The "live TV broadcast" concept of Pete 'N' Keely, the new Off Broadway musical comedy, will be enlivened by the presence of audience warmup guest Cousin Brucie, the radio DJ legend, Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 25-26.
WCBS radio DJ Cousin Bruce will loosen up the crowd at the John Houseman Theatre, which has been turned into a "live TV studio" for the fake variety special that reunites fictional "singing sweethearts" Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens.
In playwright James Hindman and director-lyricist Mark Waldrop's show, the title couple are divorced and bitter in 1968 but still have to go on with the career-retrospective show, prompting a combination of bitter glances, tart satire and gorgeous Steve-and-Eydie-era vocal performances (by George Dvorksy and Sally Mayes).
Patrick Brady is musical director and arranger.
Tickets are $55. The Houseman is at 450 W. 42nd St. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. — By Kenneth Jones