Cyndi Lauper On “Kinky Boots”And More…

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Kinky Boots is hitting the Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre this week. Superstar Composer, Cyndi Lauper, took some time out of her schedule to answer a few questions about her work on the show and future projects. You don’t want to miss this show! Click here now before all the tickets are gone!

ED: What attracted you to the Kinky Boots project?
CL:  The SHOES…no really.

At the start it was all about working with Harvey Fierstein. He called and said “hey would you like to work with me on a ….” and before he even finished the sentence I said yes. I have always wanted to work with Harvey. And of course the subject matter had to speak to me too but the idea alone of working with Harvey Fierstein who is one of the greatest gifts to Broadway was just thrilling to me, not to mention getting to work with Jerry Mitchell, who I met doing the Gay Games many years ago. Harvey told me to watch the film, which I hadn’t seen and really didn’t know about, and after I watched it I just knew that only Harvey could bring the story to theater and because the story has such a great message I had a million song ideas before the film even ended I was inspired by it.

ED: What is your favorite part of Kinky Boots?
CL: Do you mean part of the show? There are so many scenes that I love that it would be hard for me to pick. I love the end of act 1 where Charlie and Lola come together and realize that together they have a chance to save all the workers in the factory’s jobs, and I love the scene where Lola sings to her Dad at the nursing home and I love the scene when Lauren realizes she is in love with Charlie, and I love the part…am I giving too much away?

Cyndi Lauper Kinky Boots equality365.comED: What are your thoughts on the popularity of Kinky Boots nationwide?
CL: I think it’s such a universal story that it hits home with most people. Feeling inadequate or wanting to be part of something bigger; more substantial; something fulfilling without losing yourself in the process. The message of the show is “be who you want to be”, and that is where you will find your strength That’s such a great message – and it’s such an uplifting, entertaining show that everyone leaves the theater happy.

ED:  Is it difficult to write music for a musical?
CL: It’s definitely different but I didn’t find it difficult. Your job as the songwriter, as the composer for musical, is to help move the story forward in song. So you have to just figure out what the character is going through. You have to put yourself in the shoes of that character and find out how they are feeling. It is, of course, a lot different than writing your own songs.

ED: What was your favorite part of the process?
CL: Being part of this amazing team, to start at the beginning and bit by bit bring the story to life on stage was just awe inspiring.

ED: What is your least favorite part of the process?
CL: I wouldn’t say I had a least favorite part. I had to learn some new skills but it wasn’t distasteful, just different. For example, you have to put your ego aside, sometimes a song just didn’t work, or the book would change after some workshops so a song I wrote and love and got attached to didn’t make sense any more, I kept trying to sneak it in, so that’s when you have to realize it’s not about you and your contribution only it’s about the greater good for the story and what’s great for the show And that was a great learning experience

ED: When is your next musical scheduled for release?
CL: As a matter of fact I am in talks right now on a few projects, but I can’t talk about them just yet!

 

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Earle Dutton is the Chief Blogger and Editor of Equality365.com. He founded Equality365.com in 2013 to provide information about LGBTQ friendly events of interest, and to support LGBTQ entertainers and supportive artists who visit our community. Earle is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest has a long history of support for and involvement in, the Northwest LGBTQ community. His personal interests include: music, theater, pets, culinary arts and technology.

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