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May 27, 1993 | By Sam Wood, FOR THE INQUIRER
Tuesday night at the Chestnut Cabaret, Cyndi Lauper turned her back on the past and started from scratch. "Due to these mitigating circumstances, this show's gonna be different, but different is good," she said in her trademark Queens squawk. "Tonight is a scientific experiment, a debut for something you can't buy - at least not for a while. We decided to take the music to the people, so here it is - the new record. " She wasn't kidding. Lauper - who bounded to pop stardom in the mid-'80s with a string of hits that were both effervescently giddy and tenderly fragile ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "She Bop," "Time After Time" and "All Through the Night")
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May 18, 1989 | By Jim Gladstone, Special to The Inquirer
In this corner, sleekly clad in sparkles, spandex or tough-cookie leather - your typical Top-40 female. And in the opposite corner, chaotically coifed and dressed in the overflow of the nearest dumpster - Cyndi Lauper. One merely cuffs the ears with programmed punches, a synthesized songbird. The other aims for the heart, with an animal sound that suggests she's the real macaw. What's the worst career move Cyndi Lauper ever made? Far worse than the lengthy delays between albums - almost three years between her quadruple- platinum debut She's So Unusual and 1986's True Colors and another three before last week's release of A Night to Remember?
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April 27, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper talks about Kinky Boots , the rocker's first foray into composing for the theater, she gets emotional. The mere mention of the Tony Award-winning show - six honors, including best musical and best score for Lauper - sets her to reminiscing about the joy of creating the inner lives of Kinky characters ("something I've done since I was a kid - well, not the Kinky part") and her open-armed acceptance by a community outside her usual rock and roll milieu.
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April 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Back in the days of New Wave, say, 1983, Cyndi Lauper was viewed as pretty unusual. Her first record, She's So Unusual , went against the tide. Here was a diminutive, swaggering Brooklyn redhead with a high voice, higher energy - and a sophisticated pop album, recorded with barely known Philly musicians. "It was my debut record, so we weren't really under the microscope of the label," says Lauper, about to visit Philly with Cher for a Wells Fargo Center show on Monday. "We made that record exactly how we wanted it. " She's So Unusual sold 22 million copies worldwide, with its biggest hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," penned by Philly guy Robert Hazard, and the ballad "Time After Time," co-written with Rob Hyman of the Hooters.
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December 5, 1986 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
How many times have you gotten really psyched for a live show - based on the musical act's fairly magnificent album - only to find the concert falling short of your expectations? The problem is that as the craft of producing records keeps improving, mere mortals can readily be transformed into "supermusicians. " In today's computerized studio, it's no big deal for a producer to splice together phrases from different vocal takes to get the ideal performance. And simple- minded melodies can be dressed up with super-fidelity recording of rhythmic and textural "subplots" - the instrumental nuances that create a rich dramatic atmosphere.
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November 28, 1990 | By Cheryl Squadrito, Special to The Inquirer
Lingering over dinner, alternating between glasses of light beer and cognac, Robert Hazard is talking about his early career in music as if referring to a previous incarnation. He recalls his achievements, which left him an overnight - if short-lived - millionaire, with self-deprecating nonchalance, and appears comfortable only when discussing his new band. Along with the A's, the Hooters and Pretty Poison, Hazard, 41, was a front- runner on the Philly music scene during the heady days of the early '80s.
NEWS
May 1, 2016
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NEWS
May 3, 2014
A story last Saturday about the singer Cyndi Lauper misstated the location of the Philadelphia production of Kinky Boots , for which she wrote the score. It will run from April 28 to May 10, 2015, at the Forrest Theatre. A story Thursday on a plan to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets in Parx Casino incorrectly named the state where regulators are considering technology owned by WMS Gaming Inc. The state is Nevada. A story Friday on a Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial debate wrongly referred to candidate Tom Wolf's role in the mayoral campaign of Charles Robertson in York in 2001.
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August 25, 2000 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Victor Kelly (Christopher Walken) is trying to walk the straight and narrow. An ex-convict who fixes cars in a rundown Queens garage, Vic shares a small house with his grown daughter (Vera Framiga), whom he didn't know while he was in prison for all those years. He struggles to keep his aunt, Diedre (Anne Pitoniak), in a rest home run by nuns. But lately he's been bouncing the checks, and the sisters aren't showing much mercy. In The Opportunists, a small slice of stumblebum life written and directed by newcomer Myles Connell, Vic succumbs to temptation.
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December 5, 1986 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors album and single have rocketed up the charts, makes her first Spectrum concert appearance tonight. It's no fluke that Lauper's new LP - her first since 1983 when her debut She's So Unusual sold zillions - is doing well: The record is a deft mix of beguiling ballads, breezy rockers and quirky pop tunes. Lauper has been on tour for some time now in Japan and Australia, prior to returning to the States for a cross-country concert swing. So it's fair to expect that the singer - an affable eccentric with a voice that runs the gamut from a Betty Boop squeak to a deep, murmury croon - will be in top form live, offering selections from her hit albums and then some.
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May 29, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
Violinist Itzhak Perlman recently took to his Facebook page over a high-profile issue well outside his usual realm: North Carolina House Bill 2, which eliminated various antidiscriminatory legal protections for a range of people, including those who are gay, bisexual, and transgender, and required people to use only restrooms that corresponded with the gender specified on their birth certificates. Wrote the violinist: "As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally.
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May 29, 2016
LONG BEACH ISLAND FRI. 7-9 P.M. Dare to get dirty - and artsy - at Kerith Creo's "Time to Get Dirty" pottery class at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (120 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach Twp.), 7-9 p.m. Creo will teach participants how to craft a few introductory projects. Original ideas are welcome, too. Ages 17 and older. $45. See lbifoundation.org or call 609-494-1241. ATLANTIC CITY SUN. 7:30 P.M. '80s musical icons Cyndi Lauper and Boy George stop at the Borgata (1 Borgata Way)
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May 15, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Turn around, bright eyes! The trendlet Brightly lined eyes, that is. Purple, magenta, turquoise, hot pink, and even sunset yellow pencils (and powders) are doing the viva la summer jig in our makeup bags. Talk about pop! Where does it come from? The '80s, of course. Back in the decade of extravagance and bad fashion, we favored colored eyeliner from the blue and green families. Navy, midnight, hunter, turquoise, and sapphire hues gave Cyndi Lauper's hazel eyes life.
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May 1, 2016
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September 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in itsĀ annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
NEWS
May 1, 2015
THE MORAL of "Kinky Boots"? That's an easy one: There's no business like shoe business. But (bad) puns aside, it's easy to see why 2013 Tony Awards voters bestowed six statues - including the coveted Best Musical - upon the show based on a relatively obscure 2005 British film which, in turn, was inspired by the true story of a failing shoe manufacturer whose fortunes were reversed by its entry into the fetish-wear industry. The stage version, which runs through May 10 at the Forrest Theatre, is a real charmer, blessed with an interesting, easy-to-follow plot, empathetic characters, a tuneful, eclectic score, enough genuinely funny lines to keep the laughs coming on a regular basis and an infectious energy that never flags.
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April 27, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper talks about Kinky Boots , the rocker's first foray into composing for the theater, she gets emotional. The mere mention of the Tony Award-winning show - six honors, including best musical and best score for Lauper - sets her to reminiscing about the joy of creating the inner lives of Kinky characters ("something I've done since I was a kid - well, not the Kinky part") and her open-armed acceptance by a community outside her usual rock and roll milieu.
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October 14, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
On a cold-snap Saturday night in a crowded, airtight, windowless Boot & Saddle, Allo Darlin' brought some breeze and brightness. They couldn't help it. With three albums (including the just-released We Come From the Same Place ), the Anglo Australian quartet has experience at crafting sweetly sunny, smart pop with innocent yet contemplative lyrics whose hard jangle and flittering flights of funky fancy are reminiscent of Scotland's Orange Juice. But this band's chiming, charming vocals and effervescent, experiential lyrics come not from a wonky Scot but from Australian singer/ukulele player Elizabeth Morris, a fresh-faced, pixie-haired lass whose light, sharp alto is as open as her expression of glee - often in the lively embrace of sad-eyed bewilderment.
NEWS
May 3, 2014
A story last Saturday about the singer Cyndi Lauper misstated the location of the Philadelphia production of Kinky Boots , for which she wrote the score. It will run from April 28 to May 10, 2015, at the Forrest Theatre. A story Thursday on a plan to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets in Parx Casino incorrectly named the state where regulators are considering technology owned by WMS Gaming Inc. The state is Nevada. A story Friday on a Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial debate wrongly referred to candidate Tom Wolf's role in the mayoral campaign of Charles Robertson in York in 2001.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Cher. Just. Is. The singer/actress, now 67, has been her own singular brand of spectacle since Sonny & Cher of the '60s. Her long career has embraced, in turn, Phil-Spector-style pop, thumping '70s kitsch, disco, hair-rock, mod burlesque, and Auto-Tuned house music, yet seldom in a manner you've heard elsewhere. Her quirky take on those genres and musical mood-swings was on full-feathered display Monday at Wells Fargo Center - to the delight of a packed house, which was equally delighted by Cher's supporting act, the indestructible Cyndi Lauper.
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