Leslie Kritzer Is a Beautiful Disaster at Joe's Pub May 1-3

By Andrew Gans
and Adam Hetrick
May 1, 2011

Broadway singer-actress Leslie Kritzer, recently seen Off-Broadway in the musical revue Newsical, returns to Joe's Pub May 1 with an all-new show.



Entitled Beautiful Disaster, performances are scheduled for May 1-3 at 9:30 PM.

Co-written by Randy Blair (Fat Camp, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe, Spidermusical) and Kritzer, the evenings feature a four-piece band led by music director/pianist Vadim Feichtner (...Spelling Bee, Elegies). Audiences can expect to hear the music of Madonna, Guns n Roses, Alanis Morrisette, Katy Perry, Jane's Addiction, Snoop Dogg, Tori Amos and Stephen Sondheim.

"The year is 1995, and Jersey girl Leslie Kritzer is a senior at Livingston High School," according to press notes. "After the crushing blow of not landing the lead in her school's musical, and the dramatic events of her parents' telenovela-like divorce, Leslie abandons her good girl persona and turns from Kritzer to Hyde, unleashing her teenage Jew-rican vengeance upon the town. Drugs! Kleptomania! Pre-marital sex! Playing 30 different characters in a comic tour de force, Beautiful Disaster explores what happens when the shit hits the fan and rebellion meets reality."

A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Kritzer has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, as well as the original casts of Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair and, most recently, Sondheim on Sondheim.

She earned a 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her work Off-Broadway in Rooms: A Rock Romance. A Special Achievement MAC Award winner for her show Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, Kritzer was Drama Desk-nominated for her performance Off-Broadway in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. She also played Fanny Brice in the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse production of Funny Girl.

Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets, priced at $30, are available by visiting www.joespub.com.