Be the first to know about American Songbook news.
One story that downtown cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond likes to tell involves Bond’s seven-year-old self singing The Carpenters’ “Superstar” at school during show-and-tell from behind the classroom TV set. Fast forward to the present and the performance artist and transgender trailblazer has finally transformed this lifelong passion for The Carpenters into a gorgeous full-length show. For this special evening in The Appel Room, Mx Bond explores the extensive catalog of gender outlaw and body dysmorphia poster-girl Karen Carpenter, bringing a thoughtful new context to the troubled life of the ’70s icon. Experiencing the Carpenters’ classic American pop songs through the prism of a pioneering performance artist illuminates the artistry of both and shines a light on a tantalizing new corner of the American Songbook.
“Caustic wit, witchy charisma and subversive queer wisdom have made Bond one of New York’s essential performers: part transgender den mother, part cultural assassin, part offhand Cassandra.”– Time Out New York
“The shape-shifting chanteuse of the downtown cabaret scene…droll, pensive and filled with zingers teetering between funny and ferocious.”– New York Times
For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm The Appel Room