The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, NYC
21 and older
Musical Director: Ruark Downey
Staging Director: Jonathan Hopkins
Cast Members and Musicians Include: J.D. Desharnais, Blaise Downey, Ruark Downey, Beth Ann Leone, Elliot Roth, and Joshua Tussin
To round out its inaugural season, Smith Street Stage presents Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about the last days of Jesus of Nazareth, his trials before Pilate and Herod, and his death. The show asks some intriguing questions: What was it like to be Jesus’ best friend or disciple? What was it about him that inspired such fervor from the crowds? Were people just drawn to his charisma, or was he a true profit? It also rocks! The cast and musicians will perform the show as a concert, emphasizing the power of the music and lyrics.
All proceeds will benefit future productions for this fledgling theatre company, including this summer’s return to Carroll Park with Macbeth.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is presented through an exclusive arrangement with R & H Theatricals and Two Knights Rights Limited. www.rnh.com
About the Company: Smith Street Stage
Smith Street Stage is dedicated to presenting classic plays. It is our ultimate goal to demonstrate just how effective live theater can be when it concentrates on its strengths and not its weaknesses, by creating honest moments in a very personal, very direct and highly imaginative way. Based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
With influences including Bartok and the Beatles, Miles, Monk and Morton Feldman (not related), Lee himself has inspired many artists. The BE LEE FESTIVAL presents some of the amazing musicians who love Lee and his work; they are all listed below.
A lifelong New Yorker, Lee has lived in Brooklyn for the past 23 years, and has released three albums: Living It All Wrong (Pure/Mercury); The Man in a Jupiter Hat(Mercury/Bonafide); and I’ve Forgotten Everything(Urban Myth), as well as a 30-minute animated musical STARBOY (www.starboy.us). A short documentary about Lee, called “Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman” can be viewed at Vimeo. Academy Award nominated director Bennett Miller (“Capote”) says, “If you like Lee Feldman, you’ll love‘Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman’.” See also www.leefeldman.com.
Artists in addition to Lee who will perform include:
Jim Allen, who is a member of the bands Lazy Lions (myspace.com/lazylions) and The Ramblin’ Kind (myspace.com/theramblinkind), and has released three albums as a singer/songwriter. He also hosts a weekly online radio show Friday mornings on EastVillage.com.
“Amy Allison may be the daughter of jazz/blues legend Mose Allison, but the New York-based singer/songwriter is a pure country chanteuse known for her oddly distinctive voice (think Victoria Williams or Kate Jacobs) and gut-wrenching songs.” (Allmusic.com) Amyallisonmusic.com.
Jim Duffy specializes in what he calls “moody and bouncy instrumental pop music.” His concept is to combine deep and soulful grooves with the immediacy of a tightly arranged three-minute pop song. He has released two albums of original compositions, Side Oneand Mood Lit, on which he plays a 1960s Wurlitzer electric piano and leads a small combo. 3dotsmusic.com.
Acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman's exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, gritty pop, fervent gospel and open-hearted country music through a completely original aesthetic to create a sound entirely his own. Howardfishman.com.
Pete Galub is a native New Yorker who wrote his first song at 15 after seeing the Pogues on SNL. His debut CD "Boy Gone Wrong" is much admired by Lee. Petegalub.com.
“New York City's Daniel Harnett possesses quite an impressive voice that is comparable to the late Jeff Buckley. Born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Harnett's first love was acting… Harnett has also had several songs featured in independent movies.” (Allmusic.com) myspace.com/danielharnett.
Carol Lipnik is a Coney Island-reared singer/songwriter who haunts the New York City club scene aspiring to be Lee Feldman. Mermaidalley.com.
An Idaho native, ex-circus musician, Lascivious Biddy and pianist/composer/singer, Deidre Rodmanmoved to New York in 1997 after receiving a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. She has played with everyone from Elvis Costello (who deemed her “a wonderful pianist and delicate composer with a truly unique voice”) to Debbie Harry to Natalie Merchant-and of course, Lee Feldman. She has three jazz CDs out on the esteemed Sunnyside label, and recently released her first pop CD, Circle. deidrerodman.com.
Singer/composer Steven Swartz is best known as the leader of the pioneering "avant-folk" ukelele band Songs from a Random House (1986-2007), which issued a pair of critically-lauded CDs, Random Numbers and gListen, on the Bar/None and Sargasso labels during the 00's. Steven's new solo project, Bedroom Community, uses voice, ukulele, looping pedals, effects, and pre-recorded electronic tracks to create distinctive songs in a dub/folk/shoegaze vein. Myspace.com/bedcom.