"Wild Women, Divas and Broads" from the worlds of musical theatre, cabaret and opera have booked into downtown Manhattan's Joe's Pub this May. Among the women to be featured are Daphne Rubin-Vega, Liz Callaway, Idina Menzel and Tonya Pinkins.
The series will commence on May 3 with Rubin-Vega, the former Rent star currently appearing in The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway. She will perform a collection of rock songs intended for her never-released album "Souvenirs" (the label, Mercury Records, went out of business). Rubin-Vega will perform on May 10 and 17 as well.
Liz Callaway, whose credits include Cats and Miss Saigon, will present the show "Totally 60s!" on May 4 and 11. The repertoire, from her new CD "The Beat Goes On," is drawn exclusively from the pop world of the 1960s.
Idina Menzel, the high-intensity star of Rent and The Wild Party (and the upcoming Summer of '42), will play a return engagement May 5, 12 and 19; her February dates at Joe's Pub sold out. Menzel played the temperamental performance artist, Maureen, in the original production of Rent. Her next New York stage role was in the Andrew Lippa Manhattan Theatre Club musical, The Wild Party.
May 21 will bring Tonya Pinkins, seen on Broadway in Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party and Play On!. The act will mark Pinkins' solo debut. Additional dates are May 28 and June 4. Other appearances include cabaret singer Amanda Green (May 13 and 20) and Metropolitan Opera singer Catherine Malfitano (May 7 and 14). All shows are at 8:30 PM, except Green's, which are at 7:30 PM.
Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street and Astor Place). For information on these and other winter attractions, call (212) 239-6200.