"Their comic timing is as sparkling as their singing." --Don Grigware, BroadwayWorld.com
The DARLING duo of Coco & Ruby offers a dazzling trip down memory lane and a peek into the hilarious and wacky lives of the these two ginger dames. Coco and Ruby mysteriously fell out of their humdrum lives in 1940’s Newark, New Jersey and into modern day Hollywood to live the dream! These two characters will shuffle-ball-change right into your hometown to bring you a LIVE show full of old-school comedy and musicianship reminiscent of Lucille Ball and Betty Hutton. Their hot little act always includes many of your favorite WWII era standards, as well as vintage takes on contemporary pop songs.
The dynamic pairing of Courtney Freed as “Coco” and Rebecca Johnson as “Ruby” entangles old Hollywood glamour with clever, contagious revelry and absolutely dynamite, show-stopping vocals.
Most recently, they have been taking Hollywood by storm, performing at such prestigious venues as M BAR HOLLYWOOD, THE CICADA CLUB and THE FEDERAL BAR.
For more information about this ginger twosome and to watch their HILARIOUS webseries, have a little look-see at www.cocoandruby.com.
Check out our wonderful review by Don Grigware on Broadway World:
It was retro night with a twist at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal on Monday October 15 as The Coco & Ruby Variety Hour took center stage with multi-talented Courtney Freed (Coco, below) and Rebecca Johnson (Ruby, left). Adorned in period black cocktail dresses imprinted with cherries, a rose in their shiny red hair and with that fresh scrubbed look not seen since the 40s/50s, the two gals demanded attention like a hurricane ripping though town. Playing two girls from Newark looking for love in Hollywood, the show is a pleasant mix of old and new. There's a special drink on the menu called The Ginger Muldoon, also one of their original tunes penned by Freed, with vodka or gin and ginger beer mixed with muddled basil and a squeeze of lime. Muddled is the perfect word to describe the mismatch of 40s and contemp clothes, songs and silly, dreamy-eyed demeanor of the two women, who, as if dropped off in Hollywood from a time machine, do not know what to make of it all. But the confusion makes for a delightfully entertaining evening with more than a few chuckles to brighten the horizon. Backed by a lively three piece band: Brian Boyce on drums, Jordan Bennett on bass and musical director Matthew Schwartz on piano, the gals are divine. The show may have a screwball tone but not their glorious voices that put the h in harmonize. Freed as Coco is the poker-faced Ethel Mertz of the duo and Johnson the naive, impressionable, wildly exuberant Lucy. Their comic timing is as sparkling as their singing.
Being a variety hour, there were several guest star acts including two very funny vaudevillian-like comedians Hensley and Montiel whose "Zucchini Song" was a resoundingly big hit. A double treat! There was also Tony Rodriguez a terrific comic in a gay mode whose "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" had the two gals innocently singing the praises of "a boy and his father". An old style crooner a la Bing Crosby Johnny Holiday, that both simply swooned over, did a cool rendition of "Lover Come Back to Me".
Standards like "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You" were dynamically mixed with "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" or "Someone to Watch Over Me" with Adele's "Someone Like You". Freed's shining moment was with her own composition "Movie Boy" where she sings to a portrait, a la Garland to Gable. Johnson's is definitely Melissa Etheridge's "Come to My Window" where she tells a soppy story of lost love that is funny, touching and shows off her alluring style. Also on tap were a lovely "You Belong to Me", Adryan Russ' great lyrics on the upbeat "Boogie with My Baby", "A, You're Adorable" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me".
This is a super fun walk down memory lane blended with an unforgettable take on contemp pop featuring two memorable talents, Rebecca Johnson and Courtney Freed. Watch for The Coco & Ruby Variety Hour as it hits the road and makes its way to a venue near you!
Coco and Ruby mysteriously fell out of their humdrum lives in 1940’s Newark, New Jersey and into modern day Hollywood to live the dream! Come enjoy a night out on the town as these two ginger cuties sing and dance their way into your hearts at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal!