The evening — entitled Todd Rundgren & Friends: 3rd Annual Benefit for Joe's Pub at the Public Theater — will feature acoustic performances by Rundgren as well as selections from Up Against It, his 1989 musical that was produced at the Public Theater. In a statement, composer Rundgren said, "When I realized that Joe's Pub was named for the Joe, whatever I had previously considered performing took a back seat to the possibility of reviving at least some highlights of Up Against It, the musical that Joseph Papp hired me to compose. There was enough enthusiasm from enough of the original cast that the idea actually got up and walked." Rundgren will be joined on stage by original cast members Tom Aulino as Bernard Coates, Roger Bart as Christopher Low, Toni DiBuono as Connie Boon and Alison Fraser as Miss Drumgoole.
Todd Rundgren is a singer-songwriter, multimedia artist and producer. His hits include "I Saw the Light," "Hello, It's Me," "Can We Still Be Friends" and "Bang The Drum All Day." Rundgren's newest studio album, "Liars," will be released April 6 by Sanctuary Records.
Benefit tickets are $150 ($115 tax-deductible) and include a post-show dessert reception with the artist and a ticket for the Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by David Esbjornson. For tickets, call (212) 539-8778. Show time is 7:30 PM. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.