Lynda Carter is very excited that her song “Good Neighbor,” which she co-wrote for the video game “Fallout 4,” was nominated for a National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Award this year.
“It really makes me relevant!” Carter says.
It’s hard to believe that relevance is even on Carter’s radar. Thanks to her 1975-79 television show, for a generation — for a few generations, if we’re being honest — Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman. In the years since the series, she’s worked in film, done extensive voice-over work and released two jazz albums. Her one-woman show, “Lynda Carter: Long-Legged Woman,” returns to the Kennedy Center this weekend.
Although Carter tours nearly every year, there’s very little repetition in her show. “As soon as I launch one [tour], I start collecting ideas for the next year,” she says. And she collects from everywhere. This year’s show includes her band’s version of “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” (with Carter’s impressively rumbly imitation of Chris Isaak), “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and some Billie Holiday. “I think if I have a theme, it’s ‘shuffle.’ ”
If you go to one of Carter’s shows, there’s a chance your butt may touch the same seat her butt touched. “Before every show, even in rooms I’ve played a lot, while we’re warming up or doing a sound check, I sit in the various far reaches” of the theater, Carter says. “I sit down and I look at the point of view of where the audience sits, so I have a sense of what they’re looking at. So when I’m onstage, if I know I’m being blocked by another musician, I’ll step out or move so I know that person sitting back there can see me.”
But does she really worry about how she’s seen? Does Lynda Carter, WHO IS WONDER WOMAN, actually think that “Fallout 4” is what makes her relevant these days?
“At this point in my life, I don’t really worry about anything,” she says. “Someone asked me, ‘Don’t you worry about your legacy being threatened by the new Wonder Woman [‘Batman v Superman’s’ Gal Gadot]?’ and I said, ‘I don’t worry about it at all.’ More power to Wonder Woman.”
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Sat., 7 p.m., $25-$75.
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