Feb 4 & 11 @ 9:30PM
Feb 18 @ 11:30PM
Reviewed by Sharyn Jackson
Photos Courtesy of Bradford
"We've been reminiscing a lot, because…
there's really no point in thinking about the future,"
reveals Kiki (Justin Bond), one half of the legendary
lounge act, Kiki and Herb, in a recent performance
at Joe's Pub. Having won rave reviews on Broadway
this past summer, the duo's latest show largely
tributes the Kiki & Herb that came before. What
Kiki referrs to as "Kiki and Herb are Kiki
and Herb as Kiki and Herb at Flamingo East,"
revisits some of the greatest hits from their days
playing smaller, dingier stages of downtown New
York over the past decade. Their pessimistic resistance
to the future leads the audience on a ride into
the dark, limitless depths of this ancient stage
You won't find any stale material in there, though.
Kiki's thoughts and philosophies, some old gems
and some twisted new stories, provide the perfectly
deranged patter between, and connection to, their
expansive cover songbook. The repertoire covers
everything from Herb's horrifying childhood rape
to Kiki's indirect responsibility for Nancy Pelosi's
birth to the tragedy of "the American Marie
Antoinette," Jon Benet Ramsey.
"Everything sounds better when
set to music," Herb (Kenny Mellman) sort of
sings, sort of yells over his perpetual piano. Indeed,
Kiki can go on for minutes about Hitler, kidnapping,
"ass cancer" and lord knows what else.
Herb doesn't stop—not as long as there's a
Kiki who needs him to keep her on track. For above
all, deny it all they want, this is a show about
love—through-the-ages, epic, platonic love
between a withered, drunken cabaret singer and her
gay accompanist. Whether playing a dark backroom,
a slick club stage or Broadway, Kiki and Herb's
eternal symbiosis is still sick sweet music to the
Starring Justin Bond (Kiki) & Kenny Mellman
(Herb); Musical direction by Kenny Mellman.
Tickets $20.00 at www.joespub.com
For more of Bradford's photos, check out our July
2005 feature story.
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