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Joe's Pub at The Public Announces The Showtime Salon Series


Joe's Pub at The Public Announces The Showtime Salon Series

Joe's Pub at The Public is thrilled to announce a new showcase presented in association with Showtime Networks, called The SHOWTIME Salon Series, launching in May 2018. For nearly two decades, SHOWTIME and Joe's Pub have shared something significant: a commitment to producing and presenting groundbreaking programming that showcases and celebrates LGBTQ+ communities. SHOWTIME and Joe's Pub will present this yearlong initiative with monthly live shows that will feature artists ranging from Alan Cumming to Mx Justin Vivian Bond to Murray Hill to Ryan Raftery.

Tickets for Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Alan Cumming are now available online, via phone (212-967-7555) and in-person at The Public Theater's box office (425 Lafayette, NYC).

Since its opening in 1998, Joe's Pub has been a home to performing artists of every kind - a place where outstanding music, inventive performance and radical inclusivity have always thrived. In partnering with SHOWTIME, the venue looks to enhance the awareness and exposure of artists who identify as members of the brilliantly nuanced LGBTQ+ communities, and execute their creative expressions through the most vital of formats: live, on stage.

The initial artists who will take part in this series range from stage and screen legend Alan Cumming to up and comer Ryan Raftery to cult favorites Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Murray Hill.

Mx Justin Vivian Bond will kick off the series this May. Show dates for Ryan Raftery, Murray Hill, and more artists to be announced soon.

May 6, 13-16 and 18 at 9:30PM | $35

One story that downtown cabaret star Mx Justin Vivian Bond likes to tell involves Bond's seven-year-old self-singing The Carpenters' "Superstar" at school during show-and-tell from behind the classroom TV set. Fast forward to the present and the performance artist and transgender trailblazer has finally transformed this lifelong passion for The Carpenters into a gorgeous full-length show. For this special evening at Joe's Pub, Mx Bond explores the extensive catalog of gender outlaw and body dysmorphia poster-girl Karen Carpenter, bringing a thoughtful new context to the troubled life of the '70s icon. Experiencing the Carpenters' classic American pop songs through the prism of a pioneering performance artist illuminates the artistry of both and shines a light on a tantalizing new corner of the American Songbook.


Tuesdays - Saturdays, June 19-30, Midnight | $40-50

Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as "one of the most fun people in show business," by The New York Times as a "bawdy, countercultural sprite" and The New York Observer as a "frolicky pansexual sex symbol for the new millennium." But he thinks you shouldn't believe everything you read. He is many things to many people - Renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur - but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. He became an American citizen in 2008 and Legal Immigrant is a cabaret of songs and stories about his life and loves in his adopted homeland.

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ONLINE at / PHONE, 10AM-7:00PM, DAILY 212-967-7555
IN PERSON The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Opens daily at 2PM)
NOTE There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.

JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC, named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, opened 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. Joe's Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works; Joe's Pub Working Group, an artist development initiative; and nationwide programming partnerships. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, 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.

THE PUBLIC is a theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation's first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public's wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City's five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe's Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 169 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes.

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