Tori Scott, Erin Markey and Set for Cabaret & Burlesque Lineup at Joe's Pub, May-June 2014
Joe's Pub has just announced their lineup of cabaret and burlesque shows for May and June 2014. Featuring Erin Markey, Amy G, and more, the acts are sure to please! Check out all the details below.
Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott, a Garland for the Grindr era, returns for another evening of brassy songs and slurred autobiographical stories on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00pm. As a singer, she's graced the stages of 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room, and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard. As an actress, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on Sesame Street and dubbed the vocals of a singing hooker on HBO's Cathouse: The Musical. As a woman, she strives every day to be a consummate lady and sometimes wonders if she actually still has a liver or not. If you missed her previous packed shows at the Pub, all is forgiven; just get a ticket, get a drink, and let Scott belt your troubles away. Tickets are $20.
Known for her dark, absurdist humor, Erin Markey creates a riotous and unexpectedly moving performance about figuring out who you might be. Pop covers and original music score Markey'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). Check her out at Joe's Pub on Saturday, May 3 at 9:00pm. Tickets are $15.
Markey creates comedic performances and original music for stage and video. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (P.S. 122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim (San Francisco Film Society) and Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center Director's Lab). She was a featured artist in the critically acclaimed Our Hit Parade show (Joe's Pub). She has shown work at New Museum, BAM, Under The Radar, 54 Below, Ars Nova and received NYFA's 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant.
In a daredevil variety cabaret on Tuesday, May 6 at 9:30pm, the masterful entertainer Amy G deconstructs before your eyes, and rebuilds beauty from the inside out. She gleefully defies shame and categorization. Prepare to be seduced and surprised, touched and thrilled, as the sensational singer and comedian, finally back from a world tour, touches down for a moment in NYC, her hometown. This night may contain traces of roller skates, ukulele, and/or a live chicken. The show is directed by John-Stuart Fauquet and features the legendary rock band, Gag Reflex. Tickets are $20.
Champagne Jerry continues to roll out the hits every month, and he will bring his hits to Joe's Pub Thursday, May 8 and Saturday, June 21 at 9:30pm! Real beats, real rapping, real champagne, real realness. As Champagne Jerry releases singles monthly from his forthcoming album For Real, You Guys, the rapper pairs each to a show themed to that single at the legendary Joe's Pub. Champagne Jerry, also known as Neal Medlyn, is a rapper and performance artist who, along with his main producer, Max Tannone and his onstage entourage, the Champagne Club, seek to transform the world every single time they hit the stage. Tickets are $12.
Tammy Faye Starlite will perform as Marianne Faithfull in Broken English on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30pm. Critically acclaimed for her performance piece Nico: Chelsea Mädchen, Tammy Faye Starlite now celebrates the music of another 1960's icon, performing Marianne Faithfull's groundbreaking album Broken English in its entirety. Backed by Kevin Salem and the Redlands Quintet, Tammy Faye tackles the album that shattered Faithfull's image as Mick Jagger's pop waif girlfriend, re-emerging as an uncompromising artist, strong, fierce, honest and self-aware to the most painfully human degree. Tammy Faye's performance of Broken English captures Faithfull remarkable transformation, inhabiting her character and giving voice. Tickets are $15.
Every month, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments bring their funny yet gut-wrenching and outrageous performance to Joe's Pub. In May and June, they will be featured on Tuesdays, May 13 and June 24 at 9:30pm. Led by the singing tour-de-force Bridget Everett, the band has sold-out venues nationally and instantly developed a cult-like following with their edgy, sexed-up, punk rock cabaret. Each performance is as explosive as it is unpredictable, welcoming special guests as varied as Fred Armisen, Patti LuPone, Flea, Dan Finnerty, Tonya Pinkins, Marc Shaiman, Erin Markey, Peaches, Neal Medlyn and Jake Shears while fans such as Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Andy Cohen and Lily Taylor can be seen laughing hysterically in the audience. Tickets are $25.
Pam Ann, the iconic international air hostess to the stars (and alter-ego of Australian writer and comedian Caroline Reid), is back with her new improv-based show Fly on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 at 11:30pm. Her most un-PC, filthiest, topical, funniest and most explosive show to date, Fly will take passengers on the flight of their lives from check-in to security, boarding and (hopefully) landing with filthy material guaranteed to make your toes curl and have you gagging for more.
With enough chutzpah and insider knowledge to rival a Qantas CEO, no one does airline satire quite like Pam Ann. First, Business or 'Cattle,' there is no part of air travel that Pam can't negotiate. She has an air hanger filled with airborne commentary on the quirks of some of the biggest international airlines, as well as stereotypes commonly held about flight attendants everywhere. Pam's genius mix of camp, culture, humor and Pucci-clad fabulousness has seen her crew Elton John's private jet, share a stage on a UK stadium tour with Cher, and count Madonna in her worldwide legion of cult-like fans. Tickets are $30.
The incomparable Lady Rizo is back for an un-chaperoned evening of song and decadence on Thursday, May 22 at 9:30pm. A Joe's Pub favorite, she has performed with her dance troupe the Assettesm in the monthly series Our Hit Parade, and in midtown at the gothic Night Hotel co-hosting the weekly transnational lounge Foreign Affairs. This is your chance to have her all to yourself.
Her seamless mix of baudy humor and elegance has been likened to Mae West. Her vocal chops are what have garnered the most recent attention: collaborating with both Yo-Yo Ma and Moby on albums this year; singing selections of the American Songbook, fronting the internationally acclaimed 36-piece orchestra The Knights; and a sold out cabaret for the Kirchner Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Her lashes will beguile you as she interprets an irresistible mix of popular songs from all eras backed by some of the finest musicians in New York City. Don't be surprised if a couple special guests pop up! Tickets are $20.
Billie Williams celebrates the release of her new original single Lonely Night in Harlem, which is inspired by life in her long-time Harlem neighborhood, on Sunday, May 25 at 7:30pm. Her rich repertoire of Blues and contemporary music - specifically, her 2012 show Fade to Blues at the Metropolitan Room - earned her the nomination for Best Female Debut Artist in the BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards. This show will feature her exciting new original music as she debuts her new release and encores classic blues favorites. Tickets are $20.
Michael Mwenso's Downtown Speakeasy: The Prohibited Jazz Age on Friday, May 30 at 11:30 PM, jazz vocalist Michael Mwenso offers a collection of shameless tunes from the 1920s and1930s that were banned from being broadcast in their era. The playful and romantic nature of these songs are timeless not simply because they are funny and amusing, but it's a reminder that romance and sexuality are, and always have been, universal human experiences. This will be an exhilarating night of jazz, wit and delight plus a few surprises.
A fixture of the Uptown jazz scene, Mwenso brings his signature style and vocal chops Downtown to the Pub. From a young age, the Sierra Leone-born singer and pianist has held his own with artists like James Brown in addition to playing in and leading his own bands around the world. In late 2010, Mwenso, personally invited by Wynton Marsalis, joined the programming team at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he now heads the After-Hours program at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. In his growing and remarkable career, Michael has performed with Jon Hendricks, Jamie Cullum, Reginald Veal, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marsalis and more. Tickets are $25.
Bridget Barkan's The Love Junkie is the story of one woman's journey on the road to recovery from sex, love and codependency addiction. In this one-woman show, Barkan employs the voices in her head to act out the aches of her overworked heart. A roller coaster ride of original and cover songs, characters, comedy, spoken word, costumes, dancing and unapologetic truth, this soulful theatrical experiment travels through time from Barkan's recent battle with relationships to the root of the problem and back, finding some answers along the way. The Love Junkie comes to Joe's Pub on Saturday, May 31 at 9:00pm. Tickets are $15.
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is a new three-part series that showcases collaboration between Brown Girls Burlesque and DJs to create brilliantly fun and sonic burlesque shows. The May installment features the renowned and illustrious Manchild Black, who will create mixes for each burlesque piece in collaboration with the dancer in addition to spinning the pre-show, intermission, and post-show sets. The BGB Lovelies & Manchild Black will save your life and make your night! Last Night A DJ Saved My Life comes to Joe's Pub on Saturday, May 31 at 11:30pm. Tickets are $20.
Calling on the power of the famous 90's Lilith Fair Festival, NYC-based duo Enid Ellen will perform their own interpretations of the now-classic music on Sunday, June 8 at 7:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to Act Up NYC, an organization raising awareness of HIV and AIDS in our present society. Tickets are $14.
Legendary performance artist Penny Arcade returns to Joe's Pub after three years of nonstop touring through Europe, just when the new tide of political correctness has started to threaten radical comedy under the weight of NYC's suburbanization, with Longing Lasts Longer on Tuesday and Thursday June 12 and 14 at 9:30pm. Penny, whose name has become globally synonymous with "Downtown New York Art" makes it safe to think and laugh at the same time! An evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry by the undisputed Queen of Underground Performance into what it means to be human, right now! Right here! Tickets are $20.
Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret returns with two different shows in one night after a string of sold out shows on Friday, June 20 at 11:30pm. This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who may be the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen. Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker performs new arrangements and mash-ups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone, and a bit of everything in between. The cabaret was Jump Philly Magazine's Top 5 Most Exciting Musical Experiences of 2013 and has won numerous editorial awards in Philadelphia, including Best Drag Show and Best Gay Night Out in Philadelphia.
Martha Graham Cracker is played by Dito van Reigersberg, co-founder and co-artistic director of Philadelphia's Obie-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. The character was born in van Reigersberg's East Village kitchen while he was attending the Martha Graham School of Dance. Tickets are $25.
Join the hilarious Julie Klausner, host of How Was Your Week, Vulture.com correspondent, and author of I Don't Care About Your Band, as she sings some goddamn songs in her cabaret show Too Gay For Brookyln on Monday, June 23 at 9:30pm and Tuesday-Friday, June 24-27 at 7:30pm. Don't expect anything besides complete and utter magic on this very special evening of music and comedic banter. With musical direction by Jon Spurney, each performance will feature special surprise guests. Tickets are $20-$25.
Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. In 2013, Joe's Pub celebrates 15 years of the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. It received a top-to-bottom renovation in 2011, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
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. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.