They are known the world over. Or at least in their own little world. Their fans include names like Sandra Bernhard, Kevin Costner and Gloria Steinem. This kooky cabaret couple now bring their latest holiday show to New York City's Westbeth Theatre Center with Kiki & Herb: There's a Stranger in the Manger!, playing Nov. 20-Dec. 31.
The infamous duo make their way through a number of seasonal songs, occasionally taking the off-ramp into the brash and boozy bio of the "67-ish" (as her press release states) Kiki. As she 'drag's us through those unforgettable moments, her shy straight man accompanist and co dependant support Herb tickles the ivories. The playlist includes a mix of holiday hits like "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg, "Thin Ice" by Pink Floyd, "Crucify" by Tori Amos, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" by the Ramones and Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama."
Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman created Kiki & Herb in 1993 and have been embodying these alter-egos ever since in various shows. Last year, the two released their first holiday album "Kiki & Herb: Do You Hear What I Hear?" which features vocal cameos by Deborah Harry (currently in Crave), Isaac Mizrahi (currently in Les MIZrahi) and Molly Ringwald (How I Learned To Drive). The CD is available in stores.
For tickets to There's a Stranger in the Manger! at the Westbeth, 151 Bank Street, call TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100. Note: the final performance will be a special New Year's Eve presentation for $85.