Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for September 14-25, 2016. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows!
ROSWELL RUDD & HEATHER MASSE
Wednesday, September 14 at 7PM
Roswell Rudd, also known as The Incredible Honk, is one of the most imaginative, stimulating players. Rudd is known for his work with groundbreaking groups and musicians like Herbie Nichols, the New York Arts Quartet, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Carla Bley, and Steve Lacy. Singer-songwriter Heather Masse is a member of the Billboard chart-topping folk group, The Wailin' Jennys. Rudd and Masse met one another about four years ago while appearing on A Prairie Home Companion. With almost 50 years difference in their ages, their chemistry is palpable and their collaborative album, August Love Song is packed with music that makes you wish you could live forever just to hear more of it
Ryan Raftery'S WATCH WHAT HAPPENS - LIVE ON STAGE!
Wednesday, September 14 at 9:30PM
Friday, October 7 at 11:30PM
Ryan Raftery, creator and star of the nationwide smash hit Anna Wintour musical Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, presents his newest show, Watch What Happens - Live On Stage! This jukebox musical tells the (not-quite-true) story of a young Andy Cohen, who moved to New York to pursue his two obsessions - television and Anderson Cooper. The show will feature cameos from The Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes, The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards and Mr. Cooper himself. One thing is certain...you're going to love Andy.
Thursday, September 15 at 7:30PM
Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Currently living in New Orleans, McCalla is deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as American jazz and folk. Her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty. It vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary. After touring extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel with Vari-Colored Songs, McCalla settled down to work on her next album, A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey. A Day explores the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and will once again feature songs sung in three languages.
Thursday, September 15 at 9:30PM
Vocalist Sara Serpa and guitarist André Matos celebrate the release of their new album rich in melody and luminous atmosphere, All the Dreams, produced by Sunnyside Records. The combination of Sara Serpa's vocals and André Matos on guitar is magical, dazzling and calm. The Portuguese native and New York based artists have worked together since 2005. They achieved to create a unique sonic world, drawing upon pure and contemplative sounds through a personal approach to melody and poetry. Their musical identity reveals their Portuguese culture with inspiration from the creative artistic environment of New York.
Friday, September 16 at 7:00PM
Powered by the vibrant energy of its location at Astor Place, amidst the creative forces of the downtown scene, Joe's Pub is committed to diversity, community and artistic freedom. For Astor Alive!, Joe's enlists the talent of Lance Horne, the award-winning composer, pianist, singer and music director, who arranges and performs with Alan Cumming, and has worked with Rufus Wainwright, Kristen Chenoweth, Sandra Bernhard and many more. Horne will host a bevy of his talented colleagues like Cumming, Justin VivIan Bond, Molly Pope, Drew Brody, Eleanor Norton, Alon Ilsar & more
John Epperson: THE ARTIST PRINCIPALLY KNOWN AS LYPSINKA
Tuesday & Friday, September 13 & 16 at 7:30PM
John Epperson, aka the Goddess of Showbiz, Lypsinka, sheds the diva's gorgeous wig and makeup with his show The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka, a gorgeous night of entertainment, filled with stories, tunes and a twist. Join Epperson at the piano in a jam-packed musical memoir as he sings, tickles the keys and ricochets from Sondheim to rap, and from transgender icon Christine Jorgenson to Rodgers and Hammerstein. The New York Times has described this show as, "A particular treat. Superdiva not required!"
Friday, September 16 at 9:30PM
In 2009, The Mother Hips rescued a short stack of 2-inch analog tapes from a Los Angeles basement and started picking through hours of material, most of it recorded around the era that produced 1995's Part Timer Goes Full and '96's Shootout. They were thrilled with what they heard. In fact, the band was so prolific during this period that literally dozens of top-notch songs were shelved and never saw the light of day as the group continued to spit out new material with machine gun rapidity. Now the band has compiled the cream of this lost crop into this eleven-song treasure trove titled Chronicle Man. At the center of The Mother Hips is duo Tim Bluhm and Greg Liocono who have spent over two decades writing, recording and performing their brand of "California soul" music together.
Friday, September 16 at Midnight
Friday, October 14 at Midnight
Pants Velour is a beloved New York City-based band combining hip-hop, pop, rock and soul music to form a sound that evokes a meeting of the Beastie Boys with No Doubt in a forbidden, star-crossed, extra-marital affair. Pants Velour is emcee Josh Raff, emcee Eli Northrup, lead vocalist Niki Darling, guitarist Sam Coe with keyboardist/vocalist Jordan Battiste, bassist Max Calkin, drummer John Spencer and vocalist Cenophia Mitchell. Hailed as "hip-hop/rock fusioneers...[with] a sense of humor" by TimeOut New York, Pants Velour are known for their high-energy, quick-witted shows where simply watching the band, in their deep synchronicity, collaborate live is a complete thrill. The band will perform crowd favorites like "Got to Lose" and "Trapeze," new music and special guests.
Saturday, September 17 at 7:00PM
Dan Finnerty caught America's attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," as well as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in the Starsky & Hutch reboot. He went wedding singer again in the record-breaking hit The Hangover. The Dan Band plays to sold out crowds from L.A. to New York and has appeared on numerous shows including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, The Guys Choice Awards. He caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who signed on to executive produce Finnerty's one-hour concert special The Dan Band: I Am Woman, directed by McG.
Saturday, September 17 at Midnight
Dash "Diz" Mihok is a Downtown New York native whose taste spans a broad spectrum of music, from Grandmaster Flash, Eric B. and Rakim and Pharoah Monch to Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Van Morrison and Prokofiev. He started his first rap group when he was 12 and fostered his love for the art form throughout the very influential East Coast hip-hop scene of the early '90s. In 2004, he guested on his dear friend Sabac Red's record, I Have a Dream. In 2005, he wrote the title track "Test of a Man" for the movie Green Street Hooligans and began collaborating with long-time friend and jazz drummer Daniel Freedman on a number of records. Most recently, he has teamed up with Morris Hayes, Joel Hellman, Mike Choi, Elliot Yamin and Sharlotte Gibson to form Diz and the Fam and is excited to finally share his music with the masses.
Michael Longoria: BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK
Sunday, September 18 at 7:00PM
Michael Longoria returns to Joe's Pub with an encore concert celebrating the release of his solo Broadway album, Broadway Brick By Brick. The album features twelve Broadway classics including selections from The Wiz, West Side Story, The Sound Of Music, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia, Song And Dance, Company, The Wizard of Oz, and Pippin. Longoria will perform the album in its entirety and share the stories behind the songs that inspired a child Mariachi singer to dream big and, at the age of seventeen, set out for a new life on the stages of New York City.
Sundays, September 18, October 23, November 20 and December 18 at 9:30PM
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre is the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda. After seven years of audacious humor, trailblazing political discourse and button-pushing cultural exploration, the acclaimed comedy/variety show will be presented for the eighth and final season from September 2016 through May 2017. Sayre says, "The Meeting* has been a tremendous gift to me for these past seven years. It's given me a voice and a platform to talk about all the things that weighed on my mind and for that I am eternally grateful." Featuring a dazzling array of guest stars, The Meeting*'s Fall 2016 season shows will be tributes to gay icons Beyonce (September 18), Bette Midler (October 23), and Angela Lansbury (November 20), with the 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular on December 18.
Monday, September 19 at 7:00PM
$150 - available here
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will honor Javier Muñoz, Broadway star in the lead role in Hamilton: An American Musical," with the 2016 Howard Ashman Award, for his activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In 2002, Javier was diagnosed with HIV and he continues to speak out about his status-particularly in the media-because of the stigma directed at people living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from the cabaret will support GMHC's programs, services, and advocacy, which benefit approximately 10,000 clients every year. The Howard Ashman Award is named after the Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin who passed away due to AIDS-related complications in 1991. Through celebrating Ashman and honoring Muñoz, the Broadway community will share a critical message: We must never forget the people AIDS has taken from us, and in that remembrance we must draw strength and inspiration to keep fighting the epidemic.
Monday, September 19 at 9:30PM
Drew, Kasie, and Chloe Gasparini grew up in a house filled with music and creativity, and they began writing songs and performing together at a very young age. Each of them has enjoyed success in their independent careers: Drew as a Broadway composer, Kasie as an actress, and Chloe as a solo artist. But whatever else they might be working on, they continue to find a sense of home in the music that they write and perform together as Saint Adeline. Their beautiful folk pop music lives up to their namesake - the patron of poetry and verse - and their energy onstage is magnetic. Saint Adeline's first EP was produced by Justin Goldner, the band's unofficial fourth member, and will be released this fall.
Lyrical-folk-rock singer/songwriter Kaylyn Marie returns to Joe's Pub after releasing her Debut EP Where I Need last year. The NYC-based troubadour's belief in the power of story-telling cultivates her soul-stirring tunes. Though noted for her vocal prowess, candid lyricism, and innate musical sensibility, it is her ability to perform with absolute authenticity that grabs an audience and refuses to let go.
Guests: Alexander Chee, Colum McCann, Ruth Scurr and J. Michael Straczynski
Tuesdays, September 20, November 1 and December 6 at 7:00PM
$15 - $35
House of SpeakEasy opens the fourth season of Seriously Entertaining, a literary series, at Joe's Pub. Produced and hosted by its founders, award-winning historian Amanda Foreman and editor Lucas Wittmann, Seriously Entertaining presents highly-acclaimed writers from across the arts riffing 10 minutes on each show's given theme. The thrill and intimacy of these live performances deepens the audience connection to each writer's work and life. The September theme is This Is Not the End featuring guests Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night), Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin), Ruth Scurr (Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution) and J. Michael Straczynski (Superman: Earth One).
Tuesday, September 20 at 9:30PM
Nano Stern's Indi-Folk-Rock-Jazz fusion is deeply rooted in traditional Chilean music and inspired by legends Violeta Parra, Victor Jara and Inti-Illimani. Humble, enlightened, genuine and charismatic, Stern is a guitar virtuoso, with a powerful singing voice, whose rise to fame has been meteoric and his stature in Chile has risen to the point of being woven into Chile's cultural history. In five short years, he has gone from busking the width and depth of his home country of Chile and throughout Europe and Australia to performances on the stages of WOMAD Adelaide and UK, Lollapalooza Chile, and SXSW to sold-out concerts at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago and 5 acclaimed CDs.
Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30PM
PEN America presents The M Word: Muslim-American Comedians on the Right to Joke featuring Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Negin Farsad (The Muslims Are Coming), Mo Amer(Allah Made Me Funny), and Phoebe Robinson (You Can't Touch My Hair). Award-winning playwright, New York Times contributor, and television host Wajahat Ali will moderate. The M Word is a new series of public events launching this fall which will provide a platform for Muslim-American writers and cultural figures to address audiences on their own terms and challenge the prevailing narrow representations of highly diverse Muslim communities comprised of more than three million Americans. The series is underwritten by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art's Building Bridges Program.
Betty Buckley: STORY SONGS
Thursday, September 22 at 7:00PM
Friday, September 23-25 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM
$25 - $75
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley returns to Joe's Pub with her new show, Story Songs. A renowned interpreter with an eclectic taste for songs from all genres, Buckley will share a collection of songs by Radiohead and theater greats Stephen Schwartz and Jason Robert Brown. The evening will also include works by the next generation of exciting young theater composers Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Buckley will be joined by renowned jazz pianist Christian Jacob, her long time musical director and arranger as well as Tony Marino on bass, Oz Noy on guitar and Ben Perswsky on drums & percussion. In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Buckley is probably best known as one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.
Thursday, September 22 at 9:30PM
Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month "beloved" and Blackbook calls it comedian Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" and The New Yorker calls, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox." Guests are to be announced.
For tickets, go online at joespub.com, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Opens daily at 2PM). There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.
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.
The Public Theater, under the leadership of Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. Celebrating his 10th anniversary season at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Unit. 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 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; Public Works, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group and to the Public Forum series. The Public is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed American musical Hamilton, and Danai Gurira's Eclipsed featuring Lupita Nyong'o. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 52 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes.