shoulder dress, and high heels. Yes, that was me proudly posing as the incomparable Cyndi Lauper, depicting her look on the album cover of ‘She’s So Unusual.’
Unlike some 80s acts, Cyndi Lauper has remained relevant through the years, adding to her extensive repertoire by becoming a Tony-award winner for this year’s Best Musical, ‘Kinky Boots,’ which is based on a true story.
At the Wang Theatre on the 30th anniversary tour of her 'She's So Unusual' album Saturday, October 19, she managed to unwind the clock not only by emerging with her signature orange hair that became a trademark of the 80s. Delivering a part “storyteller” performance, Cyndi shared with audiences what life was like for her thirty years ago when ‘She’s So Unusual’ made its debut, reminiscing that Boston welcomed her with open arms. It was a wonderfully personal performance as she shared aspects of her personality, her views on life, her close friendship with wrestler Captain Lou Albano, as well as chatting about everything from her experiences in New York to her dating habits.
However, Cyndi’s songs are what took center stage. Her range is far more impressive than her albums depict. She launched into a mighty performance accompanied by an extended wail, opening with ‘Money Changes Everything’ and without skipping a beat into her signature hit, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun.’
Dressed in a tasteful leather outfit, she stormed the stage, charismatically belting out vocals, but making it look easy.
She tenderly sang the song, ‘Time After Time,’ sharing the story behind it. Some of the story is surprisingly humorous, involving an annoying alarm clock. Her special guest on keyboard was none other than Philadelphia rocker Rob Hyman of the Hooters who co-wrote select songs on the ‘She’s So Unusual’ album.
Other song highlights included a joyful rendition of ‘Good Love’ the story behind the song ‘She Bop,’ a dance version of the Broadway hit, ‘The Sex is in the Heel,’ from ‘Kinky Boots,’ her reflective, but lesser known indie hit, ‘Hat Full of Stars’ and ‘True Colors’ as the heartfelt finale.
Cyndi not only delivered a powerful performance, but by her sharing her sense of humor and various aspects of her life gave me the sense that I know her too.
Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She’s so Unusual’ Tour continues nationally through December 7, 2013. Visit www.cyndilauper.com for more information and click here for more on the Wang Theatre, presented by Citi Performing Arts. Learn more about Cyndi Lauper through her New York Times bestseller, 'Cyndi Lauper: A Memoire.'