New York: Viva la Joan! Good news for the city that never sleeps! The fun starts when popular musical comic Joan Jaffe (who never sleeps!) brings her new cabaret show, “Joan Jaffe Sings Funny…Part II!”
Along with some surprises, “Joan Jaffe Sings Funny…Part II” will focus on mostly fun songs and banter, with four outstanding comic songs written by award winning songwriter Francesca Blumenthal, one by Alan Arkin, and some sassy rarities that only Joan could pull off.
Ms. Jaffe has understudied some of the theater’s “healthiest” women. She and husband Hal Blankenship were featured as Burt and Lizzie in the award winning film “The Savages,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney. She has also been featured in Disney’s “Enchanted,” “Approaching Union Square” and “The Producers.” She has appeared on Broadway in “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Bajour.” Off-Broadway, she was seen in “Trophy Wife,” “The George M. Cohan Revue” and “Yankee Doodle Boy.” On television, she has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central.
Ms. Jaffe, along with husband Mr. Blankenship, have frequently collaborated and brought their riotous cabaret act (“The Joan & Hal Show”) to venues around the country, with critical success including an SRO night at the legendary Friar’s Club. Recently, they co-hosted the popular Algonquin Salon Series along with Mark Janas and Peter Napolitano to a house packed with the cabaret coterie.
Musical director Jerry Scott remains one of Manhattan’s most beloved nightlife fixtures with a long history of cramming crowds into numerous venues throughout the years. He is also the multi-award winner of a Back Stage Bistro Award, two Critics’ Choice Awards as Entertainer of the Year, and ten MAC Awards.
Savvy director Hal Blankenship is known as an oxymoron. He is a working actor with extensive Off-Broadway experience in tours and regional theaters in many shows including “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Gigi,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” and “Gin Game.”
This special evening is sure to sell quickly. Early reservations suggested.
*Original Musical Direction by Jerry Scott
**Original Stage Direction by Hal Blankenship
New York Cabaret’s Best 2010 - (the Top 15) - JOAN JAFFE - The veteran actress put her acclaimed show JOAN JAFFE SINGS FUNNY.. to a recording. Picking comical gems both old and new - and often rare - Jaffe brought delightful delivery to both the live show and the CD. Kevin Scott Hall, “Kevin Kabaret”- EdgeNewYork.com
..on-the-mark vital recital...a modest, merry breath of fresh air.. One needn’t struggle for words to describe the work of JOAN JAFFE on her album. It works. She is so deliciously amusing. Rob Lester –Talkin’ Broadway Sound Advice
2010 MAC Award nominee JOAN JAFFE, who performs an evening no less than howling funny and uncannily impressive...the act emerges as an absolute triumph. Andrew Martin - NiteLifeExchange.com
Joan Jaffe has recently done shows of her own and released a great CD and I have picked tracks from her CD several times on PING! Stu HamstraCabaret Hotline-on-line
JOAN is a cabaret singer with lots of drama...entertaining tunes infused with a large dose of humor...Joan gives us pages of her life experiences with stark realities...funny and like a stage show. Oscar Groomes - O’s Place Jazz Magazine
JOAN JAFFE has been making quite a splash this year with her cabaret show, JOAN JAFFE SINGS FUNNY.... She was nominated for a MAC Award for Musical Comedy and now...the CD!....a wild ride this year.. Kevin Scott Hall, “Kevin Kabaret"- EdgeNewYork.com
..an endearing, enduring “old school” pal of a gal, determined to bring chuckles and cheer. It works...Three cheers for the daffy JAFFE...she’s plucky and just ducky... effective with an understated but heartfelt ballad, too...the ageless sprite delight called JOAN JAFFE has mucho energy Rob Lester - NiteLifeExchange.com
Anyone who wants to see what a class cabaret act can be should not miss JOAN JAFFE SINGS FUNNY... Joe Regan, Jr. - Cabaret Scenes
JOAN JAFFE is one funny lady..utterly delightful..She gets all the laughs in the brilliant Blumenthal numbers..Her timing is masterful. Jan Wallman - Cabaret Exchange
She’s a totally delightful and engaging performer! John Hoglund - Theatrescene.net
JOAN JAFFE is FUNNY!..at her best in this new show..the top of her form..we need her to brighten up our nights. Jan Wallman - NiteLifeExchange.com
..part stand-up, part burlesque, part dance and all good fun. Stu Hamstra - Cabaret Hotline