New Yorker Cyndi Lauper is no stranger to Broadway with a theatre credit that includes a stage performance in the 2006 production of The Threepenny Opera.
But composing the score for the Broadway success Kinky Boots catapulted Cyndi to her first Tony Award last night. Her score for Kinky Boots won the award in the category of best original score written for the theatre.
Her acceptance speech was breathless. That betrayed her surprise at the award. She kept things brief, immediately noting:
I know, no laundry list
She’d been well-briefed by the organisers who were desperate to avoid lengthy and incoherent speeches.
But she had clearly practised her speech that she delivered without notes or a script.
I can’t say I wasn’t practising in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech.
Her speech took a familiar line with a heartfelt thank you to her mother for inspiring her to sing.
She thanked other family members in her creditably short speech. But brevity aside she managed to roll off a whole list of cast members, producers and directors. In fact her speech paid tribute to just about everyone connected to Kinky Boots.
Her speech appeared to take a theme of inspiration with:
Your hard work inspires me
You guys inspire me…
She’s written a cracking score for Kinky Boots and her speech, breathless and brief, also showed both originality and style…and not a little inspiration.