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December 19, 2014

Cyndi Lauper to Guest Star in Billy Porter's American Songbook Show on January 28

American Songbook

Friday, December 18, 2014

Contact: Kate Merlino

212-875-5101, [email protected]





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook will open its season in The Appel Room on Wednesday, January 28 with two shows by Billy Porter, Tony Award-winner for Best Male Leading Performance in a Musical for Kinky Boots on Broadway.   Porter will have, as his special guest, pop music icon Cyndi Lauper, who composed the Tony Award-winning score for Kinky BootsTICKETS for the 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm shows can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website for the series at, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.


Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper burst onto the music scene with her 1983 debut album, She’s So Unusual.  The record sold more than 5 million copies, with hits including “Time After Time” and the female party anthem, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”  Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1984, and the video of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” won Best Female Video at the Video Music Awards.  Her follow-up album in 1986, True Colors, sold nearly 1 million copies, and its title song, about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders being accepted and loved for who they are, became Lauper’s cause in life as well as in her music.  Rolling Stone lists She’s So Unusual as one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, VH1 included Lauper in its 100 Greatest Women in Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Lauper is one of only 20 artists to receive Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. Lauper is an actress in television, film, and theater in addition to her ongoing music career. In 2013 her score for Kinky Boots won Best Original Score at the Tony Awards, and the show won for Best Musical.  Lauper was the first woman in Broadway history to win a solo Tony for Best Score.


Billy Porter may owe his recent Broadway success partly to Cyndi Lauper’s music for Kinky Boots, but he has been a star for nearly two decades. Porter is a singer, composer, actor, playwright, and director.  A native of Pittsburgh, he first emerged as a gospel singer before transitioning to theater. After making his Broadway debut in the original company of Miss Saigon in 1991, starring as the Teen Angel in the 1994 revival of Grease and performing in Smokey Joe’s Café, Porter took a self-imposed 13-year break from Broadway, making his triumphant return in the role of a lifetime as Lola in the smash hit Kinky Boots, a role he still plays eight times a week at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.  Along the way, Porter recorded three solo albums and wrote an autobiographical play, While I Yet Live, that was produced at Primary Stages in New York. His latest solo CD, Billy’s Back on Broadway, brings his prodigious talents to the great American songbook.


Billy Porter’s American Songbook performance, with special guest Cyndi Lauper, will be taped for national television broadcast later in the year for Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.



American Songbook is sponsored by Prudential Investment Management



American Songbook continues with performances in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center from January 29 through February 28, followed by American Songbook in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse from March 11 through 28.




Since its launch in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.  Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.


For a list of artists that have performed in American Songbook over the years, as well as the composers that have been honored by evenings of their music, please click here:


American Songbook is sponsored by Prudential Investment Management.

Major support for American Songbook is provided by Amy & Joseph Perella.

Endowment support provided by Bank of America.

Wine generously donated by William Hill Estate Winery, Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston,   The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Jill and Irwin B. Cohen, The G&A Foundation, Inc., Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center.

WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center.

William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.




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