Bastard Jones!

12 06 2017

I am thrilled to announce my next project! It’s called Bastard Jones! It’s the world premiere of a new rock musical by Marc Acito and Amy Englehardt.

Its a very funny, rollicking adventure based on Henry Fielding’s subversive 18th century novel “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling” and features a diverse and exciting cast. And 100 percent of ticket sales will be helping a very worthy charity which helps homeless LGBTQ youths. More on that below!

BASTARD JONES runs June 14 (Flag Day) to July 14 (Bastille Day); Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday at 8pm and Friday at 7 & 10 pm. Tickets are $40, available at 800-838-3006 or www.thecelltheatre.org.

(Email me if you want the friends and family discount!)
ABOUT THE SHOW:

For those who don’t remember reading the book in school, or watching the legendary Albert Finney movie, Tom Jones is a rollicking adventure of deception, misunderstanding and bed-hopping.

The story follows Tom Jones, a charmer with a heart of gold but who’s looking for love in all the wrong places. Tom gets banished from the only home he knows simply for expressing his true self, leading him to a series of adventures, including conscription in the army, a half-naked romp at a country inn and a stint as the boy-toy to a manipulative aristocrat.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

Bastard Jones will be directed by Marc Acito and will be performed at The Cell Theater, 338 West 23rd Street.  With music and lyrics by Amy Engelhardt and lyrics and book by Marc Acito, this production is a ribald, hilarious look at the meaning of virtue and goodness. The show is funny, y’all! The music is terrific, and the inventive choreography by Joe Barros is exciting. I’m so trilled about having an opportunity to play Squire Allworthy, Tom’s well-meaning adopted father!

Marc Acito, who wrote the best-selling comic novel “How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater,” is coming to this project fresh on the heels of the Broadway hit “Allegiance” for which he wrote the book.

Amy Englehardt, an award-winning songwriter, is a multi-talented composer, lyricist and educator who spent many years as a singer with, and a principal arranger for, the vocal group The Bobs.

Joe Barros is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer with an emphasis on new work development.

nancy manocherian’s the cell is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the incubation and presentation of new works by emerging artists.

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Raisin!

12 04 2017

I’m glad to announce that I’m playing a part of this beautiful and rarely staged show!

This will be one that shouldn’t be missed. Click HERE to buy tickets. And if you come the first weekend, use the code TONYP and get a six dollar discount!

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Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg
Music by Judd Woldin and lyrics by Robert Brittan
Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.
Directed by Dev Bondarin.
Starring Maia Bedford, Aaron Casey*, Shabazz Green*, Chris Gwynn*, Marcie Henderson*, Greg Horton*, Brandi Knox*, Ebony Marshall-Oliver*, Erich McMillan-McCall*, Sarita Amani Nash, Warren G. Nolan, Jr.*, Chinua B. Payne, Tony Perry*, Joi Danielle Price*, Vanessa Robinson, Alicia Thomas, Cartreze Tucker.
Darius Smith, music director; Tamrin Goldberg, choreographer. Jeannipher Pacheco, costume design; Lawrence E. Moten III, set design; Adam Honoré, lighting design; Emma Wilk, sound design. Michael Cassara, CSA, casting director. Jessica Pecharsky*, stage manager, Vanna Richardson, assistant stage manager.

May 4 – 27
Performances Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.,
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  
Presented at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (at 30th Road), Astoria, NY 11102.

Tickets $18 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens — available online at www.apacny.org or in person at the box office a half-hour prior to each performance.

*Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.





A song from Judson Memorial Church

12 10 2016

Thought I’d share this clip with you all!





More News Coming Soon!

23 05 2016

Hi!

It’s been awhile since an update. Many things to tell you very soon. In the meantime, have a listen to this, recorded recently at Judson Memorial Church.





Soul to Soul!

16 01 2016

Here we are live at NBC New York! Previewing NYTF’s SOUL TO SOUL Concert (1/17) where ‪#‎Yiddish‬ & African-American music meet:

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Soul to Soul returns to New York City!

14 12 2015
One of my favorite projects is returning to New York City for a special performance, brought to you by the National Yiddish Theatre — Folksbiene.
 
Soul to Soul is a cross-cultural mix of Jewish and African–American folk music that tells the story of immigrants, who were different but very much experienced similar things as they made their way through the American experience.
 
We’ve done the show all around the country, and in Canada, and I’m thrilled to be performing it once again in New York City!
 
I humbly get to share the stage with Broadway veteran Elmore James and Israeli-born singer-songwriter Magda Fishman once again, under the musical leadership of Zalmen Mlotek with a terrific four piece klezmer-jazz band.
 
Now you might think the combination is odd, but the traditions of overcoming persecution and celebrating life through spiritual songs run deep through many cultures, and this show really displays that.
 
Music by Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Paul Robeson are featured, as well as staples from the world of Yiddish theater and soul and gospel music. And there will be a sing-along involved, so get ready to have a great time!
 
The show will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 17 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Plaza, New York NY 10280. Tickets are available at www.mjhnyc.org.
 





Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can-Can

14 12 2015
I will have the joy of singing in a few holiday concerts this year! I’ll be one of several people performing at the Manhattan Plaza holiday concert on December 16.
 
But I want you all to know what a blast I had singing in “Ruby Rims & Friends do the Can-Can.”
 
Ruby Rims has for many years hosted a number of charitable cabaret concerts. This year’s event benefits Rauschenbusch Food Pantry and Judson Memorial Church.
 
John McMahon will music direct this holiday extravaganza featuring 35 performers from the Broadway and Cabaret world, including Karen Mason (who has appeared in more Broadway shows than I can mention) and Julie Gold (composer of “From A Distance”), along with so many others. Cover charge is a donation of $20 and cans or bags of dry goods.
 
There are three shows, on three successive Sundays in December. I sang at the second show last night, and it was an amazing night with so many terrific performances. There’s one more show (I’m not singing, but you’ll be entertained, I promise!)  on December 20th at 7 p.m. at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St, New York, New York 10018.
 
To purchase or reserve tickets, go to: http://rubycancan.eventbrite.com/