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THE OUTER SPACE, Megan Mullally and More Coming Up This Spring at Joe's Pub


Joe's Pub at The Public Theater has announced its nightly performances from April 5 - 16, 2017. Scroll down for details, and visit for a complete list of shows!


Wednesday - Friday, April 5 - 7 at 7:00PM
Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9 at 1:00PM & 7:00PM

$30 - 45

Called "man of many talents," by The New York Times, Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go, Tumacho) returns to The Public with THE OUTER SPACE, a new adventure in bittersweet and hilariously off-kilter storytelling. With music composed and performed by Lipton, Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian Riggs, THE OUTER SPACE follows two humans who buy an old spaceship, leaving the noise, pollution and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the mission? Leigh Silverman (No Place to Go, Well, Violet) directs this out-of-this-world musical about the impossible quest to create a sustainable life. The New York Times describes The Outer Space as "artful and adept," and "just delightful!"


Tuesday & Wednesday, April 4 & 5 at 9:30PM


Singer, songwriter and pop culture icon Bebe Buell debuts her all-new live show Baring It All: a unique blend of her songs, some spanning decades, sprinkled with storytelling from her fabled rock-n-roll life. Buell will be backed by her new duo, The Rebel Souls, featuring her husband, guitarist Jimmy Walls and drummer Mindy Wright.


Tuesday, April 6 at 9:30PM

Guests: Ana Marie Cox, Brenda Shaugnessy, Tony Tulathimutte & Travon Free


House of SpeakEasy returns in its the fifth 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. This April's theme is The End My Friend featuring guests Ana Marie Cox (political columnist and culture critic), Brenda Shaughnessy (poet), Tony Tulathimutte (novelist) and Travon Free (author and television writer).

THE Dan Band

Friday, April 7 at 10:00PM


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." 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, April 8 at 9:30PM


With six top-selling albums and more than 20 million records sold worldwide, Lisa Lisa is an international superstar and leader of one of the biggest dance-pop/R&B groups ever. As the front-woman of Full Force's Cult Jam, Lisa Lisa enjoyed a string of chart-topping songs including "I Wonder If I Take You Home," All Cried Out," "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion" from their platinum albums Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force and Spanish Fly. This event is part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival.

BriAnna Thomas: SONG OF LOVE


Sunday, April 9 at 9:30PM

$15 Adv / $20

BriAnna Thomas grew up surrounded by music. Her father, Charlie Thomas, not only influenced her with his own unique talents as a vocalist and percussionist, he created an exceptionally well-rounded musical environment that fostered the younger Thomas's emerging abilities. Her soulful singing is deeply enriched by an understanding of the masterful voices of jazz past. Beyond a healthy serving of sass, Sarah Vaughn's influence contributes to Thomas's style: the artistic savvy need to communicate myriad moods and feelings as well as a keen instrumental perspective. Captivatingly unique, her sound moves in tones ranging from sweet invitations to assured convictions, establishing a personal and classic quality that leaves listeners swooning after her performances.

Whether vocalist, emcee, showman or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music's folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair. Mwenso has spent his entire life immersed in the jazz scene, leading the band Michael Mwenso & The Shakes, and has developed his unique skill set through a diversity of life experiences. As such, Melting Pot is his ongoing series that showcases young and upcoming talent he believes represent the future of jazz music.

NANCY AND BETH FEATURING Megan Mullally & Stephanie Hunt

Monday, April 10 at 7:30PM


Emmy Award winning actress Megan Mullally (Party Down, Will & Grace) met fellow actress Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication) while in Austin filming the independent movie Somebody Up There Likes Me. The minute the two started singing together they realized they had something special...and those that have come out to see their new band, Nancy And Beth, agree! Within just three months of their inception, Nancy And Beth had already played fabulous venues such as Royce Hall in Los Angeles and been featured as a musical guest on Conan.


Monday, April 10 at 9:30PM


In a world that seems drunk with indignation, where passions are running red-hot and significant differences are tearing at the very fabric of society, Hate Actually is an exploration of the ways in which we dislike, despise and detest. The Civilians are back at Joe's Pub, looking at the ins and outs of who we hate, how we hate, why we hate, and what we do with that hate. Join The Civilians as they question the darker side of human nature alongside an idea inimical to our current times: maybe it is not love that makes the world go 'round but Hate Actually.



Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00PM


Every month, New York's best and brightest women gather on stage for Women of Letters to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading "A letter to the one that got away." Guests are author of The Price of Illusion and former editor of Vogue Paris Joan Juliet Buck, journalist and data editor at The Guardian Mona Chalabi, bestselling author of Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler, acclaimed writer and storyteller Susan Kent, beloved standup comedian Aparna Nancherla and iconic singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega.


Tuesday, April 11 at 9:30PM


Following the release of Healer, Alex Cuba's fourth studio album, it has been an eventful year. He opened for Sheryl Crow two nights in Hollywood Bowl, won the singer songwriter category at the Latin Grammys 2015 and was nominated for the Latin Pop category at the 2016 Grammys. All this from the small town in northern Canada where Alex Cuba has lived and independently produced music for 12 years. After completing tours in Canada and making best of lists for NPR and CBC for Healer for 2015 Alex celebrated Canada Day in Ottawa playing for Prime Minister Trudeau and made 1M streams on Spotify for the single "Sarah." Cuba is now preparing a new soulful, melody rich production that has him in Montreal, Spain, Los Angeles and Victoria for an April 2017 release.

Lance Horne: NEW WORK, NEW WORK 3

Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00PM


Lance Horne is thrilled to return for the third installment, New Work, New Work 3, of his yearlong residency. This new show will feature Horne's rock side, last seen at Joe's Pub with his band Lance Horne & the One Night Stands, which also performed at the closing night of CBGBs. This show born from his current collaboration with glam rock star Jake Shears of The Scissor Sisters. Fixtures from the rock world will join Horne in a night of premieres, including ...


Wednesday, April 12 at 9:30PM

$20 - 30

Musical Theatre Factory proudly presents Lift Every Voice to bring exciting musical theater writers of color from the margins to the center stage. The night will feature all new musical theater songs ranging from pop/rock to hip hop to jazz in a concert unlike any other. Featured writers include Troy Anthony, Michael R. Jackson, Suraki Jones and more. The evening is music directed by Darius Smith, directed by Tamilla Woodard and curated by Natasha Sinha and Jones of MTF's People of Color Roundtable, a one-of-a-kind experiment - part writers circle, part discussion forum and part low-key performance salon - where artists of all disciplines share their work with a group that is exclusively comprised of people of color.


Thursday, April 13 at 7:00PM

Friday & Saturday, April 14 & 15 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM


Joe McGinty and The Loser's Lounge play a very special tribute to celebrated singer-songwriter and late icon George Michael. The Losers are a New York City-based band that started out playing small clubs on the Lower East Side in 1993. Now in their 23rd year, the band performs every other month at Joe's Pub, plus shows at Lincoln Center, selling out regularly. Known for their incredible interpretations of classics, the Losers have grown into a unique performance experience that combines music, comedy and cabaret. They are back with all the irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find on their stage.

Karen Ludwig: WHERE WAS I?

Thursday, April 13 at 9:30PM


Where Was I? tells the funny and poignant story of a lifetime spent in one of our most passionate and public professions. From playing Meryl Streep's lover in Woody Allen's Manhattan, to her heart-rending film portrayal of Ethel Rosenberg in Citizen Cohn, to her many memorable theater performances, Karen Ludwig has shared the New York stage and screen for over four decades with some of Broadway and Hollywood's biggest stars. Where Was I? is a moving and often hilarious journey of a dedicated artist in search of her identity. It is a vital and compelling story of a lifetime working in the arts. Where Was I? is part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival.


Sunday, April 16 at 7:00PM


Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, Sounds of Kolachi, a new 10-piece super group of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi, Pakistan blurs raga and Western harmony, counterpoint and South Asian melodic lines, all without losing the groove. South Asian classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi are on equal footing with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. Guiding the journey, composer, theorist, and singer Ahsan Bari spins outrageous, bluesy, modal riffs, boosted by a quartet of male and female voices.


Sunday, April 16 at 9:30PM

$15 Adv / $20 Door

Billy Hough and Susan Goldberg return to Joe's Pub with a "guide to surviving" these impossible times, with special guests Jeremy Gustin (Albert Hammond Jr), Matt Hough (GarageDogs) and Lili Taylor. This one-time only show, built solely around Billy's original songs, includes hits from GarageDogs, the films of Oren Moverman and his and Sue Goldberg's classic album "Venice."

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 Artistic Director 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 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's work is also seen on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally and in collaborations and co-productions with regional and international theaters. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and in spring 2017, Lynn Nottage's acclaimed new play Sweat. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes.

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