Nitetables’ Q&A with Debbie Gibson

By: Lori Majewski

Some teen idols grow up and pretty much disappear, thrown out like one’s Teen and Tiger Beatzines, never to be recycled, only briefly recalled on a VH-1 round-up show—if that.

Not Debbie Gibson. The onetime pop idol who wrote, sang and performed her own songs (take that, Tiffany!) has never really gone away. She’s starred in various theater productions around the world — Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Grease in London, as well as touring companies of Funny Girl and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat — and appeared on TV shows like American Juniors and Skating With Celebrities. She’s popped up on Deal Or No Deal, posed nude for Playboy and made a cameo in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” video.

One reason Debbie endures? Perhaps it’s because, unlike many artists who came to fame in the 80s, she refuses to denegrate the decade. Indeed, she outright embraces and endorses it—and her fans, new and old, love her for it. Last fall her supporters turned out in force to hear her sing her hits “Only in My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” at the VIP reopening bash for NiteTables venue Culture Club, of which she’s a partner.

And starting February 19, she vies for the title of Celebrity Apprentice on Donald Trump’s hit NBC reality series—an offer she almost turned down! Read on to find out why in NiteTables’ interview with the star:

NITETABLES: You’re a partner in NYC’s reopened Culture Club. How did you get involved?…


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