Cyndi Lauper to Perform for George Washington University Alums on Friday

The pop icon and Broadway composer sings hits from her 1983 debut album, “She’s So Unusual.”

By: Rebecca Nelson

Image of Lauper by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock.

On the stilettoed heels of her Tony Award for Broadway’s Kinky Boots, ’80s legend Cyndi Lauper performs Friday at George Washington University’s alumni weekend.

Lauper’s headlining concert marks a stop on the pop icon’s She’s So Unusual tour, which wrapped up its Australia leg earlier this month. The tour commemorates the 30th anniversary of her debut album. At her Friday show, as she’s done on every stop of the tour, Lauper will sing the entire She’s So Unusual record, including perennial karaoke favorites “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”

Already an Emmy and Grammy winner, Lauper snagged the 2013 Best Original Score Tony for Kinky Boots. The Broadway hit follows a struggling shoe factory that turns to making footwear for drag queens to stay afloat. Harvey Fierstein adapted the book from a 2005 film of the same name and invited Lauper to write the music. In her acceptance speech in June, she gratefully acknowledged Fierstein’s call, saying, “I’m so glad I was done with the dishes and answered the phone.”

Lauper plays the Charles E. Smith Center Friday at 8 PM. Tickets are still available exclusively to GW alums who register in person for Alumni Weekend at the Marvin Center Great Hall starting Friday at 11:30 AM. For more information, visit GW’s website.