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Pop Music Icon Cyndi Lauper to Perform Aug. 8 in the Center for the Arts

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: May 5, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Cyndi Lauper at 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

In her current concert tour, Lauper will perform many of her early hits, as well as songs from her latest album "At Last," which takes a mature turn from the teen-pop sound of the 1980s. The songs on "At Last" are reinterpretations of classics from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, such as Burt Bacharach's "Walk On By," "Unchained Melody" and a rendition of "On the Sunny Side of the Street."

Lauper was one of the most visible and popular performers of the 1980s with catchy hit songs that topped the charts like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "She Bop" and "Time After Time." She continued writing songs and making albums throughout the 1990s, releasing the popular "Twelve Deadly Cyns," a collection of her best hits, in 1995.

With her activism and support for PFLAG, "True Colors" has become an anthem for the gay pride movement. Lauper recently toured with Cher, and has just finished a live DVD. She performed in the April VH1 Divas Live concert, and "At Last," released in November, 2003, is receiving rave reviews.

Winner of a Grammy for best new artist in 1984, and an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her role in "Mad About You" in 1995, Lauper has released 11 albums throughout her career. Many of her songs, like "True Colors," and "I Drove All Night," have been remade by other artists like Phil Collins and Celine Dion.

Tickets are $41, $38 and $32, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 14. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a TicketFast location.