QUEEN OF THE BEATNIKS: THE SONGS OF JUDY HENSKE Set for The Cutting Room, 11/19
The Show Goes On Productions (TSGO) is proud to present QUEEN OF THE BEATNIKS: THE SONGS OF Judy Henske, written and performed by MEREDITH DIMENNA under the musical direction of Jason BinnICK, November 19th, 2013 at 8:00pm EST. The show will be at The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd Street, at Park Avenue. Doors and kitchen open at 6:30. Tickets are $15 and available at www.showgoesonproductions.com, 646-380-8749.
Back to the Cutting Room by popular demand and on the heels of her smash ROCK TONIC performance, Meredith DiMenna performs a revised tribute to the Queen with an overview of Henske's recorded material, featuring songs like "Danny Boy", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "I Know You, Rider", "Til the Real Thing Comes Along", and "High Flyin' Bird."
The legendary Judy Henske is the best singer you've never heard of: from 1963 when she confounded audiences with her performance of "God Bless the Child" on the Judy Garland show, to 1966 when she riffed about whores on her Jack Nietzche-produced live album "The Death Defying Judy Henske", even after her psychedelic folk classic "Farewell Aldebaran", recorded for Frank Zappa's label in 1969. Judy was too many things to too few people, to become the household name her considerable talents merited. A singer of unparalleled power and versatility, she was large in every sense. Standing nearly six feet with a voice like a midwestern mash up of Etta James and Ethel Merman, she predated deep-throated alto rock divas like Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Cher.
Vocalist MEREDITH DIMENNA, most recently heard on the breakout single "Legend in My Own Mind" from psychedelic soul band, THE STEPKIDS, is a Jackie-of-all-Trades performer who, like Henske, is comfortable across many styles and disciplines. Her band, OH, CASSIUS! is a 2013 CT Music Award Recipient in the category of "Best Other." ALL MUSIC GUIDE raves about her "supple, velvety voice", indie-rock magazine BLURT calls her the "illegitimate offspring" of Robert Plant and Nancy Wilson, and the NEW YORK TIMES refers warmly to her "Grace Slick-meets-Edie Brickell vocals at their most haunting." www.meredithdimenna.com
Jason BinnICK is a media composer currently working on his first feature film. He is a member of the production duo YOUNG MOTHERS and records and tours with BOTANICA, whose last album was the music for a new critically acclaimed stage adaptation of "The Master and Margerita" at the state theater in Dortmund, Germany.
The Show Goes On Productions produces theatrical concerts and events that embrace emerging trends in entertainment. In-house works merge rock 'n' roll and theatre in innovative and interactive environments. Started as an ensemble of producers interested in the technical side of commercial theatre, TSGO is committed to the production side of story telling through music.