It's been a huge week for Fun Home on Broadway. The musical based on lesbian cartoonist Alison' Bechdel's memoir picked up 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, last Sunday, and ticket sales have skyrocketed into record-breaking territories. Clearly Fun Home is the place to be in NYC right now and we absolutely love stopping by especially for the brilliant performance by Emily Skeggs, the Tony-nominated actress whose portrayal of college-aged Alison is making her one of Broadway's most crush-worthy stars of the year (/decade/maybe even century, who knows?). Emily's transcendent performance has received rave reviews, and we can't wait to see what she'll be up to next. Luckily, we don't have to! Even though Emily's certainly keeping busy playing Medium Alison 8 times a week on Broadway, She'll also will be performing this Monday at the cell theatre with The Shakespearean Jazz Show, jazz ensemble awesomely described as, "a buoyant celebration of Shakespeare's words colliding with a New Orleans jazz beat." So, this is pretty much guaranteed to brighten your Monday in every possible way.
Although it was just created three years ago, the show has already played sold-out performances across the nation The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, ArtsEmerson: The World Onstage, and Outside the Box. Now it's NYC's turn to experience the fantastically unique sounds these young artists are creating, and we're not alone in our excitement. Both shows on Monday the 18th are currently sold out, but you can still show up at the cell (338 W. 23rd St) right before both 7pm and 9pm showtimes to get in the standby line for any available tickets that remain. One listen to Shakespearean Jazz Show's album on Spotify (you can also purchase the album on their website) and you'll definitely want to give the standby line a try.
And because, apparently, there is no rest for the awesome, Emily's New York takeover will also include starring in the June 22nd reading of Fanny's First Play at Symphony Space. The reading will be presented as part of the Gingold Theaterical Group's Project Shaw, during which the company performs all 65 works by George Bernard Shaw. Tickets are still available, which means you can pretty much plan for the most Skeggs-tastic week ever. Of course, we can always continue to catch Emily at over at Fun Home, where she steals hearts and makes us want to 'Change Our Major' nightly. This is one performance you won't want to miss, and one actress you'll definitely want to follow as she continues to dazzle us all!