Cyndi Lauper settles copyright lawsuit over ‘Kinky Boots’ finale

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“Kinky Boots,” with a score by Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tony awards, including Best Musical. It ended its Broadway run in April after 2,507 regular performances.12

Cyndi Lauper has settled a lawsuit by songwriter Benny Mardones that accused her of lifting elements of his song “Into the Night” for the finale of her 2013 Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots,” according to a court filing.

In a letter filed on Friday night with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a lawyer for Mardones and his writing partner Robert Tepper said the parties have agreed in principle to settle the case. They asked U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero for 30 days to complete a final settlement.

Terms were not disclosed.

Stephen Doniger, a lawyer for Mardones and Tepper, declined to comment. Lawyers for Lauper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mardones and Tepper had accused Lauper of lifting the “pick you up” theme from “Into the Night,” a Billboard Top 20 song for Mardones in 1980 and in 1989 when it was re-released, for “Raise You Up,” the finale to “Kinky Boots.” They also claimed that the songs’ lyrics and music were substantially similar.

Lauper in court papers has denied any copyright infringement.

Cyndi Lauper hits the stage during her performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 12, 2019.

Thanks to a bee sting on the bottom of her foot, Cyndi Lauper gave fans an unexpected demonstration of how a pro follows through on the entertainment adage “the show must go on.” The lesson occurred while Lauper was opening her two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. (Billboard – Variety)

It’s been a very unusual night,”her set looked like it was spinning out into disaster in the first few songs, before it turned into triumph.

 

Backed by her band and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, an exuberant Lauper had just finished her second song, “I Drove All Night.” While segueing into a cover of the 1965 Righteous Brothers hit “Unchained Melody,” the Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner unzipped her gold-sparkled ankle boots to perform barefoot, a move that got its own round of applause. But in the middle of performing her double-entendre classic “She Bop,” Lauper began picking at something on the bottom of her foot. It turned out that she had stepped on a bee that also stung her in the process.

“A bee, my god,” said a limping Lauper after wrapping the song. “It’s just been one of those weeks. I’m sorry, guys… I had everything planned out,” she added while also lamenting about a “ridiculous diet” she’s on now owing to acid reflux. “However, that poor bastard [the bee]is worse off than me.”

And from then on, it was the Cyndi Lauper show of your dreams, if your dreams happen to include swelling violins and portentous cellos augmenting even the rockers, and could allow for a few additional bee jokes to go along with the semi-prepared patter that the singer had planned to deliver about the power of women’s viewpoints in pop and overcoming the country’s increasingly ugly mood.

 

 

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