Megan Hilty and More Set for Cabaret, Broadway and Comedy Lineup at Joe's Pub, 4/21-7/28
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its cabaret, Broadway and comedy acts April 21-July 28, 2013, including: Lindsay Mendez and Michael Holland, Leslie Kritzer, Megan Hilty, Bridget Everett, Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand, Paul Oakley Stovall and Brad Simmons, NYU Tisch Presents, Blake Pfeil, Storm Large, Nicole Henry, Erin Markey, Joey Arias, Taylor Mac, William Blake, Moments with Ravi, Natalie Joy Johnson, Champagne Jerry, Wau Wau Sisters, The Georges, Pam Ann: Cockpit, Missi Pyle, John Kelly, Tori Scott, Murray Hill and Vagabond Opera.
April 21 at 9:30 PM
Broadway's Lindsay Mendez and Michael Holland team up to celebrate America's true favorite pastime with "You're Gonna Hate This," a fast-paced original revue featuring new songs by Holland. Crossing, blurring and deliberately smearing the lines of pop, rock, jazz, gospel, and even (gasp) musical theatre, the show explores all the stuff we love to hate-and does so with a 6-piece band. Come hate everything with us (you know you want to). "Anyone who loves the lyrics of Tom Lehrer, Ira Gershwin and Gilbert and Sullivan will revel in the rhymes created by Michael Holland." - New York Times
April 22, 29 at 9:30 PM
May 4 at 11:30 PM
May 13 9:30 PM
Before Lena Dunham became Jesus. Before anyone cared about your Facebook status. Before Russell Crowe ruined Les Mis. There was KRITZER. Welcome to 1995, where a teenaged Jew-rican musical theatre addict's life is about to be turned upside down in a tour-de-force one-woman comedy starring Broadway favorite Leslie Kritzer (Elf, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim, Hairspray). Featuring a colorful array of New Jersey characters and a score ranging from Alanis Morissette to Jule Styne, Beautiful Disaster explores what happens when shit hits the fan and rebellion meets reality. Written byRandy Blair (Fat Camp, Spidermusical, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe) and Leslie Kritzer, Beautiful Disaster is directed by Randy Blair, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner (Spelling Bee, Elegies, Little Miss Sunshine).
April 23 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Smash star Megan Hilty will celebrate the release of her debut album It Happens All The Time with an intimate evening at Joe's Pub where the Broadway star of Wicked and 9 To 5: The Musical will perform a brief preview of her new album followed by a meet-and-greet and signing with fans. Produced by Grammy-winners Andy Zulla and Jimmy Hogarth, It Happens All The Timeshowcases a different side of Megan Hilty. The repertoire is a significant step outside of both the musical theater world in which she initially found fame as well as her television character Ivy Lynn in Smash. Songs featured on It Happens All The Timeinclude Hilty's fresh interpretations of compositions by stellar contemporary songwriters as Aimee Mann and Damien Rice. Also noteworthy are new songs by writers such as Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Duffy), Wayne Hector (James Morrison, One Direction), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Wilson Phillips), Ne-Yo and Carrie Underwood.
April 24, May 21, and June 19 at 9:30 PM
Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She's been dubbed "Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York's annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget co-hosts Our Hit Parade, a sold-out monthly revue of current pop hits, with Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn at Joe's Pub. She starred in the original musical At Least It's Pink based on her life which she co-wrote with director Michael Patrick King (writer/director of hit tv series Sex and the City) and Mellman which played Ars Nova for 12 weeks. Bridget has performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival . and the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. She played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac's Red Tide Blooming at P.S.122, was featured in Scott Wittman's production JUKEBOX JACKIE, and was a regular on Logo's Jeffrey Cole Casserole. She can be seen as Cathy in the Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy, 2 Broke Girls. Bridget co-wrote and performed an evening of original music called Bridget and Neal are F*cking and Adam is Watching with Medlyn and Adam Horovitz (Adrock: Beastie Boys). Bridget can be seen in HBO Canada's Funny as Hell alongside Horovitz and will be releasing an album of original music with her band, The Tender Moments, this fall.
April 27 at 7:00 PM
From "sharp-toothed" company Wolf 359 comes this true story of a boy and his migraines. SONG OF A CONVALESCENT Ayn Rand GIVING THANKS TO THE GODHEAD..., named after a Beethoven String Quartet is a tragicomic play about illness and art, featuring the music of Beethoven, the novels of Ayn Rand, and the musings of an intellectual drag queen in Peoria, Illinois. From Wittgenstein to free snacks to cat-loving nurses, "the piece offers a bit for everyone" (Gothamist). "What would it take to lure Paul Ryan to Off-Broadway? Perhaps Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau's [show]." (New York Times.)
April 28 at 7:30 PM
Two brilliant young performers unite for a special night of music when Brad Simmons and Paul Oakley Stovall take the stage at Joe's Pub. Stovall is an actor and playwright whose recent play Immediate Family just wrapped an acclaimed run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He's working on the upcoming musical Clear and has also been seen in films including John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus and Robert Altman's The Company. Simmons was musical director on Broadway's Lysistrata Jones, is currently co-starring with Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins in a new cabaret show Bring On the Men, and was the pianist in the cult film Camp. The duo will play musical favorites as well as original songs--all about love, recovery, and resolve--for this one-time performance.
May 6 at 9:30 PM
$7 for students; $10 regular
What's on the minds of these 11 young thespians? Come find out! This cast drawn from some of the best young actor/singers atNYU Tisch School of Drama will sing, rant, and whisper their hearts and minds - as they long for contact, yearn for love, and burn for companionship. Directed by Joe's Pub regular, Nora York and her collaborator/music director Jamie Lawrence, Gimme Gotcha Go On promises to be a thoroughly surprising heart-warming evening where juicy slices of modern music will get sandwiched between delicious new takes on the American theater cannon. Get your tickets while they're hot!
May 12 at 9:30PM
After exploding on the scene last August, Blake Pfeil returns to Joe's Pub with a full show. A former expatriate, his love letters to the four corners of the globe, and a girl named Irene, will feature brand new tunes as well as fan favorites heard around the city and beyond performed by some of the hottest performers from Broadway and the Indie music scene.
May 13 at 7:00PM
Storm Large has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences around the globe for more than fifteen years and shows no sign of slowing down or shutting up. She earned an associate's degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where her big dramatic voice impressed her teachers and made musical theater the obvious choice for her. However, Storm resonated more with Alphabet City than Broadway, spending all her free time in gritty rock clubs with the lowlifes, sluts, and geniuses she adored. She pursued rock 'n' roll instead.
May 16 at 7:00PM
$30 reserved; $35 premium
Since her debut in 2004, jazz/soul vocalist Nicole Henry has captivated audiences worldwide with her stunning voice and beguiling live performances that have earned her three top 10 albums, international media accolades and sold-out shows from Moscow to Madrid. Originally from Milwaukee, Grace Weber moved to New York six years ago to attend NYU and now lives in Brooklyn. At 24, Grace has had an amazing journey so far. As a 10 year old in Milwaukee, Grace decided that she wanted to sing in an inner city gospel choir and years of doing that shaped not only her soulful voice but also gave her a worldview much broader than your ordinary kid growing up in a suburb.
May 16 at 9:30PM
Following her sold-out cabaret debut at Joe's Pub, Erin Markey brings what the New York Times calls her "magnetic diva aggression" back to the Joe's stage. Known for her dark, absurdist humor and "hair-raising singing voice," Erin creates an at once riotous and unexpectedly moving performance about figuring out who you might be. R&B, 90's pop, blues and original music score Erin's tales of midwestern family life and her salvation by Bible-Belt Christians, birthday presents and Ypsilanti strippers. Erin Markey at Joe's Pub is directed by Ben Rimalower (Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches) with musical direction by Tony-nominated Kenny Mellman (The Julie Ruin, Kiki and Herb, Our Hit Parade). Erin Markey creates comedic and conceptual performances, often involving music, for stage and video. She's also an actress. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (P.S. 122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey (San Francisco Film Society), and, in collaboration with Joseph Keckler, Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center Director's Lab).
May 19 at 9:30PM
After a string of sold out shows this winter, the inimitable Joey Arias (Arias With A Twist, Zumanity) returns to Joe's Pub with his longtime friend and mentor Gary Austin. Austin is the founder of the celebrated LA improv theater The Groundlings where Joey holds the record as the company's youngest-ever member. Gary is also a singer-songwriter in the Western tradition of Gene Autry. Will Arias roll out some Pasty Cline? Anything is possible during this evening of laughter, song and shared memories between two creative giants and peerless improvisers.
May 21 at 7:00PM
A bedazzled creature builds a community by singing 24 concerts of the last 24 decades of popular music. Ultimately all 24 decades will be stitched together culminating in a 24-hour long extravaganza (in 2015) but for now join Taylor Mac and band as they use popular music from the 1780s to explore the decades biggest theme and the first novel published in the United States: "The Power of Sympathy."