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Cyndi Lauper held her seventh annual “Home for the Holidays” concert at the iconic Beacon Theater in New York. The benefit was established in 2011 to educate audiences about the pertinent issues surrounding the high volume of homeless among the LGBTQ youth. Proceeds from the evening’s festivities go towards True Colors Fund, a charity founded by Lauper herself in 2008.  In true Lauper fashion, she struck a pose and opened the show donning an oversized silver sequin blazer and matching thigh-high boots.  She mesmerized the crowd with an amazing pop cover of MKTO’s “Classic”. 

American Movie Company (AMC)’s teleprompter operator extraordinaire, Zack Breheney, operated a confidence monitor for Lauper and her impressive bevy of stage guests for the evening.  AMC’s Renaissance women, Leah and Dilenia also tagged along to document the exciting lineup, which included powerhouse artists such as Bebe Rexha, Natalie Merchant, and Regina Spektor. Bishop Briggs rocked the house with her popular single, “River”, bringing heavy energy to the Beacon’s stage, while A$AP Rocky invited Lauper to do a duet, an acoustic version of “Everyday”. 

A text message from Zack between sets reflected exactly what everyone in the audience was thinking: “Told you it’d be an interesting show!”

The highlight of the evening was when Lauper, unabashedly, invited the other artists on stage to belt out the legend’s hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. The crowd was on their feet, singing along with the performers without skipping a beat or missing a lyric.
The night ended on a high note, quite literally, as Sara Ramirez, of Grey’s Anatomy fame, and Lauper performed a duet to Lauper’s mega hit, and the charity’s namesake, “True Colors”.

Check out AMC’s behind-the-scenes look of Cyndi Lauper & Friends at the Beacon!

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