Tonya Pinkins, Daphne Rubin-Vega & More Will Join Max Vernon At Joe's Pub

By: Sep. 06, 2018

Tonya Pinkins, Daphne Rubin-Vega & More Will Join Max Vernon At Joe's Pub Max Vernon - the songwriter described by The New Yorker as "equal parts Bohemia and Broadway" - will launch his first ever residency at Joe's Pub at The Public this fall, Existential Life Crisis Lullaby, on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 PM with special musical guests Tonya Pinkins, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Annie Golden, MJ Rodriguez, Gizel Jimenez, Chrissi Poland Veronica Swift, Morgan Meadows, and Avery Leigh Draut. The September evening will be directed by Ellie Heyman. Vernon received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, three Drama Desk Award nominations, a Jonathan Larson Grant and the Richard Rodgers Award for his musicals The View UpStairs and KPOP, both of which had critically-acclaimed extended Off-Broadway runs last year. KPOP is planning a new major Off Broadway production in 2019. Following a sold-out debut at the Kennedy Center last year, Vernon is returning to the New York nightclub stage for three nights of high spectacle, high fashion, and high belted F sharps. The residency will continue on October 23 and November 27 with completely different guests and songs.

In addition to his acclaimed musicals, the residency will preview his newest work The Tattooed Lady (written with Obie Award-winning playwright Erin Courtney) alongside other previously-unheard material. The series will feature three directors - Ellie Heyman (September), Jaki Bradley (October) and Jenny Koons (November) - three completely different set lists, and about 300 costumes, many created by Vernon himself. Featuring a cast of Broadway stars, Downtown divas and the next generation of household names, Existential Life Crisis Lullaby will be a celebration of tattooed ladies, Korean pop stars, 70's queer culture, the apocalypse, sentient robots, aging club kids, homicidal hipster cults, and true love.

Max Vernon, who has emerged as a singular and eccentric voice in the world of musical theatre, is a three time Drama Desk nominee, "Out 100" Honoree, and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Richard Rodgers Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. He has been a Dramatist Guild Theatre Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and an artist in residence at Berkeley Rep, Ars Nova, Kimmel Center (via The Public Theater), Disney Creative Entertainment, and Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat, among others. His musical, The View UpStairs, ran 105 performances Off-Broadway and will have ten new productions around the world in 2018-2019; original cast recording on Broadway Records. His other musical, KPOP, enjoyed a sold-out, extended run at Ars Nova this past October and was the most nominated Off-Broadway show of the 2017-2018 season. Notable concert performances include the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In a rave review of The View UpStairs, The New York Times stated "Mr. Vernon's score, which draws from the period's disco, soft rock and glam sounds, is solid, channel[ing] a vintage camp that is all too rare nowadays." The New Yorker praised its "sad, beautiful love songs performed by a soulful ensemble cast." According to Entertainment Weekly, "The View UpStairs is ultimately a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present." Reviewing KPOP, New York Magazine said, "by the time the finale of KPOP comes around, if you're not bopping along to the splashy, buoyant pop tunes by Max Vernon, well ... maybe you don't like puppies or rainbows either." Billboard exclaimed, "KPOP, like the music it's named after, explores a wide range of genres and artistic interpretations. The show weaves dozens of bilingual songs into the plot, including a finale performance that features a stand out or two that could easily compete on Korean music charts."

Max Vernon: Existential Life Crisis Lullaby will be presented at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater on Tuesday nights, September 25, October 23 and November 27, all at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the individual shows are $20 each. The venue is located in The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC. For tickets call (212) 967-7555 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM or visit, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street from 2:00 PM daily. There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.

Joe's Pub AT THE PUBLIC, named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, 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 opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works; Joe's Pub Working Group, an artist development initiative; The Vanguard Award & Residency, a yearlong series that celebrates the career of a prolific and influential artist, who leads their own artistic community; and nationwide programming partnerships. Commissioned artists have included Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Daniel Alexander Jones, Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Allen Toussaint and more. The venue's food and beverage partner is the venerated Noho Hospitality Group, helmed by 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.