Lindsay Mendez-Michael Holland Musical You're Gonna Hate This Debuts April 21 at Joe's Pub | Playbill

Related Articles
News Lindsay Mendez-Michael Holland Musical You're Gonna Hate This Debuts April 21 at Joe's Pub You're Gonna Hate This, a new musical from Lindsay Mendez and Michael Holland — who met and collaborated on the Broadway revival of Godspell — debuts at Joe's Pub in New York City April 21 at 9:30 PM.

Lindsay Mendez
Lindsay Mendez

"We're kind of on fire about it," Mendez previously told "It's cool to work with someone and know you're working on it because it's a passion project, and you love it… When we got to premiere a couple of the songs downtown, we [thought], 'Oh! Other people think it's funny, too,' and that was kind of the first step."

Directed by Dave Solomon with music directed by Michael Borth, the show is a two-person musical revue conceived by Mendez (Godspell, Dogfight, Everyday Rapture, Grease) and Holland (orchestrations and vocal arrangements for Godspell), with music and lyrics by Holland. The duo debuted two songs from the project Dec. 19, 2012, in a concert of new work at the SideWalk Café in the East Village.

Click here for the Audio Exclusive of You're Gonna Hate This. Click here for the duo's Playbill Playlist of songs they hate to love

You're Gonna Hate This, which features an eclectic mix of tunes that examine various aspects of hatred, also stars Mendez and Holland, who will duet on most of the songs in the hour-long evening.

"We didn't want to do something, you know, expected, and we thought [that] because Lindsay's hilarious, we wanted it to be funny and upbeat, but still have that sort of sardonic [edge] — you know, to get dark when we wanted to. And, we hate everything on the Earth, so we thought that would be a good place to start," said Holland with a laugh. The musical has about a dozen songs — the titles of which also function as mnemonic devices, with the first letter of each word in the title spelling out the word "HATE" — that tell a variety of stories and touch upon a diverse mix of musical genres. "You won't see the same character twice," said Mendez, "but the songs will all line up and connect, and the journey will start somewhere and definitely end somewhere else. But nobody's linked, necessarily. The stories are all pretty singular… Each song is kind of its own genre and moment."

Michael Holland
"I like to have what seems like unreasonable parameters to work around because if the sky is the limit, there's nothing to rein you in," added Holland about the challenge of the mnemonic song titles. "I didn't know if it would work. Initially, when I came up with the idea of all of the titles spelling out 'HATE,' I thought, 'Well, this is either going to be inspiring or it's going to be completely crippling!'"

Song titles include "Hector And The European," a story about the attention-hungry waiter Hector; "How Are The Eggs," a look at the life of a married couple; "Here's Alison The Elephant," a solo for Mendez; "Hard Act To Enjoy," a club song for Holland; "He's Angry This Evening," a rock tune about a mother and son; and more.

The band includes Michael Borth (keyboards), Matt Hinkley (guitar/keyboard), Sean Driscoll (guitar), Daniel Fabricatore (bass), Jay Mack (drums) and Jeffrey Roberts (percussion).

The choir of backup singers featured include Brittany Bara, Lucas Brady, Karin Bryeans, Melissa Castillo, Bo Clark, Ashley Dillard, Risa Dorken, Charles Franklin, Tom Horvath, Adam Levy, Stefanie Miller and Chris Stevens.

According to Joe's Pub, Mendez and Holland "team up to celebrate America’s true favorite pastime with You're Gonna Hate This, a fast-paced original revue featuring new songs by Holland. Crossing, blurring and deliberately smearing the lines of pop, rock, jazz, gospel, and even (gasp) musical theatre, the show explores all the stuff we love to hate - and does so with a six-piece band. Come hate everything with us (you know you want to)." 

Shoshana Feinstein produces the concert event.

Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information and tickets, visit

Today’s Most Popular News:

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!