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Paula Abdul: Sharing ‘Straight Up’ talent on solo tour

November 19, 2018

Singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Abdul will perform at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk on Friday, Nov. 30.

Abdul is headlining her first solo tour in more than 25 years. But it’s not like she’s been away from the stage. Just last year, Abdul, 56, hit more than 40 cities with Live Nation’s “Total Package Tour,” alongside Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block. That arena tour sold over 500,000 tickets and grossed more than $40 million.

The Grammy Award winner — not to mention seven MTV Awards for her choreography with Janet Jackson — is expected to perform an intimate show at the theater. “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted” and “Straight Up” are just a few of her hits.

In a recent interview with lasvegasweekly.com, Abdul said she uses her songs as outlets for storytelling, and that everyone leaves her shows knowing a little bit more about her. “I feel I get this close connection with the audience, and I love it,” she said.

The California native, who was among the original judges on television’s “American Idol,” and was a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” said she knew from the age of 4 she was going to be a performer. She was inspired by watching MGM musicals and her mentor, Gene Kelly. Serendipity and hard work played roles in her success

Also in lasvegasweekly.com, the entertainer said one of her best stories involves how her mother’s young assistant overheard that Abdul wanted to make an album and asked her mom, “Can my boyfriend submit a song to you? He’s an aspiring songwriter.”

He was college kid but Abdul’s mother brought home the cassette, then wound up tossing it in the trash. “She goes, ’Oh my God, I don’t know what to do with this. I have this eight-track demo that is horrible. I don’t know what I’m going to tell my assistant, ’cause it’s her boyfriend.’”

Fortunately Abdul dug it out, gave it a listen and decided there was something quirky and likable about the song. That tune became her hit, “Straight Up.”

The Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St., Norwalk. Friday, Nov. 30. 8 p.m. $150-$40. 203-283-5290, wallstreettheater.com

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