Leslie Kritzer's Beautiful Disaster Hits Joe's Pub

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14 May 2013

Vadim Feichtner and Leslie Kritzer
Vadim Feichtner and Leslie Kritzer
Photo by Stephen Sorokoff

A blast from the past, dressed in flannel and Doc Martens, blew into Joe's Pub, where Leslie Kritzer performed her one-woman show Beautiful Disaster. Playbill.com attended the May 13 performance and chatted with Kritzer afterwards.

In Beautiful Disaster Kritzer recounts her tumultuous senior year of high school. The sarcastic and heartfelt show transports audience members back in time to 1995, as a voice-over states, "Before Lena Dunham became Jesus...Before anyone cared about what you wrote on your social media...Before Russell Crowe ruined Les Miserables."

Krizter, who has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions (The Memory Show, Elf, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim and Hairspray), co-wrote Beautiful Disaster with director Randy Blair (Fat Camp, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe, Spidermusical). Performed with a band (Alec Berlin, Mark Vander Poel, Jay Mack and Vadim Feichtner) and two back-up singers (Hilaire C. Smith and Sydney Angel), the show plunges straight into what Kritzer says was the most important day of her life: the day she auditioned for her school production of West Side Story. A senior in high school and obsessed with musical theatre, Kritzer wanted the role of Maria. And, she didn't get it.

This disappointment, combined with her parents' messy divorce and prospects of college looking dim, led into a downward spiral for Kritzer. Her grades and friendships suffered, she almost didn't graduate, and she was caught stealing from her classmates' gym lockers. Kritzer combines humor with pain, and sarcasm with sincerity, while telling a story of adolescent drama and angst that most everyone can relate to.


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