CYNDI LAUPER REVEALS ALL ABOUT FINDING HER VOICE TO WRITE KINKY BOOTS | Kinky Boots

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Saturday 26 March 2016 11:35 AEDT

CYNDI LAUPER REVEALS ALL ABOUT FINDING HER VOICE TO WRITE KINKY BOOTS

Michael Lallo, Spectrum.

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…the real story, on this New York winter's day, is how Lauper uses her outsized voice so others may find theirs. She did it with her breakthrough hit Girls Just Want to Have Fun, reinventing Robert Hazard's song as an anthem for the downtrodden women in her life.

She's still at it three decades later, writing the acclaimed score for stage musical Kinky Boots.

Melbourne won the local opening of the lavish production, which includes the Tony Award for best musical among its swag of prizes. Inspired by true events, and based on the 2005 film of the same name, it opens with young Charlie Price inheriting a struggling shoe factory in Northern England. His fiance pushes him to sell it, heedless of those who'd lose their jobs. Enter Lola, a drag queen with an idea. Why not ditch the daggy brogues and cater to trans men who need sturdy-but-fabulous "kinky boots"? All of which is a good excuse for extravagant costumes and song-and-dance numbers. But the deeper questions are: can Charlie and Lola accept themselves, their childhoods – and each other?

The top-selling cast album made Lauper the first solo woman to win a Tony for best original score. As she rose to collect her gong at the 2013 ceremony, she broke into sobs. The people in this room – especially her Kinky Boots colleagues – were her tribe. They didn't care about her brassy accent or pink hair. They embraced her, all of her. "Here is this big family," she says, "and I was a part of it."


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