Issued Monday, 13 February 2006
THE STUDIO AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS
KIKI & HERB
‘Kiki & Herb gleams like a rhinestone. Captivating and Intelligent.’ The New York Times
‘Tacky, trashy and tasteless.’ NY Daily News
'Deranged. Hysterical. Confrontational. Unmissable.' Time Out, London
Straight from sold out shows across the US and London, the wild and starkly original New York drag/cabaret sensation Kiki & Herb bring their confrontational show to The Studio to celebrate Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2006.
In the last year, the perversely funny Kiki & Herb (Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman) supported the Scissor Sisters on tour, opened for Rufus Wainwight and sold out New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
They have a devoted celebrity fanbase, including Kylie Minogue, The Pet Shop Boys, Siouxsie Sioux, Boy George, Vivienne Westwood and Deborah Harry (who provided guest vocals on their debut CD).
“What better way to kick off a new year of superbly outlandish behaviour in The Studio than with Kiki & Herb,” says Studio Executive Producer, Virginia Hyam. “Their confrontational humour, political bent and musical prowess is a taste of what’s to come in 2006.”
How can one best describe the genius of Kiki & Herb? The New York Times calls it ‘Cabaret with the gut wrenching impact of the best punk rock, the smarts of the snobbiest underground music and the sick attraction of vintage torch lounge. It’s the most hilariously disturbing show you’ll see this season – grand, vivacious and sordid’.
Kiki is a washed up, boozed up chanteuse whose middle age passed her by some time ago. Herb, her piano battering, life-long accompanist, provides support both musically and emotionally. Show business has destroyed them but they cannot live without it.
A singer with maniacal energy, Kiki’s voice is a mixture of Tom Waits and Ethel Merman, with a little of Judy Garland in her last days. Herb’s musical arrangements are less than traditional. At any given moment the duo are likely to twist and warp a tune until Kiki is screaming the lyrics and Herb is pounding the piano keys with a vengeance.
Their current repertoire includes versions of songs by artists as varied as Wu-Tang Clan, Joni Mitchell, Suede, Joy Division, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Pat Benetar, Radiohead, Nirvana, Bonnie Tyler, Eminem and Britney Spears.
Heed the advice of New York’s Time Out and ‘Catch them before they die!’
Season Details: Kiki & Herb
Dates: Tuesday 14 February – Friday 3 March
Venue: The Studio, Sydney Opera House