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Each week Joe's Pub at The Public presents some of New York City's most eclectic programming ranging from world to classical, pop, singer-songwriter, jazz and more. At the center of Joe's Pub's genre-blind booking is The Public Theater's mission to bring world-class performance to New York City's diverse cultural community.
SHAVING: SELECTIONS AND MUSIC FROM THE ROCK MEMOIR
JANUARY 25 at 7:00 PM
Casting is set for the upcoming one-night-only world premiere performance of selections and music from Shaving, a new musical by writer/performer Alex Davis, at Joe's Pub on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7pm. Based on his one-man-show, Alex Davis: Man of the Year, seen a year ago at the famed Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Shaving is a powerful rock musical memoir about love and self-transformation with music & lyrics by Alex Davis and a book by Alex Davis & Miranda Russo. Directed by Joseph Hendel and featuring a live band under the musical direction of Kris Kukul, Shaving features a cast of seven. The cast of Shaving, led by Alex Davis, also includes Chris Henry Coffey (David Schwimmer's Trust), Christopher Ryan Grant (Million Dollar Quartet), Nikki Kimbrough, Grace McLean, Gayle Rankin (Tribes) and Miranda Russo. Shaving is a personal, moving and humor-filled musical by singer/songwriter Alex Davis about his heroic evolution into a transgender man. The only child of iconic actor Brad Davis - the Golden Globe-winner best known for his acclaimed performances in the 1978 film Midnight Express and the 1985 premiere of Larry Kramer's groundbreaking drama The Normal Heart - who died of AIDS when Alex was just eight years old, Shaving exposes Davis's journey growing up without a father yet triumphantly transitioning into a new world of manhood. Of this courageous tale of love, self-discovery and transformation, Larry Kramer says, "Alex Davis is an extraordinary young man, with an extraordinary story to tell." A Critic's Pick by Time Out New York, Davis returns to New York for this special concert performance of Shaving at Joe's Pub. Shaving, directed by Joseph Hendel with musical direction by Kris Kukul, is produced by Lauren Fitzgerald.
NEVER SLEEP ALONE
JANUARY 26 at 9:30 PM
FEBRUARY 15 at 11:30 pm
MARCH 1 at 9:30 PM
APRIL 27 at 9:30 PM
$25 singles/$30 voyeurs
Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and Best-Selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction. Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. "Singles" mix in the front and become active participants in the show. "Voyeurs" watch from the back as the provocative and irreverent Dr. Alex dispenses sex advice from her new book, "Never Sleep Alone", and leads her audience through a wildly entertaining evening. Willing singles are invited to join Dr. Alex on stage for free champagne, blind dates and interactive demonstrations. The night continues at an exclusive after-party and the secret location is announced at curtain call. Read more about this unforgettable show in this Time Out New York feature: http://bit.ly/XwA7mU
JANUARY 27, 9:30 PM
FEBRUARY 3, 9:30 PM
FEBRUARY 10, 9:30 PM
Dubbed "a demigod of the demimonde" by Time Out New York, legendary performance artist and chanteuse Joey Arias appears in his first residency at Joe's Pub over a series of three Sundays. Harking back to the days of Bar d'O (the notorious West Village boîte where Arias reigned for nearly a decade), each week sees the Arias With A Twist star exploring a range of musical selections from Billie Holiday and popular standards to 70's rock anthems and Klaus Nomi. The residency is a warm up to Arias' west coast tour, anchored by a headlining concert at the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco on Valentine's Day.
LIVING FOR TODAY: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
JANUARY 28, 7:00 PM
$75 Premium / $25 Reserved
LIVING FOR TODAY brings together Broadway's brightest stars for a night of song and celebration to benefit the Gilana Shira Alpert Fund. Now in its fifth year, LIVING FOR TODAY: 'Back to the Drawing Board,' will feature your favorite tunes sung by amazing Broadway singers. Scheduled to perform are Michael Potts (Book of Mormon, Grey Gardens), Tituss Burgess ("30 Rock," Jersey Boys), David R. Gordon (Flashdance), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde, Little Women), Tess Soltau (Addams Family, Into the Woods), Hannah Elless (Godspell), Tony Yazbeck ("Smash," Chicago, Gypsy), Steve Rosen (Spamalot, Guys & Dolls), Courtney Reed (In the Heights, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin), Cassandra Sandberg, Rheaume Crenshaw and the men of "Shubert Alley" (Jamison Scott, Patrick Massey and Kevin Massey). The Gilana Shira Alpert Fund was established in 2007 following the loss of Alpert at the age of 26. The fund, which has raised over $22,000, supports organizations Gilana was passionate about, including equality advocacy, sex education, theatre studies and Holocaust awareness.
JANUARY 28, 9:30 PM
Although Zack Zadek's music debuted over three years ago on this same stage, the 19-year-old piano virtuoso is thrilled to present his first ever solo concert at Joe's Pub. Zack will be performing his latest singer/songwriter work, inspired by pop, rock and electronic music; numbers from his hit show "6" (NYMF) and his new musical "The Crazy Ones;" and selections from his not-yet-released solo EP. Zack will be joined by friends Nick Blaemire (Godspell), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Andrew Kober (Hair) and Molly Hager, as well as a full piece band featuring Charlie Rosen (One Man, Two Guvnors, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Austin Moorhead (One Man, Two Guvnors), Jamie Eblen and Aaron Shulman.
SINGS PABLO NERUDA SONG CYCLE OF LOVE POEMS
FEBRUARY 1 & 2, 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Ute Lemper's newest creation is a song cycle to the love poems of Pablo Neruda. This very delicate and beautiful songbook is presented mainly in Spanish, but also has adaptations in French and English. It is a fantastic celebration of this especially sensual poetry by Neruda who had written these poems on the Chilean Isla Negra after years of exile. Neruda had escaped from Chile to Argentina and Europe because of his anti-fascist political and artistic activities and writings. His main poetic creations were written during exile. He collaborated with Picasso on highly political inspired works and received several world peace awards by socialist countries. The love poems are dedicated to his wife Mathilda.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK CITY 2
FEBRUARY 3, 7:00 PM
$30 Reserved / $50 VIP
For generations, musical theatre writers have come to New York City to change the world. The concert series Once Upon A Time In New York City is about the people who have changed THEM. This second concert will feature musical theatre writers- who are ages 18 to 80, who were born in Kansas City or San Francisco or London, who are established and who are emerging- each writing a brand new song about someone who has changed their idea of New York City. The concert will feature 15 world premiere songs. Contributing writers include Michael Arden, David Austin, Anna Ty Bergman and Alexander Sage Oyen, Nick Blaemire, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Joe church, Michael Finke, Francesca Garrard, Amanda Green, Maribeth Graham and Dana Rowe, Doug Katsaros and Amanda Yesnowitz, Mike Pettry, Louis St. Louis, and Georgia Stitt.
FEBRUARY 4, 7:00 PM
After sold out shows at the Canal Room, the Laurie Beechman, and NYMF, Cutting-Edge Composers is thrilled to be at Joe's Pub! Up-and-coming musical theater writers are teamed with Broadway's hottest performers in this concert series produced by Laura Pietropinto (Next to Normal) and Jillian Robbins. Come hear premiere songs from the next generation of musical theatre writers and say you were there at the start of something big! Scheduled to perform are Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia!), two time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús (In The Heights, La Cage Aux Folles), Ali Ewoldt (LES MISERABLES), Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Emma Hunton (Rent), Tracy McDowell (Rent), Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Zachary Prince (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Danny Quadrino (Bye Bye Birdie), Tanesha Ross (American Idol), Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal), Lance Rubin, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Katie Thompson (Giant) and 2012 Tony Award nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar). Cutting-Edge Composers will feature songs from new musicals currently in development by Drew Fornarola & Scott Elmegreen, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, Joe Iconis, Lourdes Lane, Peter Lerman, Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond, Virginia Hart Pike, Will Reynolds, Joshua Salzman & Ryan Cunningham, Charlie Sohne & Tim Rosser, Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller, Benjamin Velez & Katie Hathaway, and Zack Zadek.
Lady Rizo: UNESCORTED
FEBRUARY 7 & MARCH 21, 9:30 PM
Lady Rizo: Nina SimonE TRIBUTE
FEBRUARY 7, 11:30 PM
$20 Advance / $25 Door
The incomparable "sensational" (New York Times) Lady Rizo is back for an un-chaperoned evening of song and decadence. You may have seen her here at Joe's Pub with her "glam bottom baring dance troupe the Assettes" (Village Voice), celebrating the billboard top ten in the monthly series Our Hit Parade, or midtown at the gothic Night Hotel co-hosting the weekly transnational lounge Foreign Affairs. But here is your chance to have her all to yourself. Her seamless mix of bawdy humor and elegance has been likened to Mae West but it's her vocal chops that have garnered recent attention: collaborating with both Yo-Yo Ma & Moby on albums, singing selections of the American Songbook in front of the internationally acclaimed 36 -piece orchestra The Knights, and at MOMA for a sold out cabaret for the Kirchner Exhibit. Let her lashes beguile you as she interprets an irresistible mix of popular songs from all eras backed by some of the finest musicians in New York City. Even though she is venturing out solo, if you know Lady Rizo you won't be surprised if a couple special guests pop up. The second set features Lady Rizo's third annual Nina Simone tribute.
OVERCASH AND CHANGE
FEBRUARY 11, 7:30 PM
Overcash and Change will bring the music of songwriter Drew Overcash to Joe's Pub. The concert will feature music from Overcash's musicals Boys Vs. Girls, dealing with breaking out of stereotypes; Joe, based on a true story of one family's struggle with their son's diagnosis of cancer; and To You With Love, six strangers at a family owned coffee shop taking on the ultimate enemy - Starbucks. Guest performers include: Ward Billeisen (Anything Goes), Richard H. Blake (Wicked, Legally Blonde), Caroline Bowman (Wicked, Kinky Boots), Kelsey Burd (Boys Vs. Girls), Meggie Cansler (Finian's Rainbow, Wicked), Ariana DeBose (Bring It On, Motown), Josh Franklin (Ghost, Anything Goes), Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Derek Klena (Dogfight, Carrie), Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes), Jake Loewenthal (BUNKED!), Taylor Louderman (Bring It On), Corey Mach (Godspell, Hands on a Hardbody), Blake Pfeil (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ's Man of La Mancha) and Katherine Wright (Boys Vs. Girls). Overcash will be featured on piano with Bobbie L. Crow III on cello, Sam Sultran on guitar and Cody Rahn on drums.
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
FEBRUARY 12 & March 20, 9:30 PM
Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She's been dubbed "Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York's annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget co-hosted Our Hit Parade, a sold-out monthly revue of current pop hits, with Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn at Joe's Pub. She starred in the original musical At Least It's Pink based on her life which she co-wrote with director Michael Patrick King (writer/director Sex and the City) and Mellman which played Ars Nova for 12 weeks. Bridget has performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival and the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. She played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac's Red Tide Blooming at P.S.122, was featured in Scott Wittman's production Jukebox Jackie, and was a regular on Logo's Jeffrey Cole Casserole. She can be seen as Cathy in the Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy 2 Broke Girls. Bridget co-wrote and performed an evening of original music called Bridget and Neal are F*cking and Adam is Watching with Medlyn and Adam Horovitz (Adrock: Beastie Boys). Bridget can be seen in HBO Canada's Funny as Hell alongside Horovitz and will be releasing an album of original music with her band, The Tender Moments. "Now there's a girl with great talent...She's got guts. She's fearless. That girl's got guts." -Patti LuPone
Tonya Pinkins WITH Brad Simmons:
BRING ON THE MEN
FEBRUARY 18, 9:30 PM
$20 Advance / $25 at Door
Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins and Brad Simmons have lived the love of your dreams and...nightmares. At Joe's Pub they will celebrate with song, wit and humor as they give audiences a new take on songs like "I Honestly Love You," "What's Love Got to do with it," "Blame it on the Alcohol" and many more. Come laugh and love and party!
Murray Hill OSCAR PARTY
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OSCAR BALLOTS, TRIVIA, PRIZES
AND AUDIENCE BEST & WORST DRESSED AWARDS
FEBRUARY 24, 8:00 PM
Celebrate the most glamorous night in Hollywood with Murray Hill "the hardest working middle-aged man in show business" as he hosts his Annual OSCAR Party in NYC at Joe's Pub. Murray will be joined by special guests who will re-enact favorite scenes from this years nominated films and liven up the evening when the boring tributes go on...and on...and on....In what has become a downtown OSCAR tradition, Murray provides his infamous running commentary during commercial breaks and leaves no star behind with his barbed wit and one-liners. The evening will feature impromptu performances, impersonations of the nominated stars, movie spoofs, movie trivia games and lots of prizes, including a grand prize to the Winner of the OSCAR PREDICTION BALLOT! Ballots will be handed out before the show. The audience will compete for "Best" and "Worst" Dressed. Audience is encouraged to dress like their favorite celebrity for the chance to win fabulous silly prizes. The evening of pure "showbiz" begins at 7:00 pm with Oscar Pre-Show Red Carpet and continues with the complete Oscar telecast at 8:30 pm shown on a giant screen.
MARCH 3, 7:30 PM
Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott returns to Joe's Pub for another evening of songs and slurred autobiographical stories that drip with wisdom, humor, and possibly some unidentified substances. Heterosexuals who actually read this far may need a primer on who Tori is: as a singer, she's graced the stages of The Duplex, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room, and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard; as an actress, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on Sesame Street and dubbed the vocals of a singing hooker on HBO's "Cathouse: The Musical"; as a woman, she strives every day in every way to be a consummate lady and sometimes wonders if she actually still has a liver or not. Written by Tori Scott and Adam Hetrick; Musical Direction by Jesse Kissel; Directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn.
JUSTIN VIVIan Bond
MARCH 8, 9, 16, 22 & 23 at 9:00 PM
Described in The New Yorker as "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" by Hilton Als, Mx Justin VivIan Bond is also a writer, painter and Tony nominated performance artist. Mx Bond's novella-length memoir, TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels is now available from The Feminist Press and v's debut CD DENDRPOPHILE was self-released by WhimsyMusic. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable endeavors include touring with avant-garde performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus.
MARCH 15 at 9:30 PM
Beloved at Joe's Pub for her ridiculous turns at the sold-out Our Hit Parade, Erin Markey brings what the New York Times calls her "magnetic diva aggression" back to the Joe's stage for her solo cabaret debut under the direction of Ben Rimalower (Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches) with musical direction by Tony-nominated Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb.) Erin Markey creates conceptual musical performances for stage and video. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (P.S. 122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey (San Francisco Film Society), and, in collaboration with Joseph Keckler, Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center Director's Lab). She is a featured regular in the critically acclaimed performance series Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub. In collaboration with comedian Cole Escola, Markey has written and performed in NIGHT MOTHER (Dixon Place) and Check It Out (Afterglow Festival). She has shown other work at The New Museum, Leslie Lohman Museum, Michelle Tea's Sister Spit Tour, The Sex Workers' Art Show, and Deja Vu Showgirls and Love Boutique. As an actress, Markey is a company member of Half Straddle, has performed with Young Jean Lee's Theatre Company, and starred in the NYC premiere of Tennessee Williams' Green Eyes (Hudson Hotel, Ames Hotel), for which she received Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress. On television, she was a series regular on Jeffery and Cole Casserole (LOGO Network). She is currently adapting her live show The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey into a musical TV series. She is the recipient of NYFA's 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant. New York Press described Erin Markey as "a tangled mash-up of humor, horror, brains and balls."
CAROL LIPNIK & SPOOKARAMA / Poor Baby Bree
MARCH 17 at 7:00 PM
Carol Lipnik is acclaimed for her hauntingly beautiful multi-octave voice and thrilling performances. Her genre-defying songs are phantasmagorical, carnivalesque, gleefully macabre, and irresistibly compelling with lyrics often from the point of view of lovelorn beasts and freaks. Imagine going on a carnival dark ride with Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill and Meredith Monk. The inimitable Coney Island native performs with her wildly eclectic accompanist and music director, the maniacal DrEd Scott. Her five recordings are available on Mermaid Alley Music. "A Coney Island Of The Ear," said the New York Times, while the New Yorker says, "Lipnik's moody voice conveys the feeling of being stuck at midnight in the middle of the winter in Coney Island, the neighborhood of her youth." Ragamuffin Poor Baby Bree (actress-singer Bree Benton) performs obscure vaudeville and pre-vaudeville songs "with uncommon vividness and evident conviction...and it's something more than a product of nostalgia. Poor Baby Bree, a transmutation of an imagined pop-culture past, is something new." (David Hadju, The New Republic) "As hip and jaded as we are, her canny revival of this dusty, dented music revives something precious in our hearts. Don't miss it." (Sport Murphy, New York Post)
BROWN GIRLS BURLESQUE
March 23 at 11:30 PM
$25 Reserved / $30 Premium
Spring A-Shaken-A-ning! She Comes...Brown Girls Burlesque makes their Joe's Pub debut with a brand new show: THE BGB ALL-STARS. Featuring the brightest beauties from the burlesque galaxy. Shake off the throes of winter with Chicava HoneyChild, Essence Revealed and Miss Aurora BoobRealis to welcome Miss Viva Las Vegas 2012 - Jeez Louez, Oakland's La Chica Boom and Josephine Belle of Black Hearts Burlesque for the first BGB All-Stars Show! In the ripeness of Women's History Month, She Comes...
Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance. www.joespub.com / www.publictheater.org
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. 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 its beloved, 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, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org