"Swift, breezy, entertaining and charming." The New
"He has precisely the wit, the timing and the bittersweet sophistication that Sondheim needs." The Daily Telegraph
"Green has a fine voice and is musically very accomplished, but what impresses the most here is his interpretations of the lyrics and verse, always with an emotional depth of understanding and nuance that completely engages us." NY Theater
Simon Green makes his Crazy Coqs debut with a brand-new show. If you could sit down with your 21 year old self and share the surprises that life will bring... what would you say? SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE explores the paths untrodden, mistakes repeated and ridiculous responses to an ever-changing world.
Together with his long-time cabaret partner, virtuoso pianist, composer and arranger David Shrubsole, Green casts his uniquely British gaze over life's rude awakenings. As in their Drama Desk-nominated Travelling Light, the two concoct a theatrical marriage of word, music and truths that aim to transport you to a former, more innocent incarnation of yourself.
With inimitable expertise, Simon and David bring their unique cabaret skills to some of the greatest musical writings of the 20th century. The duo's customary approach to their work is to begin with words and lyrics and in this show they draw on the works of an eclectic collection of artists, balancing the heartfelt sentiment of Noel Coward with the contemporary freshness of Elton John, the melodic vigour of Sondheim with the lyricism of Rudyard Kipling and uncovering an inspired piece that blends the words of Alexander Pushkin with the musical magic of Donald Swann. A little Lily Allen, Styles and Drewe, Duncan Sheik and, of course, David Shrubsole himself are also included.
This show is presented as part of the LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET.