Broadway Global spotlights the dynamic duo of France and Derow in Revolution Cabaret, as they mash historical facts with personal experiences and tie the sentiments together with familiar songs, bringing the audience on a ride through the times as the experiences of our nation at war are examined like never before. The duo sings songs of patriotic American women willing to fight for truth, and answer the call to action from the year 1776 to present day. “Join the Revolution inspiring our nation to raise funding through songs, with Ms. France and Ms. Derow, as they honor The Wounded Warrior Project, service men and all American Veterans. Book now at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre for October 28, November 9, and November 11, 2014.” Broadway Global.
Ms. France and Ms. Derow examine messages sent by war, conflict peace and protest. This Revolution concept cabaret show, conceived by Ms. France pays homage to what “kabarett” used to be, in the revolutionary German tradition. With the use of political satire and gallows humor, Revolution tackles important civil rights issues affecting American people past and present. This fresh, yet classic, take will make the show a popular entertainment on the New York Broadway/Cabaret Scene.
Somalia, 1992: Marine John Melia is wounded in a Marine Corps helicopter crash that killed four of his friends and injured 14 others. In that moment, life changed. Roanoke, Virginia, 2003: Retired Marine John Melia and a few others found Wounded Warrior Project, an organization created to aid wounded military members as they return from battle. In that moment, life changed. Anywhere, USA, 2014: It’s a typical Tuesday night; across the country, parents tuck children into beds, loved ones kiss each other good night, and everyone thinks about what Wednesday morning will bring. Except for one family. For one family, a knock on the door will change their lives forever. They said she hadn’t been killed, just wounded, but there were no reports yet on how bad the injuries were. Her father’s eyes focused on the official-looking military portrait, proudly hanging above their mantle. Her mother crumpled to the floor. The uniformed officers stood in the entryway, wishing they were home with their own families rather than delivering this news to someone else’s. In that moment, life changed.
Today, Your Home, 2014: Facebook newsfeeds, twitter home pages, and your television are flooded with stories of death and dying, of conflicts, of battles, of deployment. After a long day at the office, your brain is tired. Your loved ones look to you for attention as they discuss their day, talk about dinner plans, and you try to figure out what housework can get done before your body demands sleep. When the alarm clock goes off in the morning, you’ll do it all again. Somewhere in the process, facebook, twitter, your television, and your consciousness turn off. Days go by, then weeks, then months. Nothing changes.
With the hectic schedules and busy lives that come with living in New York City, it is easy to block out those who are fighting overseas and easy to lose sight of those who have returned home without parts of their bodies, their minds, and their souls. MAC Nominated Cabaret Artists Kathleen France and Dawn Derow bring consciousness back to town as they team up for their new Duo Show: Revolution. This cabaret with a conscience focuses on singing songs that celebrate our greatest triumphs and times of deepest sorrow during times of war. A historical reflection of music throughout the ages, this event pays tribute to our soldiers and their families. In addition, a minimum of 25% of ticket sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project; a military/veterans charity organization empowering injured veterans and their families.
According to the Wounded Warriors Project, 80% of all Warriors have a friend who was seriously wounded or killed in action. Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. Does this remind you of your own family’s legacy?
The histories of the families of those participating in Revolution weave together, intersecting as grandparents and great-grandparents, uncles, brothers, best friends, sons, and daughters have fought for our freedom. Each member of the Revolution artistic team has a personal connection to war, and as the cabaret took root, each told their story; “My mother loved him, but she wouldn’t marry him while he was enlisted. I wonder if I’d even exist if he’d made a career of the service.” “My brother was devastated when he learned he didn’t qualify to serve; he found another way to protect the lives of others, he became a fire fighter.” “My cousin and I grew up close. It was awful when he deployed, but he was so proud to go. He was injured there. He came home, classified as 80% disabled. It took him years to agree to see me, he was so afraid I wouldn’t look up to him anymore.”
“Even after he was able to gain an Honorable Discharge in order to come home and care for her, she committed suicide. Maybe it was all too much for her.” “My first love is in the military. We haven’t spoken in over fifteen years, but every time a soldier dies, I hold my breath until I know it wasn’t him.” Since inception of our nation, the United States has only had 21 yrs. without being at war or in conflict; 91% of our years as a country have been spent fighting. Under the direction of Lennie Watts and musical direction of Andrew Sotomayor, Revolution is a fresh cabaret act featuring the dynamic duo of France and Derow, as they mash historical facts with personal experiences and tie the sentiments together with familiar songs, bringing the audience on a ride through the times as the experiences of our nation at war are examined like never before. The duo sings songs of patriotic American women willing to fight for truth, and answer the call to action from the year 1776 to present day.
Ms. France and Ms. Derow examine messages sent by war, conflict peace and protest. This revolutionary concept Cabaret show, conceived by Ms. France pays homage to what “kabarett” used to be like in the German tradition. With the use of political satire and gallows humor, Revolution tackles important civil rights issues affecting American people. This new, yet classic, take will make the show a popular entertainment on the New York Broadway/Cabaret scene. Special thanks to Kryss Shane who shares this important event!
How has our country changed due to war? How have Americans changed amid the conflict? How will you change as you listen and absorb REVOLUTION? Dawn Derow: “I want our show to wake up people a bit, to encourage folks to take responsibility personally rather than waiting for others to do something.” Kathleen France: I want our show to give the audience some kind of hope. We try to end it on a positive note, to be thought-provoking and encouraging peace.” The Wounded Warrior Project’s slogan is, “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” How will YOU remember? Join Ms. France and Ms. Derow October 28, 2014. November 9, 2014 and November 11, 2014. All shows run 6:30-8:00pm at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre located at 61 Christopher St. at 7th Ave. Advance reservations are suggested and may be made via www.theduplex.com $20 Cover ($15 MAC members) plus 2 Drink Minimum. To make a direct donation of your time or finances to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.