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Cult film Kinky Boots is ready to sashay its way into London’s West End, complete with a Tony award winning score by true LGBT ally and musical icon Cyndi Lauper.

Cyndi’s Kinky Boots Just Want to Have Fun

The voice is unmistakable: very New York, very distinctive, very Cyndi Lauper. She takes my call at 9am NYC time sounding very chipper, but then with Kinky Boots – the musical for which she wrote the Tonywinning music and lyrics – heading to the West End as it continues to wow ’em on Broadway she has reason to be cheerful.

Broadway composer is a new string to Cyndi’s bow. Now 62, she came to fame back in 1983 with the pop juggernaut Girls Just Want To Have Fun. In the 30-plus decades since there have been lots of amazing songs (Time After Time, True Colors, I Drove All Night, Into The Nightlife – the video for which was filmed in NYC gay bar Splash), movie roles, a stint on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and even her She’s So Unusual reality show.

If you want the full story look her up on the net or better yet read her bestselling 2012 memoir. She is, you’ll discover if you don’t know already, so much more than a girl who just wants to have fun. Lauper, who has a gay sister, is a tireless supporter of LGBT causes. She co-founded the True Colors Fund to raise awareness and inspire action and is campaigning to get homeless LGBT youth off the streets.

Marches and Pride gigs are like her second home and it makes perfect sense that she was keen to write the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots, the stage musical version of the film about a fierce drag queen named Lola (played over here by Matt Henry) and the unlikely alliance she forms with shoe factory boss Charlie (Killian Donnelly). The film, which is something of a cult classic, came out in 2005 and starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as a very sassy Lola, turning heads as she turns up at Charlie’s Northampton factory in search of the perfect pair of heels. Harvey Fierstein, who penned the show’s book, opted to keep it in a British accent and Lauper rose to the challenge of writing her first-ever Broadway score.

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**Download on iPhone to experience a whole new way to read attitude on the go. To sync your purchases to our iPhone app just login to a Pocketmags account in-app on your primary device then login with the same details on the attitude iPhone app.** The Style Issue of Attitude features BBC Business presenter Ben Thompson on the cover, who talks about being gay on TV in our main interview and shoot. Inside, we chat to the legendary Cyndi Lauper about opening Kinky Boots in London, and musician Mykki Blanco opens up about breaking the stigma around HIV. This month is full of fashion, with spreads from Diesel, F&F and all the best watches on the market. There’s more TV too, in an interview with Andrew Haigh, director of Weekend and Looking, as well as Rebecca Root - the latest transgender actress to star on our screens. We also speak to the London man who was attacked with bleach in Vauxhall, and do a round up of our inaugural Pride Awards.