Legere, a musical and performance art virtuoso, brings kinky billionaire “Joe’ Carstairs to life in this vibrant solo show. In SPEED QUEEN Legere portrays several of Carstair’s glamorous movie star lovers including Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Mabel Mercer.
At the height of her fame, Joe sailed away from the glare of publicity. She entertained the Jet Set on her own, private, Lesbian Island in the Bahamas.
SPEED QUEEN is a sensual, intoxicating #LGBTQ play that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the women who shape us, and the ache of love that can last a lifetime.
The Message: This play is dedicated to all the #GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) sisters who have bravely gone before.
by Legere from her new #GNC Suit of Power Collection.
Legere’s period costumes of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s are by Ralph Lauren.
This is a 70-minute play that will include: immersive lesbian films, songs, dances, spectacular special effects and intimate portraits of Joe’s girlfriends: Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday and Dolly Wilde. At the center of the story is Gay-Pride pioneer Joe Carstairs.
Legere’s 4-octave powerhouse voice and multi-instrument mastery powers the opulent, raw, sizzling R&B of the musical score. ALL MUSIC IS ORIGINAL and the SPEED QUEEN EP street date is March 7, 2018. (Phoebe Legere’s 2017 album Heart of Love went to #18 on the national Roots chart.)
The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”
Provincetown Magazine writes, “Often copied, never equaled, Phoebe Legere is a transmedia virtuoso force that zaps the listener into a new reality. Legere personifies the divine feminine; her multi-octave voice has been compared to Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin and Maria Callas…Legere is a nuclear, spinning, multi-dimensional, creative force NOT TO BE MISSED.” — Provincetown Magazine August 2014
The New York Post raved: “Phoebe Legere is magnificent!” Her “virtuoso piano playing” her “huge natural voice that moves easily from winsome sweetness to a sultry blues growl” and “brilliant, masterful songwriting” have made Phoebe Legere a legend. She has played with Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Steve Martin and John Hartford. Legere has performed thousands of shows from Country Fairs to NPR, from Folk Festivals to the Pow Wow circuit, from Songwriter Circles to a CBS Sunday Morning feature when she won First Runner-Up in “America’s Hottest Accordionist Contest” in Branson, MO.
Legere’s spectacular physical appearance has lead to numerous musical movie and TV shows including her starring role in one of the top 10 cult movies of all time: “Toxic Avenger} 2 and 3 in which Legere plays a blind accordionist married to New Jersey’s most famous environmental superhero. Phoebe Legere’s new Americana CD “Heart of Love” is out on Valentine’s Day.
An American Treasure, this “multi-keyboard, vocal wizard” has been compared to “Beethoven” (Paper Magazine) “Edith Piaf” (Stephen Holden, NY Times), “Frank Zappa” (Billboard) and “Dorothy Parker” (Ruddy Cheeks, The Phoenix)…
“Legere is an expressive and versatile singer whose voice ranges from a dark and earthy alto to a gorgeous dazzling high soprano…. she combines intelligent lyrics and a fusion of French musette, Cajun, pop, rock and jazz into a stew she calls, ‘roots alternative.’”- John Pitcher, Washington Post
Phoebe Philosophizes at a House Concert and Talks About Her Song “Hip Hop Frog” on HBO
“A charismatic showman who works the audience with the razor edged skill of a
veteran comic poking, teasing, and caressing it with clever turns of phrase both
musical and verbal…She plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that
encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal
delivery a four and a half octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and
meticulous phrasing. ”
– New York Times
“PHOEBE LEGERE is the female Frank Zappa…”
-Roman Kozack, Billboard
“Gorgeous, blonde bombshell with a dynamite body, a magnificent voice, a wild sense of humor…(She is) an extremely intelligent Vassar graduate who can play four or five instruments and challenge every premise you might have about her as she zips through her set – her song selections are impeccably chosen. (She has) a dazzling voice – a superb singer miles above most of the jazz stars of today …a comic mind…She turns excess and extravagance into an art form and anchors it with stunning simplicity.”
-New York Post
“PHOEBE LEGERE is the female Beethoven…”
“Phoebe Legere is one of the most, inspired and talented,creative-supernovas on the planet…One of those rare luminous souls… beautiful, wickedly funny, anointed with wisdom, and her music possesses Native American mystical and healing qualities. like Billie Holiday or Jimi Hendrix or Miles Davis or Sun Ra…”
-Dimitri Monroe, Hits Magazine
“Everybody is saying PHOEBE LEGERE is the new Bobby Short…”
-Liz Smith, New York Daily News
Ron Della Chiesa, on NPR: http://www.phoebelegere.com/Ron/Ron.Singer.Legere.mp3
“Legere is an expressive and versatile singer whose voice ranges from a dark and earthy alto to a gorgeous dazzling high soprano…. she combines intelligent lyrics and a fusion of French musette, Cajun, pop, rock and jazz into a stew she calls, “roots alternative.”-
-John Pitcher, Washington Post
“Musically Phoebe is as tremendous at the grand piano as she is on guitar and accordion…Her voice is rich and warm, she draws her audience in…We feel as if we getto know her quickly, ending the evening as firm fans if not friends…”
-Sydney Morning Herald
“Perfection’s name is Phoebe. She is beautiful, talented and sexy. A great singer whose voice knows few limits…her band is excellent…”
-Dan Aquilante, New York Post
“Legere is clearly ready for mainstream success. Legere’s fine, four-octave voice easily goes from horn like contralto to crystal soprano. There’s a winsome sweetness…and an aching, longing…rare originality and vitality…”
“Phoebe Legere is loaded with charisma…” –
-Stephen Holden, NY Times
” Phoebe Legere has the entire package. She’s funny, smart and sexy. Her music is a flamboyant, original assortment of American pop, Cajun, jazz and rock..”
-Daily Trail, Vail, Colorado
“Legere restores, resists, deflects and reflects the caricature of women. With a gorgeous body, and enormous wit, she easily absorbs you into her unique brand
of transcendence…. she is royalty in the clubs of Downtown NYC. ”
-Lynne Lynn, Downtown Magazine
“Check out Phoebe Legere – she doesn’t so much sing a song as inhabit it…. with a pure, remarkable four and a half-octave range…”
-New York Daily News
“She is arresting… we like Phoebe”
-The New Yorker
“Phoebe Legere, a name to conjure with…. She is an American
original, she’s fun, she’s funny, she’s smart, She’s a beauty, almost
like a Carole Lombard, but the main thing about her is SHE’S GOOD” –
-Studs Terkel, National Public Radio
“Like Marylou Williams, she can maintain a rollicking left hand that
segues easily from stride to boogie-woogie while tickling the piano’s upper register into sublime submission. Similarities to Jerry Lee Lewis are probably not
-New York Times
Sitting down at the grand piano Legere launched into a hard driving incredible boogie
woogie…Phoebe Legere is a talent to be reckoned with…a sharp wit permeates her lyrics…Vocally Legere possesses a powerful, precise 4 octave voice that is equally at home in the operatic style as it is singing lowdown blues…In two hours Phoebe Legere not only won a raft of new fans in Saratoga, she also demonstrated that talent, intelligence and sex appeal need not be mutually exclusive. Beyond the obvious attributes, it’s Legere’s warmth and exuberance that will prompt us to watch for her return.”
-Linda Ellingsworth, Saratoga Chronicle
“An evocative blend of sexpot glamour, French insouciance, Bourbon St.
bawdiness, and East Village hipness – she’s got both body and soul. ”
“Phoebe Legere’s latest recording is an incisive critique of the role
of contemporary culture in America in the form of a post modern,
urban opera. A dazzling, dizzying sound collage of sampled
soundtracks, spoken word, composed melodies, sound effects, raps,
electrobeats, and vocal and keyboard improvisations, it’s a shimmering
soundscape of a night spent downtown with Legere as tour guide…A tribute as much to the composer/vocalist/keyboardist’s virtuosic talent as to her keen wit and intelligence, “Blue Curtain” surprises, shocks and entertains at every jagged turn. Simply put, it’s as important a piece of music as you’re likely to hear all year, or any year”
-Seth Rogovoy, The Berkshire Eagle
“Her beautiful voice, with its dazzling range and rich tones…. can
take your breath away… she runs the gamut of music like a Marx
brother crossing to stage left…”, She’s solidly based in her art and
is a superb musician. ”
-New York Post
-Glenn O’Brien, Interview Magazine
“The sexiest accordionist on the planet…”
“A serious gifted musician”
-The Music Paper
“effortless versatility…refreshing…a crystalline empathy. ”
-South China Morning Post
“Fascinating…almost Sandy Dennyish…spellbinding.”
-Steve Morse, Boston Globe
“Phoebe Legere’s brand of articulate genius will have it’s day – the
time is ripe for a legitimate, American original who has it all –
beauty, brains, talent, sex appeal, and a giving heart… A brilliant
“Gesamtkunstwerk und „Transmedia-Wunder: Phoebe Legere ist eine universelle
Künstlerin.Phoebe Legere ist eine Prophetin.”
“Por su sensualidad de dinamita, a la artista multidisciplinaria rubia Phoebe Legere se le relaciona con Marilyn Monroe y Brigitte Bardot en sus presentaciones, siendo comparada musicalmente con Edith Piaf y denominada “la Frank Zappa femenina.”
-Proceso, Mexico City
“There is a point where Phoebe is singing a beautiful song she wrote for and about her mother and, near the end, she breaks into what (I think) is a traditional Native American spiritual call (part of Phoebe’s ancestry is Penobscot) that brought chills. An extraordinary moment.
People who come across Ms. Legere’s oeuvre for the first time often think “It’s Marilyn Monroe meets Edith Piaf meets Dorothy Parker.” (And, oh yeah, she’s a magnificent painter as well.) But Phoebe Legere is much, much more than this.”