Amanda Palmer describes the music she made with the Dresden Dolls as Brechtian punk cabaret, so what better choice for her main stage acting debut than the campy musical Cabaret? Palmer becomes The Emcee of the Kit Kat Club in the American Repertory Theaters revival of the Broadway hit, where her propensity for corsets and eye shadow should serve her well.
Running in Boston from August through October, the play pairs her again with Steven Bogart, who she calls a directing genius. The two previously collaborated on With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart, a musical blending Neutral Milk Hotels In the Aeroplane Over the Sea with The Diary of Anne Frank.
In a blog post, Palmer detailed how fans can get involved with the production:
Were planning on a really INTERACTIVE and DARK show, with lots of room for INCLUSION from the local boston & NYC fanbase, so keep your eyes peels for opportunities over the summer to get involved in the creation and production of the show, from set construction to local weird street-team promotion to volunteer character brigade at the shows themselves.
Cabaret comes on the heels of Palmers current theatrical venture Evelyn Evelyn, a conjoined-twin music duo she created with Jason Webley. Having just finished touring Europe, the pair return for a month-long North American trek beginning May 17th in Vancouver.
While we wait for more details about show dates and tickets, get a taste with this video of Palmer performing Cabarets Dont Tell Mama with the Boston Pops in 2008.