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Singing nun Cristina Scuccia wows again on Italy's 'The Voice'

Singing nun Cristina Scuccia wows again on Italy's 'The Voice'

ROME, April 17 (UPI) -- Sister Cristina Scuccia wowed judges and audiences again with her performance of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" on "The Voice of Italy."
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Billy Porter's Broadway album due out April 15

Billy Porter's Broadway album due out April 15

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- "Billy's Back on Broadway," a collection of musical theater standards performed by "Kinky Boots" Tony Award-winner Billy Porter, is set for release April 15.
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Billy Porter extends run in Broadway musical 'Kinky Boots'

Billy Porter extends run in Broadway musical 'Kinky Boots'

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter has extended his contract in the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced.
'Kinky Boots' cast to raise money for True Colors Fund

'Kinky Boots' cast to raise money for True Colors Fund

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The stars of "Kinky Boots" are to appear alongside the Broadway musical's composer, Cyndi Lauper, for her True Colors Cabaret benefit, producers said.

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'Kinky Boots' national tour to begin in 2014

'Kinky Boots' national tour to begin in 2014

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- "Kinky Boots," which won the Tony Award for Best Musical this week, is to kick off its national tour in September 2014 in Las Vegas, producers announced.
'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin,' 'Vanya,' 'Woolf' win big at Tony Awards

'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin,' 'Vanya,' 'Woolf' win big at Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- "Kinky Boots," the feel-good story about a British factory that produces fabulous shoes for drag queens, was named Best Musical at the Tony Awards in New York.
'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- This weekend's Tony Awards show will feature performances by the casts of the Broadway musicals "Annie," "Bring It On," "Kinky Boots," "Matilda" and "Pippin."
Sally Field, Mike Tyson to be Tony Awards presenters

Sally Field, Mike Tyson to be Tony Awards presenters

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Tyson, Sigourney Weaver and Steven Van Zandt are to be presenters at Sunday's Tony Awards show in New York, CBS announced.

'Kinky Boots' leads Tony nominations with 13

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Broadway's "Kinky Boots," with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, led New York's Tony Award nominations with 13, followed by "Matilda: The Musical" with 12.
'Kinky Boots' Broadway cast recording to be released

'Kinky Boots' Broadway cast recording to be released

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- The original Broadway cast recording of "Kinky Boots," with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, is being prepared for release, its U.S. record label said Friday.
David Hyde Pierce to host Drama League Awards

David Hyde Pierce to host Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- Actor David Hyde Pierce is to serve as host of the 79th annual Drama League Awards in New York, organizers said Monday.
Lauper's uncle died during Hurricane Sandy

Lauper's uncle died during Hurricane Sandy

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Pop star Cyndi Lauper says her 90-year-old uncle was found dead in his home in a section of New York badly battered by Hurricane Sandy.

'Jock-A-Mo' singer-composer Crawford dies

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- James Crawford, a New Orleans R&B singer who wrote and recorded the Mardi Gras hit "Jock-A-Mo," died while in hospice care, officials said. He was 77.
Behar books Gore, Etheridge for new show

Behar books Gore, Etheridge for new show

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Al Gore, Melissa Etheridge, Carrie Fisher and Dee Snider will appear on "Joy Behar: Say Anything!" during the New York talk show's first week, Current TV said.
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Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She achieved success in the mid-1980s with the release of the album She's So Unusual and became the first female singer to have four top-five singles released from one album. Lauper has released 11 albums and over 40 singles, and as of 2008 had sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

The daughter of Fred and Catrine Lauper, Cyndi Lauper was born and raised in Ozone Park, in the borough of Queens in the city of New York, New York. Her mother uses the stage name, "Catrine Dominique" for the music videos in which she has appeared. Her father was of German and Swiss descent and her mother is Italian American (from Sicily). She has an older sister, Ellen, and a younger brother, Fred (nicknamed Butch). Lauper's mother remarried, divorced again, and went to work as a waitress. It was during this time that Lauper began listening to artists like Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Beatles. Her mother encouraged her independence and creativity. At the age of twelve, Lauper learned how to play an acoustic guitar, which her sister had given her, and she started to write her own lyrics. She had a great love of art and music and tried to find ways to express herself. Even at this early age, Lauper started dyeing her hair different colors and wearing radical fashions. Lauper was accepted in a special public high school for students with talent in the visual arts, but she was held back and eventually dropped out, earning her GED sometime later. At the age of seventeen, she left home, planning to study art. Her journey would take her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog, Sparkle, trying to find herself. She eventually wound up in Vermont, where she took art classes at Johnson State College. She supported herself by working at various odd jobs.

In the mid 1970s, Lauper performed as a vocalist with various cover bands (such as Doc West and Flyer, who still perform under the names Gap Wilson Band and Red, White and Blues Band), in the New York metropolitan area, singing hits by bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company. Even though Lauper was now performing on stage, she was not happy singing cover songs. In 1977, Lauper damaged her vocal cords and took a year off. She was told by three doctors that she would never sing again. Vocal coach Katie Agresta helped Lauper regain her voice by teaching her proper vocal exercises.

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