Cyndi Lauper brought her “She’s So Unusual” Tour to Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Saturday, July 6, 2013. After a short delay, to allow more time for seating of large crowd of Lauper fans in the Etess Arena, the show got underway.
As Lauper came out on stage the audience rose to their feet in applause and yells. Even before she began her concert with “Money Changes Everything,” her fans stood up and remained standing. Following the rousing applause as she ended her first song Lauper apparently was feeling separated from her fans. Shortly after Lauper starting song two, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” she descended the stage steps into the audience, while singing and making her way through the crowd, to the shear joy of everyone in the arena.
Throughout her show, she warmly interacted with the audience about her life and how she wrote some of the lyrics to her songs. However, when Lauper sings the audience responds letting her know how much they love and appreciate her.
By the third song “Time After Time,” her fans once again were on their feet hoping to get her attention by wildly waving their arms over their heads and screaming her name. One of her fans, a young girl, maybe ten stood up on her seat and mimicked Lauper’s on stage dance steps to the pleasure of her mom who sat there holding her hand and laughing.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on June 22, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Lauper felt like an outcast. Her parents divorced when she was 5. Lauper and her two siblings were raised by her mother, who worked as a waitress to support the family. She did not do well in school, and was reportedly kicked out of several parochial schools in her youth. Despite her hard times, she discovered a love of singing at an early age, and was writing her own songs by the age of 12.
Recorded and released in 1983, “She’s So Unusual,” was Lauper’s debut solo album. The album features many of Lauper’s songs that made her the personality she is Including, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “All Through the Night.” She’s So Unusual made Lauper a household name and also cemented her place in musical history as the first female artist to have four top 10 single hits on a debut album which sold over 16 million copies worldwide and garnering Lauper a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. If you ‘just want to have fun’ this is a must see tour.
Lauper is one of the most inventive and enjoyable performers in pop history. Known for her legendary wide vocal range and her unique personality Lauper, once again has been thrust into the limelight with “Kinky Boots,” the Broadway musical for which Lauper composed the music and lyrics. In June 2013, the musical “Kinky Boots” won six Tony Awards, including for best musical, best leading man and best original score.
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