In the Works

4th Smash Season! Every 3rd Sunday of Month at 9:30 pm

This Month is Sunday, March 15th at 9:30 pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0315

Creating Community through Composition

Join us for new songs from these Composers and get yourself a $5 ticket with the code: DCT

In the Works

Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present “In The Works.” This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works will be presented monthly and feature three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: Brandon Lambert, Durra Leung, and Selda Sahin & Derek Gregor. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

With Performances by: Philippe Arroyo, Jennifer Daly, JD Daw, Julian Diaz-Granados, Meng-Mei Kuo, Martin Landry, Katie Oxman, Brian Muller, Andrew Strano, Forest VanDyke, and Gabe Violett.

Brandon Lambert is a New York-based songwriter and actor. In 2017 Brandon and Gary S. Jaffe’s musical At First Sight was commissioned and produced by the Mountain Playhouse, and over the past few years Brandon has had five TYA shows commissioned and produced by Gretna Theatre. As an actor, he starred as Marcus on the national tour and then the Canadian premiere of Murder for Two, and has worked regionally at the Pittsburgh CLO, the Pittsburgh Public, and Flat Rock Playhouse. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced, Harrington Award), the Dramatists Guild, and Actors’ Equity.

Durra Leung is an award-winning composer-lyricist born and raised in China, and now calls NYC home. He is the writer of multiple Chinese pop music radio hits and the 2010 ShineWorld Songwriting Contest Best Composer recipient. Since his US debut as a composer at Feinstein’s/54 Below in 2018, Durra has also presented his works at Joe’s Pub, The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Wild Project, The PIT, West End Lounge, Dixon Place, and etc. One of his recent film-scoring works “Your Smile” (dir. Haochen Yang) has entered multiple international film festivals. As a native Cantonese speaker, Durra is working with the original writers of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002 Tony Awards Best Musical) to add Cantonese lyrics for the New York City Center Encores! production in May 2020. He and Sam Rosenblatt host a bi-monthly free concert series “Tin Pan Alley 2” at Dixon Place. Currently an MFA candidate for musical theatre writing at NYU. Follow on Instagram @alldurra

Selda Sahin & Derek Gregor are the songwriters of the short musical film Grind starring Anthony Rapp (Dazed and Confused, Rent) and Claire Coffee (NBC’s Grimm). Grind screened at 29 festivals around the world (best film at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, SENE Music and Film Festival, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and others) . Album available on iTunes and Amazon. Selda and Derek co-wrote Eric Michael Krop’s (Broadway: Godspell) debut pop album “Greater Things” (also available on iTunes) and are currently co-writing Lilli Cooper’s (Broadway: Spring Awakening, Wicked) debut EP. They’ve been recognized as “Ones to Watch” by the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) and their song “The Storm” was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest. Derek is a recipient of a Richard Rogers Award, a MAC award and a John Wallowitch award. Selda was selected for the ASCAP Songwriters Collective and the ASCAP Country Music Workshop in Nashville, and was a member of the Advanced Class at the BMI Workshop. She received an Emmy for her work on Passion at Lincoln Center. Her musical All Fall Down was directed by Emmy Award winning and Tony nominated director, Lonny Price. For more information, visit www.seldaandderek.com

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0315

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

Molly Pope, A Gay Man, and A Piano

Thursdays Jan 23rd, Feb 27th, Mar 26th, Apr 23rd, & May 28th

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/pope

Molly Pope, A Gay Man, and A Piano

After a lifetime overthinking every second of every day, cabarettist Molly Pope sets up camp at the Duplex for a monthly quest to find the one thing that has always escaped her: a good time. Armed with the two things absolutely necessary for a good time—a gay man and a piano —she indulges in sets of greatest hits, obscure gems, and never before attempted songs. She is joined on stage by a rotating platter of nearest and dearest music directors: Drew Wutke (1/23, 3/26, 5/28), Matt Aument (2/27) and Brian Nash (4/23). With concepts like “fun” and “joy” and “just ’cause” on hand, she deploys her signature neo-retro style to get back to the elemental sweet spot of cabaret.

MOLLY POPE (Molly Pope) is a singer et al. whose shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Ars Nova, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, OBERON (A.R.T.), Teatro ZinZanni (Joe’s Pub Seattle), and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Hailed as “One of downtown cabaret’s most adventurous performers” by the New York Times, she is the recipient of both the 2016 Bistro Award for Creative Cabaret Artistry and the 2016 MAC Award for Musical Comedy. She has been named a Time Out New York “Top Ten Cabaret Act” and a Village Voice Best of NYC for “Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret.” She has also performed at The Cafe Carlyle, the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House Music School’s “Uncharted Series” and as a resident artist at The Orchard Project (Saratoga Springs). Stage credits include FOUND (Atlantic Theater Co, Philadelphia Theater Co), Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress (LaMama ETC/Theatre Askew), The Making of King Kong (Target Margin/Immediate Medium). Her original solo musical, “Polly Mope,” premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia last summer.

“Molly Pope is the next big thing of 1963…she transports the audience back to the thriving Greenwich Village nightclub scene of yesteryear…viscerally thrilling alto: a rich gusher of sound…” Time Out New York

“It would have been enough for Pope to just be a (phenomenal) singer, but by gum, she’s a legitimate actress, too. It’s only a matter of time before Broadway discovers one of its greatest stars.” Playbill.com

“Irreverent wit and multigenerational cultural savvy…” The New York Times

DREW WUTKE (A Gay Man) NYC-based multi-disciplinary artist. Credits include Bway/Off Bway/Intntl musicals, concerts, solo shows/cabarets, and general Sing-Out-Louisery®️. Last in Boston w/ Bebe Winans’ BORN FOR THIS. Collaborations w/ award-winning artists Molly Pope, Martha Graham Cracker, Joey Arias, Natalie Joy Johnson, Julian Fleisher, Lea Salonga, many others; Co-creator/MD/arr: Kevin Smith Kirkwood’s CLASSIC WHITNEY HOUSTON: ALIVE! series, Joe’s Pub; World Premiere: FOR TONIGHT. In dev: BELLE OF TOMBSTONE; Jim Steinman’s THE DREAM ENGINE. Christina Crawford’s MOMMIE DEAREST. DiAna Pasari’s I GOT NAKED TODAY. Marie’s Crisis (ft in New Yorker/Time Out). Resident MD: JEN WALDMAN STUDIO. (MM, vocal coaching, OKCU). He and The Piano, along with Gay Men Everywhere, are forever indebted to Miss Pope and ART. drewwutke.comIG@drewwutke.

BRIAN J. NASH (A Gay Man) Off-Broadway: Mother Courage and Her Children (CSC), SILENCE! The Musical (MD/Orchestrator), Kathy Najimy’s Lift Up Your Skirt (upcoming), Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group), A Broadway Diva Christmas, Writing Arthur (NAMT), But I’m A Cheerleader and Natalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush (NYMF), Phenomenon (HERE), Bare (New World Stages, producer), and 13 years as music director of Mostly Sondheim at The Duplex. Regional: Beaches (pre-Bway, Drury Lane), The Last 5 Years (Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Asolo Rep), Writing Arthur and Something’s Wrong With Amandine (TheatreWorks). Concert work with TONY Award winners Lena Hall, Jennifer Holliday, and Laura Benanti; Debra Messing, Deborah Cox, Andy Bell (Erasure), Ana Gasteyer, Tiffany, Shoshana Bean, Tituss Burgess, Mandy Gonzalez, Courtney Act, Natalie Douglas, Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson, Paulini, and many others. Recordings: Solo album Forever/After (available on iTunes), SILENCE!, “Get Into It…Queen” with Miss Natalie, Justin Tranter, Boys Like Girls, Natalie Douglas, Natalie Joy Johnson, Shanna Sharp, Kate Pazakis, Stacy Allyn Baker. More info at BrianJNash.com @brianjnash

MATT AUMENT (A Gay Man) is a music director and orchestrator. New York shows include Sweeney Todd, We Are the Tigers, Gigi, and Tamar of the River, and cabaret projects include shows with Molly Pope, Seth Sikes, and Edmund Bagnell. As noted above, Matt is a gay man, and additionally loves playing the accordion, loves his mustache, and especially loves writing for the harp.

YAMAHA BABY GRAND (A Piano)

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/pope

$20 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$25 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.