Tituss Burgess, LIVING FOR TODAY and More Set for Joe's Pub's Broadway and Cabaret Lineup, 12/14-2/3
TAYLOR MAC: MUSIC OF THE 1810's AND 1830's
DECEMBER 17, 7:00 PM
Over the next two years 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. Before then, join Taylor Mac and band as they use the popular songs from the 1810's and 1830's, the decades when American Christmas music started to become popular. Alongside the songs and tomfoolery expect Charles Dickens, opium and a new Texas Revolution. Taylor Mac is also part of The Public Theater's 2013 Under The Radar festival.
OUR HIT PARADE: TOP 10 of 2012
OUR HIT PARADE: HITS OF OUR HIT PARADE
DECEMBER 19, 7:30 PM (Top 10 of 2012 ) & 10:00 PM (Hits of OHP)
Starring Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), carnal chanteuse Bridget Everett (Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments) and pop-song opera impresario Neal Medlyn (known for his pop star based performance pieces), OUR HIT PARADE (OHP) is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week's most popular songs as comically literal skits. In this show, the hosts and special guest stars present their renditions of current popular hits from Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Beyonce, P!nk and more, live on stage. Special guests on December 19 include Alan Cumming, Murray Hill, Molly Pope, Randy Harrison, Jenn Harris, Erin Markey, Cole Escola, Jim Andralis & Larry Krone, Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad, Myles Kane, Tonya Pinkins, Jennifer O'Connor / Amy Bezunartea, Tracy Bonham and more!
STARSKY + COX: HAUL AT THE HOLLY
DECEMBER 21, 9:30pm
Strap on your Yule log, pop a few mistletoe berries and join the 2012 Afterglow Festival artistes for this sinful, tuneful, posh-pagan celebration of the winter Solstice that proves, once and for all, that our messiah was a little light in the loaves and fishes and in no way in hell a Capricorn. Armed with a warm muff and a firm tannenbaum, Stella Starsky + Quinn Cox host this star-studded hollyday benefit with the third in their tantric thruple, musical director Matt Ray. Stand-up authors, astrologers and cabaret comperes Starsky + Cox connect the cosmic dots (read: stars), showing us how above so below, to aha!-hilarious results, while answering the age-old question: Who the f*#k is Parson Brown, anyway?. Haul Out The Holly sparkles with performances by John Cameron Mitchell, Amber Martin, Heather Matarazzo, Taylor Mac, Joseph Keckler, John Kelly, Lady Rizo, Cole Escola, Erin Markey, Dan Fishback and Brett Every. Artists' proceeds go toward the Afterglow Festival (founded by Quinn Cox and John Cameron Mitchell), Provincetown's live performance arts festival that reconnects the century old link between the Greenwich Village and Provincetown theatrical performance scenes, putting Provincetown on the international festival map, and amassing a culture of artistry, each September, in this seaside birth place of modern, alternative American stage work.
Joey Arias: END OF THE WORLD
DECEMBER 21, 11:30 PM
Boldly flying in the face of the prognostications of the Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus and the revelations made to John, Joey Arias ushers in the End of the World at Joe's Pub on Friday, December 12. Following high-profile concerts this year at Central Park SummerStage and London's Southbank Centre (as part of the Antony-curated Meltdown Festival), Arias brings his bawdy humor and incomparable vocal stylings to the intimacy of Joe's Pub for an apocalyptic evening. Guest performers include the glamorously gender-bent Pixie Harlots (Weimar New York) and performance artist Narcissister.
WAU WAU SISTERS
DECEMBER 23, 7:30 PM
New York's bravest and bawdiest cabaret duo returns to Joe's Pub after 4 years of international touring to serve up a ludicrous night of chaos, burlesque, comedy, and nudity. Straddling (literally) the gap between religious and related, performance art and party, busking and burlesque The Wau Wau Sisters take audiences on a ride which always teeters on the brink of a divine and demented disaster. The world may end on December 21st, but the Wau Wau Sisters - unruly, undressed, unabashed, unrepentant and uninhibited - will be here. Forever!
A SCREAM ALONG WITH BILLY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
DECEMBER 23, 9:30 PM
Billy Hough, from the legendary punk band garageDogs, sings, screams, rants, and fights his way through a punk rock retelling of "A Christmas Carol", featuring the songs of a Jew, Bob Dylan. With the historically accurate Sue Goldberg (Space Pussy) on bass and eye-rolls, Paul Hough on drums, and other guests. Come and be a part of our family, our fucked up family, for Christmas. Joy to the world.
Drew Gasparini PRESENTS THE MOST OFFENSIVE NIGHT OF MUSICAL THEATRE
January 7 at 11:30 PM
For the first time anywhere, Drew Gasparini is assembling New York's most esteemed composers to write the most offensive awful, graphic and hilarious songs to grace the stage. This completely R rated comedy delves into the issues that matter. Like sexism. Racism. And why two siblings who love each other can't get married in the state of New York. Hot off the back of recording his debut music theatre album, the title track "I Could Use a Drink" will be recorded live at the show. Exciting? Yeah we thought so.
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
JANUARY 8, 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.
Amy Lynn & Tituss Burgess
January 15 at 7:00 PM
Amy Lynn & The Gunshow and Tituss Burgess join forces for the APAP Conference, sharing the stage at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00pm. Tituss Burgess is best known for his recurring role on the hit NBC series "30 Rock". He has originated memorable roles in the original Broadway casts of Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, and the revival of Guys and Dolls, as well as headlined at major symphonies and top cabaret venues throughout the world. The Gunshow, a 9-piece band, lead by lovebirds Amy & Alex, has a 60's pop and soul sound marked by powerhouse singers and infectious horn licks as especially fertile ground on which to showcase their combined talents. Together and apart they have played all around the world gracing the stage with Duffy, St. Vincent, Lucy Woodward, Yo La Tengo, Spoon, The Radio City Orchestra and many more. Given the Gunshow's standout showmanship and feel-good energy, it's no wonder that their performances at NYC's top venues have met with glowing reviews.
MOTHERLODGE: FUNDRAISER 2013
(Fleetwood Mac Tribute)
JANUARY 20, 9:30 PM
$20 Reserved / $50 VIP
Joe's Pub opens its doors wide for a very special one-night Motherlodge curated by Michael Arthur and Motherlodge founder Ray Rizzo. "A Fleetwood Mac Orgy" promises to be a cosmos-shattering night of Broadway and downtown performers colliding with rockers from Brooklyn and Kentucky. Proceeds from the evening will be used for Motherlodge's 2013 programs. Special guests include Alanna Amram, Justin VivIan Bond, Michael Cerveris, Hannah Cohen, Sam Cohen, Doveman, Erin Hill, Josh Kaufman, Lucas Papaleias, Dawn Landes, Taylor Mac, Adam Rapp, Rob Beitzel, Ray Rizzo, Michael Shannon, Georgiana Starlington and Elizabeth Ziman.
RATED RSO: MT-17
Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
January 21 at 7:00 & 9:30 PM
On Jan. 21 Larson and Rodgers Award winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver returns to Joe's Pub with a collection of work from his musicals Out of My Head (2005), Mrs. Sharp (2007), Darling (2009), 35mm (2010), Jasper in Deadland (2011), The Frog Prince Cont. (2012), featuring Broadway friends to be announced. Check back later for updates on cast and creative team. This Rated RSO is rated "MT-17" for murderous sociopaths, cannibalistic fairy tale witches, suggestive sexuality involving adults playing hot teenage boys, and hallucinogenic fairy dust.
January 28 at 9:30 PM
Although no stranger to the Joe's Pub stage, composer/lyricist and singer/songwriter Zack Zadek is making his Joe's Pub solo concert debut! With a unique blend of pop music and musical theatre, Zack's music has been heard at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Joe's Pub, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and other venues across New York City. Featuring a wide assortment of material including songs from his shows 6 (New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012) and The Crazy Ones, as well as solo songs and covers, this one night concert will showcase a full piece band, as well as incredible guest performers from Broadway and beyond.
LIVING FOR TODAY: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
January 28 at 7:00 PM
$20 Reserved / $75 Premium
Living For Today brings together Broadway's brightest stars for a night of song and celebration to benefit the Gilana Shira Alpert Fund. Now in its fifth year, Living For Today: Back to the Drawing Board, will feature your favorite tunes from Animated Films sung by amazing Broadway singers. Past participants include Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, Light in the Piazza), Stephen Spinella (Two-time Tony Award winner of Angels in America, Spring Awakening) Tituss Burgess (30 Rock, Jersey Boys, Little Mermaid), Nick Adams (Priscilla, La Cage), Paige Davis (Trading Spaces, Chicago), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Miss America '98), Carly Jibson (Hairspray, Crybaby), Jill Paice (Curtains, 39 Steps), Max von Essen (Evita, Les Miserables) Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Tony Nominee of Avenue Q), and many more! The fund was established after Gilana Alpert passed away unexpectedly at the age of 26, and is used to continue her efforts of Holocaust awareness, theatre education and outreach, sexual education, and equality advocacy. Her brother, David Alpert (The Best Man, Guys and Dolls, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide) directs. Check out facebook.com/livingfortodaynyc for January's line-up, and www.gilanasfund.com for more information on the fund. VIP Packages available for premium seating, gift bags and a cocktail reception with the cast.
Ute Lemper SINGS PABLO NERUDA
FEBRUARY 1 & 2, 7:00 & 9:30 PM
Ute Lemper's newest creation is a song cycle to the love poems of Pablo Neruda. This very delicate and beautiful songbook is presented mainly in Spanish, but also has adaptations in French and English. It is a fantastic celebration of this especially sensual poetry by Neruda who had written these poems on the Chilean ISLA NEGRA after years of exile. Neruda had escaped from Chile to Argentina and Europe because of his anti-fascist political and artistic activities and writings. His main poetic creations were written during exile. He collaborated with Picasso on highly political inspired works and received several world peace awards by socialist countries. The love poems are dedicated to his wife Mathilda.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN NYC: SECOND EDITION
February 3 at 7:00 PM
$30 Reserved / $50 VIP
For generations, musical theatre writers have come to New York City to change the world. The concert series Once Upon A Time In New York City is about the people who have changed THEM. This second concert will feature musical theatre writers who are ages 18 to 80, who were born in Kansas City or San Francisco or London, who are established and who are emerging, each writing a brand new song about someone who has changed their idea of New York City. The first edition of this concert featured new songs by writers from Joe Iconis to Dick Scanlan to Galt MacDermot, and a selected playlist is available here: http://bit.ly/Vyc5sP. All proceeds will go to The Red Cross. Created by Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Caleb Hoyer. Special guests will be announced.
Visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows and to purchase tickets, or call 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC: Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance.
ABOUT The Public Theater AT ASTOR PLACE: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org