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, Ryan Raftery has been seen on television in Ugly Betty, What I Like About You, Malcolm in the Middle, and, most memorably, on Law & Order: SVU where he warmed hearts all across America as Dennis Faber, the Amish teenager with measles. 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.
"A one-man musical juggernaut" - The New York Daily News
"The show begins with Stewart, played by Raftery, on the day she's to report to prison, tearfully saying good-bye to her chickens. We're then taken back to her youth and shown how a girl from Nutley, New Jersey, became the lifestyle icon we know today." - NY Mag/The Cut
"Part comedy with a side of tragedy and a lot of camp" - WWD
"Funnier than Dear Evan Hansen." - Ryan Raftery