As part of Paved Paradise Redux, the countertenor performs the songs of the Grammy-winning Canadian singer-songwriter in their original keys, accompanying himself on dulcimer and replicating Mitchell's signature open guitar tunings. Kevin Malony directs the engagement that plays through June 27. Songs featured in the two-hour evening include "For the Roses," "Case of You," "For Free," "I Had a King," "Cactus Tree," "Shadows and Light," "Chelsea Morning," "Sex Kills," "Conversation," "Circle Game," "Wigstock," "Amelia" and "Down to You."
Kelly is backed by musical director Zecca Esquibel and Paul Ossola. TWEED TheaterWorks in association with Robbi Kearn produce the event.
"As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I would put on my headphones and be swept into Joni's world," Kelly said of Mitchell's music in a statement. "Hers is a world rich with wanderlust, emotion and innuendo. Her songs have the power to transport a lonely individual into another world. I suppose it was the words as much as the music. The combination of the two was, and remains powerful, beautiful and compelling."
Multidisciplinary performance artist John Kelly's highly praised Joni Mitchell works began with Paved Paradise in 1997 and was followed by Shiny Hot Nights: More Songs of Joni Mitchell in 2001 and Get Up and Jive: Even More Songs of Joni Mitchell in 2004. The stage presentations were born from Kelly's impersonation of the legendary folk singer at the first Wigstock in the mid 1980's. He has also appeared on Broadway in James Joyce's The Dead.
For tickets, priced $20-$25, phone (212) 352-3101 or visit OvationTix. The Abrons Arts Center is located within the Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street on the Lower East Side.