Lauper nabs first Tony win with Kinky Boots

Cyndi Lauper won her first Tony Award for best original score for her work on Kinky Boots at the Sunday night ceremony.

Cyndi Lauper scored her first-ever Tony Award Sunday night.

The singer, who will turn 60 later this month, took home the Tony for best original score.

Cyndi penned the 15-song soundtrack of Broadway musical Kinky Boots.

Taking the stage was an emotional moment for the star. Her work on the hit marked her Broadway debut.

She took a moment before making her way to the stage and gave a speech that endeared a crowd of her peers in musical theatre.

“OK… I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech,” she mused.

“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 how to sing.

“And I want to thank [writer] Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I’m so glad I was done with the dishes. I answered the phone. And I want to thank Broadway for welcoming me. This city… I’ve never been a stranger to hard work, but your hard work inspires me.”

Cyndi also thanked the cast of the show, her family and the other composers in her category.

Her win marked one of several for the hit show. Kinky Boots was the toast of the evening with awards for best musical, best choreography (Jerry Mitchell), best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical (Bill Porter) and best sound design (John Shivers).

Other big winners included Tracy Letts (best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Cicely Tyson (best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play, The Trip to Bountiful), Patina Miller (best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical, Pippin), Pippin (best revival of a musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (best play) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (best revival of a play).

The 67th Tony Awards was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Monday, 10. June 2013