Cyndi Lauper

  • Aired:  05/15/13
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Megastar Cyndi Lauper shares the story of a shoe factory owner and drag queen from Broadway's hit musical "Kinky Boots." (5:13)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A LEGENDARY

'80s POP SINGER WHO WAS

WEARING OUTRAGEOUS OUTFITS WHEN

LADY GAGA WAS STILL BABY GAGA.

PLEASE WELCOME CYNDI LAUPER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: I'M AN ENORMOUS FAN,

MAN.

>> ME TOO.

Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OBVIOUSLY EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO

YOU ARE.

YOU MEGA STAR.

SHE'S SO UNUSUAL.

YOU GOT EMMYS.

YOU GOT GRAMMIES AND NOW YOU ARE

THE COMPOSER AND LYRACIST OF

KINKY BOOTS, ORIGINAL BROADWAY

SHOW.

NOMINATED FOR 13 TONY AWARDS.

CONGRATULATIONS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> IN THE YEAR '13.

Stephen: IN THE YEAR 13.

ARE YOU A NEUM ROLLINGS.

>> NO.

I ONLY PLAY A PSYCHIC ON

TELEVISION.

I'M NOT REALLY A PSYCHIC.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND LIKE

SEEN PHOTOS.

GOT LOVELY LADIES IN THAT.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE KINKY

BOOTS WE TALK ABOUT.

>> STEPHEN, I'M TELLING YOU, YOU

SHOULD TRY THIS ON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WE SHALL SEE.

NOW IS THIS ALL ORIGINAL OR LIKE

A GIRLS' SONG?

>> THIS IS ALL ORIGINAL.

I HAD... I WAS MINDING MY OWN

BUSINESS.

AND IT WAS LIKE I HAD COME OFF A

PUNISHMENT.

I WAS LIKE LET'S PLAY EUROPE.

SO I DID.

AND I WAS IN A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS

BEING TOSSED IN THE BACK LIKE A

BUSHEL OF VEGETABLES.

THEN I CAME BACK.

I SAW MY FAMILY.

I FINISHED THE DINNER DISHES AND

THE PHONE RANG.

IT WAS HARVEY.

HE SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO

A BROADWAY SHOW?

THE STORY IS THERE WAS A SHOE

FACTORY LIKE AN OLD-FASHIONED

FROM HAND MADE SHOE, A

MANUFACTURING PLANT WHERE THEY

WERE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS.

THEY NEEDED SOMETHING TO SAVE

THE FACTORY AND SAVE A VILLAGE

IT WAS IN.

>> THEY DID.

THEY STARTED GETTING KINKY.

>> Stephen: HOW DID THIS SAVE

THE TOWN?

WHO BUYS THESE?

>> IT'S A NICHE MARKET,.

Stephen: OF?

OF MEN WHO ARE MEN BUT WEAR

WOMEN'S CLOTHING.

BUT IT'S ALSO THEY HAVE SOME

STUFF FOR WOMEN.

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO GO VISIT

IT.

>> Stephen: IT'S FOR DRAG

QUEENS?

>> YES, NO.

Stephen: YES, NO.

FOR DRAG QUEENS BUT IT'S ALSO

KINKY.

IT'S LIKE WOMEN COULD HAVE,

LISTEN, YOU COULD WEAR BOOTS

TOO.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE BOOTS MAKE

FOR WALKING AND THEN THERE'S

BOOTS THAT YOU DON'T WALK MUCH

IN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: OKAY.

IT'S KIND OF AN EVERY MAN'S

STORY.

>> YES.

Stephen: IF EVERY MAN ALSO

WANTED TO DRESS LIKE EVERY

WOMAN.

>> THIS IS ABOUT DRAG.

BUT IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT DRAG.

IT'S REALLY ABOUT ACCEPTANCE OF

OTHER PEOPLE.

AS SOON AS I SAW IT, YOU

COULDN'T... THE GREAT THING IS

YOU COULDN'T FIND TWO MORE

DIFFERENT MEN BUT STILL THE

MANUFACTURER COULD NOT BE WHAT

HIS FATHER WANTED HIM TO BE,

WANTED HIM TO TALK OVER THE

FACTORY AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO.

AND THE DRAG QUEEN, HIS FATHER

WANTED HIM TO BE A BOXER.

HE WAS A YOUNG BLACK MAN IN

ENGLAND.

AND THE WAY HE THOUGHT IF HE WAS

STRONG AND HE WAS BLACK AND HE

COULD FIGHT, HE COULD MAKE A WAY

FOR HIMSELF, YOU KNOW.

THE SAME WAY THE GUY FELT I HAVE

A SHOE FACTORY IF YOU TAKE OVER

THE SHOE FACTORY YOU'LL HAVE A

PLACE IN THE WORLD.

IT'S A MISTAKE A LOT OF PARENTS

MAKE.

BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE

PARENTS SO MUCH AS ABOUT THE MEN

WHO COME TO TERMS WITH HEALING

AND ACCEPTANCE OF OTHER PEOPLE.

AND WHEN YOU ACCEPT OTHER

PEOPLE, YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT

YOURSELF TOO.

THAT SOMETIMES IS THE HARDEST

THING, TO ACCEPT YOURSELF.

SO IT'S ABOUT HEALING.

THAT'S WHY I WAS IN.

I THOUGHT, WOW...

>> Stephen: WHAT DID YOUR

PARENTS WANT YOU TO BE?

>> OH, I THINK THEY JUST WANTED

ME TO LIVE.

>> Stephen: HOW DID THAT WORK

OUT?

>> I DID OKAY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: CYNDI, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

CYNDI LAUPER.

KINKY BOOTS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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