Sunday, February 5, 2017
BABY BOOMER BABY - Herberger Theater Center - February 2 - 26, 2017
Comedy Central and National Lampoon star Tommy Koenig’s one man “‘musicomedy’- a flashback through our times and the music that defined them - Baby Boomer Baby comes to the Herberger Theater Center from Feb. 2-26.
Koenig, described by the New York Times as “a master of caricature” and “a major talent” tells his story from a distinctly Baby Boomer perspective. Called “wildly entertaining, touching, and very, very funny,” Koenig was born in Brooklyn in 1953, the same year Rock & Roll was born.
Raised in Rockaway Beach, the son of a musician who played with Glenn Miller during World War II, Koenig was greatly influenced by chance meetings with John F. Kennedy and later George Carlin, and mostly by what the Beatles brought - the influence of music on Boomers' culture and personal choices.
In Baby Boomer Baby Koenig recounts the years he struggled to keep up with the changing times, just missing Woodstock by a few miles; the rites of passage of college, travel, sex and drugs; and the ever-changing cultural and political landscape that music unleashed as it morphed from Disco to Punk to MTV to Rap and beyond.
During the show, Koenig channels dozens of well-known - and original - characters in a one man tour de force spanning seven decades. With original songs and parodies of everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga, and from Doo Wop to Hip Hop, Koenig's impressions include Elton John, Billy Joel, Blondie, Prince, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Bee Gees and the Eagles, among others.
Koenig’s first one-man show, The Living Experiment, began in 1987 and ran through 1992 with extended runs in New York and Los Angeles.
“It was the first time I had done a show alone but with an ensemble of characters, some of which still appear in Baby Boomer Baby - I’ve learned that some routines take years to be perfected and evolved,” he explains.
“It was when I was invited to be an Artist in Residence at The Santa Barbara Theatre in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2009 that the idea for the show really began. For years I’d wanted to do a show called Baby Boomer Baby, telling my personal story and the story of my generation through the rock and roll music that influenced Boomers just like me.
“I realized although the nostalgia machine was finally getting to our generation with shows like Beatlemania and Beautiful, there wasn't a show that told the whole story of what it was like to be a Baby Boomer growing up through the decades. I felt that the musical impressions and characters would be entertaining - but what surprises me most is how my story is resonating with the audiences and how they’re really embracing it and the message in it - a return to Peace, Love and Understanding - which is also very rare these days. And there's nothing better than having a fellow graying Boomer rush back down the aisle and exclaim ‘That was ME!!’ Seeing that audiences of every age who attend the show are ‘getting it’ is a revelation and inspires me to keep doing this show.”
Koenig has appeared in movies (Mel Brooks’ Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights) and on television (Boston Legal, Miami Vice, Not Necessarily the News). He was featured on NBC's Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, appearing with David Bowie and Rick James. Around the country in various arenas he opened for artists as varied as Warren Zevon, Alvin Lee, Dave Mason and Los Lobos. Koenig teaches Stand Up Comedy at the Comics Studio in New York. One of his students, Brad Zimmerman, just completed a sold-out run at the Palm Beaches (Fla.) Theatre in My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy.
Baby Boomer Baby will run from Feb. 2-26 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. Tickets are on sale now, and are available on line at www.herbergertheater.org or by phone at 602-252-8497. Tickets for Baby Boomer Baby are $40. For group rates (10 or more) call 888-264-788.
For more information about Tommy Koenig, go to http://tommykoenig.ning.com.
Baby Boomer Baby
Written & Performed by Tommy Koenig
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, Arizona.
To purchase tickets on line: http://palmbeachestheatre.org
Thursday 2 and 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.