AN EVENING WITH JOE ICONIS AND FAMILY
May 19, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Directed by John Simpkins
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS
6 PM VIP Cocktail Reception
7 PM Musical Program
"...Mr. Iconis and his troupe... are the future of musical theater." — The New York Times
Come over to our place as we welcome home Joe Iconis, composer and lyricist of Two River Theater’s 2015 production of Be More Chill and “one to watch” on Billboard’s Top 10 picks of the next generation of Broadway singers and songwriters. He and his clan of collaborators will bring you an explosive combination of rock ’n’ roll jamboree and musical cabaret that will have heads bobbing, feet tapping and drinks spilling. With a collision of classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress, this not-so nuclear family will shatter your assumptions of musical theater.
The evening will include performances by: Liz Lark Brown, Seth Eliser, Alexandra Ferrara, Danielle Gimbal, Joe Iconis, Ian Kagey, Rachel Lee, Lauren Marcus, Eric William Morris, Charlie Rosen, George Salazar, Jared Weiss and Jason SweetTooth Williams.
PREMIUM TICKET - $90
Includes: VIP Cocktail reception (full bar and hors d'oeuvres) and ticket to performance with preferred seating. Must be 21 or older to attend cocktail reception.
REGULAR TICKET - $60
Includes: Ticket to Performance Only
All proceeds of this event will benefit Two River Theater’s musical development program.
For information on dinner and sponsorship tickets contact Katie Benson at email@example.com or 732.345.1400 x 1817
Performer and Composer
JOE ICONIS is an acclaimed musical theater writer whose musical Be More Chill (written with Joe Tracz) premiered at Two River in 2015 and will play the Signature Theatre in NYC this summer; the original cast recording has been streamed more than 100 million times. Iconis and Tracz are currently writing a new musical as a Two River Theater commission. His other musicals include Love in Hate Nation, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Bloodsong of Love, and his song "Broadway, Here I Come!" was cited by the New York Times as a new entry in the Great American Songbook. He was named "one to watch" in Billboard's Top 10 picks of the next generation of Broadway singers and songwriters. Albums: Be More Chill, Things to Ruin and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree are all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. www.MrJoeIconis.com
JOHN SIMPKINS is proud to have worked with Joe Iconis for over 15 years. With Mr. Iconis, he directed the three-time Drama Desk nominated Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Barrington Stage Company), ReWrite (Urban Stages), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel), and Things to Ruin (co-conceived and directed - Ars Nova/Second Stage). His most recent collaboration with Iconis is Love in Hate Nation. Other directing: The Bus (59E59), Legendale (World Premiere - Fredericia Teater/Denmark and Human Race Theatre), Raging Skillet (World Premiere - Theaterworks Hartford); Quartet (starring Elizabeth Franz - SHaron Playhouse); Damn Yankees (engeman THeatre - starting Andre De Shields, Felicia Finley). John is Head of Musical Theatre at Penn State University, where he oversees a New Musicals Initiative that has recently commissioned Joe Iconis, Mike Reid & Sarah Schlesinger, and Kirsten Childs. www.john-simpkins.com
Liz Lark Brown
LIZ LARK BROWN is a NYC-based actor/singer/voiceover artist. As a founding member of The Musical Theatre Factory, she's been part of many new works by up-and-coming, award-winning composers; most recently, Michael R. Jackson's White Girl In Danger at Joe's Pub. Liz is a longtime collaborator with Joe Iconis and all the talented folks in the Family. For her solo show _Tarnished, she won the 2011 MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Awards. _Liz is a graduate of The William Esper Studio and Syracuse University. If you have a brain hemorrhage, blood clots, tick-borne illness or a neurodegenerative disease, she's got advice on how to navigate and advocate for your care, and still come out singing. Find her @Lalabee213
SETH ELISER. National Tour: The Lightning Thief, The Music Man. Regional: Once (Weston Playhouse/FST) Buddy Holly Story (TBTS), Million Dollar Quartet, Pump Boys and Dinettes (Weston Playhouse), Hairspray (NCT). Seth can also be found playing NYC night clubs and cabarets with various artists. Loves sunflower seeds, beef jerky, and jumping off of waterfalls. @seth_lsr
ALEXANDRA FERRARA is an NYC-based actress, model and producer. Most recently she played Dorothy in Love In Hate Nation by Joe Iconis at The Musical Theatre Factory, Brittney Witherspoon in the new musical Balloon Boy by Billy Recce at Green Room 42, worked with designer Zac Posen, and produced a video interview segment for playbill.com. @alexandra_kf, @ferrara_productions
DANIELLE GIMBAL is a New York City-based performer who loves to develop new work. Previous credits include Dirty July (NY Summerfest), Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court (Sharon Playhouse), Murder Ballad (Vagabond Theatre Company), Falsettos (Sharon Playhouse), Napoleon, Swiss Family Robinson, and Requiem for a Lost Girl as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, as well as various NYC readings and concerts. www.daniellegimbal.com
IAN KAGEY is a Brooklyn-based engineer, producer and musician. He is currently the Director of Operations of Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the largest dedicated music recording facility in New York City. He is a Grammy-nominated engineer for his work recording the Come from Away original Broadway cast album and has also recorded and produced several albums for Joe Iconis including: Two-Player Game, Things to Ruin, and the Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree. As a bassist Ian has been a proud member of Joe Iconis and Family since 2008.
RACHEL LEE is more often seen doing jazz hands with children across America as a teaching artist with Disney Theatrical Group. She loves the Joe Iconis and Family with her entire heart and soul.
LAUREN MARCUS Credits include: The Humans (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Company (Barrington Stage), Beatsville (World Premiere Asolo Rep), Be More Chill (World Premiere - Two River Theater), Merrily We Roll Along and Little Shop of Horrors (Sharon Playhouse), Pregnancy Pact (World Premiere - Weston Playhouse), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill Playhouse), Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Fringe), Rewrite (Urban Stages), and a whole lot more. Lauren is also a songwriter and released her debut EP, Never Really Done with You, last summer at Joe's Pub. You can find her album on Spotify and iTunes! Lauren holds a BM from NYU and an MA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. www.laurenmarcus.com, @laurmarcus.
Eric William Morris
ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS is thrilled to be back at Two River, after appearing in The Ballad of Little Jo (Original Cast Recording) last season, and Be More Chill (OCR) in 2015. Broadway: Coram Boy, Mamma Mia! In addition to Be More Chill he frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in Things to Ruin (2nd Stage, OCR) and Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova). TV/Film Include: Mind Hunter, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Quantico, Blue Bloods, and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other regional/Off-Broadway includes: Songbird (59E59) The Last Goodbye and Dog & Pony (both at The Old Globe), and Talk to Me Like the Rain... (Theatre Row Studio). Eric is a Company Member of ANIMUS. This fall he will be playing the role of Carl Denham in King Kong on Broadway.
CHARLIE ROSEN Composer, performer, arranger, orchestrator, music director, and producer. Recent credits include - Broadway: Prince of Broadway (Orchestrations), American Psycho (Assoc MD/Keys), The Visit (Guitar/Zither), Honeymoon in Vegas (Orchestrations), Cyrano de Bergerac (Composer), One Man, Two Guvnors (Music Director, Bass), 13 The Musical (Guitars, Bass, Keys), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Assoc. MD, Bass). Off Broadway/Regional/Other: The Boston Pops (Arranger), A Legendary Romance (MD/Orchestrations) - Williamstown, Miss You Like Hell (Orchestrations) - The Public, Misc. Shakespeare in the Park - The Public, The Black Suits -- Center Theater Group (MD/Orch), Unauthorized Samantha Brown, Goodspeed, Bonfire Night , NYSF, Charlie Rosen\'s Broadway Big Bandin residency at 54 Below, Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration , August Wilson (Orchestrations). TV/Film: The Presidents Show, Comedy Central (Composer), Maya and Marty, NBC (MD/Composer/Arranger), Best Time Ever w/NPH - NBC (Orchestrations and Track Production), High Maintenance, HBO (Addl Music). ASCAP, Local 802, Equity, Berklee, WME www.charlierosen.com @CRosenMusic
GEORGE SALAZAR is best known for originating the role of "Michael Mell" in Be More Chill at Two River Theater, heading Off-Broadway this summer. Broadway: Godspell (Circle in the Square). Nat\\\'l Tour: Spring Awakening (Second National). Off-Bway: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Drama Desk nom.); tick, tick... BOOM! (Keen Company); Here Lies Love (Public Theater); F**king Up Everything (Elektra Theatre). Regional: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage Company); Raging Skillet (Theaterworks Hartford); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse). TV: Bull (CBS); Divorce (HBO). Recordings: Two-Player Game (with Joe Iconis); Godspell; Be More Chill; The Lightning Thief; Brooklyn Crush; Moment by Moment. For more info, visit www.thegeorgesalazar.com. @georgesalazar
JARED WEISS has been ecstatically performing with Joe and the gang for over a decade. Favorite acting credits include: creating the role of "Bob Dylan" in Search: Paul Clayton (Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, The Triad), Hair (La MaMa), Rent (Sharon Playhouse), The Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza (54 Below). TV/Film: I Killed My BFF (Lifetime), _Chasing Aces. _Recordings: Lady Monday (David Alan Thornton), Campfire Songs (Rob Delgaudio), _The Joe Iconis Rock & Roll Jamboree. Jared's first original Indie-Rock record ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS drops May 21st on www.jared-weiss.com and all digital music platforms.
Jason Sweettooth Williams
JASON SWEETTOOTH WILLIAMS recently originated roles in the world premieres of Disney's Freaky Friday (Signature Theater, La Jolla Playhouse) and Benny and Joon (The Old Globe). His role in this summer's upcoming Off-Broadway production of Be More Chill marks over a decade of collaboration with Joe Iconis, having also appeared in The Black Suits (SPF - The Public Theater), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Theatreworks USA), ReWrite (Urban Stages), Things to Ruin (Le Poisson Rouge) and Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova). Jason and Joe are also co-book writers (with Lance Rubin) of the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter which starred Annie Golden and had its world Premiere at Barrington Stage Company.