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Running Time: 1 Hour and 25 Minutes
Members and Partners: $40Full: $45 + fees
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Photo by Kevin Yatarola
In many ways, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf lived parallel lives: the two women, whose heartrending loves and lives fed the soulful, singularity of their voices, were born during the same year on opposite shores and became two of the signature voices of their generation.
Curated by revolutionar funk, art-rock, new-wave goddess Nona Hendryx, and an international roster of contemporary vocalists, Parallel Lives: Billie Holiday & Edith Piaf is an exploration of the lives and music of these two legends— and a global celebration of ‘Lady Day’ and the ‘Little Sparrow.’ The show will feature contemporary vocalists like Tamar Kali, Kiki Hawkins, Keith Fluitt, Asa Arnold, Etienne Stadwjck and more.
Revolutionary art-rock, new-wave goddess Nona Hendryx is a celebrated vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician and author. Tackling social issues, love and politics, Hendryx’s legendary career spans six decades of sound and style evolution. Longtime Nona Hendryx fans know her as one of the founding members of the ‘girl group’, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. In 1970, Patti, Sarah Dash and Nona morphed into the groundbreaking group Labelle, delivering a No.1 worldwide hit with ‘Lady Marmalade’ (Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi C’est Soir?)” In Parallel Lives, Hendryx lends the necessary gravitas to a striking rendition of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit with a smoky vocal tessitura somewhere between funk and the end of the stratosphere.
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Created and Directed by Nona Hendryx
Celia Faussart, Guest vocalist (Les Nubians)
Raven O, Guest vocalist
Kiki Hawkins, Guest vocalist
Liza Jessie Peterson (Poet/Narrator)
Will Calhoun, Drums (Living Color)
Carl Burnett, guitar
Keith Witty, bass
Scott Trixier, Violin
Clerida Eltime, Cello
Gwen Laster, Violin
Melanie Dyer, Viola
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.