Joe's Pub Announces Line-Up of Powerhouse Divas this Summer

Joe's Pub Announces Line-Up of Powerhouse Divas this Summer

Joe's Pub is proud to present a collection of powerful divas playing at the top of their game in the months of July and August, including the inimitable Bridget Everett rampaging onstage (and through the audience) with her band The Tender Moments on July 11, 12, 13, 25 and 26; Australian cabaret sensation Meow Meow is in town on July 16, 17 and 18; star of stage and screen Cristin Milioti stars on August 17, 18 and 19; and the debut album release party for Joe's Pub favorite Lady Rizo runs August 25, 26 and 27.

Some divas are made, not born. Witness Kevin Smith Kirkwood channel the spirit of Whitney Houston in the one-night-only homage "Classic Whitney: Live!" on July 13. Don't miss a run of shows from Ryan Raftery, creator of the hit Anna Wintour and Andy Cohen stage productions, as he turns his focus on America's premiere aspirational icon with the new musical "The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart" on August 7, 22 and 28 and September 11 and 12.

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Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS

Tuesday, July 11 at 9:30PM

Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30PM

Thursday, July 13 at 10PM

Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30PM

Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30PM


Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage 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, come get inside her. New York Magazine calls Everett "... a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."

Meow Meow

Sunday, July 16 at 9:30PM

Monday, July 17 at 9:30PM

Tuesday, July 18 at 9:30PM


International Singing Sensation and purr-fect post-post-modern showgirl Meow Meow makes a rare New York City appearance at Joe's Pub for three performances only! Following her trail-blazing shows on the West End, concerts with the London Philharmonic, critically acclaimed seasons of original creations at Southbank Centre and starring as Titania in Emma Rice's revolutionary A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe, the crowd-surfing queen of song is set to dazzle us once again with her unique brand of kamikaze cabaret. From Brecht, to Radiohead, to original gems, be mesmerised by her hypnotic voice, heartened by her hilarity and slightly terrified by her boundless (and boundary-less) talent. Expect sequins, satire, the enviable Lance Horne on piano, and possibly even the splits.

Kevin Smith Kirkwood'S CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!

Monday, July 13 at 9:30PM


Classic Whitney: Alive! is back by popular demand to the place where it all started! In Classic Whitney: Alive!, the legendary Whitney Houston has come back to earth, reincarnated in the body of Kevin Smith Kirkwood, to deliver a one night only retrospective concert and celebration of some of her iconic live performances. Here, Whitney is backed by a full band and back-up singers (who also play her mother Sissy Houston, brother Gary, and even Bobby Brown) and musical director Drew Wutke. With a script constructed from bits of her live concert banter, and re-enactments of her live concert musical arrangements, it's the ultimate Whitney tribute from the ultimate Whitney fan!

Ryan Raftery: THE RISE AND FALL (AND RISE) OF Martha Stewart

Monday, August 7 at 7PM

Tuesday, August 22 at 7PM

Monday, August 28 at 7PM

Monday, September 11 at 7PM

Tuesday, September 12 at 7PM


Ryan Raftery, creator and star of the smash hit Anna Wintour and Andy Cohen musicals, returns to Joe's Pub to premiere the final show in his "Titans of Media" trilogy based on the tale of America's first self-made female billionaire. The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart tells the fascinating story of the woman who changed the way we live our lives by daring us to try harder. From her humble beginnings in Nutley, New Jersey to her empire-building years in Westport, Connecticut, to her highly-publicized stint in federal prison, this is a chronicle of epically blind ambition set to the music of artists as varied as Beyonce, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele and Metallica. A native New Yorker and graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Raftery has been seen on television in Ugly Betty, What I Like About You, Malcolm in the Middle, and Law & Order: SVU. He has written eight shows, including the aforementioned Wintour and Cohen musicals as well as Ryan Raftery & Friends: A Solo Act, Ryan Raftery's It Gets Worse and Ryan Raftery: King of the Jews.

Cristin Milioti

Thursday, August 17 at 7PM

Friday, August 18 at 7PM

Saturday, August 19 at 7PM


Cristin Milioti returns to Joe's Pub after numerous sold out concerts, including the prestigious Lincoln Center's American Songbook. Milioti is known for her dramatic, comedic, and musical work on stage, television and in film. She starred as "Girl" in the Broadway smash hit musical Once, for which she won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and was recently seen in David Bowie's Lazarus. Her film and television credits include Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, FX's Golden Globe-winning drama Fargo, and playing "The Mother" on CBS's hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, and more.


Friday, August 25 at 9:30PM

Saturday, August 26 at 9:30PM

Sunday, August 27 at 7PM


"An anarchist streak still runs through me," says Lady Rizo, the singer-sophisticate who was once a teenage punk rocker. "I love the idea of claiming something that's uncool and making it authentic." To that end, the New York City-based artist has earned a name for herself by transforming nightclub-pop into experiences that are more soulful, more theatrical. A provocateur with an electric wit, Lady Rizo is a vessel for the spirits of Edith Piaf and Freddie Mercury. The New York Times once referred to Lady Rizo (né Amelia Zirin-Brown) as, "a formidable belter who can sustain phrases and notes even when sprawled on her back on a piano and scissoring her legs." They're not alone in that enthusiasm. Lady Rizo, who is releasing Indigo (Aug 18th), her second album-has collaborated with Moby, Reggie Watts, and Yo-Yo Ma, the latter on his Songs of Joy & Peace album which won a Grammy Award.

About Joe's Pub at The Public

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.

About The Public Theater

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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