Whistling Girl Turns Dorothy Parker’s Witty Words Into a Cabaret Act

Cabaret & Concert News   Whistling Girl Turns Dorothy Parker’s Witty Words Into a Cabaret Act
Irish Arts Center in NYC presents the show November 17–18.
Honor Heffernan
Honor Heffernan

Irish jazz singer and actor Honor Heffernan joins forces with Dublin-based composer and keyboardist Trevor Knight for The Whistling Girl, a cabaret show based on the words of American writer Dorothy Parker, making is U.S. debut November 17 and 18 at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

Producers describe Knight‘s arrangements as “embracing dirty-cabaret, electronic-vaudeville, rock, and jazz.”

The 8 PM event is presented in association with the Dorothy Parker Society, which promotes the works of Parker (1893–1967), who was a member of the famed Algonquin Round Table of witty writers and performers who gathered at New York City’s Algonquin Hotel in the 1920s. Parker worked for a time in Hollywood, wrote several Broadway plays and contributed lyrics to the Broadway musical Candide, but is mainly known for her short stories and poems, written mainly for The New Yorker and other magazines, which serve as a basis for this show.

The Whistling Girl draws its title from the title of a Parker poem:

Back of my back, they wag their chins,

Whinny and bleat and sigh;

But better a heart a-bloom with sins

Than hearts gone yellow and dry!

Heffernan will play backup with his band consisting of Tom Jamieson on drums, Garvan Gallagher on bass, and Ed Deane on guitar.

The Whistling Girl was presented previously in London. It will have its U.S. premiere at the Irish Arts Center, located at 553 West 51st Street in Manhattan. General tickets cost $28 for non-members and $23 for members; premium tickets cost $34 for non-members and $28 for members. They can be ordered by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting Irishartscenter.org.


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