Broadway’s newest intimate concert venue – will present the cast of Broadway’s hit musical Waitress — including new star Katharine McPhee — celebrating the music of the show’s composer Sara Bareilles in a special benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Sunday, May 13. A second show was recently added at 7:00 PM after the 9:30 PM performance sold out.
Directed by cast members Molly Jobe and Matt DeAngelis, this be a fun night of heartfelt tunes by the seven time Grammy nominated composer of the hit Broadway musical. The cast will sing an array of songs from all of Sara’s albums including hits like “Brave,” “Love Song,” and “Gravity.” The band includes music director Adam Kaufman on piano, Ryan Vona on guitar, Jon Epcar on drums, Jeff Allen on bass, Alex Foote on guitar, and Yair Evnine on cello.
Katharine McPhee and the cast of Broadway’s Waitress will perform the music of Sara Bareilles to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM (SOLD OUT) at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel). The cover charge is $30-50 with $200 premium tickets available (which include a meet and greet with Katharine McPhee). There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.
THE GREEN ROOM 42 recently celebrated its one year anniversary as the theater district’s premiere destination for live music and events. The 140-seat space lets audiences experience shows up close and personal. During the shows, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes alongside signature cocktails, craft beer and wine with no food/drink minimum. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheGreenRoom42.com. The Green Room 42 is located at 570 Tenth Avenue in New York City; @TheGreenRoom42.
Tonight REEVE CARNEY from “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” May 3 at 9:30 PM
Reeve Carney, best known for his portrayal of Dorian Gray in Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” Riff Raff in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show reimagining, as well as originating the role of Peter Parker in Julie Taymor/U2’s Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, he is thrilled to be returning to his hometown of NYC, to make his Green Room 42 debut. Featuring selections from his 3-time Independent Music Award-winning album, Youth Is Wasted, as well a few surprises from the Broadway canon and the Great American Songbook, Reeve delivers a one-man-show cabaret that feels more like an invitation-only after-party than a traditional concert performance.
As Varla Jean, Jeffery Roberson has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, London’s Soho Theatre, LA’s Renberg Theatre, and countless theatres in the gay sea-side village of Provincetown. Jeffery wrote and starred in the short Improve Your History with Varla Jean: Stonewall, for the launch of the MTV’s television network Logo and was also seen in their “One Night Standup: Dragtastic” special. Jeffery has starred as Varla in numerous TV and stage roles as well, with highlights that include “Project Runway,” “Ugly Betty,” and the film Girls Will be Girls. Paying tribute to the inspiring women who have inspired her to think about becoming inspirational, BigGayHudsonValley.com has teamed up with Varla Jean Merman to bring “Wonder Merman” to NYC for this special one night only show.
Finalist from NBC TV’s “The Voice”
Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 PM
From recording her first song at the age of 2 years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. Growing up she traveled with her family singing from church to church around the US. As Brooke continued to grow and develop vocally, she eventually was crowned Female vocal winner of the International Teen Talent competition, which awarded her the opportunity to attend Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In college Brooke began to discover who she is as an artist. She began to dig deeper into songwriting, which led to her recording her first solo EP. She received a four chair turn for NBC’s “The Voice,” a chance to work with Miley Cyrus, charting on the iTunes “Top 10” week after week, and Brooke getting 3rd place on the show’s 13th season. With a large and growing fan base, Brooke is touring, writing, recording, and has released her debut single “2AM,” which reached the iTunes pop charts.
“Girl No More”
Monday, May 14 at 7:00 PM
Monday, May 28 at 7:00 PM
The Tony Award nominated star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon bring back her show which has been extended regularly since it first debuted in the fall of 2017. The evening takes the audience through an evening of pop ballads, jazz standards and musical theater favorites, including songs made famous by Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra. In this intimate evening of music with a wonderfully colorful set list, Eva sings from her heart and reveals a side of her story you’ve never heard.
“Gin & Jazz”
Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
Broadway’s Jennifer Sanchez makes her Green Room 42 debut with an evening of new jazz arrangements from shows she has performed in on Broadway. Featuring new takes on music from West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and in addition to Jennifer’s original music. Also featuring Mike Hunter on violin and Marianna Ramirez on percussion. She is currently featured in Pretty Woman – The Musical, which will transfer to Broadway this summer. She made her New York debut as Rosalia in the Broadway revival of West Side Story, where she and Karen Olivo sang “America” hundreds of times on stage and TV, including the Grammy award winning album. Her additional Broadway credits include: On Your Feet, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Ghost, as well as Off-Broadway in Little Miss Sunshine and I’m Getting My Act Togrther and Taking it on the Road.
Friday, May 18 at 9:30 PM
Thomas March, poet, performer and author of the newly-released collection Aftermath, makes his Green Room 42 debut in After Aftermath. No ordinary book launch, this will be a night of music, comedy, and spoken word celebrating the collection’s most important themes—longing, loss, and love. With friends from the worlds of cabaret, musical theatre, stand-up comedy—and a few surprises—Tom brings poetry and the performing arts together for an evening that promises to be both heartbreaking and hilarious. It might be the best variety-show-inspired-by-a-book you’ll see this year.
from The Great Comet and Porgy & Bess
“Heavy is The Head”
Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 PM
Sumayya Ali, featured in the original Broadway cast of Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, and the Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess makes her Green Room 42 debut in “Heavy is The Head.” Join Sumayya in this spell binding evening as she explores exoteric and esoteric identity and purpose through her original compositions as well as juxtaposing electronica, classical and rock/soul into some favorite Broadway, jazz and pop standards. Come discover the magical transforming elements of music which are buried inside of yourself. With these gifts comes responsibility. “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”
Billboard hit singer and songwriter with first NYC residency
Friday, May 18 at 7:00 PM
Friday, June 22 at 7:00 PM
Friday, July 20 at 7:00 PM
Friday, August 17 at 7:00 PM
Spencer Day, the unique #1 Billboard charting jazz singer and songwriter who has appeared at venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Hollywood Bowl, makes his Green Room 42 debut for his first ever New York Residency. This provides Day with unique opportunity to showcase his humor as well a wide range of his diverse and eclectic original songs, along with interpretations of classic songs ranging from Cole Porter to David Bowie. He brings plenty of spontaneity that feels new and fresh while simultaneously embracing the classic mood of a bygone era.
“Live(S) in New York”
Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle is back in town with her stunning solo performance, an intimate evening of song that whispers seductive secrets, lays bare the naked truth and explodes with the one of a kind bottle rocket charisma that’s kept “Frankie’s” ardent fans coming back for more since she created the iconic role of Eponine in Les Miserables and turned “On My Own” into one of Broadway’s most beloved standards. This evening is a wildly entertaining ride straight through the core of the most tender heart, fiery passion and loose comic confidence of a seasoned performer at the height of her game. Frankie has made five solo albums and has performed countless West End shows including her most recent critically acclaimed performance as Queenie in the U.K. Premiere of Michael LaChiusa’s infamous The Wild Party. The show is co-created by Frances Ruffelle and Gwyneth Herbert, with Musical arrangements by Gwyneth Herbert with additional arrangements by Jude Obermuller and David Barber.
NATALIE JOY JOHNSON
“The 40th Birthday Show”
Thursday, May 24 at 10:30 PM
Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 PM
Gabrielle Stravelli — the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter described as a “lighthouse of emotional integrity” by Downbeat and as a “quadruple threat and force to be reckoned with” by jazz icon Bob Dorough — will perform selections from her latest album Dream Ago for her debut at The Green Room 42. The recording is comprised mostly of original material co-written with bassist/arranger Pat O’Leary and co-lyricist Jason Robinson. Since its release the album has won praise from around the country. The Huffington Post called it “…a breakthrough recording, serving up a dazzling mélange of the seductive, sophisticated vocals that have long been her hallmark.” According to LA Jazz Scene, “Dream Ago is filled with fresh, melodic and unpredictable music from a brilliant and inventive singer. A continually surprising and stimulating set.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called Gabrielle “an intense vocalist with a talent for torch-song sadness” and “a passionate singer of original jazz song with intelligent storytelling abilities.” Stravelli’s group headlined the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival and headlined an international tour sponsored by the US State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program, which took her to Moldova, Slovenia, Azerbaijan and Malta. Gabrielle premiered the most recent song cycle, Rooms of Light, by world-renowned jazz pianist, Fred Hersch and premiered Wynton Marsalis’s “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration” in a US tour.
“Baby-Makin’ Music” – ENCORE SHOW
Monday, June 18 at 7:00 PM
Lillias White, star of The Life, FELA!, Cats, Dreamgirls and more, returns to The Green Room 42 in Baby-Makin’ Music by popular demand. Join Lillias as she shares music of love, lust, and loss for an intimate evening with Broadway’s Golden-Voiced diva. Featuring music from Tim McGraw, Rodger & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Nat King Cole, Lillias White runs the gamut of the American Songbook. Mother of The Green Room 42, having played the club’s opening in 2017, Lillias White proves she’s at home for this one night only special encore performance that you don’t want to miss.
“Pianomen: An Intimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John”
Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 PM
Neil Berg’s PianoMen pays an intimate tribute to the songs of two of the most iconic composers of the 20 th Century, Billy Joel and Elton John. Hear the crowd-pleasing popular hits and forgotten songs of the last four decades. Listen to the stories, influences and meaning that motivated these compositions. These timeless songs light up the stage as they are performed by award-winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg on piano, an additional keyboardist and two incredible Broadway/Rock style vocalists.
“The Color Ginger”
Monday, June 25 at 9:30 PM
Max Chernin (Bright Star, Sunday In The Park With George) makes his debut at The Green Room 42 in “The Color Ginger.” Fellow redhead Ryan Fielding Garrett (Kinky Boots, The Man In The Ceiling) joins Max in exploring the ghosts of his past, the delight of the present, and the uncertainty of his future. Songs, stories, historical evidence….bring your sunscreen, and come see this Broadway ginger shine bright!
“Sings Lina Horne”
Celebrating Lena’s 101st Birthday
Saturday, June 30 at 7:00PM
“Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne” is a critically-acclaimed show celebrating Lena Horne’s centennial. Her evening includes some of Miss Horne’s well known standards reinterpreted by Vivian’s unique arrangements and vocal stylings with narrative throughout. She will be accompanied by a stellar four piece band including piano, bass, drums and guitar. As we have come to expect from Vivian, this show will be high energy with all of her vocal dynamics, touching on many emotions. Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne debuted in Pittsburgh, PA with Marty Ashby and the Manchester Craftmen’s Guild Orchestra, garnering several standing ovations. Miss Horne had a personal impact on Vivian’s life years ago when Vivian’s career was being managed by Bobby Schiffman and Honi Coles of the Apollo Theater. Come hear how Lena Horne’ s generosity touched Vivian Reed when she started out as a young budding artist.