Lauper needn't any introduction, having released more than 40 singles selling more than 80 million copies around the globe. In 1983 one of her albums, 'She's So Unusual', was released having included her most notable hits. In fact of the 11 songs she performed tonight, 8 of those were on the original '83 album.
Tonight, as Amway's sold-out crowd faced the stage eagerly waiting for the show to begin, Ms. Lauper emerged from the darkness through a small corridor behind us dressed as a boxer. Like a prize-fight champion approaching the ring, she was escorted by her security and corner-people as Lauper opened with 'She Bop'. With the audience singing along word-for-word, she then went on to perform the quirky synthesizer-heavy 'I'll Kiss You'.
The fun continued and the audience soon found themselves singing backup to Lauper's 'Witness'.
In the 4th song, she slowed things down with 'All Through the Night'. At one point in the song, she takes out a mini-disco ball and we all watch the pretty lights. Now, had this been any other performer I would have thought 'what in the world'? But then again -- she's so unusual -- and I remembered that it was her individuality and her eccentricity that first made her a pop-icon over 30 years ago.
She would go on to sing 'Sex is in the Heel', a reference to Kinky Boots, a 2012 musical for which she wrote the lyrics and music. The remainder of her show included performances of her timeless hits: Time After Time, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Money Changes Everything, and At Last (Etta James cover).
In her final song 'True Colors', Lauper's lyrics inspired all of us to be the individuals that we are as that's what makes us special. In fact, this was the underlying tone of her 1-hour performance, during which she interjected personal commentary in between each song.
With Cyndi Lauper, you don't get any fancy lights or backdrops during her performances. Aside from the musicians and their equipment, Lauper's only real prop was that miniature disco ball. You also don't get any fancy dance choreography (truth be told, she can't dance). Ms. Lauper is a very genuine and compassionate artist, whose lyrics and musical talent should help to motivate and convince you that being 'different' is probably the best thing that you can do for yourself. Her multiple successes over the decades -- both inside, and outside, of music -- clearly reflect that one's conformity to societal norms is not necessary or obligatory in order to progress. Through her intimate engagements while walking amid the crowd several times tonight, her still-powerful voice highlighted with exceptionally high notes in 'Money Changes Everything', and her personal commentaries during that powerful 'opening act', concert-goers were able to see her true colors... and it was beautiful.