November 25, 2017
Hey everybody, it's been a minute since I've written to ya and damn, a lot has happened! But first, here's what's coming up:
West coast friends! I'm so excited to play my first major show in Los Angeles on December 8th at the gorgeous Sorting Room at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Please spread the word to your LA friends who you think might enjoy the show. Get your tickets here!
And I can hardly believe we're coming up on our last show of the year at Joe's Pub. Playing monthly at this amazing place for you all has been life-changing. We're ending 2017 on a high note with an epic final show on December 19th, featuring a choir of some of my favorite voices in this city, as well as special guest, the exquisite Darius de Haas. We're pulling out all the stops for this one. Only a couple tickets remain - go make them yours!
Since I wrote you last, I've been pretty gobsmacked to receive some great honors. I won the 2017 Fred Ebb Award and the 2017 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. The way the musical theater community supports its next generation is astonishing, and I'm beyond grateful to be a recipient of that generosity.
Also, I made my Carnegie Hall debut, playing with the New York Pops! I can't believe I got to share a stage with heroines of mine including Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. It was just magical. You can check out more photos of the evening here.
And I'm excited to share that I've joined the Womens March Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit of collective joy and resistance. We recently sang at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. It was such a rush to perform alongside the heroic organizers of that historic march! When women come together for equality and justice, we're unstoppable and we're only getting louder.
Lots of other exciting news coming up soon, so stay tuned! I'm hard at work over here making more music and theater and I can't wait to share it all with you.
Thank you for supporting and for listening.
October 1, 2017
Hey everybody, let's get right down to it. It's been an amazing year so far at Joe's Pub and these last few shows are going to be the most epic and exciting yet. The songs for my new record are taking shape, so now we're bringing them each to the next level for these concerts (choirs and woodwinds and horns, oh my!). We're cooking up such thrills for ya, so get those tickets before they all disappear!
Next up is Monday October 16th at 7 PM! Many special things for this show. First, we have a stunning string trio playing with us on a bunch of my new tunes, with arrangements by my brilliant bandmate Mike Brun.
My special guest is the sensational Grace McLean. She is one of my oldest, dearest friends here in the city and one of my all-time creative heroes. I'm beyond jazzed she'll be joining me at this show. You guys are in for a true treat.
Here's a shot from our August concert, featuring the astonishing Jo Lampert and Kate Ferber. We had so much fun that I'm bringing them back to join me for a song at the October show too!
And thank you to everyone who braved the rain and joined us at the Delacorte over Labor Day weekend for Public Works' As You Like It. I'm immensely proud of and humbled by what our community accomplished, showing us all that a better world is possible if we all work together with love. Here's a little video of highlights from our show. I'm working on getting these songs to you later this year, and stay tuned for exciting developments about the future of both my Shakespeare projects!
I can't wait to share more music with you this fall. Thank you as ever for your support and for listening.
See you at the Pub!
August 28, 2017
Hey friends, The world is a scary place right now. If you're looking to have your faith in humanity restored, I implore you to join us at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park this weekend for Public Works' production of AS YOU LIKE IT. Our cast is made up of hundreds of New Yorkers of all colors, backgrounds and beliefs who have come together to joyfully tell a story of love and redemption. Even in this divisive national moment, being a part of the Public Works community has made me genuinely believe that a better world is possible. We invite you to the Park this weekend to share in our radical joy. All are welcome.
We run for 5 NIGHTS ONLY. September 1st through September 5th. All performances at 8 PM.
Tickets to our show are all FREE! You can read about all the details on how to get them on the day of each performance here. (Alternatively, if you're interested in making a gift in support of the Public, you can purchase tickets in advance here.)
Here's a photo of our mindblowing cast (and this doesn't even include our lucha libre wrestlers, teen gospel choir, African drummers and dabke dancers!). I love every one of these people fiercely. They open my heart every day and I know they will open yours.
For the last two years, I have given my heart and soul to Public Works. I am more proud of this show than anything I've ever worked on. I'm overjoyed to share it with all of you.
See you at the Delacorte!
July 26, 2017
Thank you to everyone who has been coming out so far to share these evenings with us. I can't tell you how meaningful it is for me to have a creative home base at my favorite venue in the city, to get to play for you there so regularly and to see so many of you show up month after month to listen. Thank you.
How can I possibly prepare you for the magnificence of my special guest this month? All the superlatives in the world won't do her justice. She is the legendary JO LAMPERT and it thrills me to no end to feature her at this show. Her indescribably fantastic voice and presence is only surpassed by her fiercely generous heart. She'll be singing a song from Twelfth Night, as well as joining us for a few old favorites we've yet to play live so far this year. A joyful noise shall be made and a harvest shall be reaped.
And here's her and I singing a Judy & Babs duet, just in case you needed extra incentive.
In other news, I'm over the moon because we've just begun rehearsals for my musical adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT at the Public Theater. I've been working nonstop on this show all year and I'm bursting at the seams to share it with you all. I truly believe that the Public Works program is changing lives and making our city a more inclusive and loving place. It's my great privilege and joy to make art with this community. Also, our cast is phenomenal, including Rebecca Naomi Jones, Darius de Haas, Ato Blankson-Wood and Joel Perez. Save the date: September 1st thru 5th, we hit the Delacorte in Central Park!
Stay tuned for exciting announcements about my fall residency shows and more!
July 8, 2017
This month, I'm featuring one of my all time favorite singers, the phenomenal Ali Stroker. You may know her from Spring Awakening or Glee and you've never heard her sing live, you are in for a dazzling experience. She's one of my dearest friends and I'm thrilled to have her join me at this show. She'll be singing a song from my Twelfth Night that has never been performed in concert and her rendition is stunning.
After these amazing six months of shows so far, our set is almost entirely new songs! But we'll be bringing back some old favorites as well. Thank you to everyone who has come out and made each of these concerts so special - let's keep it going, bring your friends!
In other news, at a time when freedom of expression of more vital than ever, I'm proud to be a part of the New York Civil Liberties Union's 15th Annual Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert on July 17th. All proceeds from the concert go to support the ACLU's crucial work defending our rights. I'll be performing my new song Huddled Masses with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The line-up is amazing and you can get your tickets here. You can also hear a clip of my song in this promo video!
June 15, 2017
Hey everybody! I'm just getting back from two beautiful weeks at SPACE on Ryder Farm working on my musical about radical suffragist Alice Paul and I can't wait to share that project with you soon. I also can't wait to play the next concert in my Joe's Pub residency coming up right up on Monday June 26th at 7PM! There's still a swath of tickets left, so go get yours while supplies last!
This month, I'm taking our live show up a notch, bringing my longtime bandmate David Melton back on stage with us. Dave's keyboard playing is revelatory and has defined songs of mine like Joyful Noise and Harvest. It's been thrilling to incorporate him into our batch of new material and I'm just bursting to share it with you! I'll also be debuting a new song called 2 Captains I co-wrote with my bandmate Mike Brun. And I just can't get enough of singing with Kate Ferber and Liana Stampur, so I'm bringing them both back. I'm also gonna play a song I haven't played live in years. All told, it's shaping up to be a really special one and I want you to be there. Thank you to Broadway World for this thoughtful write-up of my April show, and to everyone who has come out to share these evenings with us so far this year.
In other news, my beloved clowns are back, this time on the small screen! One of our final performances of OLD HATS at the Signature Theatre was filmed and recently aired on PBS! And the good news is - for the next few weeks, you can stream the whole darn thing online! That's right folks, you can watch all of OLD HATS right now right here. I don't know about you, but I could really use a laugh these days, and Bill and David never fail to make my face hurt with joy. Watch it now for some sweet and silly relief from all the madness these days.
Stay tuned for exciting updates about my adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT happening in a few short months. I'm prouder than ever to make art at The Public Theater. We'll be at the Delacorte all summer long celebrating free expression and inclusive democracy. Thank you for your support!
P.S. Save the date for my next show: Wednesday July 19th, on sale now, featuring the sensational Ali Stroker!
May 15, 2017
Hey everybody! Can't believe we're already at show #5 of this residency! I am particularly pumped to play for you this Friday May 19th at 9:30 PM. We've got a fresh batch of new songs and arrangements and I honestly can't wait to share them with you some more. I can count the remaining available tickets on one hand, so go and get them before they're gone!
Thank you to Broadway World for this thoughtful write-up of my April show, and to everyone who came out and shared the night with us.
This month, I'm featuring a very special guest, my brilliant pal and Golden Globe Award winner Rachel Bloom. Her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the most incisive, hilarious series on TV, and I'm ecstatic that she can join me at this concert! This a photo from a music video we made of a song we co-wrote a few years ago that we may or may not be performing live together for the first time on Friday:
In other news, I'm very psyched to have been chosen for SPACE on Ryder Farm's 2017 Working Farm resident writer's group this summer to work on my Alice Paul musical. You can learn more about the amazing work SPACE does for artists and how you can support them here. And here's a beautiful graphic featuring all the artists who will be creating work there this summer!
Thank you for reading and for supporting independent music. Hope to see you Friday at the Pub!
P.S. Save the date for my next show: Monday June 26th, on sale now, featuring special guest, the one and only Jo Lampert!
April 26, 2017
Hey everybody! I'm having such a blast playing for you every month at Joe's Pub, and the fourth concert in my residency is coming right up a week from today on Friday April 28th at 9:30 PM. There's barely any seats left, so go get your tickets before it's too late!
A few exciting things about this show... I'm featuring a very special guest, my dear friend Ato Blankson-Wood. You may have seen him blow the roof off the Public Theater in The Total Bent. He was one of my first friends in the city, and he remains one of the most extraordinary performers I've ever met. He'll be singing a song of mine I've never heard anyone else perform, and his rendition is breathtaking.
I'm also debuting a new song I co-wrote with my best friend, the phenomenal Kate Ferber. She'll be there to perform it with me. It's a pretty epic anthem, but I have to admit, we didn't write the lyrics to the chorus. Those we took from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement attempting to justify his silencing of Elizabeth Warren. The guy sure knows how to write a hook.
And my 'wall of fame' cover series continues, featuring work by the legendary artists whose portraits hang next to the Pub stage. This month, I'm paying homage to one of my heroines, Patti Smith, with a little help from Ato, Kate and my accordion.
In other news, I'm over the moon to be creating another musical Shakespeare adaptation for the Public Theater this summer for their incredible initiative, Public Works! I've been working hard on As You Like It, and can't wait to share it with you later this year. You can read more about the program and this summer's production here, and mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend!
Thank you to everyone who's been coming out to Joe's Pub so far. Your support means a great deal to me.
P.S. Save the date for my next show: Friday May 19th, on sale now, featuring special guest, the comedic genius Rachel Bloom!
March 6, 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first two Joe's Pub concerts! This residency is off and running and I can't wait to keep it rolling with the next one coming right up a week from today on Monday March 13th at 9:30 PM. Our last two shows sold out in advance, so go get your tickets while supplies last!
A few little teasers about this March show...
I'm debuting a new song about standing up to bullies in a world without any grown-ups in charge, inspired by... well, every day in our country's strange new (sur)reality. Come hear me try to make sense of it all in a quasi-gypsy rock song. I'll also be continuing my cover series featuring work by the legendary artists whose portraits hang on the Joe's Pub 'wall of fame' just left of the stage. This month, I'm playing an accordion arrangement of a tune made famous by Alan Cumming. It's my favorite waltz about apathy and the rise of fascism. Just keeping things real light, folks!
In all honesty, the sense of love and community I get on these nights at Joe's Pub is a big part of what's keeping me going in all this madness. Thank you for sharing it with me. Hope to see you Monday night!
In other news, I'll be singing a song by my phenomenal mentor, the great Elizabeth Swados, this Wednesday March 8th in Lincoln Center's American Songbook concert honoring her prolific, prophetic work. I wouldn't be writing music if it weren't for Liz. Come revel in an evening of her radically powerful work. Tickets are still available here.
P.S. Save the date for the next Pub show: April 28th, on sale now, featuring special guest Ato Blankson-Wood!
February 11, 2017
Thank you to everyone who packed the Pub a few Fridays ago to kick off our Joe's Pub residency! I hope you enjoyed listening as much as I loved playing for you. In this tumultuous time, I'm so grateful for a chance to be together in a room with all of you making music and celebrating community. Let's do it again really soon. Next show is coming up this Friday February 17th at 7 PM! There's a smattering of tickets left, so I encourage you to go get them while you still can.
Photo by Kevin Yatarola
A few special things about this February show...
I'm thrilled to feature the exquisite Nikki James as my special guest this month. Nikki played Viola in Twelfth Night last summer at the Delacorte, and is one of the most mesmerizing performers I've ever seen. We'll be doing a tune from that show and another fun surprise!
Photo by Sara Krulwich / New York Times
I'm also debuting a new song inspired by The New Colossus, the sonnet by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus that's inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. I've been seeing her lines 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' a lot lately, scrawled on protest signs at rallies in support of immigrants and refugees, and they are more haunting and vital than ever. This song is my humble take on her words. I'll also be kicking off a new site-specific cover song series with an arrangement of my favorite Leonard Cohen tune. All this to say, I'm greasing up my accordion and getting giddy with excitement to play for you again.
Go ahead and save the date for our next couple shows on sale now: March 13th, April 28th, & May 19th. More special guests and summer dates to be announced soon!
In other news, I'm psyched to share that I've written the theme song for Julie's Greenroom, a new Netflix series starring Julie Andrews, featuring new puppets from the Jim Henson Company. The show is all about teaching kids the value and wonder of the performing arts. At a time when funding for the arts is under attack, I'm proud to be part of a project that is helping a new generation learn the importance of creativity. You can watch a trailer featuring Sara Bareilles singing a clip of my song here!
Thank you for continuing to support independent music and hope to see you Friday at Joe's!