Brian d'Arcy James and Clarke Thorell, currently Off Broadway singing the songs of Andrew Lippa and Stephen Sondheim, respectively, will have a chance to change their tune March 20 when they step under Sean McCourt's Big Top at Wilson's. Both actors are active songwriters, although they spend much of their time performing others’ work.
With a Jan. 25 start date, James became the first “Burrs” to strut the New York City stage in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Wild Party. He made a Broadway splash in 1997's Titanic as the kind-hearted stoker, Barrett. Other credits include Broadway's Carousel and Blood Brothers and workshop productions of Time and Again and Harmony.
Once "Flatbush Phil" in the ensemble of the temporarily-suspended Wise Guys, Thorell has found himself playing the more practically-named Hank in another Sondheim production, Saturday Night. Also an original Titanic cast member (he was the young Irish lad, Jim Farrell, later stepping up to replace James as Barrett), Thorell's credits include The Who's Tommy, the regional tour of Floyd Collins (as Homer) and the workshops of Randy Newman's Faust and the Red Clay Ramblers’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas.
The cover is $10. For dinner reservations, call (212) 769-0100. Wilson's is located at 201 West 79th Street at Amsterdam.
McCourt's Big Top series features Broadway actors performing their own original material or original material written for them. Next up will be visits from Matthew Sklar (composer of Swing Alley) and Cerveris (The Who's Tommy). Dates are set for March 20 and April 17. In the late spring and summer, the series hopes to move to a weekly schedule.