Two-Time Tony Winner Michael Cerveris Shows His Pop Chops in Concert

Cabaret & Concert News   Two-Time Tony Winner Michael Cerveris Shows His Pop Chops in Concert The actor-singer-guitarist will perform numbers from his acoustic album, Piety, on March 16.
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Michael Cerveris

Two-time Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Fun Home, Assassins) will show his pop and country music side in a 7:30 PM March 16 concert at the Sheen Center in New York’s Greenwich Village.

Cerveris “and his Accomplices” will perform selections from his recent acoustic album Piety, which was released in February 2016 by Low Heat Records. He'll also perform selections from his previous alt-country albums, Dog Eared and Hinterland, plus songs from throughout his career. He will be accompanied by members of his band, Loose Cattle, plus guest singers and a chamber ensemble.

Click here to listen to clips from Piety.

Cerveris told Playbill, "I'm thrilled to be part of the upcoming season at the Sheen Center. Its mission to pursue beauty in its many forms and to present and explore art, music, theatre, dance and literature with seriousness and depth makes it a very special place. It’s a beautiful site to really hear and take in music, and I think its spiritual history somehow enhances the way audiences engage with what they see and hear there in a more profound way than at a run-of-the-mill club or concert hall.”

He added, “In many ways, I feel like I'm still recovering from the deep, three year experience of Fun Home. It's been nice to stretch out into music again, spend sometime in my New Orleans home, travel a bit, and to have fun working back in front of the camera, too. I've also been part of some exciting developmental readings and workshops of shows hoping to find their way to Broadway (and starting another one next month), so who knows, I could find myself be settling my pup, Evangeline, into a new dressing room again in the not too distant future.”

Here is the set list for the March 16 concert. All songs were written by Cerveris except where otherwise noted:

First Set:
”How Many Times”
”Sleepwalking”
”Evangeline”
”Atlas”
”Crescent”
”Tenth Grade”
”Lost In New Amsterdam” (by Paul Sanchez and Michael Cerveris)
”Better”
”Phoenix”

Second Set:
”Springtime In New York” (by Jonathan Richman)
”Life On Mars” (by David Bowie)
”Into My Arms” (by Nick Cave)
”I Remember” (by Stephen Sondheim)
”Pony Girl” (by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron)
”Thirteen” (by Alex Chilton/Big Star)
”Souveniers” (by John Print and Steve Goodman)
”Origin Of Love” (by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell)
”Hallelujah” (by Leonard Cohen) (MC)

Encores (if needed)
”Dog Eared”
”Pinball Wizard” (by Pete Townshend/The Who)

Cerveris was nominated for his first Tony Award in the 1993 musical The Who’s Tommy, and appeared in the original cast of Titanic. He was also Tony nominated for perhaps his best-remembered Broadway performance, the title role of in the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd, opposite Patti LuPone. He recently appeared in an Off-Broadway reading of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida.

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, he is also a guitarist who has maintained an interest in country music that he has explored with Loose Cattle over the course of three albums and in gigs at clubs including Joe's Pub, NPR's Mountain Stage, 54 Below, The Blue Note Cafe, and the Louisiana Music Factory.

Loose Cattle is currently writing a new album and also working on a Christmas album for release this fall. A video for their single, “St James Infirmary,” directed by Bart Cortright and starring Kimberly Kaye, is scheduled to premiere later this month.

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The Sheen Center is located at 18 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Tickets cost $35 and can be ordered at Sheencenter.org/shows/cerveris.