Joe Iconis, an acclaimed New York City-based musical theater writer whose “Be More Chill” premiered at Two River Theater Company in 2015, is returning to headline a fundraiser for the much-admired regional theater in Red Bank, NJ.
“An Evening with Joe Iconis and Family” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and will benefit the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, the 350-seat main stage space named after the theater’s founders. All proceeds will support programs for the development of new musical theater. The company, which is scheduled to announce its 25th anniversary season on April 23, also stages works in its 99-seat black box theater.
A combination of rock ‘n’ roll jamboree and musical cabaret, the evening also includes classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress written by Iconis.The performance is directed by John Simpkins and features collaborators Liz Lark Brown, Alexandra Ferrara, Danielle Gimbal, Lauren Marcus, Eric William Morris, George Salazar, Jared Weiss and Jason SweetTooth Williams.
Tickets range from $60 to $250. Patrons 21 and older who purchase $90 tickets are invited to cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. Patrons who purchase $250 tickets are invited to attend the cocktail reception and a dinner following the performance.
Tickets are available by calling 732-345-1400, or visit tworivertheater.org and at the box office at 21 Bridge Ave, Red Bank.
“Be More Chill” (slide show above of world premiere) has a book written with Joe Tracz. The production was directed by Stephen Brackett, with orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, music direction by Nathan Dame, and choreography by Chase Brock. It concluded Two River’s 2014-15 season and is based on the acclaimed 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini.
The original cast recording has been streamed more than 90 million times. Iconis and Tracz currently are writing a new musical as a Two River Theater commission.
Other musicals by Iconis include “Love in Hate Nation,” “Broadway Bounty Hunter” and “Bloodsong of Love.” His song “Broadway, Here I Come” was cited by the New York Times as a new entry in the Great American Songbook. He was named “one to watch” in Billboard’s Top 10 picks of the next generation of Broadway singers and songwriters.
In development, according to his website, is The Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Project, with music and lyrics by Iconis, book by Gregory S. Moss, and directed by Christopher Ashley for the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Also, “Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo!” with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, book by Lance Rubin & Jason SweetTooth Williams, based on an idea by Joe, Lance, and Jason.