Written by: Kenny Mellman and Justin Bond
Cast: Justin Bond (Kiki) and Kenny Mellman (Herb)
Synopsis: Kiki and Herb are the downtown song-and-booze cabaret act who sold out Carnegie Hall in 2004. Kiki is a slightly drunken drag cabaret singer who shares her unique brand of social commentry and political satire Herb is her 'shy' musical accompanist and life-long friend. They will offer their own interpretation of songs by such artists as The Cure, Bob Merrill, the Wu-Tang Clan, Bright Eyes, Dan Fogelberg, and The Mountain Goats.
What the critics had to say.....
BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES: ï¿½A hyper-magnified cabaret concert that has the heat and dazzle of great balls of fire.ï¿½
CLIVE BARNES of the NEW YORK POST: "Alive, and we might add, well! Very well, indeed. But on dear old conventional Broadway? Here could be the rub. This is not a show for everyone."
JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ of NEW YORK DAILY: says "It's shrill, delirious and demented. Kiki's between-songs banter, which, to Bond's credit, is slyly hypnotic, can prompt gagging or laughter or both."
MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER: "That bizarre lounge act known as Kiki & Herb has landed on Broadway -- and as blissfully deranged as ever."
ROB KENDT of NEWSDAY says: "Kiki & Herb, the parody lounge act who turn several generations of pop music into alternately screechy and treacly cabaret, are an acquired taste."
ROBERT FELDBERG of THE RECORD: "In its world of distorted fun-house mirrors, the show has a persistent, offbeat appeal."
JACQUES LE SOURD of the JOURNAL NEWS says "Kiki and Herb could be habit forming. They make you want to see them again and again ï¿½ if you haven't run screaming into the street at intermission."
FRANK SCHECK of HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "For this reviewer's taste, at least, a little of their shtick goes a long way. What might be highly amusing at 90 minutes or so begins to pale long before the end of the show's nearly 2 1/2-hour running time, with the one-joke nature of the characterizations wearing more than a little thin."
DAVID ROONEY of VARIETY says "The premise of a boozy drag queen and her sidekick pretending to be showbiz wash-ups may not seem too novel. But that's just the jumping-off point for Bond and Mellman, who transcend camp to wildly jerk their act like a funhouse car through overt shtick, topical humor, emotional revelations and, ultimately, surreal artiness."
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