Arts & Entertainment: Cyndi Lauper delivers offbeat, spontaneous performance

Cyndi Lauper had plenty of reasons to party on June 16 when she headlined the Pantages Theater. For starters, her Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots,” just racked up a whopping six Tony Awards, putting her just one movie gig away from going full EGOT (she also has Grammys and an Emmy, but no Oscar – yet.) Also, her 59th birthday is coming up on June 22, as acknowledged by several “happy birthdays” shouted during the early part of her set; not that she seemed AARP-eligible, sporting crimson dreadlock extensions, a leather jacket and leopard print pants as she twirled around the stage and occasionally broke into the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” dance. But the reason for the occasion was the 30th anniversary of the singer’s 1983 breakthrough “She's So Unusual,” among the most enduring pop albums to emerge from the Reagan era. Not that anyone should have expected Lauper, one of Gen-X’s most beloved oddballs, to sleepwalk through her signature album, like a typical nostalgia act; her two-hour set was fittingly offbeat and spontaneous, sometimes with awkward results. Much of the show felt like a taping of “VH1 Storytellers,” with the singer providing detailed back stories for her most iconic material. Lauper’s tales sometimes meandered, with some twice as long as the song she was introducing. But her offbeat humor, her quirky Queens accent and lots of insider tidbits kept fans engaged as she recalled her past streaking exploits, lyrics inspired by gay porno mags and the time, during the “We Are the World” shoot, she creeped out Ron Wood. (Exactly how weird do you have to be to freak out a guy who hangs out with Keith Richards? ...read more

by Tacoma Weekly Jun. 19, 2013 at 11:14am