Patti LuPone, Tituss Burgess, Jose Llana and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly lineup for May 11-22. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows!
Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00PM
Marcelle Davies-Lashley is a psalmist extraordinaire. The Brooklyn native comes from West African parents and is the youngest of seven children. Davies-Lashley began singing in the church choir at the age of five and developed a sultry voice that will melt your heart and feed your soul. Davies-Lashley has traveled to six of seven continents soothing the world in melody and song with a stage presence and sincerity that is second to none. She has collaborated and toured with countless artists and made a large impact in the gospel/soul music community.
Wednesdays-Sundays, May 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.
In keeping with The Public Theater's commitment to making great art accessible for all, Joe's Pub offers 10 free standing room tickets to each performance. Entries will be accepted in-person, beginning at 5:30PM, on the evening of each show. Names will be pulled at 6:00PM.
Thursday, May 12 at 7:00PM
The Children's Aid Society Chorus program strives to impart confidence, self-esteem, vocal excellence and team work through the lens of a musical education. The CAS Chorus program engages youth from across the Children's Aid Society community centers and community schools, spanning neighborhoods from the South Bronx and Washington Heights to Greenwich Village, Brooklyn and Harlem. The CAS Chorus has performed at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Belmont Stakes, Joe's Pub, the Naumberg Bandshell, and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Our program focuses on giving our young singers professional experiences in the rich theatrical and musical venues unique to New York City.
Fridays and Saturdays, May 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:00PM
Barb Jungr is delighted to return with her new album and live project, Shelter from the Storm, marking her return to Linn Records' jazz roster. Released in February 2016 in the U.K. and April 2016 in the U.S., Shelter from the Storm sees Jungr, regarded as one of the finest interpreters of popular song, join hands across the Atlantic in a collaboration with Laurence Hobgood, the American progressive and contemporary jazz piano virtuoso. The album features three original songs by the duo, alongside material by Dylan, Cohen, Mitchell, Springsteen, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Peter Gabriel and Bacharach and David.
Sunday, May 15 at 7:00PM
Irka Mateo is a Caribbean whirlwind, delivering songs that celebrate the music, history, and culture of her beloved Caribbean and Latin America. Her songs bring to the world the deep-rooted sounds of this wonderful region of our planet. With an amazing voice and charismatic performances supported by her stellar band La Tirindanga, she fills the dance floors with healing and happy energy, moving the hearts and feet of those in attendance with her joyful celebration of Mestizo music.
Monday & Tuesday, May 16 & 17 at 7:00PM
Failure has always been a favorite topic of Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. Much of the songwriting catalog he's built up over the last dozen-plus years revolves around dashed dreams, doomed romance and drunken predicaments. Very often, though, he's leavened the losing with cleverly deployed gallows humor, self-deprecation and yarn spinning, linking his work to his native state's tradition of wryly winning musical wit, a writing trait he shares with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and even Miranda Lambert. Some of Carll's most beloved hits - to the extent that there is such a thing in the singer-songwriter and Americana scenes that he straddles - features situational humor and hooky punch lines delivered over shambling, down-home grooves in a fractured twang that plays up a badly sprained ego. He comes to Joe's Pub to celebrate his newest release Lovers and Leavers (April 8, 2016, Hwy 87 Records).
Monday, May 16 at 9:30PM
One of Broadway's preeminent leading men, Jose Llana, returns to the home of his Lortell-nominated portrayal of President Marcos in Here Lies Love at The Public Theater to celebrate the release of his American solo album debut. Direct from his triumphant turn as The King in Lincoln Center's Tony Award-winning revival of The King & I, with musical director Kimberly Grigsby, Llana debut at Joe's Pub will showcase his illustrious, 20-year career with songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Adam Guettel, William Finn, David Byrne and more.
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 & 25 at 9:30PM
New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns 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, Everett invites her audience to get inside her. New York Magazine describes Everett as, "a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00PM
Celisse Henderson, who made her Joe's Pub debut in Bridget Everett's Rock Bottom, returns with an evening of her own groundbreaking solo material. From songs of love and blues on the piano and guitar, to songs of joy on the ukulele, with some spoken word on the side, Henderson shares her gifts on multiple instruments and pairs it with her soulful vocals to create an evening of musical magic. She recently returned from an acclaimed tour Live from the Heartland with Matt Alber. She is also known for her work in the Broadway Revival of GODSPELL at Circle in The Square Theater and her work on The Electric Company. Henderson recently released a live EP entitled Celisse LIVE @ Rockwood Music Hall, which is available on iTunes.
Thursday, May 19 at 7:00PM
Say you want a revolution, well, Employee of the Month - the only late night talk show all about work - celebrates three revolutionaries, each in their own way. At this month's installment, creator and host Catie Lazarus will interview and honor Patti LuPone, Tituss Burgess and Brian Koppelman. The New York Times, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine all agree, Lazarus is an exceptional interviewer and each show is its own delight. Guests receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Pulitzer Prize and free cup of coffee.
Sunday, May 22 at 3:00PM
The Eco-Music Big Band is a 16-piece, multigenerational and unique big band that includes some of the nation's most acclaimed jazz musicians. Eco-Music regularly commissions works by younger and emerging composers, and performs music with a vision for a better world. At this performance, they will celebrate Sun Ra's 102nd birthday. The dynamic jazz ensemble Eco-Music Big Band presents scenes from Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth!, a free-jazz opera by Fred Ho and Marie Incontrera, with libretto by Quincy Troupe. In this freewheeling odyssey, visionary jazz musician Sun Ra is summoned back to life to save the world from impending destruction brought on by war, global warming, and economic decline.
Sunday, May 22 at 7:00PM
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 honor Prince.
For tickets, go online at joespub.com, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555, or 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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