Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran
Co-written and directed by Fringe First winner
Lynn Ferguson  

Life has three guarantees: you're born, you die and if your name is Rio, you dance on the sand. New York indie rocker Sam Shaber was born hungry like the wolf for rock stardom. But what if you never get to join the band? Maybe you grow up to sing about life and death instead.

Sam Shaber tells personal stories of adolescent dreams and lost loved ones, with a little Telecastering in between, in this hour-long, multimedia, musical storytelling show. Each moment of loss is balanced with a vignette of Shaber as her obsessive, pre-teen, Durannie self; piercing her own ear with a push pin and declaring herself a future worldwide rock star. In the end, our loved ones become a part of us forever – this is what keeps us dancing on the sand.

Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran had its world premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and celebrates its US debut at the Complex Theatre Hollywood as part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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Check out these rave reviews from the Hollywood Fringe Festival:

NoHo Arts District
"As she sings her own quite wonderful, intimate and spellbindingly authentic songs between her vivid and beautiful, honest storytelling, she lovingly intertwines Duran Duran’s familiar melodies and lyrics, mixing her life with theirs...Her honest, simple and unfettered performance of what are the deepest pieces of herself is absolutely sublime. Bravo. I think the ‘Duran’ boys would be proud..."
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My Haunt Life
"This will end up being one of my favorite shows of the festival this year. Her winning personality and upbeat outlook on life is truly inspirational. With a beautiful, charismatic presence, we are led down the journey of someone looking for themselves, and finding out they can be so much more than they expected."
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Night Tinted Glasses
"Sam Shaber does a fine job of touching our hearts, and showing us how music can both celebrate joy and help heal our wounds. I felt she gave us a lot of herself in the show, and the honor was all ours."
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Gia on the Move
"Her show is about having gratitude for loved ones, and finding joy in sadness. Her perspective is life-affirming. Highly recommended."
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"*****A winning raconteur. Sam Shaber is a highly intelligent and compelling performer." - British Theatre Guide

“What a performer! Life, Death & Duran Duran was one of my highlights of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. This show is life-affirming and funny as well as poignant. A must-see.” - Janice Forsyth, BBC Scotland

"Shaber displays her bright vocals on her own compositions, switching from electric to folk guitar, often neatly seguing into some of her idols' songs. Shaber's warmth and sincerity mean that the show, while emotionally raw, is never maudlin." - The Times

"The stories are heartfelt and her singing is stunning. She owns the stage when she sings." - Three Weeks

"Sam weaves together her life's journeys into a coherent and satisfying whole. Life, Death & Duran Duran is solid storytelling: unapologetic about both its sentimentality and compassion." - The List

“A beautifully performed and written monologue with incredibly catchy songs, Sam’s show was a joy to have as part of our programme in 2017. We’d love to have her back in the future!” - Katy Koren, Gilded Balloon

Listen to the songs from the show on Spotify