Staged as a live taping of a 1968 television special that reunites a divorced singing duo, this kitschy spoof had New York critics singing its praises. As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane (in eye popping costumes) reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take "unscripted" swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. This small scale musical from the director of When Pigs Fly and the producer of The Mystery of Irma Vep features unforgettable renditions of the era's popular favorites as well as original songs in the spirit of the times.
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"Campy [with] nostalgic belly laughs." - The New York Times
"A rattling good time.... The score is a mix of golden oldies, including a clever travelogue made of songs about every state in the Union, and silver newies.... A snappy scenario emerges ... [that] should leave no one unsmiling." - New York Magazine
"The brightest, happiest, and most entertaining little show in town." - New York Observer
"A sequined, bell bottomed parade of escalating fabulousness!" - Newsday
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- Time Period: 1960s
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: On stage during a live telecast from the NBC television studios in New York City.
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
PETE BARTEL - Male singer, age mid 30s to mid 50s. Handsome and charming -perhaps ever so slightly past his prime. He plays the straight man to Keely's comedienne. His ego is just as big and fragile as hers. He can be somewhat caustic, especially when he's covering his wounded pride.
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Plus 3 on stage musicians. Pete and Keely are brilliant musicians and a class
act. They are not lounge singers.
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Pete 'N' Keely was first presented Off Broadway by Steve Asher, David W. Unger, and Avalon Entertainment at the John Houseman Theater in New York City on December 2, 2000. It was directed by Mark Waldrop.