Kiki & Herb: "Alive From Broadway"
Huntington Presents Legendary Duo
Boozy chanteuse Kiki DuRane and her accompanist and only living friend, Herb, will bring their outrageously funny cabaret performance act, “Kiki & Herb: Alive from Broadway,” to the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts from June 13-30 for 15 performances only. This engagement, presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, is the duo’s first in Boston since they were infamously banned from the city decades ago.
DuRane is a brash septuagenarian. She's never much cared what other
people thought, but she's always willing to say exactly what she
thinks. Onstage with the stalwart Herb, Kiki stumbles her way through
a selection of songs punctuated by political rants, searching social
commentary and recollections of a lifetime filled with unforgettable
Ever since their triumph on the Great White Way -- and
in the newly melted hearts of hardened New Yorkers -- the duo has been
performing at the intimate setting of Joe’s Pub
in New York, where they play Sunday evenings until the end of May.
Kiki met Herb in the Eerie Children’s Institute in Western Pennsylvania in 1934. By the time they were in their late teens, they were playing professionally on the burlesque circuit, where Kiki was billed as "The Completely Insane Miss Kiki DuRane.” In 1957, they released their first LP "The Hazy Days of Kiki" to universal indifference.
Ten years later, the duo made its European debut at Monaco’s
Grand Casino, playing a Bastille Day ball thrown by Princess
Grace. A few days later, Kiki's daughter Coco drowned
in the French Riviera, prompting an emotional breakdown from which the
already psychologically challenged Kiki never fully recovered.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office, call 617-266-0800 or visit www.bostontheatrescene.org.
-- OnStage Boston
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