In an evening that encompasses a personal and rarified experience of moving to and living in New York City, John Epperson – the real person behind Lypsinka – will take the stage in John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka for four nights only at Joe’s Pub at The Public. With a nod to the urbane cabaret style of Bobby Short, Epperson’s evening embraces classic entertainment filled with stories, tunes, and a few surprises. The entertainer, aka The Goddess of Showbiz Lypsinka, commands the piano and stage with a musical journey that weaves together Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Jule Styne, Kay Thompson, Kander & Ebb, Comden & Green, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and transgender icon Christine Jorgenson. Jay Rogers directs the limited engagement show which takes place at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) on four nights only, August 15th & 17th at 9:30 and September 13th & 16th at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.joespub.com or by calling 212 967-7555.
Epperson’s incomparable knowledge of the theatrical oeuvre is showcased in this glittering performance. In particular, his tributes to Betty Comden, Kay Thompson and Christine Jorgensen, was acclaimed by The New York Times as being “the ne plus ultra exemplar of a style that might be called zany chic…” Filled with anecdotes of growing up in Hazlehurst, Mississippi and his early years in New York, Epperson illustrates his life by affectionately making Broadway classics his own personal story. Although the artist leaves his alter ego, Lypsinka, at home for this performance, the art of lip-synching does appear as an added bon-bon to this delightful evening.
John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka
August 15th & 17th @ 9:30
Joe’s Pub at The Public