Lauper has teamed up with her “Time After Time” co-writer Rob Hyman “because they wanted it to be like the ’80s,” says Lauper in the video below.
“I was very nervous about starting because I don’t even know how Kinky Boots is doing what it's doing,” she says of her Broadway show still currently running at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre. “I was talking to Rod last week and he said just to start. So I did. I wrote Tess’ soliloquy and I finished it.”
The musical, based on the 1988 Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver–led film, is being produced by Robyn Goodman with a book by TV writer and playwright Kim Rosenstock (New Girl, Tigers Be Still).
Series host Andy Cohen asked if the Carly Simon's signature opening song “Let the River Run”—which won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1989—will be in the musical’s score. “It doesn’t fit because ‘Let the River Run’ is about the community of people that traveled to go to the workplace,” says Lauper. “This story is about a woman in the workplace being prevented to move forward so she had to think outside the box and break all the rules. That’s what this is about. It’s not about that place. It’s a great place to start a movie; that’s a movie song.”
Lauper also revealed that she was nearly part of the original movie, but on the screen: “You know they wanted me to go in for that role and I wouldn’t go in.” Hear the full story in the video below.