CYNDI LAUPER TALKS INSPIRATION, KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOURSELF | Kinky Boots

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Friday 12 February 2016 10:48 AEDT

CYNDI LAUPER TALKS INSPIRATION, KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOURSELF

Jonathon Moran, Herald Sun. 

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You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. And Lauper’s say glamour, grunge and fun.

Fittingly, her latest project has been creating the music for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, for which Lauper won a Tony Award for best original score in 2013.

“Everybody leaves this show happy,” she says. “I think Australia needs to see this show because you need a good laugh and to feel happy.”

Lauper exclaims of Kinky Boots, written by award winning playwright Harvey Fierstein and directed by Jerry Mitchell: “I thought that this show was perfect for all three of us and all of our worlds in all of our lives. All of us came together almost like a perfect storm and we were meant to do this because it is the right time to say this. This show, you couldn’t get two men more different, yet the basic human quality for acceptance with your parents and your family … that is what makes up human beings.

“And I thought, ‘Well, it’s got shoes, I can do this ...’.”

Kinky Boots is undeniably happy and upbeat with fabulous performances by a troupe of drag queens referred to as Lola’s Angels.

“When we were starting the previews, people were on the steps of Washington DC asking for human rights, the rights and the dignity to get married to who you love,”Lauper says.

“It was like we are doing the right thing. Be who you want to be, never let him tell you who you ought to be.

Ultimately, what Kinky Boots tell us is it’s fine to be yourself — flaws and all.

“It took me a long time but sometimes the things that really bug you about other people are the things that bug you about yourself,” she says.

“It took me a long time to realise that and now that I do, when something bothers me I really have to examine it. I just think it is the right time for a show like this because it is about regular people coming together for the greater good.

“Kinky boots means high-heel boots. Don’t be afraid straight people, conservative people, this is a fun show.”

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CYNDI LAUPER TALKS INSPIRATION, KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOURSELF

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