Debbie Gibson, a former teen pop queen most famous in the 1980s, turned 40 on Tuesday and is about to wrap up a series of performances in the circus show Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at a Connecticut hotel and casino.
Gibson plays Mother Nature and does not perform stunts. She recently made headlines when it was announced she and fellow 1980s pop icon Tiffany, 38, would star in the SyFy original film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, which is set for release in 2011.
“Thank U 4 all the bday wishes!” Gibson Tweeted. “40 feels FABULOUS! I’m giggling cuz the number doesn’t compute. I feel ETERNALLY ELECTRIC.”
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, which features trapeze and high wire performers, jugglers and contortionists and which is based on a main Broadway production, wraps up its last show at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT on Wednesday.
“I am the singer slash narrator,” Gibson told radio station Lite Rock 105. “I pretty much tie together the acts and the vignettes in this jungle theme through song. We were doing six shows a week and they jumped to eight shows because literally, lines have been out the door and around the casino. It’s amazing.”
Gibson, who also goes by her proper name – Deborah, rose to fame in the late 1980s with hit pop songs and ballads such as “Foolish Beat”, “Out of the Blue” and “Lost in Your Eyes”. She released eight studio albums, including a record made up of Broadway musical songs in 2003.
Micky Dolenz of the 1960s boy band The Monkees, which, like contemporary pop idols The Jonas Brothers, starred on television as well, has also joined the cast of Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
Gibson also starred in the SyFy’s Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus in 2009 with Lorenzo Lamas.In Mega Python vs. Gataroid, she plays an animal rights activist. Tiffany portrays a park ranger. She is best known for her 1987 rendition of the pop song “I Think We’re Alone Now” and has starred in Syfy’s Mega Piranha.
Check out a sneak peek of SyFy’s Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, which features the two singers wrestling each other with a cake and inside water:
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