Several of Broadway's leading ladies will take to the intimate stage of Joe's Pub in August.
Alice Ripley leads the diva parade on Monday, Aug. 13 with an evening of original music, including several tunes from her debut solo album, "Everything's Fine." A star of Broadway's Sunset Boulevard, James Joyce's The Dead and The Rocky Horror Show, Ripley received a Tony nomination for her performance as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in Side Show. This summer the singer-actress received rave reviews for her work in the Kennedy Center production of Company. There is a cover charge of $15 (advance sale) or $20 (at the door); show time is 7:30 PM.
The legendary Eartha Kitt, who received a Tony nomination for her most recent Broadway outing in The Wild Party, will offer two evenings at Joe's Pub: Aug. 12 and 28, both at 9:30 PM. Now in her fifth decade in show business, Kitt is currently developing a new theatrical work — with musical direction by Darryl Waters — based on her life. A portion of the proceeds from "Eartha Kitt: An Evening with Eartha" will be donated to the L.A.-based inner-city children's charity Kittseville. There is a $25 cover charge for both shows.
Former Renter Daphne Rubin-Vega, seen recently in the Drama Dept.'s production of Free to Be You and Me, will appear with her pop/rock band on Aug. 15. Rubin-Vega, a Tony nominee for her Broadway bow in Rent, also appeared on The Great White Way in the The Rocky Horror Show revival at Circle in the Square. There is a $20 cover charge for her 7:30 PM show.
Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place. Tickets are available at the Public Theater's box office, on-line at www.telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200. Those interested in having dinner at Joe's Pub prior to the show should call (212) 539-8778. —By Andrew Gans