LOVE LETTER Extends at Don't Tell Mama Due To Popular Demand

Don't Tell Mama is very pleased to announce that an additional performance of the new cabaret show Love Letter: Joe Iconis & Lauren Marcus do Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash has been added due to overwhelming demand. In addition to tonight's fully booked 7:30pm performance, the couple will perform the show on Saturday March 25th at 3pm. Reservations are now available for Saturday's performance. To join the waitlist for this evening's performance, call Don't Tell Mama after 4pm. Cancellation seats may also be available at the door. Sign up for the cancellation list beginning at 7pm.


There is a $12* cover charge with reservation, plus a two beverage minimum. *15 cover charge at the door, *$10 cover charge for all MAC Members. Don't Tell Mama accepts cash only.


Acclaimed writer-performers and real-life married couple Joe Iconis and Lauren Marcus take on Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in this new show featuring songs made famous by and inspired by the coolest couple in outlaw country. Over the course of two intimate evenings, this husband and wife duo will tackle romantic collaborations, artistic relationships, volatile partnerships, autoharps, and Jackson. Featuring original songs in addition to a host of re-imagined Cash/Carter classics, the evening is a fiery Love Letter from one pair of mavericks to another.


Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Joe's songs appeared on Season 2 of NBC's "Smash" and his writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Dramatist. He is the author of Broadway BounTy Hunter (Barrington Stage Company), Be More Chill (Two River Theater), The Black Suits (Center Theater Group), the rock and roll Spaghetti Western musical Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), ReWrite (Urban Stages), Theaterworks USA's The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. Albums: Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording), Things To Ruin (Original Cast Recording) and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Upcoming: The Hunter S. Thompson Musical for La Jolla Playhouse, and a comission from Penn State School of Theater.


A mess of ultra-blonde hair and high octane energy, Lauren Marcus is a singer-songwriter and actress living and performing in New York City. Writer-wise: Lauren is an alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. Her lyrics have been printed in American Songwriter Magazine, and you may have caught her children's musical, The Meanest Birthday Girl (book & lyrics) as part of the New York Children's Theater Festival 2015 or seen it featured in Time Out New York. Lauren released her debut EP, Never Really Done With You, in July 2016. Actor credits include: Be More Chill (World Premiere, Two River Theater), Merrily We Roll Along and Little Shop of Horrors (Sharon Playhouse), Pregnancy Pact (World Premiere) and The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns (Weston Playhouse), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill Playhouse), Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Fringe), Rewrite (Urban Stages), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel), and a bunch more. She holds a Bachelor of Music from New York University and Master of Arts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Most recently, Lauren has been described as "a powerful force who should not be underestimated" (Stage Door Dish). Backstage has called her a "devilish dynamo", Stagebuzz says "she does not fail to deliver", and Lauren's cat Diane Kitten says, "She's a good mother master."


Max Friedman is a director of theatre, concerts, and cabaret. He is the recipient of a 2017 Bistro Award for Midnight at The Never Get, which he developed at Don't Tell Mama and as part of NYMF 2016. He most recently directed a concert presentation of Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom... and don't you ever forget it at 54 Below. Other NYC credits include Noel & Julia's Wayward Brainchildren (Joe's Pub), Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band (2016 MAC Award Nomination, Show of the Year), Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement by Julia Mattison & Noel Carey, The Bluest Ink (Sondheim Jazz Revue, le poisson rouge), and 6 by Zack Zadek (NYMF 2012). Regional credits include Murder Ballad (NJ Premiere) and The Longing and The Short of It by Daniel Maté (5 Carbonell Award Nominations, including Best Director). As an Assistant Director, projects include Diva: Live From Hell (Upcoming, dir. Daniel Goldstein) Jasper In Deadland (Prospect Theater Company, dir. Brandon Ivie), The Other Josh Cohen (Soho Playhouse, dir. Ted Sperling), and many projects with Joe Iconis and Family including Things to Ruin, Bloodsong of Love, and The Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (dir. John Simpkins). Friedman is currently in residence as the Associate Director of Programming of the legendary cabaret institution Don't Tell Mama where he has helmed over a dozen original cabaret acts and a series of developmental presentations of new musicals including Songs for Slutty Girls by Kailey Marshall & Nessie Nankivell and The Showmen by Noel Carey & Ryan McGovern. Instagram/Twitter: @maxbfriedman


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