Cyndi Lauper made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday (9 June): She became the first solo woman to win the best score Tony for the 15 songs she wrote for the musical Kinky Boots.
Lauper, founder of the LGBT charity True Colors Fund, said she was surprised but added: ‘OK, … I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech.’
The Tony puts Lauper in the exclusive ‘G.E.T.’ club of performers who have a Grammy, Emmy and Tony. She will need to win an Oscar to become a part of the even more exclusive ‘E.G.O.T.’ club.
‘I want to thank Broadway for welcoming me,’ she said in her speech. ‘This city, … I’ve never been a stranger to hard work, but your hard work inspires me.’
She also thanked gay icon Harvey Fierstein who wrote the book for Kinky Boots which won six Tonys overall including best musical.
‘I want to thank Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I’m so glad I was done with the dishes. I answered the phone,’ Lauper joked.
Lauper’s True Colors Fund was founded in 2008 to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of equality for all and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
In 2010, Lauper launched the Give a Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community as part of her True Colors Fund.
The campaign is to bring straight people to stand up with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and stop the discrimination.