Kiki & Herb, the fabulous downtown carbaret duo, will be at it again for one night only at Carnegie Hall on Dec 12. Tickets for Kiki & Herb: The Second Coming, A Christmas Concert are on sale starting today.
“Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to heaven,” said Kiki (Justin Bond) in a press announcement. “So with that in mind Kiki & Herb will embark on a night of darkness and pagan drama, taking the audience on a musical odyssey from Sinnermen to Sainted Sweethearts with songs by The Tiger Lillies, Kanye West, Nina Simone, Emmylou Harris, and many more. They will also deliver their own twisted take on traditional Christmas fare.” (Playbill)
We recommend getting tickets while you can. As we’ve told you before,
Kiki and Herb, the downtown cabaret duo that has been massacring old standards and current pop tunes with equal rigor for about a decade, are not a drag show, though of the two male performers, one inhabits a female character.
Herb (Kenny Mellman) bangs at the piano in stagey, gray-dyed hair and wrinkles that look like they were drawn on with a Sharpie; Kiki (Justin Bond) sits on a stool before a microphone, looking like something that Oscar de la Renta and the hairdresser Kenneth might have devised together on a peyote trip.
It’s a send-up of the whole cabaret-banter ethos, and its ultimately repressive language of vapid concern, that we all secretly accrue as the hapless victims of the 24-hour news cycle.