CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE will feature the return of Mason Alexander Park for a special Pride edition of their solo show ‘The Pansy Craze’ on Sunday June 26 at 9.30pm. The current star of NBC’s highly anticipated sequel series “Quantum Leap,” as well as Netflix adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” and groundbreaking anime “Cowboy Bebop,” Park is bringing back “The Pansy Craze” after post-pandemic sold-out performances. Tickets cost between $20 and $50, plus service charges. A live streaming option is available for $19. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE is located at 152 West 26th Street.
“The Pansy Craze” is a musical adventure through the history of trans/gender nonconformity on stage, beginning with the rarely discussed pansy performers of the 1930s. genre performance, with songs and false eyelashes, that would be it. The evening features songs from the height of the 1920s pansy and drag scene and glam rockers like Bowie, Lou Reed and T-Rex, to songs from the musical theater canon that pushed the boundaries of genre play like The Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig and Kiss of the Spider Woman. The night will be a loud way to end your NYC Pride weekend plans, led by Hunter Bird and featuring members of the Hedwig National Tour band, with killer special guests like Hedwig songwriter Stephen Trask and Jessica Darrow from Encanto.
According to BroadwayWorld, “Whether you’re singing alone, performing with their twinkling guest stars, reciting queer history, or simply standing solo to speak to the audience or their partner (via Facetime), Mason Alexander Park is someone to love. There are those people who were born to be loved and those artists who were born to be stars, and Mason Alexander Park is both.”
Mason Alexander Park is a non-binary film/television and theater actor best known for playing “Hedwig” on the first national Broadway tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Mason can be seen playing “Gren” in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the hit anime “Cowboy Bebop”, Desire in Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” and Ian in NBC’s new “Quantum Leap”. Other Favorite Credits “Emcee” in Cabaret (Helen Hayes Award winner), “Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf” in a reimagined version of I Am My Own Wife (Long Wharf Theatre), “Dr. Frank-N-Furter” in The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), “Man in Chair” in The Drowsy Chaperone (Pittsburgh Playhouse), and “Miss Andrew” in Disney’s Mary Poppins (Pittsburgh CLO). They were honored at the Kennedy Center as the 2013 Presidential Fellow in the Arts for Musical Theater (documented in PBS’s “Becoming an Artist”). Other TV Series/Movies include: ‘Amazon’s Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina’, PBS reality series ‘Broadway or Bust’, Nickelodeon’s ‘iCarly’, ‘Bucket’ and ‘Skinner’s Epic Adventures’, and Before You Know It, which premiered at Sundance this year. www.masonalexanderpark.com
CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE, spotlighting a wide range of musical genres, is a welcome addition to the New York scene’s roster of upscale venues, deftly balancing glamorous interiors, traditional hospitality and top musical talent. . Current programming includes a dazzling array of the worlds of pop, folk, country, soul, jazz and more. Providing a wide variety of upscale American fare, along with distinguished wines and bespoke cocktails, audiences will experience some of the world’s top touring artists, alongside local emerging artists. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE fuses the ambiance of a classic supper club with the acoustics of a serious listening room and a contemporary flair that appeals to multiple generations of music lovers.
CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE opens the doors to hospitality, entertainment and fun every night, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a 10-seat theater bar, a VIP mezzanine for private groups and tables for the perfect date night. The ever-changing menu and entertainment program means customers never have the same night twice. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE is located at 152 West 26th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), on the ground floor of the Hilton New York Fashion District. Buy your tickets at chelseatableandstage.com @chelseatableandstage
MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS COMING TO CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE
Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
COLTRANE MEETS HARTMAN, with TED NASH
Ted Nash pays tribute to one of the most famous collaborations in the history of jazz, that of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Supported by his working group and with the help of the talented young singer Chris McDole, Ted will treat you to a night of jazz romance.
Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.
CT+S BLOCK PARTY: THE NIGHT OF THE 80S
Jump into our Delorean, we’re taking a totally awesome musical trip to the 80s at our first ever Chelsea Table + Stage Block Party, 80s Night! Take off your scrunchies and let your hair fly to the sound of Prince, Madonna, Duran Duran, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Journey and more! It’s going to be the best!
Sunday June 26 at 2 p.m. – PRIDE EDITION!
THE BOY BAND PROJECT – “BOY BAND BRUNCH”
The award-winning phenomenon Boy Band Brunch is back and delivered with their own special blend of beauty, wry humor and Broadway flair, these boys have been seen all over the world spreading their love for boy bands. They reimagine the sound, movement and energy of NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Hanson, One Direction, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Jonas Brothers and more. For three consecutive years, The Boy Band Project has won the Broadway World Cabaret Awards. They opened for pop star Todrick Hall on his 2019 Haus Party Tour, were featured alongside the Backstreet Boys on “Good Morning America” and appeared on NY1 and WNBC TV. They have headlined residencies in Provincetown, Puerto Vallarta, Rehoboth Beach, The Green Room 42, Iridium NYC, Celebrity Cruise Line, Atlantis Events, and visited popular venues nationwide.
Monday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.
SIMPLY BARBRA – The 80th Anniversary Tour
with Steven Brinberg
Celebrating Barbra Streisand’s 80th birthday, her most prominent performer offers some of her biggest hits, songs from her latest album, commemorates the recent 50th anniversaries of her first three musicals as well as songs she’s never heard of. ever sung…as a bonus, Brinberg offers a few more vocal impressions and several special guest stars. Steven Brinberg has been performing his live vocal impression of Streisand around the world for several decades. He goes on tour with his friend Marvin Hamlisch and his symphony orchestras. Steven was hired by her management to perform at Donna Karan’s birthday party. He appeared in films (Camp) on television (“Blue Bloods”, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”) and released two albums.
Friday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m.
New sounds of Korea’s ancient instruments
In partnership with The World Music Institute & Korean Cultural Center New York
“Towering, hypnotic, psychedelic Korean post-rock majesty” is how the New York Music Daily describes this edgy, improvisational quartet led by Yoon Jeong Heo, educator, artistic director of Seoul’s Bukchon Changwoo Theater and one of rare women masters of geomungo. (a traditional Korean zither, source of inspiration for the band’s name). The ensemble mixes century-old instruments with electric guitar and rhythms, creating a unique and timeless percussive sound, both modern and ancient, all its own. Black String is a quartet named after the Korean zither, geomungo, with percussion, bamboo flutes, guitar and electronics also in a mix that oscillates comfortably between east and west, Korean folk and jazz. Led by Korean traditional music virtuoso Yoon Jeong Heo, Black String creates a unique musical language drawing inspiration from Korean traditional music, jazz and free improvisation, presenting extraordinary and enigmatic music that springs from silence and seizes the senses. The group’s accolades include Asia and South Pacific winner at the 2018 Songlines Music Awards, Best Jazz and Crossover Album at the 2020 Korean Music Awards (Best Performance in 2017), and Official Showcase Artist at WOMEX ( World Music Expo) 2016. Black String is the first Asian band to sign with ACT, Europe’s biggest jazz label, releasing three albums.
Saturday September 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Defying contemporary labels, ARKAI’s music fuses their classical virtuosity with the energy of a rock band, the spontaneity of a jazz combo and the beauty of a string quartet. They’re joined by percussion phenom Jeremy Smith for an awe-inspiring and soulful holiday party. ARKAI channels the diversity of the world through genre music, forging new possibilities for what a violin and cello can be. Winners of Astral’s 2021 National Artist Auditions, their past engagements have included performances at MET Breuer, Rockwood Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y. Their first electronic composition, “Letters from COVID” was presented at TED @PMI for a global audience of over 30,000 people from 182 countries. ARKAI was recently selected by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Association of American Voices to participate in the ’21-22 American Music Abroad season. The band’s debut album, Aurora, is currently in production with seven-time Grammy-nominated producer Joel Hamilton.