Guest star Paul Binder, Ringmaster of the Big Apple Circus, will join Symphony Space's political cabaret, The Thalia Follies, returning for its seventh season to the stage with its newest production, Primary Colors.
Joining Binder are regular Follies performers, including the incomparable Ivy Austin, Kathryn Markey and Mary Brienza of the hysterically funny The Chalks, the suave singer Eric Poindexter, and the renowned jazz bassist/songwriter Jay Leonhart. Dazzling soprano Lisa Flanagan and comedian Joel Chasnoff join the cast for the first time-all under the musical direction of Lanny Meyers.
Created and written by Symphony Space's Founding Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer and veteran comedIan Martin Sage, Primary Colors features Binder as the would-be President Mitt Romney who holds press conferences about "the Bain of his existence," Mormonism, hair gel, and strapping dogs to the top of cars.
About the show: "The Primaries are coming under the comic lens of songs and sketches, including Flip!, a song which tells why it's not so bad to be a flip-flopper, sung by Ivy Austin; Anybody but Mitt!, a Republican cry to a Sondheim tune; Just Leave Us Be, Calvin Trillin's lament of the
businessmen who don't want to be regulated; Take Your Gun to Church, a Second Amendment number by Josh Rosenblum; I Found a Job, Martin Sage's Joni Mitchell parody about life in New York City; and Obama's Insomnia, which finds the President in the Lincoln Bedroom, visited by
the ghosts of Abe Lincoln, FDR, JFK, and much more."
Primary Colors will be presented Thursday, February 16 at 7:30, and Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 at 5:30 and 8:30pm at Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets are $15-$35 and may be purchased online at symphonyspace.org or by calling 212.864.5400.
About The Thalia Follies
Returning for its seventh season of songs, sketches and satire, Symphony Space's The Thalia Follies is New York's only political cabaret series. Created by Symphony Space's Founding Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer and Martin Sage, Sheffer writes lyrics and comedy sketches, and performs in such diverse genres as rap, show tunes, exalted poetry and nutty characters. The Thalia Follies troupe of performers includes Ivy Austin and Mary Brienza and Kathryn Markey of The Chalks, with musical direction by Lanny Meyers.
About Isaiah Sheffer
Isaiah Sheffer is co-founder with Allan Miller of Symphony Space and serves as its founding artistic director. At Symphony Space, he hosts and directs the long-running hit series "Selected Shorts" - live, on tour and in its PRI radio incarnation across the country. He also stages the annual James Joyce celebration "Bloomsday on Broadway," as he has on June 16 every year for the past 27 years.
Sheffer's writing for the stage and screen includes the book and lyrics to two successful musicals, "The Rise of David Levinsky" and "Yiddle with a Fiddle," as well as an original play about Isaac
Bashevis Singer, "Demons and Dreamers," and the libretto for the baroque ballet on the subject of the 1787 Constitutional Convention,