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The Tiger Lillies return to St. Ann's Warehouse with Dark and Deviant, a show that celebrates 20 years of the Lillies' highly twisted theatrical music. For the first time in years, the Lillies will perform songs from their Olivier Award-winning show, Shockheaded Peter, along with a selection of numbers from their GRAMMYnominated album The Gorey End and other deranged favorites spanning the group's catalogue. With an international reputation as one of the foremost avant-garde cabaret bands in the world, The Tiger Lillies never cease to surprise, shock and entertain with their inimitable musical style, conjuring up the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin and fusing it with the savage edge of punk. The Tiger Lillies are beloved by critics as well as fans. In its Off-Broadway run, The New York Times called Shockheaded Peter "a gorgeous 'nasty picture book' of a musical…both the silliest and most sinister show in town." The Evening Standard says of them: "It's not surprising that their cult following is worldwide…A Tiger Lillies gig is a journey into wild emotion which passes right through melodrama and out the other side into bizarre beauty." The trio is fronted by singer Martyn Jacques who trained himself as an opera singer with a castrati style voice of heartbreaking beauty while living above a strip club in London's Soho for seven years. He is accompanied by drummer Adrian Huge, whose appearance was described by David Byrne as "James Joyce on drums," and who frequently exchanges his drumsticks for rubber chickens and toy babies; as well as by double bass/musical saw player Adrian Stout. Jacques plays accordion as he sings about the darkest side of human nature, his voice alternately soaring and growling.

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