Lauper On ‘Front and Center’ This Month

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

This season of the Public Television music series “Front and Center” will feature one of Queens’ most successful singers.

Cyndi Lauper will take the stage on June 28 for the third season of “Front and Center,” a music performance series that features a variety of excellent musicians in an intimate concert setting. For the Ozone Park native, that meant an appearance at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, where she performed her smash debut, “She’s So Unusual,” from start to finish.

Cyndi Lauper performs at the Highline Ballroom for Public Television’s “Front and Center,” which will air on June 28. Photo by Kat Villacorta

Cyndi Lauper performs at the Highline Ballroom for Public Television’s “Front and Center,” which will air on June 28. Photo by Kat Villacorta

“Cyndi Lauper is an incredibly talented musician who continues to reinvent herself with huge successes like her Grammy Award winning Broadway play ‘Kinky Boots,’” Don Maggi, the program’s executive producer, said. “We love having artists on the show that are versatile and can, or will, play a major role in the entertainment industry.”

Last year, Lauper embarked on the “She’s So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour,” honoring that album’s anniversary. With hit songs like “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Time After Time” and “She Bop,” the record made Lauper a star. It won her the Grammy for Best New Artist and has gone 6x Platinum since its release.

During her tour last year, Lauper played at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, telling stories to the audience about the recording process behind the album in between songs. Her performance at the Highline Ballroom for “Front and Center” took place on Dec. 9, after the tour wrapped up. The venue is a far smaller and more low-key space that Lauper usually plays, creating a rare opportunity for the artist and the audience.

“The Highline Ballroom is such a great venue with a large stage, but still has a very intimate feel to it,” Maggi said. “Visually, the space just really works for on-camera. Using it also allowed us to accommodate a larger audience for the performance.”

Lauper is in good company for the third season of “Front and Center.” Other performers include The Avett Brothers, drummer Ginger Baker, Christina Perri, the Goo Goo Dolls, James Blunt and Grouplove.

“She’s an amazing performer…she just fits. The 30th Anniversary of ‘She’s So Unusual’ is an event we were fortune enough to be part of,” Maggi said. “As with all of our artists on Season 3, Cyndi brought something unique and all her own to the show.”

The episode featuring Lauper will air on Saturday, June 28, at 11:10 p.m. on WLIW. For more information and local listings, visit www.frontandcenter.com/events/307-cyndi-lauper.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @JoeMarvilli.

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