Cyndie Lauper | Photo by Dariel Sneed
Cyndi Lauper | Photo by Dariel Sneed

New York, NYI love Cyndi Lauper, so basically this story is an excuse to get her photo on this site. After performing to benefit the True Colors Fund at New York City’s XL Nightclub and Cabaret, the ballet troupe called Ballets with a Twist reunites with Lauper for another charity event: this time at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre.

On December 8th 8:00pm, the True Colors Fund will present “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays,” a concert to raise awareness about homelessness within the LGBT youth community and to support equality for all.

The event, hosted by TV star Carson Kressley, will feature performances and appearances by Sarah McLaughlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Roberta Flack, and many more.  I understand Adam Lambert will also show up. Anyway, one of these celebrities will make a surprise appearance with Ballets with a Twist as the company takes the stage to offer a taste of “Holy Water,” an excerpt from an evening-length dance experience called Cocktail Hour. For the first time, the dance will feature live music, including vocal performances by some of New York’s most soulful singers.

On January 13th, Cocktail culturists can drink in the full Cocktail Hour suite when Ballets with a Twist returns to XL Nightclub and Cabaret with even more live music blended into the show.

Conceived and choreographed by dance-maker Marilyn Klaus — whose eclectic background ranges from vaudeville and show dancing to Isadora Duncan and classical ballet — “Cocktail Hour” is a sassy suite of dances, each inspired by a well-known beverage. The show pays respect to the rich creativity of cocktail culture, launching the Martini, Mai Tai, Gimlet, Mint Julep, Shirley Temple and more off the menu and onto the stage.

“Cocktail Hour” features original music by Stephen Gaboury, who has collaborated with Klaus for over 20 years. Gaboury’s music has been featured in film and on television. In 2004, he received a Grammy nomination for his work with Lauper, with whom he recently contributed as co-writer for selections in her new musical Kinky Boots.

For more information on Ballets with a Twist, please visit www.balletswithatwist.com or www.facebook.com/gotoBalletswithaTwist.

For more information on the True Colors Fund, please visit http://truecolorsfund.org.

Tickets for “Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays” can be purchased in advance at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004954E66276E0.

Tickets for Ballets with a Twist’s January performance at XL Cabaret can be purchased in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/286711.

If you have the money, go! –rg, theater of One World [dot] org

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