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August Darnell’s Six ‘Cherchez La Femme’ Nods Kick Off Award Season

Jon Pereles for the New York Times wrote:

The actors who were singing and dancing their way through “Cherchez La Femme: The Musical” in a rehearsal room on Great Jones Street were in street clothes and gymwear. The show’s co-author, songwriter and inspiration, who kept a close eye on the proceedings, was far more dapper. When asked, August Darnell proudly itemized his outfit: black-and-white wingtip shoes, dark gray three-piece pinstripe suit with pleated pants, white shirt, vintage necktie, pocket handkerchief folded just so and a classic Fedora. “Once I discovered this mode of attire, I never gave it up,” Mr. Darnell said.

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The actors who were singing and dancing their way through “Cherchez La Femme: The Musical” in a rehearsal room on Great Jones Street were in street clothes and gymwear. The show’s co-author, songwriter and inspiration, who kept a close eye on the proceedings, was far more dapper. When asked, August Darnell proudly itemized his outfit: black-and-white wingtip shoes, dark gray three-piece pinstripe suit with pleated pants, white shirt, vintage necktie, pocket handkerchief folded just so and a classic Fedora. “Once I discovered this mode of attire, I never gave it up,” Mr. Darnell said.

Now 65, Mr. Darnell has sported his 1940s look since he played bass in Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, whose definitive 1976 hit, “Cherchez La Femme,” merged big-band swing with disco. The Savannah Band was led by Mr. Darnell’s brother, Stony Browder Jr.; Mr. Darnell (born Thomas Darnell Browder) went on to lead Kid Creole and the Coconuts, which found a huge audience in Europe in the 1980s with songs like “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby,”“My Male Curiosity” and “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy,” which all appear in the new musical…..

 

The Examiner wrote:

http://www.examiner.com/review/cherchez-la-femme-august-darnell-s-latest-musical-conquest

 

The Village Voice said:

http://www.villagevoice.com/event/cherchez-la-femme-8628119

 

Playbill said:

http://www.playbill.com/article/kid-creole-musical-cherchez-la-femme-to-debut-off-broadway

 

Broadway World wrote:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Kid-Creoles-CHERCHEZ-LA-FEMME-to-Open-Off-Broadway-20160428

 

For Theatermania Hayley Levitt said:

http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/news/cherchez-la-femme-musical-world-premiere_76890.html

 

August Darnell talks life as Kid Creole, working with Prince, his new musical, teaching at Hofstra, and more

http://www.noplacelikelongisland.com/home/2016/5/6/august-darnell-talks-life-as-kid-creole-working-with-prince-his-new-musical-teaching-at-hofstra-and-more

 

The Mac Wire:

http://www.themacwire.com/the-glorious-corner-darnell-returns-cuban-stones-glastonbury-festival-and-more/

DARNELL RETURNS — There was a time, not that long ago, when August Darnell’s Kid Creole and the Coconuts literally ruled the musical roost. Though the group was decidedly bigger in the U. K. than here in the U. S., their music and tactics were reverently mimicked by the likes of Prince and The Time, and even last year’s “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson, owed more than a bit to the Kid’s music. Darnell was the genius behind the group and the group before that, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. Now, after more than a bit away from these shores, Darnell, with associate Vivien Goldman, has written the play Cherchez La Femme; which will debut at N. Y.’s La Mama on May 23.  According to the play’s publicist David Salidor (who worked for ZE Records back in the day with Darnell and his Coconuts) yesterday was the very first meeting (see above photo) with all the play’s principals and, says Salidor, “It was literally on fire; with everyone connecting immediately.” Darnell, who adores the classics, including the Esther Williams showcases and the seminal play Guys & Dolls, describes the show “As a musical extravaganza that tells the story of one man’s loss and another man’s gain and the women who make it all possible.” The show explores the dark themes of abandonment; sibling rivalry; unrequited love; sexual healing; the pursuit of happiness; and, the sweet smell of success. Adds Salidor, “When I first met August back in the early 80’s, I recognized immediately that there was a very special genius here at work. My time at ZE and working on their albums is an event I treasure very much. The fact that his music is as vital now, as then, is very telling. I’m thrilled to be back with him” We’re sitting down with August in the coming weeks for an in-depth interview. Stay tuned.

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http://www.theimproper.com/theater/3306/august-darnells-cherchez-la-femme-explosion-disco-calypso/#more-3306

By , on April 11th, 2016
August Darnell personified ’80s pop culture, as larger-than-life Calypso bon vivant “Kid Creole,” leader of the band Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The 1980s were so grand, colorful, and over-the-top they were dubbed “The Big ’80s.” Now that era is set to return in the musical Cherchez La Femme at the iconic La Mama Theater in East Greenwich Village.

For August, it’s quite a homecoming celebration on many levels, both personally and professionally.

When he first burst onto the music scene in 1976, Darnell was one-fifth of the legendary disco group, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. Their retro ’40s big band meets disco debut album took the dance scene by storm and created the huge chart hit “Cherchez La Femme.”

August, brother Stony Browder, brassy lead singer Cory Daye, percussionist Andy Hernandez, and Micky Sevilla were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best New Artist.

Editor’s note: Entertainment press journalist Mark Bego first interviewed August Darnell 40 years ago when Darnell was part of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band in 1976. Here the pair of old friends discuss Darnell’s new theatrical offering, like the time has never passed. 

 

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