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Queer songwriter, Max Vernon is having an “Existential Life Crisis Lullaby” 

“Fahuuucking brilliant. WHAT an incredible score. I want to go back 10 more times.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda on KPOP

“FABULOUS!” — RuPaul on The View UpStairs

“A rising composer/lyricist/librettist and performer with an ear for joyful melody and an eye for all the quirks of pop and queer culture.” — The New York Times

MAX VERNON – the songwriter described by The New Yorker as “equal parts Bohemia and Broadway” — will continue his first ever residency at Joe’s Pub, Existential Life Crisis Lullaby, on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM. Following three sold out shows last year, he returns with special guests Bonnie Milligan, Larry Owens, Kenita R. Miller, Brittain Ashford, and Jaime Cepero. The spring shows, all directed by Ellie Heyman, will return on Tuesday nights, March 19, and April 23. 

Vernon received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, three Drama Desk Award nominations, a Jonathan Larson Grant and the Richard Rodgers Award for his musicals The View UpStairs and KPOP, both of which had critically-acclaimed extended Off-Broadway runs last year. KPOP is planning a major new production later this year. Following a sold-out debut at the Kennedy Center in 2017, Vernon has returned to the New York nightclub stage for an exclusive engagement of high spectacle, high fashion, and high belted F sharps.

“I feel as if I’ve been mounting the queer downtown version of the Rockettes special on the Joe’s Pub stage” says Max. “With 30 homemade couture costumes, iconic performers such as Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Ethan Slater, Mary Testa, Robin de Jesus, Daphne Rubin-Vega and more. Now, for the next three shows, I want to show the audience the grit hidden underneath the glitter; to tell my personal story as an artist and the experiences that lead me to writing for the theatre.” 

In addition to his acclaimed musicals, the residency previews his newest work The Tattooed Lady (written with Obie Award-winning playwright Erin Courtney) alongside other previously-unheard material. Each show has a different set list. Featuring a cast of Broadway stars, Downtown divas and the next generation of household names, Existential Life Crisis Lullaby is a celebration of tattooed ladies, Korean pop stars, 70’s queer culture, the apocalypse, sentient robots, aging club kids, homicidal hipster cults, and true love.

“MAX VERNON: Existential Life Crisis Lullaby” will return to JOE’S PUB on Tuesday nights, February 26, March 19,and April 23, all at 7:00 PM. 

Tickets are $20 each. There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.

JOE’S PUB  is located in The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC.

For tickets call (212) 967-7555 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM or visit, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street from 2:00 PM daily. 

Photo by Roberto Araujo

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