Cyndi Lauper Named Inaugural Grand Marshall of SHOW DAY
And what would Show Day be without an official Grand Marshal? This year's Show Day Grand Marshal is Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper, creator of the original score for Broadway's Kinky Boots. "I'm thrilled to be named Grand Marshal for Show Day," says Lauper. "Having witnessed so many audiences at Kinky Boots these last few years, [I know] live entertainment has the power to make people incredibly happy, and that's a wonderful thing in today's world. So I encourage everyone to grab some friends or family and go out and see a show."
Grand Marshal Cyndi Lauper and Kinky Boots
Lauper exploded on the scene in the '80s as a trend-setting pop star with hit songs like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "She Bop" and "Time After Time." She's gone on to sell more than 50 million albums in a career that spans four decades and multiple genres.
Kinky Boots is a six-time Tony Award-winning musical with original songs by Lauper, book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell. The show received the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album, among other accolades.
Kinky Boots, now starring Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady, opened at Broadway's Hirschfeld Theatre in 2013, where it's now in its third smash year. In addition to its Broadway run, Kinky Boots' First National Tour is currently making its way across the U.S., and the show is playing to sold-out houses at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and in the West End at London's Adelphi Theatre.
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Lauper is leading the charge on Show Day alongside live entertainment ticket seller Goldstar and more than 5,000 venues, producers, promoters, teams and other live entertainment organizations, including Cirque du Soleil, Madison Square Garden (New York), Smuin Ballet (San Francisco), Blue Man Group, the Harlem Globetrotters, the House of Blues, Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.), The House Theatre of Chicago, Broadway in Chicago, EastVille Comedy Club (New York), Improv Comedy Club, B.B. King Blues Club (New York), Hornblower Cruises, Circus Vargas, and Broadway's New World Stages, Booth Theatre and Cort Theatre. The number of partners is expected to grow as the day draws near.
"Whether its theater, concerts, sports, dance, or comedy, we believe there is no better way to finally spend some relaxing time together over the holidays," says Jim McCarthy, co-founder of Show Day and CEO of Goldstar. "We know that a lot of families already go to a show on that day. We're just making it official and encouraging many more people to start the tradition."
Let the movie business have December 25th. The live entertainment industry is taking December 26th. More information can be found on www.Dec26ShowDay.com.