Cyndi Lauper scored her first ever Tony Award on Sunday night for the music in Broadway show Kinky Boots. The musical is an adaptation of a British film about a shoe factory in trouble. The factory reinvents itself by making boots for drag queens.
Sunday evening’s award makes Lauper one of few entertainers to achieve “GET” status, meaning they have won a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award.
The pop queen was surprised to win the Tony Award, but was able to pull herself together and make it to the stage for her acceptance speech. Lauper stated:
“Ok… I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech. I gotta thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That’s how I learned to sing.”
Cyndi Lauper went on to thank the cast of Kinky Boots for the award and being great co-workers. The “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” singer got emotional again when she thanked “my family. My wonderful family. My son and my husband who inspire me… and everybody else in my category. I feel honored to be part of this community.”
Along with Cyndi Lauper, actress Judith Light also won an early Tony award during Broadway’s night to shine in New York City. Light won her award for The Assembled Parties, where she plays a Jewish wife and mother. Kinky Boots took home several awards of the 13 it was nominated for.
Included in the wins were best choreography, orchestrations, and sound design. The show, hosted at Radio City Music Hall, also featured performances by the casts of Kinky Boots, Matilda, and Pippin. Show host Neil Patrick Harris opened the ceremony with a lavish, satirical production.
Are you happy to hear pop singer Cyndi Lauper won her first Tony Award?