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BROADWAY CARES’ EASTER BONNET SET FOR MONDAY @ THE MINSKOFF

The 27th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returns next week, featuring the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed and themed bonnets created especially for the competition.

The stars will align for this year’s event as Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin and NathanLane join more than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s most talented performers.

The 2013 edition of the Easter Bonnet Competition will again be presented at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of Disney’s The Lion King.

Two-time Academy Award winner Hanks, Grammy Award winner Lauper and four-time Tony Award winnerFierstein will present the top fundraising and best presentation awards at the Tuesday performance.

Three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will star in an original opening number, directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone. Tony nominee Jessie Mueller will close the show with the traditional performance of “Help is on the Way,” BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet anthem.

Stars scheduled to appear include Tony winner Victoria Clark, Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli, two-time Tony winnerKatie Finneran, Shalita Grant, Ann Harada, Tony winner Harriet Harris, Andy Karl, Ron Kunene, Tshidi Manye,Christopher McDonald, Judy McLane, Mark Nelson, Billy Porter; three-time Emmy Award nominee Peter Scolari,and, 10-year old Nicholas Lampiasi, from Disney’s Newsies.

Productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include A Christmas Story: The Musical, Ann, Annie, Avenue Q, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Chicago, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Newsies,Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked, with a special performance by MOMIX representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares, and a special bonnet presented by the Broadway Green Alliance.

Easter Bonnet Competition is a two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing and donning elaborate and often outrageous original bonnets. There will be two opportunities to see Easter Bonnet Competition: Monday, April 22 at 4:30 pm and Tuesday, April 23 at 2 pm. The 26 previous editions of Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $46 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year’s event raised $3,706,085.

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Cyndi Lauper and Ballet With A Twist

Following a sold-out performance benefiting the True Colors Fund featuring special guest Cyndi Lauper at New York City’s XL Nightclub and Cabaret, Ballets with a Twist, the hot next generation ballet company,will reunite with Lauper for a charity event at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre.

On December 8th 8:00pm, the True Colors Fund will partner with stars of song, stage, and screen to present Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays, a concert to raise awareness about homelessness within the LGBT youth community and to support equality for all. The event, hosted by style-savvy Emmy winner Carson Kressley, will feature performances and appearances by Sarah McLaughlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Roberta Flack, and many more. One of these illustrious celebrities will make a surprise appearance with Ballets with a Twist as the company takes the stage to offer a taste of “Holy Water,” an excerpt from the intoxicating, evening-length dance experience, Cocktail Hour. For the first time, the dance will feature live music, including vocal performances by some of New York’s most soulful singers. On January 13th, Cocktail culturists can drink in the full Cocktail Hour suite when Ballets with a Twist returns to XL Nightclub and Cabaret with even more live music blended into the show.

Conceived and choreographed by celebrated dance-maker Marilyn Klaus — whose eclectic background ranges from vaudeville and show dancing to Isadora Duncan and classical ballet — Cocktail Hour is a sassy suite of dances, each inspired by a well-known beverage. The show both reinvents ballet and pays respect to the rich creativity of cocktail culture, launching the Martini, Mai Tai, Gimlet, Mint Julep, Shirley Temple and more off the menu and onto the stage.

Cocktail Hour features original music by Stephen Gaboury, who has collaborated with Klaus for over 20 years. Gaboury’s music has been featured in film and on television. In 2004, he received a Grammy nomination for his work with pop/rock legend Lauper, with whom he recently contributed as co-writer for selections in her new musical Kinky Boots. He has also performed with many A-listers including Patti Labelle, Suzanne Vega and Ute Lemper. Catherine Zehr is the artistic force behind the glamorous costume design. Her exquisite creations evoke the origins and spirit of each libation with vivid colors and embellishments.

JOAN COLLINS, ROBERT WAGNER, CYNDI LAUPER AND DEBI MAZAR TO GUEST ON TV LAND’S "HAPPILY DIVORCED"

Some of the biggest names in pop culture history are joining fellow TV icon Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”) on new episodes of TV Land’s hit sitcom, “Happily Divorced,” it was announced today by Keith Cox, executive vice president, development and original programming, TV Land. Joan Collins (“Dynasty”), Robert Wagner (“Hart to Hart”), singer Cyndi Lauper and Debi Mazar (“Entourage”) will appear, as will returning guest stars Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”), D.W. Moffett (“Switched At Birth”) and Renée Taylor (“The Nanny”). Inspired by Fran Drescher’s real life, “Happily Divorced” revolves around LA florist Fran Lovett (Drescher) who finds out after 18 years of marriage that her husband Peter (John Michael Higgins, “Best in Show”) is gay. Production begins on October 1 and the sitcom returns to TV Land with all-new episodes on Wednesday, November 28 at 10:30pm ET/PT immediately following the season premiere of “Hot in Cleveland.”

This season, Peter gets a job working as an assistant for Joan Collins (who plays a fictional version of herself). Peter is thrilled to be working for an icon – until he realizes that two demanding women in his life is two too many. Additionally, Robert Wagner appears as Elliot’s (Moffett) handsome father, and Marilyn (Taylor), the longtime frenemy of Fran’s mother Dori (Rita Moreno, “OZ”), will return – daughter (Cyndi Lauper) in tow. Debi Mazar plays a potential new roommate for one of the Lovetts. In the season premiere, Ralph Macchio will return as Frankie, the New York born-and-bred pizza shop owner who has been romancing Fran. “Happily Divorced” also stars acclaimed actors Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Fran’s best friend Judi, Rita Moreno (“OZ”) and Robert Walden (“All The President’s Men”) as Fran’s parents Dori and Glen and Valente Rodriguez (“George Lopez”) as Cesar, her flower shop employee.

Cyndi Lauper Backs Animal Adoption Campaign

Cyndi Lauper is urging her fans to adopt abandoned animals, insisting it’s “the responsible choice” to support shelters.
The Time After Time hitmaker has signed up as a spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League America organisation’s Tour For Life campaign,

which aims to promote pet adoption.
Three mobile rescue and adoption units will tour the U.S. throughout March and April (12) in a bid to raise awareness of the cause – and Lauper is in full support of the scheme.
She says, “I am excited to join Tour For Life and encourage animal lovers to welcome shelter pets, also known as Mutt-i-grees, into their homes.
“There are so many beautiful and healthy animals in shelters, making the responsible choice an easy one – animal lovers can show their true colours byadopting pet and saving a life.”

BBC America’s Popular Host Graham Norton Asks "Would You Rather…?

UK’s biggest talk show host fronts BBC AMERICA’S all-new original comedy panel show featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander and more
Graham Norton brings his trademark style of wit and humor to the all-new BBC AMERICA original comedy panel show Would You Rather? with Graham Norton. Based on popular British panel-style shows, each week celebrities and comedians are asked to contemplate and discuss ridiculous predicaments and moral quandaries. Would you rather permanently lose your thumbs or a cousin? Would you rather land a plane on ecstasy or diffuse a bomb with a hangover? Would you rather eat dog food for a year or get shot in the knee? After a hilarious and candid debate the panelists must ultimately decide what they’d rather do and Graham picks his favorite response. Would You Rather? with Graham Norton premieres on November 5, 11:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC AMERICA’s Ministry of Laughs comedy block. It immediately follows an original episode of The Graham Norton Show which airs in its regular timeslot at 10:00pm ET.
Would You Rather? with Graham Norton is currently filming in New York City in front of a live studio audience. Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, Grammy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper, Emmy Award-winner Stanley Tucci, The Good Wife’s Alan Cumming and 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit and Judah Friedlander have all decided they’d rather spend an evening with Graham and his guests than hobnob at fancy celebrity parties. The full line-up of panelists will be announced later this week.
“When they asked me, would I rather sit in London watching television with my dogs or spend three weeks in New York with some of the brightest and funniest people in the States – it was a very easy decision to make,” said Graham Norton, host of the UK’s biggest talk show The Graham Norton Show, which premieres its tenth season on Saturday, October 29. Graham Norton has won five BAFTA Awards and six British Comedy Awards in his career.
The series is a So Television (The Graham Norton Show) production for BBC AMERICA with Graham Stuart (The Graham Norton Show, Pixelface, The Joan Rivers Position), Jim Biederman (The Onion News Network, The Tom Green Show, The Kids in the Hall) and Graham Norton serving as executive producers.
“BBC AMERICA asked us if we would rather come to our favorite city in the world to make a hilarious panel show with brilliant comedians. Or not. We’re going to get back to them soon,” said Graham Stuart Executive Producer and Co-Founder of So Television.
Executive Producer Jim Biederman added: “I am thrilled to be working with Graham Norton and BBC AMERICA on Would You Rather? with Graham Norton. Being a big fan of both, it’s pretty much a dream job.”
Would You Rather? with Graham Norton joins BBC AMERICA’s recently announced stable of all-new original programming, along with Richard Hammond’s Crash Course and scripted drama Copper, which both premiere in 2012. The series will air as part of BBC America’s Ministry of Laughs franchise, which launched in June and brings the best of British comedy to the U.S. in a two-hour comedy block every Saturday night.

Cyndi Lauper Sings Wrong Words During The National Anthem

Cyndi Lauper flubbed the National Anthem during a tenth anniversary 9/11 memorial performance prior to the U.S. Open.

The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer dove into the performance after a moment of silence honoring those who died in the attacks. Ms. Lauper, however, was unable to get the words correct.


She sang “O’er the ramparts we watched, as our flag was still streaming.” The correct wording, however, is “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.”


The mistake did not damage her otherwise admirable performance. Afterwards she hit Twitter to issue a mea culpa:


“I got choked up in the middle remembering 9/11. I hope I didn’t mess up too bad. I wanted it to be comforting.”


Earlier this year during the opening ceremony to the Super Bowl, Christina Aguilera made a similar gaff.

Cyndi Lauper’s Family Features in Her Music Videos

Pop star Cyndi Lauper ensures her music videos are a family affair – she has been casting her relatives in her promos since the start of her career.

The singer reveals at least one member of the Lauper clan features in each of her big hit promos, starting with her mother Catrine in 1983’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
She says, “My mum is in all of my videos. That was my mother in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. That was my mother in Time After Time. That was my mother, my Aunt Grace, my Aunt May and my Aunt Helen.
“When I became famous, I wanted to include all of my friends and family so in the scrapbooks later I would see my family, I would see my brother sleeping in the train station in Time After Time.”
Memphis Blues

Cyndi Lauper and Jackson Browne Duet At John Lennon Tribute Show

Cyndi Lauper teamed up with Jackson Browne for an emotional rendition of hit songA Day In The Life  to honour John Lennon at a tribute concert on Friday night (Nov 12).

The pair was among the stars who turned out to remember the Beatles legend at the one-off charity show in New York, to mark Lennon’s 70th birthday last month (Oct 10).
Lauper, who also performed Across The Universe, told the audience at the Beacon Theatre how she and her sister often pretended to be Lennon and his bandmate PaulMcCartney whenever they sang together as youngsters. She then welcomed Browne onstage for the duet.
Other performers at the event included Patti Smith, who sang Strawberry Fields and paid tribute to Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono during the show.
Ono was unable to attend the tribute, but sent a video message telling organisers: “John would have loved what you are doing.” Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which promotes peace with music.
Memphis Blues

Cyndi Lauper’s Give A Damn Campaign Releases New PSA Addressing Hate Crimes

The Give a Damn Campaign (www.wegiveadamn.org), a project of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, has released its newest public service announcement focusing on hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Ricky Martin, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Rachael Harris andWanda Sykes speak out about the need to bring an end to these senseless acts of violence and intimidation. The PSA saw its world premiere last night on CNN’s Larry King Live during an episode featuring the topic of anti-gay bullying.
 
In the U.S. one hate crime takes place approximately every hour of every single day. In 2008, the most recent year in which such data is available, 7,783 incidents of hate crime were reported to the FBI.1 out of every 6 of these hate crimes is committed on the basis of sexual orientation.
 
Gay men and lesbians are the third most targeted group for hate crimes of the ones that are actually reported. It is widely believed that these numbers are significantly higher, as victims of hate crimes based on sexual orientation are afraid to report the crime to authorities.
 
Hate crimes can happen anywhere, at any time. They are dehumanizing, willful acts of bigotry perpetrated with the intent to intimidate. They may range from harassment and physical intimidation to beatings, rape, torture —even murder. Perpetrators commit these horrific acts to intimidate and terrorize a community, and to send a message about the victim and “their kind.”
 
“We as parents, as people, as a nation need to stand up and say enough is enough. We will not tolerate hate any longer,” said Cyndi Lauper. “Hate is learned and we need to teach our children that being different is okay. The best way we can do that is to lead by example and treat others with dignity and respect. No one should ever be bullied or harmed in any way because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity or anything that someone labels another as ‘different.’ Hate is a lose lose situation and its time that things final change.”
Hate Crimes. Get Informed. Get Involved. Give a Damn!
 

Cyndi Lauper To Star In New Reality Show

Pop star Cyndi Lauper is inviting cameras into her New York home to docum ent her family life for a new reality TV show.
The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun hitmaker has teamed up with acclaimed Sur vivor producer Mark Burnett for the untitled new project.
Lauper will appear alongside her husband of 19 years, actor David Thorn ton, and their 12-year-old son Declyn in what the star describes as “the comedy of our lives”, reports the New York Daily News.
It will be the singer’s second reality show this year (10) – she recent ly competed against the likes of Sharon Osbourne and Bret Michaels for th e title of Celebrity Apprentice. Poison rocker Michaels won the crown las t month (May10).