A madcap adventure set in New York City and the Caribbean in the 1980s, Cherchez La Femme is a musical extravaganza that tells the story of one man’s loss and another man’s gain and the powerful women who make it all possible. The show explores dark themes (abandonment, sibling rivalry, unrequited love) and light themes (sexual healing, the pursuit of happiness, the smell of success) but never without inviting you to shake your head and tap your toes to infectious neo-urban-jungle grooves.
Written by August Darnell (a/k/a Kid Creole of Kid Creole and the Coconuts) and Vivien Goldman (a/k/a “The Punk Professor” at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch School) Cherchez La Femme features the music of Grammy-nominated songwriters Stony Browder Jr. and August Darnell. The score is comprised of the iconic title song “Cherchez La Femme” and other hits by Kid Creole and the Coconuts, such as “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy,” “Stool Pigeon,” “Endicott” and “I’m A Wonderful Thing Baby,” along with new compositions.
Written by: August Darnell and Vivien Goldman (New York City, London), Browder and Darnell Productions
Book by: August Darnell and Vivien Goldman
Music and Lyric by: August Darnell and Stony Browder Jr.
Directed by: Angie Kristic
Choreographed by: Kyndra ‘Binkie’ Reevey
Costume design: Adriana Kaegi
Set design: Aaron Mavinga
Lighting design: Joe Beahm
Sound design: Andy Manganello
“Mr. Gay radiates a sexy charisma and warmth as Caufy”
~ Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“light and lively…broader than a zoot suit’s shoulders”
~ Michael Musto, OUT Magazine
“rhythmic and hot…the party is in full swing.”
~Ray Morgovan, Off Off Online
“Dapper as Ever, Kid Creole Dresses Up His Songs for a New Musical”
~ John Pareles, The New York Times
“Kid Creole Brings Cherchez La Femme to La Mama”
~ Tim Ranney, Huffington Post
“August Darnell’s Cherchez La Femme an Explosion of Disco, Calypso Opens Off-Broadway at La Mama Theater in May”
By Mark Bego
“Cherchez NYC: Kid Creole’s August Darnell on His Life In the City”
~ Nick Murray, Village Voice
“Kid Creole’s Cherchez la Femme”
Kid Creole presents Cherchez la Femme, a musical based on his background in New York
[Photographs by Janette Beckman, Words by Joe Lloyd, Jocks & Nerds]
“August Darnell talks life as Kid Creole, working with Prince, his new musical, teaching at Hofstra, and more”
By Darren Paltrowitz
“EXCLUSIVE: Kid Creole Musical Cherchez La Femme to Make World Premiere at La MaMa”
Hitmakers Kid Creole and the Coconuts will debut their new musical off-Broadway. By Hayley Levitt
Thursday, June 9th – Saturday, June 11th
MEET KID CREOLE
August Darnell himself will be available for post-show photos after evening performances this week!
Sunday, June 12th
HOWLROUND LIVESTREAM OF CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: THE MUSICAL
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