Max Vernon, a veteran of both the anti-folk and queer downtown scene has emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative voices in contemporary musical theatre. Having received raves in the New Yorker, New York Post, W, TimeOutNY, and New York Magazine, Max Vernon is coming to the Living Room to present a one night concert of his new musical, The View UpStairs. The View UpStairs is inspired by the UpStairs Lounge Fire, an arson attack that killed 32 people at the New Orleans gay bar back in 1973- the worst LGBT massacre in US history. June 24th, the night of the concert will mark the 40th anniversary.
Directed by Eric Hoff (Hit the Wall)
Narration: Rania Salem Manganaro (Hit the Wall)
Starring: Michael McElroy (Big River, The Wild Party), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla, The Wild Party), Andrew Durand (War Horse, Spring Awakening), Katie Thompson (Big Fish, Giant), Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening), Doreen Montalvo (Giant, In the Heights), and MJ Rodriguez (Rent).
Rona Siddiqui (musical direction/piano), Hiroyuki Matsuura (drums), Mike Rosengarten (guitar).
Rebecca Feldman (Casting)
Mariliza Parker (Stage Manager)
"…Max Vernon, a pouty twenty-one-year-old piano virtuoso whose compositions are so nuanced (and so well sung)." -The New Yorker
“This guy is as well rounded as artists get. His sound is a unique blend of unfiltered pop, 1940s jazz and harmonic brilliance that can only be defined as ‘smart pop.’ It is clear that playing the piano is second nature to Max—like blinking or breathing—which is something you rarely see from musicians anymore. Then again, he isn’t part of the mass commercialism machine we have all grown to rely on.” -New York Post