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Singer Cyndi Lauper released her debut album She’s So Unusual in 1983 to incredible success making her the first female singer to have four top ten singles on an album. The album went on to sell over 16 million copies and won her a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Lauper went on to great success selling over 50 millions records and a total of 14 Grammy nominations. The accolades continued winning a Tony, an Emmy, and numerous honors with her True Colors fund. She released 11 studio albums over the years with her most recent Memphis Blues becoming the best selling blues album of 2011.

Heading back to the Windy City recently to celebrate a 30th anniversary of her first record, Lauper talks about recent projects and keeping it all fun.

Jerry Nunn: Hi Cyndi, Last time we met was at the AIDS Legal event at Downtown Bar in Chicago during the run of Kinky Boots. It was great to see you be involved in the gay community while in town. So how was staying in Chicago during the run of the show? Did you get to have any fun?

Cyndi Lauper: I love Chicago. It’s one of my favorite US cities. It has all the great advantages of a big city, a great diversity of people, great architecture, music, food, and culture yet also has elements of a small town feel. Great place to be. We didn’t have a whole lot of down time when we were getting the show ready but I did a boat tour so that I could get a better feel of the city.
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Billy Porter

The new musical Kinky Boots just officially opened in Chicago before heading to “The Big Apple.” The show tells the story of young Charlie Price who inherits his father’s shoe factory and finds inspiration from entertainer Lola played by Billy Porter who comes from a strong Broadway background with shows such as Miss Saigon, Grease, and Dreamgirls. His television appearances include The Big C and Law & Order. Porter has even recorded his own album Untitled, At The Corner of Broadway & Soul that was featured on So You Think You Can Dance.

Nunn on the Run went backstage to get to know the man behind the makeup learning about shaving, drag, and who his character Lola is modeled after.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Billy. It was great seeing the show last night.

Billy Porter: Thank you.

JN: How did you get connected with Kinky Boots in the first place?
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Nellie McKay

Singer Nellie McKay drives her fifth album Home Sweet Mobile Home to Chicago this month. The quirky songstress chirped about animals, Kathy Griffin and Harry Connick, Jr Nunn on One. How Are You

Jerry Nunn: Woah, Nellie! How are you?

Nellie McKay: Oh, good.

JN: You are coming to Chicago…

NM: I can’t wait!

JN: And two different performances at two different venues.

NM: I didn’t even know that. That’s fabulous!
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)


“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

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Cyndi Lauper will never stop having fun with a new album, Memphis Blues, out this month. With more than 25 million albums sold and 13 Grammy Award nominations, this singer, actress and LGBT-rights activist continues to show her “True Colors.” Don’t Cry No More

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Cyndi. I just went to New York and my friends saw you at an LGBT event.

Cyndi Lauper: Yes, the GLSEN [ Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ] Awards, a very important organization. It is very similar with what we do at Give a Damn. It brings straight alliances into understanding and educating people about hatred in the community.

JN: What can the average person do for your Give a Damn campaign?

CL: Share a story. When we start to talk together that’s when we will understand each other better. Dialogue is always good. Everyone should tell their own story. Some of these real stories from real people are very moving and compelling.

JN: People can go to the website wegiveadamn.org to get more information?
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Cyndi Lauper is showing a rainbow of “true colors” when she spoke one to Nunn about her recent projects. Set Your Heart

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Cyndi. I met you at a signing at Tower Records years ago. You were in a rush to open for Cher. What a great live show you put on that night; you had such a connection with the audience. Now we get to see you live again at Milwaukee PrideFest! Are you still able to walk out into the audience without getting mobbed?

Cyndi Lauper: I love going into the audience. It’s sharing a moment together. You can’t get more connected then holding hands and singing and sharing music.

JN: You looked great singing at the American Idol finale. How was that experience?

CL: I had a blast with Alison [ Iraheta ] . She has such a great voice and I think we are going to see big things from her in the future. The Idol system is very interesting to me. Times have changed. When I first started out there was a real viable club scene; it was hard to develop a live audience now the traditional way. And while the Internet age makes getting music to people easier, getting gigs seems harder. Idol is like music boot camp. They cram a lot of live experience into one season.

JN: The 30 Rock episode with you spoofing “We are the World” was hilarious. How did you get involved with the project?
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