When: Wed., July 3 2013
The '80s star performs hits like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," 8 p.m.
Fairly or unfairly, Cyndi Lauper is forever tied to the ’80s. Her 1983 debut, She’s So Unusual, was one of the first great pop records of the MTV era, a slick amalgam of Prince-ish funk, new wave, and bubbly punk. And her image — all crazy-colored hair, thrift-store goofball clothes, and New York attitude — launched a thousand carbon copies on film and TV. But Lauper and her debut weren’t part of a trend. In 1983, they were the trend, and three decades later, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time” are still perennial radio favorites. But behind the bubblegum was a subversive streak — “Girls” was a sneaky anthem of self-empowerment and “She Bop” an overt ode to, uh, self-pleasure. And Lauper’s unusual façade masked an underrated singer with a knack for understated pop ballads. In the 30 years since her debut, Lauper has tackled everything from torch songs to calypso to earthy blues. Her most recent project, the score to the Broadway show Kinky Boots, landed Lauper a Tony Award. —Patrick Wall NEXT WEDNESDAY