Cabaret Diva Meow Meow Will Perform “Beyond Glamour” on Feb. 12-14 in Durham’s PSI Theatre

Cabaret diva Meow Meow will perform "Beyond Glamour" on Feb 12-14 in the PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council in downtown Durham
Cabaret diva Meow Meow will perform “Beyond Glamour” on Feb 12-14 in the PSI Theatre in downtown Durham

Duke Performances will present divinely decadent Australia-born cabaret diva Meow Meow (nee Melissa Madden Gray), performing Beyond Glamour, on Feb 12-14 in the PSI Theatre on the second floor of the Durham Arts Council building in downtown Durham, NC. (Note: Seating is general addmission, and the Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day performance is already SOLD OUT.)

According to Duke Performances:

“The fine old art of cabaret is a unique mélange of acting, singing, storytelling, and comedy. Its lineage spans classic nightclub Le Chat Noir and the modern La Clique, classic icon Marlene Dietrich and the modern Meow Meow. The latter mounts her diverting, lushly musical, slightly wicked show in the close confines of PSI Theatre. “

Also according to Duke Performances:

“Meow Meow has been named ‘cabaret diva of the highest order’ by the New York Post, ‘Sensational’ by The Times (UK), one of the top performers of the year by The New Yorker, top 10 Best of Cabaret by Time Out New York, ‘The Queen of Chanson’ by the Berliner Zeitung, and ‘a phenomenon’ by the Australian press.

“A ‘post-post-modern diva,’ Meow Meow has wowed audiences globally with her unique brand of ‘kamikaze cabaret’ and performance-art exotica.

“With a voice described as ‘Diamanda Galas drowned in cherry liqueur,’ the crowd-surfing queen of song ‘drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century’ (Time Out New York) with trail-blazing sell-out seasons from New York and Berlin to London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House.

“In Beyond Glamour, Meow Meow, backed by pianist Lance Horne, offers an evening of cabaret performance that veers continually close to catastrophe as her on-stage character falls deliciously apart while singing Kurt Weill, Astor Piazzolla, and French chansons.”

SECOND OPINION: Feb. 12th Durham, NC Thread (Duke Performances blog) interview of Meow Meow, conducted by Brian Howe:

Duke Performances presents Meow Meow in BEYOND GLAMOUR at 8:15 p.m. Feb 12-14 in the PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $22 ($10 Duke students).

BOX OFFICE: 919-684-4444 or







Meow Meow: (official website) and (Wikipedia)

Lance Horne: (official website).


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