“What if I told you there was a reason for it all?” declares the alt-right country singer Tammy Faye Starlite at the top of her new show “Standing By.” Claiming to know the causes behind the disease, geopolitical displacement and chaos that have plagued us this year, she dissects modern America through classic rock and country songs, in preparation for the “great awakening,” a rapture-like event she mentions in the show.
Starlite is the persona created by the left-wing artist Tammy Lang, as an exercise in empathy toward the positions of those on the other side of the political spectrum. But Lang knows there is no place for contempt when you’re trying to see the world through the eyes of others.
And so when Starlite unironically turns to the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” or the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” to prove her points, she reveals a literalist — someone whose fear is real, albeit misguided.
“Standing By” is the first show in the Ghost Light Series of livestreams from Pangea. Starting at $20 for individual viewers, you can stream a 48 hour rental through showtix4U.com. If you’ve seen Starlite perform live, you know her rawness and magnetism are breathtaking. But in the intimacy of this filmed version, we have an opportunity to listen without distractions. May it grant us some sympathy as well. JOSE SOLÍS
TAMMY FAYE STARLITE: STANDING BY
“In her mesmerizing theatrical shows, Ms. Lang has won critical acclaim for stepping into the skins of complicated veteran rock divas, like Nico of the Velvet Underground and the British rocker turned art singer Marianne Faithfull. Her newest show brings back Tammy Faye Starlite, a fictional character that made her a downtown New York club star more than a decade ago. Her show is not a goofy, snide hillbilly parody but a serious comic creation intended to be so authentic that it might be mistaken for the real thing.” – NY Times
Tammy Faye Starlite, the Alt Country/Right evangelical chanteuse, hermeneutically dissects the current state of our beloved nation, which is clearly so much better than it was four years ago, but there’s still much to be done so we need to continue Our Dear Leader’s supreme and excellent work in such a time as this. Tammy needs you to understand the urgent need to #savethechildren, to denounce the virulent racism against Christians, and to #TrustThePlan that will lead us out of the shadows. So, if you think you’re “woke,” reset your alarm, because there will be a Great Awakening that has nothing to do with the Radical Left agenda and everything to do with freedom from the bondage of neo-cultural enslavement. Evil will be brought to justice before the last trumpet is blown. Where we go one, we go all.
Staged at Pangea, Tammy Faye Starlite: Standing By inaugurated the legendary venue’s new livestream “Ghost Light Series,”
With songs by Patti Smith, Jagger/Richards, Pete Townshend, Jim Morrison, Tammy herself and more.
Featuring musicianaries Keith Hartel and Richard Feridun; Directed by Michael Schiralli
>>Praise for Why’d Ya Do It , Tammy Faye’s portrayal of Marianne Faithfull<<
“Now, the downtown rock raconteuse Tammy Faye Starlite is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album — ‘my magnum opus, my gesamtkunstwerk,’ she says, narrating the show as Ms. Faithfull — in ’Why’d Ya Do It,’ a hybrid of séance, lecture and concert…her mastery of Ms. Faithfull’s singing voice is extraordinary, down to the tremolo that punctuates some words like a stifled sob.” – Elisabeth Vincentelli/NY Times Critic’s Pick
“Now, as Marianne Faithfull, British pop’s queen of survival, Starlite resurrects 1979’s Broken English as a thoroughly modern tale of adventure, abyss and hard-won vengeance — one of the most brutally frank albums of its time, made flesh again, in poignant lethally honest character.” – David Fricke/Rolling Stone
“Tammy Faye Starlite’s performance of Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English in Why’d You Do It? channels all of that album’s terror, ferocity and vulnerability — and then some. …her portrayal has grown more passionate, more visceral, more provocative, more unnerving. The lines between the two women fracture, and the result is shattering — and profoundly moving.” – Anthony DeCurtis/ Author of Lou Reed: A Life
“..brilliantly inhabits the outsized persona of Marianne Faithfull…. (an) alternately stark and darkly funny performance….” – Steve Futterman/The New Yorker
“Tammy Faye Starlite’s channeling of Marianne Faithfull is not so much tribute as celebration. She assumes Marianne’s persona with a sly and respectful humoresque, inhabiting the songs, constructing a virtual biography that interprets and reveals the inner artist who created Broken English, whose tale is one of triumph and transcendence Tammy’s resurrection is yet another life unfolding, in a performance that bares the soul and touches the heart.” – Lenny Kaye/Author of You Call It Madness/Little Steven’s Underground Garage SiriusXM
“Having produced many records with Marianne as well as being a close friend for 34 years, I was reluctant to see Tammy Faye as Marianne. I have to admit that I was astonished as Tammy does not initiate Marianne at all. She totally captures the feeling of being with her which is an amazing achievement… and the audience went apeshit. So, what can I say? Just go… Tammy Faye got it right.” – the late Hal Willner/legendary music producer
“So here in 2019 we were blessed (or perhaps damned?) to have Tammy Faye Starlite replicate this ground-breaking album, a tour de force performance of the comeback of a major artist…Tammy Faye morphs into Marianne with vigor, rage, savagery. And songs are interspersed with often hilarious or, more often, scary catatonic rants about fucking anything that comes to mind. Now that I have been exposed to the unsurpassable talent of Tammy Faye Starlite it is my intention to keep her sharply on the radar.” – Steve Nardoni/Theater Pizzazz