Brian d'Arcy James, Bridget Everett and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, April 13-24, 2016. Scroll down for details, or visit for a complete list of shows!


Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30PM


In Another Name In Nightlife, local snowflake and recent Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner Dane Terry performs an evening of his songs and music. A composer and performer known lately for making theater, Terry effortlessly blends disparate genres in his music. With his earthy warble and liquid piano-playing backlit by a tactful troupe of musicians, his songs create worlds at once both decadent and moonlike, with a Lynchian penchant for an everyday-weird throbbing under it all. Terry just performed his show Bird in the House at The Public as part of the INCOMING! Series at the 2016 Under The Radar Festival.


Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30PM

Friday, June 24 at 7:00PM


Writer/performer Isaac Oliver's debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was hailed as "hilarious and unsparing" by New York Magazine, "transcendent" by Entertainment Weekly, "surprisingly moving" by Kirkus, and named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015. After several sold-out engagements, Oliver returns to Joe's Pub for a spring residency and a glass of pink wine, debuting brand-new stories as well as sharing old favorites.


Thursday, April 14 at 7:00PM

Friday, April 15 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM

Saturday, April 16 at 1:00PM, 7:00PM & 9:30PM

$25 Evening / $20 Matinee

The Losers Lounge is back at Joe's Pub on April 14-16 with all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge. The Losers Lounge performs at Joe's Pub every other month, honoring their favorite musical legends and important musical eras. Come join the celebration as Joe McGinty and The Losers Lounge play a tribute to the wonderful music of the iconic Lionel Richie and the Commodores.


Thursday, April 14 at 9:30PM


Tamar Eisenman is one of Israel's unique female rock voices, known for her versatile musical attitude combining vulnerability and ruggedness, and the shyness and extroversion of folk and rock. The virtuosic guitarist, singer-songwriter and artist began her musical career with the independent release of her self-titled and produced EP in 2003, composed and recorded at her home studio. By pure word of mouth, Eisenman gained massive attention. She quickly gained a place in the evolving up-and-coming indie/alternative pop-rock music scene in Israel and was signed to NMC Music. Since then, she has released five official studio albums.


Sunday, April 17 at 7:30PM

$15 Adv / $20 Door

Jeff Franzel is an accomplished songwriter and jazz pianist who has accompanied artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Torme. He has also written hit songs for Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Temptations, 'Nsync, Dianne Reeves, Shawn Colvin, and Taylor Dayne. Franzel is a Yamaha artist and recently recorded a solo piano album at Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal. He performs improvisation in addition to jazz and pop standards. Franzel is currently arranging and playing piano for a Billy Joel Country Tribute album featuring major country artists singing the legend's hit songs.


Sunday, April 17 at 9:30PM


The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as "rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable" by The Wall Street Journal, has returned to its downtown roots this year for another season of shows. Each month, Sayre's International Order of Sodomites (I.O.S.) gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Sayre is the show's creator, writer and host, serving as the Chairman of the Board of the I.O.S. This month's show will be a tribute to Barbra Streisand.


Monday, April 18 at 7:00PM


Waterwell, one of the Village Voice's Best Arguments for Devised Theater and creators of GOODBAR and #9, continues its annual New Works Lab series of developmental workshop productions with a commission by Dael Orlandersmith (Forever, Yellowman, Beauty's Daugther) for its senior Drama Class of 2016 at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). The new play, Some of the Things Inside, is directed by Allison Talis. Designed to stimulate the creation of high-quality new plays for young artists, Waterwell's New Works Lab at PPAS presents stripped down, actor-centric productions that add to the canon of thematically rich, complex and original scripts and roles for student actors.


Monday, April 18 at 9:30PM


Broadway's Brian d'Arcy James (Something Rotten and Hamilton), Daniel Breaker (Book of Mormon and Passing Strange) and Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) tackle the extraordinary concept album, Shaming of the True by composer Kevin Gilbert. Gilbert, co-writer of the Grammy Award-winning record All I Wanna Do, creates a potent and original song cycle from the influences of rock, pop and fugue structures. Through this sophisticated and visceral music, Gilbert examines an artist's need for evolution, cultural influence and agency in these uncertain times. Celebrate the genius of Gilbert and be part of the first step of transforming this rock opera, directed by Kate Whoriskey, into a vibrant theatrical experience.


Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00PM


House of SpeakEasy celebrates the third anniversary of its flagship program Seriously Entertaining by bringing the literary series' 2016 spring season to 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 literary performances palpably deepens the audience connection to each writer's work and life. This April will feature Vanity Fair correspondent and financial journalist Bryan Burrough (Days of Rage), journalist, humorist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson (So You've Been Publicly Shamed), theoretical physicist and musician Stephon Alexander (The Jazz of Physics) and Multiple Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Lisa Kron (Fun Home).


Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30PM

Various Dates Through June 2016


While Gad Elmaleh is arguably the most widely known and beloved comedian in Europe, he has now embarked on the newest chapter of his career: breaking through to the American audience. For this, he has crafted, Oh My Gad, a new stand-up show entirely in English, building upon the jokes that made him famous overseas and including new observations from his life in America.

Elmaleh debuted his first all English show in a sold-out ten-night run at Joe's Pub in Fall 2015, introducing his singular humor and insight to a new audience. During his current run, he will continue the enormous task of not just speaking a new language fluently, but of using it with the timing, nuance and syntax required for great stand-up comedy. Says The Guardian, "The chance to see Elmaleh spreading his wings in the U.S. is not one to be missed."


Tuesday, April 19 at 11:30PM


The annual Joe's Pub Employee Showcase is a highlight of the calendar year! The staff of the Public is bursting with fresh talent and THANKING YOU, hosted by the Pub's own Willie Dee, is an appreciation of that talent. Join Willie Dee, with music direction by Eric Fotre Leach, as he invites his Pub pals to take the iconic stage they know and love so well. The evening will feature Eric Fotre Leach on piano, Freddie Stevens on drums, and Dan Gleason on guitar, with performances by Ali Grieb, Kaylyn Scardefield, Gio Naarendorp, Katie Sexton, Joel Ingram and Angela Travino.


Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00PM


Kaoru Watanabe, composer and Japanese shinobue flutist and taiko drummer, celebrates the release of his new album Néo. Watanabe combines the sounds of old Japan with rhythms and improvisational techniques from across the globe to create a performance that ranges from the physically dynamic to quiet introspection. He has performed with such notables as Silk Road Ensemble, So Percussion and Jason Moran and was the former director of Japan's premier taiko group Kodo.


Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30PM


Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage with her band the Tender Moments, and a bottle of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her...feel? From tender moments to prison sex, come get inside her. New York Magazine describes Everett as, "a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."


Thursday, April 21 at 7:00PM


Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born dynamo Migguel Anggelo, returns to with his band The Immigrants and a pair of sensational singers to create a kaleidoscope of vocal theatrics and poetic storytelling that is hilarious and touching in equal measure. Developed with and directed by Obie Award winner David Drake, Another Son of Venezuela explores the very personal immigration themes of love, loss, family, and national pride as well as the challenges of claiming an authentic identity in the "land of the free." By combining Latin, pop, and folk classics with his and Musical Director Mau Quiros' original compositions, Anggelo is forging a new music-theater experience in our ever expanding bilingual world.


April 21-24, 28-30; May 1, 5-7, 11-15 & 18-22 at 9:30PM


Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman will revive Kiki and Herb, the legendary and fanatically-loved cabaret duo with a new show entitled Seeking Asylum! For 15 years, Bond and Mellman, as Kiki and Herb, shocked and charmed audiences with their political prowess, wild historical narrative and belligerently profound wit. Their use of pop music - ranging from Eminem to Kate Bush to Bob Dylan to Radiohead - and their utter lack of inhibition invigorated the genre of cabaret.

Seeking Asylum! is part of New York Voices, the Joe's Pub artist commissioning program. This run is also part of Bond's yearlong celebration of v's 25th anniversary of cabaret, which commenced with the revival of Dixie McCall's Patterns for Living, V's first-ever cabaret show and collaboration with Mellman, and continues monthly with shows from Bond's catalog.


Friday, April 22 at 7:00PM

$17 Adv / $20 Door

Mekaal Hasan Band was founded by Hasan in 2000, with the intent of featuring traditional music from the subcontinent in a progressive rock-jazz based musical style. The band achieved mainstream success from their recordings and live performances throughout the sub-continent and across the fusion world from 2004 onwards. Mekaal Hasan Band won numerous awards for their intense live performances and became representative of a modern yet traditional style of South Asian music with roots in folk, classical and jazz. They also established literary roots in poetry and writings of Sufi sages and modern Punjabi poets like Amrita Pritam.


Saturday, April 23 at 7:00PM


Anne Steele is back with a new show, The Awesome 80's: The Mixtape of My Life. Experience what it was like for Anne to grow up in small town Indiana during the 1980's. Imagine lots of big hair and big dreams. Certainly she wasn't the ONLY person that wanted to be a cross between Molly Ringwald and Madonna! Anne is known for weaving hilarious stories from her life into a set list ranging from high energy belting dance numbers to blow the roof off ballads. Now she will walk you through those awkward moments that all of us can relate to with a soundtrack ranging from Wham to Sheena Easton to Janet Jackson and so much more!


Sunday, April 24 at 7:00PM


Otherwise: Queer Theory into Song was conceived and curated by PhD professor, punk rock singer and president of the American Folkloric Society Kay Turner. Turner expertly culls lyrics from practically impenetrable academic texts and sets them to new original music with Viva DeConcini, Mary Feaster and special guests.

For tickets, go online at, 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 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. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. 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 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 Shakespeare 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 Shakespeare 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. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 167 Obie Awards, 52 Drama Desk Awards, 48 Lortel Awards, 31 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and four Pulitzer Prizes.

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