I think Joe's Pub is going to be a really great show. I can't help being a little stressed over making sure everything will come together, but things are looking really good. My Musical Director, Jodie Moore, kicks ass. She's really laid back and excited about the music we're doing. The 27th is not sold out yet, so there is still time to buy your tickets!
After losing sleep over the set list, I think I've finally come to a really nice place with it. I wanted to pick songs that had inspired me growing up, but also songs that told strong stories and translated well into the Joe's Pub atmosphere. There will be Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and...Hair? Yup. I won't be singing Disney and Sondheim, but there will be a couple musical theatre songs as well. I have a feeling people will be very excited about the song I will be singing with Wesley Taylor. I'm planning on touching on a few of the past projects that I've worked on, but the evening will mostly be "A NIGHT OF SOUL"...(That's for you, Liz).
I can definitely promise that I will sing "Left Behind." I wanted to have a song from Spring Awakening in the set. Since "Left Behind" was the first song I learned for the show when I auditioned THREE years ago (I really can't believe that), I thought it was the right choice. I can also say that Alice Lee and I will be singing "Falling Slowly" from the film, "Once."
I've done a little bit of press for the show and one of the articles recently came out. Kevin Scott Hall from Edge Magazine runs a fantastic feature on Cabarets in New York City. He contacted me to find out a bit more about the evening I'm planning. That photo seems to haunt me forever (18 years old with a euro-mullet) but I was so thrilled he included me in the article. Kevin on Kabaret
Bye Bye Birdie continues to go well. I'm really inspired by the creative team and how excited everyone around me is. Bill Irwin is one of the kindest guys on the planet and watching him completely reinvent Mr. MacAfee is amazing.
Off to rehearsal!