Cyndi Lauper wrote “Kinky Boots” from Stamford loft

May 26, 2017

STAMFORD — The most interesting room in award-winning singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper’s North Stamford estate is a small wood-paneled loft above the garage.

The edgy pop star from Queens — whose breakout 1980s hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” catapulted her to the top of music charts — wrote several albums there, before signing on to create the score for “Kinky Boots” on Broadway in 2010.

Her studio looks like a roped-off salon in a museum, with Lauper’s platinum records accenting the wall above her soundboard and a throw pillow airbrushed with her likeness perched perfectly on a love seat.

But the creativity that came out of that 360-square-foot space was palpable as the sun peeked through the windows and shone a natural spotlight on the leather office chair where Lauper sat while writing and remixing recordings.

“She would spend a lot of time in here writing and recording,” said Michael Leventhal, the Berkshire Hathaway New England realtor who is listing Lauper’s 1.6-acre estate at 250 Saddle Hill Rd. for $1.25 million.

Lauper, an Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winning artist, bought the home as a retreat and creative haven in 1986 during the height of her fame following the release of “True Colors” that year.

In the main house, Lauper surrounded herself with ornate art. The ceiling in the great room features hand-painted stenciling, a breakfast nook in the kitchen features a train car bench imported from Paris and the master bathroom is adorned with mosaics made from imported French tiling.

Lauper’s husband, actor David Thornton, told the Wall Street Journal that the estate was a place for “her, a girl from Queens, to get away into the woods.”

“It was a real creative place for her to get away and write and record,” Thornton told the Journal.

Thornton and Lauper also spent most of the school year at the North Stamford home as their son excelled on an ice hockey team in Connecticut, Leventhal said, standing in the now 19-year-old’s room, still adorned with memorabilia.

Country home

When Lauper bought the house in 1986, she wanted it to feel like a French country home, Leventhal said. She commissioned several renovations and installed four etched-glass doors, imported from Paris.

In the great room, vaulted ceilings are framed by large wooden beams and embellished with pale pink and green stenciling, hand-painted by an artist that Lauper brought in from Italy.

The front door, a massive wooden double-door with ornate iron work, is a 19th century piece imported from England. The outside of the home is adorned with fieldstone, topped by a sloping French country-style roof.

A sprawling partial wrap-around stone terrace overlooks the back yard and kidney-shaped swimming pool. The pool deck is built into the side of a ravine, which sharply drops off and leads down into a lake.

Tall trees and thick shrubbery obscure the neighboring properties, making the property feel almost remote.

“She wanted this to feel like a getaway,” Leventhal said.

As Lauper’s son focuses on a music career of his own, pursuing the hip-hop scene in New York City, she is ready to relocate more permanently to Manhattan, Leventhal said.

nnaughton@stamfordadvocate.com; @noranaughton