Half of Vanilla Pop duo stars in one-man show

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One Half of “Vanilla Pop”presents“The Alan Allen Show” If you’ve ever seen “Vanilla Pop”, the 80’s lounge duo who have been entertaining New Mexicans for the past 10 years, then you probably know “Al Dente”— the sarcastic, sequin laden front man of the duo.
What you probably don’t know is that for the past year, the crooner has been developing a one-man solo performance called “The Alan Allen Show.” Following in the footsteps of renowned musical comedians Alan Sherman and Tom Lehrer, with a hefty dose of the contemporary Tim Minchin thrown in as well, “The Alan Allen Show” is a blend of socio-political commentary and musical comedy, and promises to be something new and fresh in the New Mexico entertainment scene.
But be warned: The Alan Allen Show is definitely not for the humorously squeamish.
Those familiar with Dente’s sardonic needling and occasionally self deprecating interludes during Vanilla Pop shows, will feel right at home as he sings and rants about off beat subjects usually reserved for late night talk shows. “There’s a lot of safe and sweet sentimentality in music today.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s old. Nobody is going out on a limb to deal with subject matter that may considered to be politically sensitive, or just plain ‘out there.’
Songs about Siamese Twins, Anorexia, or a desire to be more Jewish are far and few between.
Other songs in “The Alan Allen Show” arsenal include numbers addressing Alzheimer’s, hypochondria, lesbians, Olestra, STD’s and of course, religion.
And while these songs are a bit opinionated, Allen delivers it all tongue-in-cheek, while being careful not to insult in the process.
“I’m a firm believer in the importance of humor. It is the foundation of any healthy relationship both with yourself and with others. It’s also a great mirror, allowing us to get a better look at ourselves — forcing us to step out from within the “normal” box which society has somehow built around us while we weren’t looking,” Allen said.
The focus is on the songs and the piano. While most comics dabble in guitar, hurdy-­gurdy or kazoo, Allen relies on his musical abilities to tell the story.
“I’ve never done stand-­up, so I’m not really sure how it’s going to play out,” he said.
Unlike a Vanilla Pop show, “The Alan Allen Show” is a sit down and listen event.
“It’s a show, a ‘night out’, Allen said. “Dress up, have dinner, enjoy a classic cocktail or three and listen to the words.”
But he stresses that the words are at times explicit and deal with mature subject material.
The Alan Allen Show will have a performance 6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 at The Palace Restaurant and Saloon.
The show will go to a monthly schedule thereafter. Tickets are $10 and limited to 80 seats.
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets for “The Alan Allen Show” can be purchased online at thealanallenshow.com or in person at The Palace, 142 W. Palace Ave. in Santa Fe.