What happens when two downtown divas pair up for one night of magic? A double bill of epic old-timey proportions. This 1940's themed cabaret/radio show is presented by Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette NYC, NY 10003) on Sunday, May 27th at 7pm. Tickets ($15) are available online (www.joespub.com) and at the door.
Act One: The Hazard Gunpowder Melody Magazine by Molly Pope
Molly Pope, the new-old-school-diva, throws back to the golden days of radio with The Hazard Gunpowder Melody Magazine, a half hour of pre-WWII songs, skits and scandal. Named a Village Voice "Best of NYC 2011" for Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret. Expect the inevitable surprise guest, witty banter and excessive product placement of classic radio shows like The Kraft Music Hall and The Bell Telephone Hour.
Act Two: RADIO STAR by Tanya O'Debra
Watch (but mainly listen) as Tanya O'Debra lends her voice to 10 characters while simultaneously staging live sound effects in this 1940's radio detective spoof. Just like the golden age of radio. Only dirtier. Radio Star has been presented all over the world receiving numerous awards and accolades.
Molly Pope is a critically acclaimed cabarettist whose solo shows, Introducing Molly Pope,The Molly Pope Show and The Diva-lution of Molly Pope, have played Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, The Laurie Beechman Theater and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. She is a regular guest at the MAC-award nominated show, The Meeting* with Justin Sayre, and has performed in the hit long-running Top Ten countdown show Our Hit Parade over 25 times at Joe's Pub. Other concert and live appearances include Cafe Panache at The Griffin, Foreign Affairs at the Night Hotel, Tingel Tangel Club and frequent guest hosting at Mostly Sondheim at The Duplex. On stage she has appeared as Regan in King Lear (Gallery Players/Players Shakespeare), Colleen/Sanchez/Sequins in Bromance: The Dudesical (Caroline's on Broadway, 92Y Tribeca), Maria in Twelfth Night: The Drinking Game (Legitimate Theater Co) and Fran in the tour of Swing For Victory (Lively Arts). On camera work includes Law & Order: SVU, Secrets of the Mystic Oracle, Hunting and Evie's Big Break (both at Big Apple Film Festival), and promotional spots for Papa John's Pizza, Sundance Channel and Bristol-Myers Squibb. For more, visit www.mollypope.com.
Tanya O'Debra is an art-doer. Her play Radio Star was nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Full Length Script, Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role and Outstanding Original Music. Radio Star won Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and was nominated for Best English Language Production and Just For Laugh's Best Comedy at the Montreal Fringe Festival, and is published by Original Works. Miss O'Debra won the Miss Fag Hag Pageant, a competition judged by John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Musto, Leslie Jordan, and a room full of rabid gays. Her Miss Fag Hag video won the Skinny Girl Margarita Online Video Challenge, presented by Bethenny Frankel. Formerly of comedic twin sister act, The O'Debra Twins, Miss O'Debra was the co-host of the popular open mic SHOW AND TELL at The Bowery Poetry Club for five years. Miss O'Debra was the co-writer, co-director, and a cast member of Fuck You or Dead Pee-holes; an American Tale in 13 Acts, which won the top award at Fringe NYC. Creep on her at www.tanyaodebra.com.