Joe's Pub, the cabaret space of the Public Theater, continues to prove itself as eclectic as any room in town. In addition to presenting artists from all musical genres -- including opera, jazz, reggae, rhythm & blues and experimental -- it presents a wide variety of theatrical talents. Case in point: among the spring attractions: Broadway star Sam Harris, Off Off Broadway diva Queen Esther, and avant-garde playwright Ruth Margraff.
March 20 and 27, at 8:30 PM, Sam Harris, erstwhile star of The Life, will sing a selection of Broadway standards and popular songs from his new CD.
On April 25, at 8:30 PM, composer Fred Ho will conduct a performance of Night Vision, the "Vampyre Opera" he penned with Margraff. The highly percussive work recently had a staged run at HERE and was performed in concert at Cooper Union last fall.
Queen Esther, a self-styled diva who has performed at the Worth Street Theatre and the New York Fringe Festival, will bring her one-person show Queen Esther: Unemployed Superstar to the pub on April 27, at 8:30 PM. Jeff Cohen directs.
Past performers at Joe's Pub include Audra McDonald, Dawn Upshaw, Faith Prince, Adolph Green and Betty Comden, Anne Bogart, Ann Magnuson, Aimie Mann, Alice Ripley, Karen Mason, Randy Graff and John Pizzarelli. Ticket prices varie. Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street and Astor Place). For information, call (212) 239-6200.
--By Robert Simonson