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The Skivvies at the Green Room 42


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The Skivvies at the Green Room 42

Mar 31, 2018, 12:00 am

The Skivvies
The Green Room 42
570 Tenth Ave
4th Floor inside Yotel
Easter Sunday Brunch, April 1

The Skivvies are a mashup on multiple levels, not only in the sense of the way they often throw together incongruous songs, show tunes and pop hits alike, into unexpected medleys, but in the way they juxtapose of eye-filling visuals with equally remarkable musicianship. As I wrote about this power duo (in 2015), “You'll come for the near-nudity but return repeatedly for the excellent music – and the humor. The Skivvies, are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, a pair of harmony-singing instrumentalists with a highly distinctive musical style that sounds as good as it looks: her with bra, panties, heels, and cello; him with guitar, ukulele, and briefs. Guest stars (a few personal faves are Emily Bergl, Christina Bianco, Laura Benanti, and Morgan James) also adhere to the dress code, parading by in various combinations of underclothing and sleepware - but so far, thankfully, the audience has not been asked to get with the dressed-down program.” (If any of this sounds too good to be true, just check out the hundreds of videos of the duo and their guests posted on the the youtubes.) This Sunday, they’re helping christen what I’ve been told is a lovely and happening new performance space on Theater Row, for a 3PM show that can hardly be described as a “bottomless brunch.” (Indeed, with all the flesh on display, here’s hoping they won’t resist the temptation to sing “Keister Parade.”)

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)