New York's wittiest cabaret act - 'How to Be a Bad Girl' chronicles this former classical pianist's delightful descent into the world of smut, booze and burlesque.
On one such tour, Chap wow'd UK's Icarus Theatre Collective's Artistic Director, Max Lewendel, who in combination with Chap's record label, ERT Records, is proud to present her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. With classical piano skills, the ballad lyrics of Tom Waits, the onstage antics of Phyllis Diller and the voice of a whiskey angel, 'How to be a Bad Girl' is a ragtime stompin' good time. Here, Chap reveals the hilarity, desires and personal pains that accompanied her on this surprising voyage from classical pianist good girl to just a slut on the piano.
Queer daughter of Bulgarian immigrants brings the spirit of Burlesque to her cabaret act at the Free Fringe. This love-child of Tom Waits and a whisky-soaked angel has an intoxicating stage presence you can't miss!
Chap never set out to sing dirty songs. She grew up a 'good girl': a first generation, straight femme who set out to be a choir teacher. It should have been easy. But when her first record, 'Oompa!' was released, the title track became an international anthem for the neo-burlesque scene, with performers stripping to her title song across the US, UK and Europe.
Soon, Chap was singing filthy songs alongside world famous burlesque acts, circus luminaries and cabaret starlets. Here, she learned that she had to be just as entertaining as a bouncing nipple tassel, while using just her razor-sharp wit and her words.
Her songs got filthier and her queer politics, louder, inspiring her to write what has been called ‘the dirtiest song ever written’. Soon, she was hitting Paris, Berlin, Reykjavík and 6 UK tours, disgracing such noted venues as The Lowry (Manchester), Café de Paris (London), Speigeltent (NY) and the National Mall (Washington DC).
How to Be a Bad Girl was by far the best free show I’ve seen in Fringe. Sabrina Chap is charming, funny, and a very sexy singer. Her songs were hilarious and her attitude commanded the room. Ayiyi, her show is awesome, ayiyi her show’s great, ayiyi she let sing with her in this song, I hope I get to see her show again!!!
Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her.
This show is absolutely hilarious, creative, and heartwarming. The sexual content is interesting and sincere. It's never gross for the sake of it, as some such shows get. Chap is not only hilarious, but a lovely singer and piano player. She even gets the audience to sing along, and you're happy to be included. The A-Z sex song is easily my favorite.