Debbie Gibson on her jet-setting dog, used bookstores, and bringing her own hot plate


Debbie Gibson in London in 2019.Handout

While many people like to get out of the city and go to the country, beach, etc. for vacation, that is not the case for singer/songwriter/producer and actress Debbie Gibson, who loves hitting big cities and experiencing the “energy of the people” when she has time off. Gibson, 51 (but “eternally electric,” she joked, in reference to “Electric Youth,” her 1989 hit song and album of the same name), is excited about coming to Boston for her June 9 performance at the Wilbur Theatre and to explore the city — and catch live theater, including performances of “Wicked” at the Boston Opera House and the Broadway-bound revival of “1776″ at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge. “I love that it’s with a diverse and inclusive cast,” said Gibson, who became a teen pop sensation at 17 and segued into musical theater — including starring roles in several Broadway and West End productions. “There are so many young, impressionable theater fans — especially gay boys and girls, trans kids . . . people who want to see themselves represented and feel like, ‘Oh, I can do that. I can be on that stage.’” Gibson, who has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, said she is looking forward to providing audiences “an all-around entertainment experience” when her “The Body Remembers” tour — which kicked off June 1 in Minneapolis — lands in Boston. (“The Body Remembers” is also the name of Gibson’s 10th studio pop album, her first in 20 years, which includes a duet performance — with Massachusetts native and New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre — of her 1989 hit song “Lost in Your Eyes.”) “I sing, I dance, I play piano. … There’s a certain amount of well-rehearsed slickness, but there’s a lot of spontaneity,” she said of the tour. “I like people to feel like they’re in my living room at times, and they’re at a Broadway show at other times. And I really love…