Cabaret star David Campbell, opera singer Dawn Upshaw and sound designer Marc Anthony Thompson are among the eclectic array of talent set to fill Joe's Pub this winter. The bar and night spot, a new performance space in NY's Joseph Papp Public Theater, opened last fall and has since housed such artists as playwright and actor Roger Guenveur Smith, the theatrical rock band BETTY and, more notably, actress and singer Audra McDonald, whose concert engagement at the tavern sold out its run.
The Aussie Campbell will appear Jan. 11, 18 and 25, 1999 with his show "Sweet Dreams: An Evening of Songs by John Bucchino." Bucchino's songs have been recorded by the likes at Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook.
Dawn Upshaw then drops in for a two-night stand, Jan. 21-22, 1999. Though primarily known for her opera work, Upshaw has recorded material by such musical artists as Sondheim and Blitzstein. At Joe's Pub, she will concentrate on her upcoming album, "Dawn Upshaw Sings Vernon Duke," which will be released Jan. 19, 1999 on Nonesuch Records. Duke wrote for many of the Broadway musical revues of the 1930s, penning such tunes as "April in Paris," "I Can't Get Started" and "Autumn in New York." His musicals include Cabin in the Sky and Banjo Eyes.
The Spanish dance troupe Noche Flamenca takes up residence Jan. 28-Feb. 14, 1999 followed by Chocolate Genius, a four-man combo led by Marc Anthony Thompson. Thompson is best known in theatre circles for creating the pulsating, enveloping sound design for Roger Guenveur Smith's A Huey P. Newton Story.
For information on these performances, call (212) 239-6200. -- By Robert Simonson