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Walk of Fame honors Lauper, Fierstein with stars

HOLLYWOOD — Singer Cyndi Lauper and actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 11 in connection with the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots.”

The ceremony included a performance by Tiffany Engen, who plays Lauren in the national touring company of “Kinky Boots,” which returns to the Pantages Theatre April 13 for an engagement running through April 24.

Lauper won the 2013 Tony Award for best original score written for the theatre for “Kinky Boots,” while Fierstein received a nomination for best book of a musical.

Lauper laughed at the location of her star in front of the Frolic Room lounge next to the Pantages Theatre.

“In front of the Frolic Room? Come on!” she said. “As we go frolicking along — that’s like a Christmas carol.”

She said she was “very, very honored” to have the chance to work with Fierstein and director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell on “Kinky Boots.”

“I’d always wanted to work with Harvey,” Lauper said. “I had always felt that he was a great speaker and a great leader, but he is also one of the great storytellers of musicals.”

Fierstein said receiving a Walk of Fame star was special enough, but even more special because he was sharing the event with friends.

“There really is nothing better than being with friends to do something like this,” he said. “I’m so thrilled to have my family here, and my friends here and even my agent here. It’s a wonderful thing.

“He gets 10 percent of the cement under there,” Fierstein joked about his agent.

Lauper is a two-time Grammy winner — in 1985 for best new artist and in 2014 for best musical theater album for “Kinky Boots” — and won the outstanding guest actress in a comedy Emmy in 1995 for a performance for her role as the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Ira Buchman (John Pankow) on the NBC comedy “Mad About You.”

Fierstein won Tony Awards for best actor in a musical in “Hairspray” in 2003 and best book of a musical for “La Cage aux Folles” in 1984 and best play in 1983 for writing “Torch Song Trilogy.”

Fierstein received an Emmy nomination in 1992 for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for portraying the high school boyfriend of bar manager Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) on “Cheers.”

Fierstein also appeared in the films “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Independence Day” and “Bullets Over Broadway.” His other television credits include “The Simpsons,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Wife,” “Smash,” “Family Guy” and “Nurse Jackie.”


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