Megan Hilty and More Set for Cabaret, Broadway and Comedy Lineup at Joe's Pub, 4/21-7/28
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its cabaret, Broadway and comedy acts April 21-July 28, 2013, including: Lindsay Mendez and Michael Holland, Leslie Kritzer, Megan Hilty, Bridget Everett, Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand, Paul Oakley Stovall and Brad Simmons, NYU Tisch Presents, Blake Pfeil, Storm Large, Nicole Henry, Erin Markey, Joey Arias, Taylor Mac, William Blake, Moments with Ravi, Natalie Joy Johnson, Champagne Jerry, Wau Wau Sisters, The Georges, Pam Ann: Cockpit, Missi Pyle, John Kelly, Tori Scott, Murray Hill and Vagabond Opera.
April 21 at 9:30 PM
Broadway's Lindsay Mendez and Michael Holland team up to celebrate America's true favorite pastime with "You're Gonna Hate This," a fast-paced original revue featuring new songs by Holland. Crossing, blurring and deliberately smearing the lines of pop, rock, jazz, gospel, and even (gasp) musical theatre, the show explores all the stuff we love to hate-and does so with a 6-piece band. Come hate everything with us (you know you want to). "Anyone who loves the lyrics of Tom Lehrer, Ira Gershwin and Gilbert and Sullivan will revel in the rhymes created by Michael Holland." - New York Times
April 22, 29 at 9:30 PM
May 4 at 11:30 PM
May 13 9:30 PM
Before Lena Dunham became Jesus. Before anyone cared about your Facebook status. Before Russell Crowe ruined Les Mis. There was KRITZER. Welcome to 1995, where a teenaged Jew-rican musical theatre addict's life is about to be turned upside down in a tour-de-force one-woman comedy starring Broadway favorite Leslie Kritzer (Elf, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim, Hairspray). Featuring a colorful array of New Jersey characters and a score ranging from Alanis Morissette to Jule Styne, Beautiful Disaster explores what happens when shit hits the fan and rebellion meets reality. Written byRandy Blair (Fat Camp, Spidermusical, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe) and Leslie Kritzer, Beautiful Disaster is directed by Randy Blair, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner (Spelling Bee, Elegies, Little Miss Sunshine).
April 23 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Smash star Megan Hilty will celebrate the release of her debut album It Happens All The Time with an intimate evening at Joe's Pub where the Broadway star of Wicked and 9 To 5: The Musical will perform a brief preview of her new album followed by a meet-and-greet and signing with fans. Produced by Grammy-winners Andy Zulla and Jimmy Hogarth, It Happens All The Timeshowcases a different side of Megan Hilty. The repertoire is a significant step outside of both the musical theater world in which she initially found fame as well as her television character Ivy Lynn in Smash. Songs featured on It Happens All The Timeinclude Hilty's fresh interpretations of compositions by stellar contemporary songwriters as Aimee Mann and Damien Rice. Also noteworthy are new songs by writers such as Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Duffy), Wayne Hector (James Morrison, One Direction), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Wilson Phillips), Ne-Yo and Carrie Underwood.
April 24, May 21, and June 19 at 9:30 PM
Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She's been dubbed "Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York's annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget co-hosts Our Hit Parade, a sold-out monthly revue of current pop hits, with Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn at Joe's Pub. She starred in the original musical At Least It's Pink based on her life which she co-wrote with director Michael Patrick King (writer/director of hit tv series Sex and the City) and Mellman which played Ars Nova for 12 weeks. Bridget has performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival . and the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. She played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac's Red Tide Blooming at P.S.122, was featured in Scott Wittman's production JUKEBOX JACKIE, and was a regular on Logo's Jeffrey Cole Casserole. She can be seen as Cathy in the Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy, 2 Broke Girls. Bridget co-wrote and performed an evening of original music called Bridget and Neal are F*cking and Adam is Watching with Medlyn and Adam Horovitz (Adrock: Beastie Boys). Bridget can be seen in HBO Canada's Funny as Hell alongside Horovitz and will be releasing an album of original music with her band, The Tender Moments, this fall.
April 27 at 7:00 PM
From "sharp-toothed" company Wolf 359 comes this true story of a boy and his migraines. SONG OF A CONVALESCENT Ayn Rand GIVING THANKS TO THE GODHEAD..., named after a Beethoven String Quartet is a tragicomic play about illness and art, featuring the music of Beethoven, the novels of Ayn Rand, and the musings of an intellectual drag queen in Peoria, Illinois. From Wittgenstein to free snacks to cat-loving nurses, "the piece offers a bit for everyone" (Gothamist). "What would it take to lure Paul Ryan to Off-Broadway? Perhaps Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau's [show]." (New York Times.)
April 28 at 7:30 PM
Two brilliant young performers unite for a special night of music when Brad Simmons and Paul Oakley Stovall take the stage at Joe's Pub. Stovall is an actor and playwright whose recent play Immediate Family just wrapped an acclaimed run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He's working on the upcoming musical Clear and has also been seen in films including John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus and Robert Altman's The Company. Simmons was musical director on Broadway's Lysistrata Jones, is currently co-starring with Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins in a new cabaret show Bring On the Men, and was the pianist in the cult film Camp. The duo will play musical favorites as well as original songs--all about love, recovery, and resolve--for this one-time performance.
May 6 at 9:30 PM
$7 for students; $10 regular
What's on the minds of these 11 young thespians? Come find out! This cast drawn from some of the best young actor/singers atNYU Tisch School of Drama will sing, rant, and whisper their hearts and minds - as they long for contact, yearn for love, and burn for companionship. Directed by Joe's Pub regular, Nora York and her collaborator/music director Jamie Lawrence, Gimme Gotcha Go On promises to be a thoroughly surprising heart-warming evening where juicy slices of modern music will get sandwiched between delicious new takes on the American theater cannon. Get your tickets while they're hot!
May 12 at 9:30PM
After exploding on the scene last August, Blake Pfeil returns to Joe's Pub with a full show. A former expatriate, his love letters to the four corners of the globe, and a girl named Irene, will feature brand new tunes as well as fan favorites heard around the city and beyond performed by some of the hottest performers from Broadway and the Indie music scene.
May 13 at 7:00PM
Storm Large has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences around the globe for more than fifteen years and shows no sign of slowing down or shutting up. She earned an associate's degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where her big dramatic voice impressed her teachers and made musical theater the obvious choice for her. However, Storm resonated more with Alphabet City than Broadway, spending all her free time in gritty rock clubs with the lowlifes, sluts, and geniuses she adored. She pursued rock 'n' roll instead.
May 16 at 7:00PM
$30 reserved; $35 premium
Since her debut in 2004, jazz/soul vocalist Nicole Henry has captivated audiences worldwide with her stunning voice and beguiling live performances that have earned her three top 10 albums, international media accolades and sold-out shows from Moscow to Madrid. Originally from Milwaukee, Grace Weber moved to New York six years ago to attend NYU and now lives in Brooklyn. At 24, Grace has had an amazing journey so far. As a 10 year old in Milwaukee, Grace decided that she wanted to sing in an inner city gospel choir and years of doing that shaped not only her soulful voice but also gave her a worldview much broader than your ordinary kid growing up in a suburb.
May 16 at 9:30PM
Following her sold-out cabaret debut at Joe's Pub, Erin Markey brings what the New York Times calls her "magnetic diva aggression" back to the Joe's stage. Known for her dark, absurdist humor and "hair-raising singing voice," Erin creates an at once riotous and unexpectedly moving performance about figuring out who you might be. R&B, 90's pop, blues and original music score Erin'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). Erin Markey creates comedic and conceptual performances, often involving music, for stage and video. She's also an actress. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (P.S. 122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey (San Francisco Film Society), and, in collaboration with Joseph Keckler, Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center Director's Lab).
May 19 at 9:30PM
After a string of sold out shows this winter, the inimitable Joey Arias (Arias With A Twist, Zumanity) returns to Joe's Pub with his longtime friend and mentor Gary Austin. Austin is the founder of the celebrated LA improv theater The Groundlings where Joey holds the record as the company's youngest-ever member. Gary is also a singer-songwriter in the Western tradition of Gene Autry. Will Arias roll out some Pasty Cline? Anything is possible during this evening of laughter, song and shared memories between two creative giants and peerless improvisers.
May 21 at 7:00PM
A bedazzled creature builds a community by singing 24 concerts of the last 24 decades of popular music. Ultimately all 24 decades will be stitched together culminating in a 24-hour long extravaganza (in 2015) but for now join Taylor Mac and band as they use popular music from the 1780s to explore the decades biggest theme and the first novel published in the United States: "The Power of Sympathy."
May 23 at 7:00PM
Back by popular demand, Theatre C is proud to present an encore performance of ECHOES OF ETTA, a Tribute to Etta James featuring William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray. Echoes is an energetic, no holds barred performance that will move you out of your seat. With unparalleled vocal ability and showmanship, William Blake, the Echoes band and gorgeous back-up singers, "The Peaches", excel with stellar musicality led by Michael Thomas Murray's (Musical Director/Arranger/Co-Creator) rockin' authentic period arrangements with a contemporary twist. This combined with one of the greatest songbooks of all time, has been bringing audiences on their feet. Blake delivers palpable life to these long loved classic songs in this musical testimonial to the legend who bridged the gap between Rock n Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Fans can expect to hear many of their favorite Etta James tunes such as, A Sunday Kind of Love, At Last, Good Rockin' Daddy, I'd Rather Go Blind, and Something's Got A Hold On Me just to name a few.
May 27 at 7:30PM
Ravi Roth and his fleet of friends salute their off-base auditioning stories. Ravi hailed from a small town called Dalton near Scranton, PA, where his amazing parents Will and Devorah reside. He went to the Boston Conservatory and has a BFA in musical theatre. He has the most rock star siblings ever, Maya, who started her own school, Uncommon Charter High School, and Yogi, who is a college football analyst and host of other shows in the entertainment industry.
May 27 at 9:30PM
June 7 at 9:30PM
$12 Advance / $15 Door
Champagne Jerry also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming. Champagne Jerry was born when Neal Medlyn's friend Max Tannone who had success with a Jay-Z /Radiohead "Jaydiohead" mashup album some years back, wrote and asked if he would want to write raps. It quickly became an all-consuming new project with Neal writing original underground-y contemporary hip hop songs in a style all his own, using the name Champagne Jerry, a nickname Bridget Everett gave him one fateful night when he walked around drinking an entire bottle of champagne. Featuring original songs, created with producer and remix master Max Tannone, among others, this long rumored debut will be the most significant occurrence in all of our lives. Special Guests: Bridget Everett, Kathleen Hanna and Adam Horovitz and the Champagne Club: Max Tannone, Farris Craddock, Gillian Walsh, Sophia Cleary and More!
June 8 at 9:30PM
New York's bravest and bawdiest cabaret duo returns to Joe's Pub after 4 years of international touring to serve up a ludicrous night of chaos, burlesque, comedy, and nudity. Straddling (literally) the gap between religious and related, performance art and party, busking and burlesque The Wau Wau Sisters' take audiences on a ride which always teeters on the brink of a divine and demented disaster.
June 8 at 11:30PM
Part performance, part band, The Georges is an offshoot of OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi (All Hands, Shadows).The Georges is perhaps best described as "avant garde improv," and features Alec Duffy, composer Steven Leffue, and the fiercest actors in downtown theater, Jason Quarles and Julian Rozzell, Jr. Each show is different, but all are loud.
June 12, 13, 14 & 16 at 9:30PM
June 15 at 9:00 PM
Buckle up, bitches! Airhostess Pam Ann - who has toured with Cher and crewed private jets for Elton John - returns to the USA in her raunchiest comedy show yet! In Pam Ann: Cockpit, the gutsy and glamorous, sixties-inspired Pam Ann takes aim at the numerous airline calamities making news today. From the grounding of Boeing 787's Dreamliner to Emirates Airlines' door blowing open at 37,000ft, all the deliciously alarming incidents that are plaguing the world's airline industry are discussed. Pam Ann's first stateside tour in four years comes directly after sellout Australian and European tours that took her to France, Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom. This spring, Pam Ann: Cockpit lands in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, and Miami, with final performances at Joe's Pub in New York City, June 12th - 16th. In Pam Ann: Cockpit, the comedienne will premiere her spoof appearance on the ABC-TV series, PAN AM. She will also present never-before-seen-in-the-USA footage from her latest airline news channel. In Australia, Pam Ann starred in her own television talk show, "The Pam Ann Show" on the nationAl Foxtel channel. She also hosted Australia's live broadcast of Mardi Gras that aired in over two million households. Even Madonna is a fan, describing Pam as "cruelly funny".
June 15 at 11:30PM
Hollywood's Missi Pyle returns to Joe's Pub with Sexy As Hell! Come experience one of Hollywood's most exciting, hilarious and unpredictable actress, as she pushes SOME of your boundaries. Missi aims to prove that though funny and with "strong features", Missi is in fact Sexy As Hell. She was just waiting till she turned 40 to show you. This show combines Missi's hilarious, quirky, ornery and sometimes heartfelt original music with music from her 3 bands, The Nice Ladies, Smith and Pyle and The Tumbleweeds for an evening of laughter, tears, booze, stories of love and loss and an intimate look at Missi's most recent slutty summer.
June 15 at 9:30PM
Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott returns to Joe's Pub for another evening of songs and slurred autobiographical stories that drip with wisdom, humor, and possibly some unidentified substances. Heterosexuals who actually read this far may need a primer on who Tori is: as a singer, she's graced the stages of The Duplex, 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 in every way to be a consummate lady and sometimes wonders if she actually still has a liver or not. Written by Tori Scott and Adam Hetrick. Musical Direction by Jesse Kissel. Directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn
June 16, 30 & July 7, 14 at 7:30PM
Visual artist, dancer, actor and downtown cabaret artist John Kelly will be performing Rebel Songs of a Range Queen, including songs by Kurt Weill, Charles Aznavour, The Incredible String Band, Mister Bungle, Jacques Brel, Holcombe Waller and The Shins. In a reprise of his breakthrough concerts last fall at Joe's Pub (interrupted by Hurricane Sandy), Kelly will reprise his concert with a program including new covers of songs by The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, Joanna Newsome, and The Clash. Singing in his 3-octave range, Rebel Songs of a Range Queen will display his versatility as a genre-traipsing and weathered punk altar boy, as the raging, orphaned sage. Benjamin Ickies is the Music Director, and will accompany Kelly on accordion and piano. Each of the 4 concerts will include a guest, including performances by Carol Lipnik and Dudley Saunders. A portion of the proceeds of these concerts will go to the ongoing Hurricane Sandy Relief. Kelly's flexibility as a performing artist is stunning. Golden Globe-winning actor and director James Franco said, "[Kelly] crosses into so many worlds with quiet authority and excellence." Kelly has also collaborated with John Cage and Laurie Anderson among other notable musicians, actors and artists. Awards including two Bessie Awards, two Obie Awards, a 2013 USA Artists Award, an Alpert Award, an Ethyl Eichelberger Award, and an Eliot Norton Best Actor Award.
June 29 at 9:30PM
$20 Advance / $25 Door
ONE SHOWBIZ LEGEND. ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT. NEW SHTICK! NEW SONGS! SAME DOUBLE-CHIN! He's Hill-arious! He's the host with the most! He makes polyester somewhat breathable! He's a real razzler dazzler. He's New York's downtown superstar comedian and international entertainment phenomenon Mr. Murray HILL! This fabulous star of stage, television, music videos, laptops, bingo halls and big screens has dazzled audiences the world over with his unique brand of interactive humor and old school showbiz. Murray is pleased to bring his infamous THE Murray Hill SHOW, a one-man show with showgirls, a swinging band and plenty of showbiz fanfair to Joe's Pub for a one-night-only affair. THE Murray Hill SHOW will feature his trademark blend of hammy Borscht Belt humor, irreverent monologues, joint-popping slapstick, so-bad-it's-gotta-be-good crooning, biting celebrity impersonations, freewheeling ad-libbing, and raucous audience interaction (known by those in the trade as "crowd work"). He'll regale the audience with tales from his early showbiz days-like getting discovered by Don Rickles while bussing tables at The Copacabana; opening for the guy who opened for the guy who opened for Martin and Lewis in the Catskills; his fifth career comeback and chronic middle-aged crisis; and, of course, cavorting with and losing the ladies (including one of his 12 ex-fiancés, who dumped him for a younger, dashing and cerebral Regis Philbin). In short, be prepared for a mix of old-fashioned highball class with madcap contemporary humor and Hill-arious improv. Murray will be accompanied by his swinging band THE STIFF GIMLETS (Jesse Elder-piano, Kenball Zwerin-bass, Arthur Vint-drums, Matt Parker-saxaphone) and THE MURRAYETTES, Murray's longtime showgirls from the old days who are coming out of retirement for the big night.
JULY 28 at 9:30PM
The six piece, Portland, OR based music ensemble Vagabond Opera is described by the Washington Post as "a band of ceaseless charisma, boundless energy, impeccable musicianship and more than a little touch of both the naughty and exotic." Featuring four singers (two operatically trained) two cellos, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, double bass and drums, the Bohemian neo-cabaret gypsy rock ensemble plays a combination of cabaret, burlesque, tango, Balkan beats, Klezmer, rock, Arab music, Parisian hot jazz, and, yes, opera that'll leave your head spinning. The ensemble sings in 15 languages and mixes their genre-defying original tunes with covers made famous by such artists as Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Raymond Scott, and Edith Piaf - all performed with theatrics, flair and an old world mood. Vagabond Opera is at the vanguard of a growing popularity in the Neo-cabaret phenomenon, and through their theatrical performances and eclectic repertoire bring the eclectic artistic spirit of Portland, OR to the world. Vagabond Opera has performed across the USA and in Europe, is played regularly on NPR and has shared stages and players with Pink Martini, Devotchka, The Decembrists, and the Oregon Symphony, proving their easy crossover appeal
Visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows, or to purchase tickets. You can also call 212-967-7555 or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC: Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance. www.joespub.com
ABOUT The Public Theater AT ASTOR PLACE: 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. www.publictheater.org