Year of Magical Drinking: Kiki and Herb Kick Off Alive from Broadway National Tour in Boston

By Ernio Hernandez
13 Jun 2007

Kenny Melman and Justin Bond star in Kiki & Herb.
Kenny Melman and Justin Bond star in Kiki & Herb.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Touring for the first time since their Broadway debut, Kiki and Herb launch their Tony-nominated Alive from Broadway at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company June 13.

The Boston engagement plays through June 30 at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. The tour on the duo's website is jokingly referred to as "The Year of Magical Drinking tour."

Written and performed by Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman, "Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway is comprised of unique renditions of popular songs by writers ranging from Gnarls Barkley to Radiohead to The Cure, peppered with political barbs and social observations."

Following an Off-Broadway gig, a Carnegie Hall concert and a national tour, the downtown New York City faves brought their act to Broadway Aug. 11, 2006, for a limited run that opened Aug. 15 to positive reviews. The production earned a 2007 Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event.

Among the songs performed in their own unique way are "Celebration" (by Schmidt/Jones from the musical Celebration), "Don't Believe the Hype" (Public Enemy), "Same Old Lange Syne" (Dan Fogelberg), "All Over Town" (The Magnetic Fields) and "Take Your Mama Out" (The Scissor Sisters).



The currently scheduled dates follow:
  • Boston's Huntington Theatre Company (June 16-30)
  • San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (July 13-29)
  • Washington, D.C's Arena Stage (March 6-April 6, 2008)

    In addition to those confirmed venues, a production spokesperson told Playbill.com that negotiations are underway for stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, Santa Fe and Seattle. The tour plan is for approximately ten major U.S. cities with producers looking into the possibility of Sydney Opera House and West End engagements.

    The original Broadway design team for Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway returns, featuring Scott Pask (set), Jeff Croiter (lighting), Marc Happel (costumes) and Brett Jarvis (sound).

    Original Broadway producers Jonathan Reinis, Inc., David J. Foster, Jared Geller, Ruth Hendel, Billy Zavelson, Jamie Cesa, Anne Strickland Squadron, and Jennifer Manocherian and associate producers Gary Allen & Melvin Honowitz also present the tour.

    Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman created Kiki & Herb in 1992 and have been embodying their respective alter-egos ever since in various shows. The infamous twosome make their way through a number of songs, occasionally taking the off ramp into the brash and boozy bio of the "septuagenarian" (as her press release states) Kiki. As she "drags" us through those unforgettable moments, her shy straight man accompanist Herb tickles the ivories. Previous works include Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre, Jesus Wept and There's a Stranger in the Manger!

    Tickets to Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway are available by venue:

    Boston at huntingtontheatre.org.

    San Francisco at act-sf.org.

    Washington, D.C. at arena stage.org.