Cyndi Lauper Interview by Earle Dutton
Cyndi Lauper has kept us fascinated for 30 years. Yes, ‘She’s So Unusual’ danced its way into our hearts 30 years ago. So many albums, projects and Kinky Boots later she is in Seattle touring with Cher. Cyndi is a treasure to both the musical and LGBT communities. Pridefest is gathering the community for a Cher & Cyndi Welcome Party today from 3pm-8pm at Seattle Center.
ED: When you began your career, did you ever envision yourself as a Grammy award- winning artist and LGBT Icon?
SL: I hoped for the first, did not have a clue about the second. But very proud to be an ally and considered a LGBT Icon thanks for saying that.
ED: Having been in involved in the professional wrestling community, what are your thoughts about so many of them recently joining the NOH8 Campaign to destroy homophobia and hate?
SL: It’s about time! Athletics needs to catch up with the rest of us.
ED: Kinky Boots has been such a runaway success. Are you working on a new musical?
SL: As a matter of fact I am but it’s in infancy stage so I’m not at liberty to discuss. I am still keeping myself busy with Kinky Boots as we are about to have our first national tour this fall and it’s opening in South Korea at the end of the year. In 2015 it will be opening on the West End and other international markets we are about to announce. I would love to do another one.
ED: What is your favorite moment since you have been on this tour with Cher?
SL: We really do have a great time when we are out together and I think the audiences that come love our combo too. So it’s a win/win. Cher is a wonderful host to me, my band and crew. Her team is great too. So it’s a great working relationship behind stage which helps me do a better job on stage because things run so well. Cher is an inspiration to me as an artist and she’s a just such a classy person. So every day on the road is pretty special I have to say.
ED: You were on a reality show with your husband and son. That is so up close and personal, especially with a family. What was it like? Would you do that again?
SL: My son is a teenager now with a big life of his own and he, like every teenager, wants his private life private. He wants privacy and separation from his family so forget about sharing his life with a TV audience! But we had fun when we did it and it was always just for one season when I was working on my autobiography and kinky boots it just fit into what I was doing professionally. My Family was happy to do a season…not seasons!