The political cabaret cut ups The Citizens Band are at it again next weekend Thursday October 22nd, Friday October 23rd, and Saturday October 24th, 2009 at Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street, 8pm.
Born from the ashes of the 2004 Presidential election where Sarah Sophie Flicker and longterm friend Jorjee Douglass were commisserating over four more years with some friends and decided to rekindle a concept -taking on the powers that be through song and dance., the Citizens Band is a NYC institution.
The time was right in 2004 to get into (political) action though now with Saint Barack in power you’d think the Citizens Band troop of naysayers would yea say “Job well done” and go back to Poisson Rouge but, as the extreme wittily titled “The Debt Rattle” implies, there is still the bankrupting of America to be (new) dealt with.
The list of players is pretty remarkable if you’re in the cabaret market, which I’m not, so let me just note some slightly more Rock NYC friendly artists: Rain Phoenix (the late lamented River Phoenix sister -oh and Joaquin’s sister as well) and Lenny Kravitz’s much buzzed about daughter Zoe Kravitz.
“The Debt Rattle” -their 8th original show, appears to use the 30s depression era to highlight the 00s. It is a They Shoot Horses Don’t They sorta story set in the world of marathon dancing . Since the great, great singer, cabaret star and all around good guy Justin Bond (who was unbelievable wonderful opening for Martha Wainwright last year at the Highline) is a featured artist, here’s hoping he is playing the Jane Fonda character!!
Either way, the moral of They Shoot Horses Don’t They is no one wins and the moral of this post is you just might if you catch these nice guys of cabaret: October 22nd, 23rd and 24th at the Abrons center.