NYC’s well-known kitschy musical comedy sister duo, Vickie & Nickie, return to the mainstage at Dixon Place in NYC with their show, Inside Vickie & Nickie, on Wednesday June 13th and Saturday June 16th, 2012. During this up-close and personal show, the multi-instrumental, singing housewife sister duo share their Minnesota origins through a zany, autobiographical musical comedy about their childhoods, families, “show biz careers” and their hopes and dreams!
Created, written and performed by real life sisters Lisa and Lori Brigantino, the fast talking, tacky and slightly twisted Minnesota moms come to you straight from their prison circuit tour to entertain with humorous banter, wacky original tunes, hilarious pop song interpretations, improv and audience participation all while accompanying themselves on many different instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard, accordion, saxophone, banjo, ukuleles, percussion and more.
The Brigantino sisters have performed several Vickie & Nickie shows to date including Inside Vickie & Nickie at Don’t Tell Mama to rave reviews: Jenna Esposito of Broadwayworld.com says, "The talented Brigantino sisters put on a show unlike any other - their characters are complete, well-rounded, and immensely entertaining, and their musical talent is undeniable!" And Jon Sobel of Blogcritics.com concludes "The musical-comedy duo Vickie and Nickie are back with a fresh hour of brash singing, multi-instrumental musical hijinks, and faux-Midwestern shtick. This time out, it's Inside Vickie and Nickie, an "autobiographical" tour through the origins of the fast-talking Minnesota moms who are, as always, played to the hilt by sumptuously bedecked and bewigged real-life sisters Lisa and Lori Brigantino.”
Lisa and Lori Brigantino have been performing together musically since they were children. Lori (Vickie) holds a Major in Theatre and a Minor in Music from SUNY Fredonia, and is a graduate of The William Esper Studio 2-year Meisner Actor Training Program. She has also studied acting with Suzanne Shepherd. Her credits include The Last Nickel at The NYC International Fringe Festival, Trials & Fibs Off-Broadway at The Soho Playhouse and several Off-Off Broadway plays and independent films. Lori also performs regularly with Lisa at her singer/songwriter gigs in NYC and beyond. Lisa (Nickie) is an award winning classically trained composer, songwriter and professional musician with a Master of Music in composition & theory from SUNY Fredonia. She writes for dance, theatre, film and TV. Lisa released her second critically acclaimed solo CD Wonder Wheel in 2010. Several songs from the album charted in the top 100 on a number of Indie playlists. Lisa was an original member of the all girl Led Zeppelin tribute band, Lez Zeppelin, and toured internationally with the band, playing bass, keyboards and mandolin. They played A-list venues and festivals around the world including headlining Bonnaroo. In 2007, the band released its self-titled debut CD, recorded and produced by legendary engineer and producer, Eddie Kramer. Lisa left Lez Zeppelin in 2009, to focus on her own original material.
The Brigantino sisters were last seen with a successful premier in NYC at Dixon Place this past December in their latest holiday show, Vickie & Nickie’s Holiday Sleigh Ride!. This creative sister duo have written and performed nine full Vickie & Nickie shows to date including: Inside Vickie & Nickie at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, NY where they also brought their two set show Vickie & Nickie’s Sizzlin’ Summer Spectacular and The Best of Vickie & Nickie, ‘Tis The Season With Vickie & Nickie which played to sold out houses at Don’t Tell Mama, and The Vickie & Nickie Dream Tour which had very successful runs in NYC at Upstairs at Rose’s Turn and The Duplex. In addition, Vickie and Nickie have made appearances in many variety and comedy shows in NYC including: Sundays at Seven Comedy Night at the Irish Arts Center, Kim Smith’s Vauxhall Kabarett at Vlada, Danny Leary’s Variety Extravaganza at Comix, The Talent Show Brand Variety Show at The Gershwin Hotel, Listen To This at The 92nd St. Y/Tribeca, Becky Donohue and Danny Leary’s The Cocktail Show at Don’t Tell Mama, and The Rocha Dance Theatre’s Glamour Bash at Galapagos in DUMBO.
Dixon Place presents Inside Vickie & Nickie, created, written and performed by Lisa and Lori Brigantino, co-directed with Jerry Snee on Wednesday June 13th at 7:30pm sharp and Saturday June 16th at 9:30pm sharp at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan. Doors open at 6pm. The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during and after every show and all bar proceeds directly support Dixon Place artists and mission. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15, $12 for students and seniors at http://www.vickieandnickie.com/tourdates or at the door for $18. For more information about Vickie & Nickie, visit www.vickieandnickie.com.