Fire up the bubble machine!! Dale and his dear friend Leslie Goshko are once again paying homage to the man with the baton, Lawrence Welk in an all-new Wunnerful Wunnerful! This time we’re floating into the Ars Nova and celebrating the wonder and heartbreak of summer flings as part of the amazing theater festival, ANT FEST. And what a treat we have in store for you! We’ve assembled a new cast, with some returning favorites, and our matching suits have all been steam cleaned for maximum entertainment!
Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko) is going to be back on the keys with some new tunes. Songstress Ashley Perez Flanagan (Moondrunk) returns with another hot vocal number to keep you sweating through those summer nights. Country music darlings Marie and Katy from Reformed Whores will perform a cautionary tale about love in the modern age. Steve O’Reilly is heading up the band featuring drum wizard Dan Menke (Arty Need Show, Buck Nelson) and Jeff Scherer (The BTK Band) on bass.
This go round, we’ll have lots of new faces as well. First off we’re pleased to welcome filmmaker, musician, and all around genius of an artist, Cory McAbee to the Wunnerful family. Cory is the man behind the films American Astronaut, Crazy & Thief, and Stingray Sam. He’s also the founder of Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club, with branches in every corner of the globe.
We’ll get people moving with a scorching dance number from rising NY sensation Abigayle Horrell (NYU). This is what Bobby and Cissy would like to be doing, if they lived in New York City and taught fitness classes.
We’ve added a new Champagne Lady to our roster of talented young people. Julia Anrather is an up-and-coming actor/musician and she’s going to bring the night home with a heartbreaking little diddy. Just like Norma Zimmer used to do.
Audiences told us they wanted more accordion and we listened. So we’ve brought on the talented accordion player and accomplished street performer, Melissa Elledge to join the show. She’ll use her instrument to show you what falling in love sounds like! Dale tried that once!
And oh…my. Do you enjoy good music sung by talented ladies? How about Karys Rhea, Ilana Webber, and Christina Connerton, the girls from the band, PEP? This trio of melody makers is going to steam things up with a song about knowing your limits and ways to avoid things ending badly…by never pursuing them to begin with!
Finally, we’re tickled to welcome a promising young person with some golden pipes to the Wunnerful clan, a fella by the name of Josh Sharp, who recently appeared on the Dale Radio program and is a singer, comedian, and funny film maker you may have seen around UCB or in his group Dennie and Sharp. He’s got a terrific number lined up about a love that dare not speak its name.
This is all happening at ANT FEST. Tickets are just $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can get some here. Probably best to do so before they go away. This is a festival that knows how to sell tickets. The NY Times says: “Like a variety show by way of ‘Waiting for Guffman.'” Which is pretty close!
AND BONUS! Dale will perform a short set as part of the always fantastic, career defining SHOWGASM Thursday, June 4th, 9pm at Ars Nova, hosted by mega-star John Early with DJ Hamm Samwich. Not to be missed, folks! Tickets here.