Premiering in 2005 at New York’s The Soho Playhouse to critical acclaim, Belly of a Drunken Piano is a passionate, demented and intense rock journey through Tom Waits’ rich catalogue of music, mining some of Waits’ most memorable hits-from Martha and The Piano Has Been Drinking to Big in Japan and Hold On.
Drawing on his personal experiences, as well as Wait’s vast musical history, Stewart D’Arrietta – co-star and co-creator of the acclaimed Lennon Through A Glass Onion – adds new dimension to the music, as he shares his personal love affair with the prince of melancholy’s brilliant songs. Waits’ colourful misfits come to life in this powerful, poignant and innovative show.
In this show, D’Arrietta inhabits the underworld of the lyrical tragedies and the jocular narratives in the songs of Tom Waits, with an ardent celebration.
Touching on the themes of love, loneliness, war, the dreams and ambitions of childhood and relationship with God, D’Arrietta romps through the songs with his trademark raw vocal style, punctuated by his laconic humour.