It’s not often that CYNDI LAUPER made personal appearances in concerts for charity. But last night in Southampton, Lauper and her group rocked a tent of well-paid guests for Northwell Health’s new women’s center in Manhattan for heart problems.
Cyndi, dressed in a leopard-print outfit and sporting rose-tinted hair, opened her ensemble by repeating John Lennon’s once-famous announcement to a crowd of royals: “Rattle your jewelry!”
Lauper and her crack band opened the set with “She Bop,” and by the time she hit her second number, “Time After Time,” suddenly the entire guest list was in place and dancing to the beat. dazzling tent floor against a spectacular sunset courtesy of host Vicki Moran Furman.
Cyndi didn’t mince words about the current state of abortion laws in this country and the need for girls and women to get more help than ever. She punctuated her comments by playing her moving anthem, “Sally’s Pigeons.” In the fall, she announced that she would start a new foundation to bring OB GYN care to women who cannot afford it across the country.
She wrapped up the set with “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” — which sent the crowd spinning in dance with their hands raised above their heads — and “True Colors.”
What impressed me was how beautifully Lauper’s set was executed. She’s an accomplished musician and her band is great. Not only has her voice grown over the years, but the richness of the songs hasn’t aged a bit either. The Tony winner (“Kinky Boots”) is preparing another hit Broadway musical, based on the movie “Working Girl,” with a book by Theresa Rebeck. (Yes, she also won an Emmy and a few
Fox5 star anchor Rosanna Scotto emceed the night, which was produced by Lawrence Scott Events, which is set to receive a Tony Award for its stunning projects…
It was a wild, busy night in the Hamptons, at the height of the long summer. At Herrick Park in East Hampton, the City Library has resumed operations for the annual Writers’ Event. About forty authors were gathered under a huge white tent, seated at tables and signing their books. Book sales go directly to the library.
Among the authors: Katie Couric, Tovah Feldshuh, Robert Caro, Nelson DeMille, Jeffrey Lyons, Monte Farber and Amy Zerner, Alan Patricof, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Mike Lupica, Marie Brenner, Bill Boggs, Cati Marton, David Maraniss, Tina Brown and Robin Baker Leacock were among those who welcomed throngs of cheering fans, many of whom were well-known or famous. After the signature, a total success, the guests took off for dinners at private homes where they were treated to all the good gossip. You know, East Hampton is like any other small town in America!
PS TOVAH FELDSHOUH joins Lea Michele in the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” on September 6. She told me that she had already met Lea — “I love her! — and rehearsals begin Tuesday. See his signature books below.
BACK IN MONTAUK…gifted local artist Anne-Raymond opened a new exhibition at the startup Lucore Gallery. What a treat. You can see his last paintings — titled heavenly fall– on its website. I’m sure everything sold out quickly. I could have moved furniture and lived in that room of his work. Raymond’s skies are filled with vivid colors and immediately welcoming abstract notions, whether joyful or turbulent. And Raymond, who I wanted to meet, turns out to be a dynamic force who started in Dallas but moved to New York as soon as she could. Can you blame her?