Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown’s famed Art House theater, has announced four more additions to his largest music and comedy lineup yet. Alice Ripley, winner of the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for “Next to Normal” joins the Broadway @ The Art House series on July 16 with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. Perennial favorites, the singing string quartet Well-Strung bring their new show for five performances only, from July 23 – 27. Drag comedy star Peaches Christ will host “Idol Worship,” a special, one-night-only show starring cult film icon Mink Stole on July 25. And “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8 star Bob The Drag Queen will make her Art House debut August 15 – 31.
Topping the bill again this season will be the internationally renowned “Broadway @” series, which dynamic duo Cortale and creative partner Seth Rudetsky began in Ptown in 2011 and now makes its home in more than 15 major venues worldwide.
Summer 2017’s series at Town Hall produced by Cortale will include Bianca Del Rio, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner, on July 10 at 8:30pm; Megan Hilty, breakout star of NBC TV’s “Smash” and Broadway’s “Wicked” and a Tony nominee for the recent Broadway production of “Noises Off”, on August 6 at 6:30pm, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host; Sutton Foster, Tony Award winner for “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and star of the hit TV Land series “Younger” by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star, on August 13 at 6:30pm, with Michael Rafter at piano; Laura Benanti, Tony Award winner for “Gypsy” and star on Broadway in “She Loves Me!”, and TV’s “Nashville”, on September 3 at 6:30pm, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The Town Hall series will be raising funds this year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The seventh annual “Broadway @ The Art House” series for Ptown features another Summer avalanche of Broadway stars: Michael Cerveris, Tony Award winner as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Assassins” as John Wilkes Booth and Tony Award winner as Best Actor in a Musical for “Fun Home” as Bruce Bechdel, opens the series on July 1 & 2, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host; Alice Ripley, Tony winner for the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit “Next to Normal” as well as the first-ever Tony co-nomination (with her co-star Emily Skinner) as the conjoined Hilton sisters in “Side Show”, takes the stage on July 16; Melissa Errico, Broadway star of “Finian’s Rainbow” “High Society,” “Anna Karenina,” and a Tony nominee as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, stars on July 28 & 29, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.
Further highlights include: Christine Pedi, star of Broadway’s “Chicago,” “Talk Radio” and “Little Me” and daily host of SiriusXM Radio’s On Broadway channel, takes the stage on July 30 with Seth Rudetsky at the piano; Marilyn Maye, living legend cabaret singer and perennial Art House favorite returns from August 4 – 7 with Billy Stritch at the piano; Beth Malone, Broadway star of “Ring of Fire” and Tony nominee for 2016’s smash hit “Fun Home,” makes her Art House debut on August 20 & 21; Faith Prince, Tony Award winner for “Guys and Dolls” stars on August 25 & 26 with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host; Ana Gasteyer, star of TV’s “Grease Live” “Saturday Night Live” and “Suburgatory” and Broadway’s “Wicked” closes the Art House season on September 9 with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.
More music and comedy stars will fill The Art House’s twin stages than ever: Indie music rock star and perennial Provincetown favorite Melissa Ferrick will once again make Memorial Day Weekend her Ptown performance home on May 27 & 28; Varla Jean Merman, the grande dame of Ptown, returns with an all-new solo show “Bad Heroine” running June 23 through September 1, with Gerald Goode at piano; Steve Grand, a singer who burst onto the scene with his video An All American Boy and his #3 Billboard Independent Album, returns to The Art House for an extended stay this summer from July 5 – August 31.
Summer 2015’s smash hit “Return to Grey Gardens” will return for a summer run starring Jinkx Monsoon and Peaches Christ from July 5 through September 7; “5 to 9” a hilarious parody of the hit movie “9 to 5”, set in our even MORE absurd Oval Office! starring Varla Jean Merman, Ryan Landry and Peaches Christ and running from July 7 through September 9; Tori Scott, hailed as one of Time Out New York’s Top 10 Cabaret Artists, returns after her triumphant debut last summer, on July 8 & 9, featuring Jesse Kissel at the piano; RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five winner Jinkx Monsoon returns to The Art House with a new show together with cohort Major Scales from July 8 through September 10; Kitten N’ Lou, fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sold-out smash run at Fringe World in Australia and Joe’s Pub in NYC, everyone’s favorite gay-married superduo dyke darlings, debut their “Holier Than Thou” at The Art House from July 9 to 24; international touring pop-classical quartet Well-Strung bring their new show for five performances only, from July 23 – 27; “Idol Worship” a one-night-only happening in the form of a chat-variety show premieres on July 25 starring Peaches Christ and Mink Stole; Burlesque Supertroupe The Atomic Bombshells return to Provincetown celebrating their 10th Anniversary with an all new show entitled “Cream” from July 28 to August 29; Bob the Drag Queen, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 debuts at The Art House August 15 – 31; internationally acclaimed opera star Marisol Montalvo premieres her new show “Mad Scene” in Provincetown, directed by Jeffery Roberson, on August 27.
Ben Rimalower’s hit comedy tribute to Patti LuPone, “Patti Issues” which was the NY Times’ “Critic’s Pick” and Patti LuPone herself called “fantastic” comes to The Art House on August 28; Unitard, the comedy trio returns to Ptown by popular demand with “Tard Core! (There Are No Safe Words)”- which Time Out NY called “incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious” – starring Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku, directed by Paul Dobie, on September 1 & 2; and the Afterglow Festival – the live performance arts festival – takes up residence at The Art House from September 12 – 16.