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News Kiki & Herb Will Die for You Live Carnegie Hall Recording Released, Feb. 1 Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman celebrate the Feb. 1 album release of their alter egos' Kiki & Herb Will Die For You.
Kiki (right) and Herb.
Kiki (right) and Herb.

The beloved downtown song-and-booze cabaret act recorded their special Sept. 19, one-night "farewell performance" of Kiki & Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall.

The two-disc CD includes (songs and monologues): "Close to It All," "Note to Self: Don't Die/Flamingo/When Doves Cry," "Why," "Hoochie Coochie," "Sex Bomb," "Yasaweh," "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You," "A Lover Spurned," "Bored, Bored, Bored," "The Windmills of My Mind," "I Was Meant for the Stage," "No Children," "Rainbow Connection," "Pina Colada Song," "Institutionalized," "Jazz," "The Paris Match," "I've got to go to Vietnam," "The Revolution Medley: The Revolution Will Not Be Televise," "Dominique," "Show Business Martyrs," "The Thin Ice," "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Temptation," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Those Were the Days," "Tonight's the Kind of Night," "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" and "Running Up That Hill."

The album is produced by Julian Fleisher with executive producers Victoria Leacock and Stephen Hendel. The just under three-hour album also features Rufus Wainwright, Michael Cavadias, Sandra Bernhard, Isaac Mizrahi, Jason Sellards (of "Scissor Sisters), Micki Fagerberg and Myra Schiller (billed as CC and Ginger).

David J. Foster and Jared Geller presented the show following the duo's longest running and lauded show Coup de Théatre Off-Broadway last year. The "groundbreaking concert appearance [was to] mark the pair's farewell New York performance (unless you believe in reincarnation)," according to a release.

The show paired the duo's unique renditions of popular songs ranging from Eminem to Britney Spears to Kate Bush with political barbs and social observations. Old favorites and never-before-heard songs were included in the "musical retrospective of their extraordinarily glamorous career on the margins of mainstream." The kooky cabaret couple have previously played New York City venues with productions of Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre, Jesus Wept and There's a Stranger in the Manger!

Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman created Kiki & Herb in 1993 and have been embodying their respective alter-egos ever since in various shows. The infamous duo 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.

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