Directed by Robbie Rozelle with music direction by Brad Simmons, the 9:30 PM concert will feature special guests two-time Tony nominee Martha Plimpton (A Delicate Balance) and Drama Desk winner Andréa Burns (In the Heights) as well as a surprise Tony nominee.
Here's how the evening is billed: "Jersey born and raised, Jessica Vosk started her crazy career on Wall Street and ended up in The Bridges of Madison County, with pit stops in the Grammy-nominated West Side Story, Merrily We Roll Along and Company. In her debut NYC solo show, Jessica just wants to throw a big ol' party. Dubbed a 'bodacious riff monster' by Jason Robert Brown, Jessica offers an eclectic evening of songs, hilarity, a swear jar and some very special guest stars: two-time Tony nominee Martha Plimpton and Drama Desk winner Andréa Burns, plus a surprise multiple Tony nominee. She's risking Port Authority in heels for this occasion."
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $25-$35 cover charge plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com.
"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" (Bon Jovi). I have been a Bon Jovi fan for as long as I can remember. Jersey. Duh. The big hair. The leather pants. The badass-ery. Just HUGE FAN GIRL. I am still in love with their 1994 album "Crossroad." I wore it out. Ps. This is when there were actual MUSIC VIDEOS with storylines.
"Emotional" (Whitney Houston). Whitney all day long. What an artist. There was a time when I would perform this song (TO MYSELF) with props. That's right. I had a phone, I had a photograph "beside my bed"… and a microphone, of course.
"Trouble Again" (Linda Rondstadt). I'm all about Linda. I think she is SO REVOLUTIONARY. Anyone remember that 1989 album "Cry Like a Rainstorm" that she did and featured Aaron Neville?! I feel like it must have been an…experimental time. Okay, truth. I wore that thing out. I stole my mom's album (whoops!), and I listened to "Trouble Again" over and over and over. Also, the note she holds out around 1:26 is ALL I would focus on.
"Love is Alive" (The Judds). That's correct. This is NOT a mistake or a typo. I am STILL OBSESSED with The Judds. The old-school, amazingness they are. They are the opposite of Jersey (except for the enormous hair and full beat), but we would blast this cassette tape on Sunday afternoons in the car on the ride home from…church maybe? This song? So well written — the harmony!!! Please, let's talk about the clothing in this video, too. Get it, Wynonna.
"Lullabye" (Billy Joel). I am a huge Billy Joel fan. I mean, I know he's technically from Long Island, but he's Jersey adjacent. So, picking a song is really hard. But, this is a special song for me. I was in college, in Jersey…but I was driving my grandmother from my aunt and uncle's home in Connecticut back to New Jersey, because she was coming to stay with us. She and my grandfather previously lived in South River, NJ. She lost my grandpa some years before. This came on the CD player in the car, and she just lit up like a Christmas tree and said she never heard the song before and that it made her think of my grandpa. She always slept with his photo next to the bed. The ride was three hours. I played it over and over again for her the whole time. I know they must be singing it together somewhere now!
"American Girl" (Tom Petty). There was one Fourth of July that I was invited to this amazing ship ride on the Hudson River. That's right. It was a ship. I was in high school, and I thought it was the coolest thing. On our ride back that night, we blasted "American Girl" all the way home…and that was via the Garden State Parkway, NATCH.
"To Love You More" (Celine Dion). I mean, let's be real here. When I was younger, I would LOCK myself in my bedroom with my karaoke machine, and it was all day/all night Celine Dion. There's something about a power ballad (with a slight French accent to boot) that SCREAMS my Jersey childhood. Who am I kidding? I still lock myself in my apartment now and do the same thing. PS: That breath control at the end is a master class.
"Paradise By The Dashboard Light" (Meatloaf). This, my friends, was my first official concert — at the PNC Bank Arts Center (is it even called that anymore?). I was definitely in grade school. There was definitely a couple making out behind me (my aunt took me to the concert, too). Ha! But, what a performer. That was one hell of a show.
"If" (Janet Jackson). Just FYI, in my previous life as a DANCER, I would have clearly been one of her lead dancers in this video.
Les Misérables — The Entire Cassette Tape That I Had. There is no one song I can choose. This is because I would turn my room (yes, I was under age ten) into the barricade. I would even have friends over and have them play all of the roles with me. Nobody but me was allowed to be Eponine. And I died FLAWLESSLY into a pile of pillows every damn time. So, I guess I'll just put "A Little Fall Of Rain" here for you. Oh, and this also serves as an apology to all of the friends I dragged into this experience. #jerseypride