From the groundbreaking team behind the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new show about the life, death and rhymes of a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is.
In 1966, twenty-year old Nick Edwards enters the Marine Corps with only the barest notion of who he is or what he’s worth. The Corps trains him, shapes him, makes him, and sends him to Vietnam. It’s only when Nick returns stateside that he meets his most insidious enemy: the Marine Corps itself. When loyalty and honor are rewarded with denial and silence, what is the immense toll it takes on a man’s soul? A powerful, provocative examination of a darker chapter of our country's history, FIDELIS is a must see new drama about what we owe to those who serve.
Josephine and I
Based on the true events surrounding the groundbreaking table tennis tournament that marked a decisive new chapter in US-China relations, PING PONG is the story of the extraordinary young man who played the game that changed the world and the political actors who were playing him. With Nixon and Mao on either side of the court, free spirited hippie Glenn Cowan reaches across the net to usher in a fragile new friendship between two great countries in this funny, incisive and wildly imaginative new play about the little moments of history that set up the big ones.
Vincent D’Onofrio & Dana Lyn
My private journals read by me in a private way in order to change the world and stuff. When I read them to myself, my mind--the mind in my head--fills with music, yet I can't find the source of the music because I refuse to look around me. It is below me to look around. Around, below. Yet the music plays for you on stage, for you. I refuse it while you listen. I refuse to look around. You.
GIRL Shakes Loose Her Skin in Concert
'GIRL shakes loose her skin,' is a musical and theatrical exploration of one girl's journey to womanhood inspired by and featuring the poetry of Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez. Sometimes finding your way home is funny, sometimes it’s painful, but either way, you have no choice. A 3 city musical journey about growing up when you’re already grown.
REPLAY: A Broadway Preview
Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion - The Anna Wintour Musical
She has sat at the top of a $300 billion industry for twenty-six years. Her power and influence cannot be denied. But when she places a reality star and a certain rapper on the cover of her magazine, the backlash is harsh and for the first time, her credibility is called into question. Through popular music and an astounding measure of creative license, “demented Rat Packer for the millennium” Ryan Raftery returns to Joe’s Pub to tell the story of a fateful day in the life of the most powerful woman in fashion.
Who Could Ask for Anything More: An Evening with George and Ira Gershwin
Under the guidance of two-time Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster, Broadway Musical Director Michael Rafter, and Ball State faculty members Jodi Cotton and Bill Jenkins, “Who Could Ask for Anything More: An Evening with George and Ira Gershwin” is the culmination of a cabaret course taught at the university during the Fall of 2014.
The Losers Lounge: The Pretenders vs. Blondie
The Losers Lounge is back with the music of The Pretenders and Blondie at Joe's Pub on March 4-7 with all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge.
Amber Martin: The Days of My Lives
Let’s take a journey shall we? A journey through space and time… to a place inside the cracked mind of celebrated NYC songstress and comedienne, Amber Martin. Join Amber in this bizarre visitation to the places and faces, the memories and the music that shaped a young SE Texas woman’s life on her 30 year migration to New York City.
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate
The collaboration between a rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and earns raves across the globe. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irresistible African grooves.
I See You Made An Effort: Paperback Book Release featuring Annabelle Gurwitch & more!
Come and celebrate the paperback release of Annabelle Gurwitch's New York Times Bestseller I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50 (Plume) with Annabelle and friends Shameless star Emily Bergyl, comedian Judy Gold and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins because 50 is still f*cking fifty.
Songwriter Kristin Andreassen has traveled the world with stringband sensation Uncle Earl (w/ Abigail Washburn, Rayna Gellert & KC Groves) set hearts to flutter as one third of the folk-noir trio Sometymes Why (w/ Aoife O’Donovan & Ruth Ungar), and invigorated crowds as a square dance caller and clogger with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.
Champagne Jerry, also known as Neal Medlyn, is a rapper and performance artist who, along with his main producer, Max Tannone and his onstage entourage, the Champagne Club, seek to transform the world every single time they hit the stage. Real beats, real rapping, real champagne, real realness.
Peter Bradley Adams
"…one of the most consistently eloquent and pleasing singer / songwriters on the scene. Indeed, his brand of musical melancholy is so specific and evocative that, sometimes, listening through his catalog is the only way to survive a moment or a day." -No Depression
Women of Letters
Worldwide literary ambassadors and besotted lovers of the written word, rejoice! For Women of Letters are BACK for their third residence in New York City at iconic venue Joe's Pub.
Aimee deBeer was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas, and currently lives in New York City. Her songwriting is drawn from her experiences of arriving and leaving; the difficult task of choosing which fork in the road is worth taking, and reckoning with the fear that what’s to come may not always be better than what’s left behind.
Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line
Wake. The evocative one-word title speaks volumes about what's happening on Nora Jane Struthers' latest album. For the thirty-year old singer-songwriter, it's “wake” in several senses of the word.
Invoking the ghost of Ennio Morricone, the soul of fado and the post-modern irony of Nick Cave, Tó Trips and Pedro Gonçalves are Dead Combo. On stage they incarnate two characters that could have come from a comic book: an undertaker and a gangster.
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as “rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable” by The Wall Street Journal, “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice, has returned to its downtown roots this year for another season of shows.
Drama Club: An Evening with Desdemona and Emilia
Drew Brody: Ember EP Release Concert
Singer/songwriter and musical theater composer/lyricist Drew Brody brings his blend of folk and storytelling songwriting to Joe's Pub for a one night only celebration of the release of his new EP, Ember, his second solo release on Baskethouse Records.
Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments
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.
The Employee of the Month Show with Catie Lazarus
Ever wonder what it’s like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month "beloved" and Blackbook calls it comedian Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" and The New Yorker calls, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox."
Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band
Dan Finnerty caught America’s attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, as well as his appearance as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the inappropriate wedding singer in the record breaking hit The Hangover.
Orchestra Holistic featuring Holistic and Evaanz with special guest Jenny Bapst
Orchestra Holistic is a collective of musicians established for symphonic excellence in the performance of Hip-Hop and R&B. The core of the group consist of famed hip-hop trio Holistic, reknown French songstress Evaanz, with special guest appearances by up and coming urban pop artist Jenny Bapst.
Daniel Koren is an Emmy Nominated Comedian/Composer based in Brooklyn NY. His innovative musical-comedy work with the Koren Ensemble, gained excessive popularity and received more than a million views on YouTube. Currently on tour with “The Most Important Thing,” a musical comedy live show, with a choir of Daniel’s alter egos projected on a screen.
Raisin Girl: A Celebration of Tori Amos
Channeling Mother Nature, David Mramor is Enid Ellen. Duetting with singer/songwriter Greg Potter on piano, they bring a raw intensity to their performance; mixing alternative ballads, acapella and glam.
Daniel Breaker: Down and Out
Tony nominee and Obie award winner Daniel Breaker (The Book of Mormon, Passing Strange, Shrek the Musical) makes a triumphant return to the Pub with an evening of songs and stories about the highs and lows of life in the city.
DOWN AND OUT promises to bring an electrifying mix of songs, from soul-searching blues to rousing funk, all served up with charm and biting wit.
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
Dubbed 'Best Lounge Act of 2009' by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra play an edgy brand of jazz/folk/alternative nosh with a chewy singer-songwriter center. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax) deliver songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul.
Jacob Garchik: Premiere of Ye Olde
Imagine a 2015 cover of the soundtrack to a 1970's remake of a 1930's movie about the Middle Ages.featuring Jacob Garchik - ye olde tromboneMary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, Jonathan Goldberger - ye olde guitarsVinnie Sperrazza - ye drums
Tommy Wallach: “We All Looked Up” Book / Album Release Concert
A concert to celebrate the release of Tommy Wallach's debut novel "We All Looked Up" (Simon & Schuster, 3/24/15), which MTV described as "like ‘Skins’ meets ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets Lars Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia.’"
Courtnee Roze: The Musical
After her ground-breaking performance at Carnegie Hall, Courtnee Roze Presents "The Musical." Telling her life story through sound and visual; touching the masses.
An eclectic mixture of folk, jazz, and originals, this show draws from Matt Ray's three albums as well as mines material from the American songbook and introduces brand new songs. One part crooner, one part plain-spoken folk storyteller, Matt reminds us of what music can and should be: real, dynamic, soulful, and honest. He regularly works with Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Bridget Everett, and Lady Rizo.
Kool Keith: Got My Own Band
An original member of New York’s new-school pioneers the Ultramagnetic MC’s, “Kool” Keith Thornton is best known as a solo rapper. His signature style is stream-of-consciousness lyrical flow and complex vocals, two skills that earn him a perennial nod from the underground hip-hop community.
Juliane Jones & Ba Ban: Chinese Experimental Music
Singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist Juliane Jones joins Ba Ban in an exploration of East/West cultural exchange. Their Chinese Experimental live show uses popular music conventions to curate Chinese traditional music genres of kunqu opera, guqin song, pipa and xiao music, and Buddhist chant.
EWG Evening of Excerpts
Make Some Noise with Gavin Creel: A Benefit for The Performing Arts Project
Join Celia Keenan-Bolger, Caissie Levy, and friends as they welcome Gavin Creel back to the U.S. after his award-winning stint in The Book of Mormon on London’s West End. Celia, Caissie, and more will be performing songs Gavin has either written or recorded in this one-night-only benefit for The Performing Arts Project.
Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra w/ opener Sheron
Comprised of New York City's finest jazz musicians, this eighteen-piece ensemble features full horn and rhythm sections as well as a female vocalist performing Sullivan's arrangements that span Bjork's entire catalogue. Individual members of the Bjorkestra have performed and toured with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Clark Terry, The Spam Allstars, Jessica Simpson, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
Carolyn Wonderland w/ Shelley King
Carolyn Wonderland has never forgotten where she came from. On her new album Peace Meal (Bismeaux), she brings the hard-won lessons of her own blessed life together with stories from some of the world’s best-known and most beloved songwriters (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Robert Hunter, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson) to create a musical menu of sustaining, satisfying songs that offers musical food for thought to her growing legions of fans.
Brown Girls Burlesque: Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj
Azania in Concert: presented by Aputumpu
Few people are born with the gift of instantly touching people's hearts with their voice. Azania is one of them. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, this award-winning, multi-cultural artist was born and raised in the U.S. & in Geneva, Switzerland. From the age of 6 she knew that singing was her calling. "It's a beautiful way to share emotions and connect with people on a deep level" she says.
This special run of shows by the dazzling "Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca", whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world will continue the legacy that they have built at their New York City home.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.