STAGE TUBE: Jason Kravits Plays His Last Performance in OFF THE TOP June 6th
Don't miss Jason Kravits and special guest star Alexander Gemignani, in Jason's improvisational nightclub act, OFF The TOP. This is the final performance, before Kravits departs to tread the boards this summer at the Muny and the La Jolla Playhouse. The final show plays June 6th at 7pm at The Duplex.
Gemignani's Broadway credits include Assassins, the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park With George and the revival of Violet. Kravits began improvising the show a little over a year ago, with a first performance at 54 Below. In his musical high-wire act, Kravits spontaneously creates a character, a life story and an entire evening of original songs, all based on audience suggestions.
Showstoppers, medleys, character songs, trifles, segues, backstories - Kravits makes it all up in real time, off the top of his head. "Doing this combines many things I love," he says, "music, improv, comedy and parody, and it's like a magic trick for the audience in a way." In May, the show featured a "song from a little known musical by Sting," a Riverdance by Kravits and president Ulysses S. Grant (Jordan Gelber), and a medley that included improvised gems: "Top Of The Empire State Building," "Pizza," "Empty, " "These Peas Are Delicious," and "I Have An Umbrella." Kravits departs the city for the summer to appear at the Muny and the LaJolla Playhouse in two projects. He'll play Bert in "42nd Street" at the Muny from June 24th - 30th. He then travels to the La Jolla Playhouse from July 26 - August 21 for the world premiere of "Junk," a play by Pulitzer Prize winner, Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). He has been seen on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone, Sly Fox and Relatively Speaking, in addition to numerous TV and film roles.
In addition to his role for two seasons on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," (as inept Lawyer Gary Dubbin), Kravits has played recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Smash, The Michael J. Fox Show, Royal Pains, Dallas and a long run on The Practice, as well as memorable appearances on Blindspot, The Blacklist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hot in Cleveland, Married, Masters of Sex, Raising Hope, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls and Everybody Loves Raymond. His film credits include Chinese Puzzle, The Stepford Wives, Sweet November, Morning Glory, and What Just Happened. As a writer, Kravits penned the 10-minute play, Green Eggs and Hamlet, the holiday stories, The Kvetch and A Christmoose Story, as well as the acclaimed web-series Lords of the Playground. In 1999, his two-man sketch show, An Evening with Kravits and Jones, won the Jury Award at the U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen. He is a founding member of The Rumble in the Red Room writing collective, as well as the improv troupe, Erasable, Inc.
For more about the improv Off The TOP, visit: http://offthetop.nyc
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