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Meow Meow & Thomas M. Lauderdale

  • Davies Symphony Hall 201 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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Named one of the top performers of the year by The New Yorker, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called “Sensational” (TheTimes), “diva of the highest order” (New York Post), “The Queen of Chanson” by the Berliner Zeitung, and “a phenomenon” by the Australian press. Featuring a century-spanning repertoire and a mischievous, white-hot wit, this saucy, the charming, multi-lingual, shape-shifting tragi-comedienne chanteuse Meow Meow (Melissa Madden Gray) lights up the stage with her “devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords” (Evening Standard UK) in a sublimely subversive “kamikaze cabaret” performance with Pink Martini founder and pianist, Thomas M. Lauderdale.

Meow Meow is a spiritual offspring of Sally Bowles (via Liza Minnelli) from “Cabaret,” filtered through the German chanteuse Ute Lemper, who established cabaret’s flourishing neo-Weimarian wing in New York: programmatically transgressive in breaching the fourth wall and in subverting gender and sexual stereotypes in an unspoken agreement with the audience that, at least in attitude, if not in practice, everyone present is a sympathetic fellow outlaw.

The Australian chanteuse brilliantly embodies a new kind of performance art, one that’s part cabaret and part Phyllis Diller with a bit of Piaf thrown in... One of the best performers of the year 2010.
— The New Yorker
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