Cyndi's 'Between the Lines' Cover Story

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Cyndi Lauper on Fame, Going Country & Wanting to Star In 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' with Madonna

From Between the Lines - By Chris Azzopardi

It's not just about having fun anymore.

For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her '80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp "Kinky Boots," which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score - Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs.

The 62-year-old singer takes another sharp turn on "Detour," her latest reincarnation, this time as a full-on Southern belle. The spunky pop priestess trades in her pink for plaid and saddles up with a slew of Nashville mainstays, including Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, to sing signature mid-20th-century country ditties.

To talk about her twangy transformation, Lauper called just as she was leaving Los Angeles, where she recently received her much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lauper was her usual chatty and chirpy self as she dished on longing to be the "unknown singer," shoe struggles and forever wanting to take on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' infamous revenge relic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" How exactly? By starring in a version of it alongside Madonna, of course.

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