Krysta Rodriguez, Jason Gotay, Julia Mattison and More Set for Drew Gasparini's I Could Use a Drink Concert
05 Jul 2013
"Smash" actress Krysta Rodriguez, who stars in the upcoming Broadway musical First Date, Jason Gotay and Julia Mattison are among the performers set for composer Drew Gasparini's I Could Use a Drink concert July 29 at Joe's Pub.
"It's summertime, so I'm bringing some California love over to the Pub," said songwriter Gasparini in a statement. "We are thrilled with the creative direction of this new show. It's the perfect hybrid of music theatre and my more commercial work."
Directed by Max Friedman, the concert will feature Rodriguez (First Date, The Addams Family), Gotay (Bring It On), Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal), Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Andrew Kober (Hair), Alex Brightman (Big Fish), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening), Kacie Sheik (Hair), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), composer-lyricist Alexander Sage Oyen, Ariella Serur, Keith White, Kasie Gasparini and Chloe Gasparini.
"I'm eager to approach Drew's material from a fresh perspective, especially with the addition of new voices and new material," added director Friedman.
The 9:30 PM concert promises "album hits, as well as tunes still hot off the presses" and music from Gasparini's musicals Circles, Make Me Bad (with Alex Brightman) and Crazy, Just Like Me.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.