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Do you believe in ghosts? What if a room could tell you the life stories of the people that have inhabited it? Better still – what if it could sing you those stories?
In this brand new collaboration, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales give voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Château Marmont Hotel in Hollywood – using music, dance, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies, and plenty more. All to reveal the secrets and the escapades of its famous and not-so-famous occupants – including Jean Harlow, Howard Hughes and Marilyn Monroe.
Former Pulp frontman, singer-songwriter, writer and actor, Jarvis Cocker was inspired to write a new cycle of songs during his own stay in Room 29, using one of the room’s more unusual items – a baby grand piano. This piano has borne witness to countless dramas – both real and imaginary – since the hotel opened its doors in 1927. Now, through the music of piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales, with words by Jarvis Cocker, and aided and abetted by the Kaiser Quartett – it is ready to tell us its story for the first time.