THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS is a 90-minute rock opera that uses an interactive rock-cabaret-variety show format to tell the story of this colorful New Yorker's life (and death, since he's executed at the end). In addition to Kenyon and his all-girl backing band, The Ladies In Waiting, the cast includes Michael Musto, Daphne Rubin-Vega and David Cale (not to mention a host of burlesquers, magicians, and other shining stars from the NY underground). Heavily influenced by Max Ophül's Lola Montes, Fellini's 8 1/2, and the entire John Waters canon, THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS is a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking examination of identity, responsibility and truth.
Dubbed "the love child of Luther Vandross and Steven Tyler" by pop culture commentator Michael Musto, Kenyon Phillips knows how to put on a show. The wildly theatrical singer, songwriter, actor, writer, model, dancer, and DJ has been busy "being there, doing that" all over New York City since the days of Y2K. In addition to founding and fronting the bands Roma! and Unisex Salon and contributing lead vocals to Thrill A Minute, Kenyon has written and produced songs for Amy Poehler, Joey Arias, Raven O, and Sherry Vine; moonlighted as emcee of notorious vaudeville nightclub The Box; performed with renowned "punk ballerina" and choreographer Karole Armitage; and appeared as a silhouetted dancer in multiple campaigns for the Apple iPod. As he puts it, "There are very few things that I won't do for money." Backed by his all-girl band The Ladies In Waiting, Kenyon's latest stage incarnation is a blend of glam rock, surrealist theater and cabaret that's bolstered by surprise appearances from an array of downtown celebs. With influences ranging from Roxy Music to "Thriller"-era Michael Jackson, Kenyon's sound tends to err on the dancier side of glam. His songs have been featured on several network and cable television programs, including “Shameless” on Showtime, "Eleventh Hour" on CBS, and "The Mighty B!" on Nickelodeon. His debut solo EP Fire In The Hole was released in September 2013, and was helmed by multi-platinum award-winning producer, mixer and songwriter David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Cowboy Junkies, Crash Test Dummies, IMA Robot).