Michael Musto, David Cale & Flotilla DeBarge to Join Daphne Rubin-Vega in 'KENYON PHILLIPS' at Joe's Pub, 5/2
Theatrical singer, songwriter, actor, writer, model, dancer and DJ, Kenyon Phillips announced today that writer/blogger Michael Musto, writer/performer David Cale, and actor/singer and drag performer Flotilla DeBarge (HBO's Angels in America) will join the cast of the world premiere performance of The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips. Musto will play the role of Kenyon's therapist, Cale a reporter, and Flotilla will portray Kenyon's ex-girlfriend, Gina. The three join previously announced Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics).
The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips will play a one night-only, premiere performance at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003) on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 9:00PM.
The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips is a 90-minute rock opera that uses an interactive rock-cabaret-variety show format to tell the story of this colorful New Yorker's life and eventual death. Kenyon says his inspiration for the project came from his desire "to take the traditional one-man show idea of 'here's my life story,' and throw a grenade in it."
KENYON PHILLIPS -- Dubbed "the love child of Luther Vandross and Steven Tyler" by pop culture commentator Michael Musto, Kenyon Phillips knows how to put on a show. The wildly theatrical singer, songwriter, actor, writer, model, dancer, and DJ has been busy "being there, doing that" all over New York City since the days of Y2K. In addition to founding and fronting the bands Roma!, Unisex Salon and Thrill A Minute, Kenyon has written and produced songs for Amy Poehler, Joey Arias, Raven O, and Sherry Vine; moonlighted as emcee of notorious vaudeville nightclub The Box; performed with renowned "punk ballerina" and choreographer Karole Armitage; and appeared as a silhouetted dancer in multiple campaigns for the Apple iPod. As he puts it, "There are very few things that I won't do for money." Backed by his all-girl band The Ladies In Waiting, Kenyon regularly performs his trademark blend of glam rock, surrealist theater and cabaret at Joe's Pub - one of the top 10 venues in the US, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. With influences ranging from Roxy Music to "Thriller"-era Michael Jackson, Kenyon's sound tends to err on the dancier side of glam. His songs have been featured on several network and cable television programs, including "Shameless" on Showtime, "Eleventh Hour" on CBS, "The Mighty B!" on Nickelodeon, and "Teen Cribs" on MTV. His debut solo EP Fire In The Hole was released in September 2013, and was helmed by multi-platinum award-winning producer, mixer and songwriter David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Cowboy Junkies, Crash Test Dummies, IMA Robot).
MICHAEL MUSTO, a former Village Voice columnist, he writes the weekly "Musto! The Musical!" column for Out.com, as well as covering entertainment for a variety of other outlets. This year, he won the Glam, Odyssey, and Get Out Awards for Best Writer/Blogger. Aside from countless appearances on various cable and network television stations, he has appeared in the NBC series Smash and the film The Smurfs.
DAVID CALE is the writer/performer of solo shows including Lillian (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award) and Deep in a Dream of You (The Public Theater, Bessie Award). He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for, and appeared as Floyd in the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Playwrights Horizons, Outer Critics Circle Nomination). His film credits include Winter in the Blood, Two Lovers, The Slaughter Rule and Pollock.
FLOTILLA DeBARGE has been a drag performer since the 90s, and has appeared in the films Wigstock, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, and Flawless. TV appearances include Law And Order and HBO's Angels in America. Flo has also appeared in a print ad for PETA against fur (in drag as Star Jones), and on Broadway in The Roundabout Theater Company's The Three Penny Opera with Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. Flo has performed solo shows at the Cutting Room and the Laurie Beechman theater, and appeared in guest spots at Joe's pub with Justin Vivian Bond, Joey Arias and Kenyon Phillips. Her parody of "My Dick" by Mickey Avalon - "My Ass" by P-Flo - is available on YouTube, and her cover of The Beatles' "Carry That Weight" is available on iTunes (The Beatles Complete on Ukulele).
DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee and recipient of the Theater World, Obie and Blockbuster awards. She is perhaps best known for the roles she originated, including Mimi (Rent) and Conchita (Anna in the Tropics), both Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated. Other selected credits: Broadway - The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Les Miserables (Fantine) A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella). Off Broadway - Romeo & Juliet, Blood From A Stone, Jack Goes Boating, Bernarda Alba, Suzan-Lori Parks's Fucking A, Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and a Piano and Gum. TV/Film: "Smash," Wild Things (Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress), Flawless, Sex And The City, Jack Goes Boating (Independent Spirit Nomination for Best Supporting Actress). She was a member of the girl group Pajama Party (Atlantic Records), and has recorded several albums and contributed to various musical projects. Ms. Rubin-Vega is a member of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's Labyrinth Theater Company. daphnerubinvega.com.
Photo by Walter McBride