Eddie Izzard begins 3 Night Stint
After a sold-out tour of the UK, British comedian Eddie Izzard brough his hilarious one-man show Circle to Town Hall for three nights from June 22-26, 2000. The show was taped and is available on video.
Joan Baez made her Town Hall debut. The legendary folk-singer appeared to promote her upcoming album Farewell Angelina
Town Hall's Brave New World, a Sept. 11 Theatrical Remembrance
Designed to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, a Brave New World was a theater marathon featuring fifty new plays and songs created by America's premiere playwrights, composers, and lyricists, and presented by some of our nation's most talented performers and directors, in a coordinated stroke of creativity and fellowship.
Participants included Stockard Channing, Billy Crudup, Christopher Durang, John Guare, Beth Henley, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Anne Jackson, Arthur Kopit, Frank Langella, Camryn Manheim, Alan Menken, Gregory Mosher, Bebe Neuwirth, Mary Louise Parker, Estelle Parsons, David Rabe, John Rando, Ann Reinking, Lloyd Richards, Chita Rivera, John Patrick Shanley, Anna Deveare Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Marisa Tomei, Alfred Uhry, Eli Wallach, Sam Waterston, Sigourney Weaver, Vanessa Williams, Lanford Wilson, and Jerry Zaks.
Created by artistic directors J. Dakota Powell and Erica Gould, this special commemorative event provided artists with a forum to reflect upon and respond to the tragic events of September 11th on its first anniversary. Net proceeds were donated to The New York Children's Foundation.
Elvis Costello begins three nights at Town Hall
Elvis Costello appeared at Town Hall for three nights to promote his new album, ''North'' (Deutsche Grammophon), accompanied only by Steve Nieve on piano, Mr. Costello retrofitted his old songs with his latest approach while he unveiled new ones.
Ms. Faithfull appeared to promote her new album, "Before the Poison" (Anti-/Epitaph), which featured collaborations with the cult figures P. J. Harvey and Nick Cave.
Stephen Holden from The New York Times wrote in his review of her performance, "To hear Marianne Faithfull spit out John Lennon's Working Class Hero in her ravaged, all-knowing sneer is to discover how a great song can accrue sharper meanings over time. ... Ms. Faithfull, who recorded Working Class Hero on her classic 1979 album "Broken English," has long since settled comfortably into her persona of the debauched fallen aristocrat, a faux Victorian princess exiled from polite society, flaunting her scarlet letter as she ravenously prowls the land, an arrogant pariah. It is only pop mythology, of course, but Ms. Faithfull still plays the role for all it's worth, infusing it with considerable humor."
Gilberto Gil and David Byrne
Gilberto Gil, one of the stars of the tropicalia movement, which revolutionized Brazilian pop, performed at Town Hall on a double bill with American Pop star and visionary David Byrne.
In the 1960's, Gilberto's iconoclasm and cosmopolitan ambition marked him as a troublemaker; Mr. Gil was imprisoned and exiled by Brazil's military government. He outlasted his opponents, and was appointed Brazil's minister of culture in 2002.
Bright Eyes begins 7 night run at Town Hall
During a 7-night stint at The Town Hall in New York City from May 25 to June 1, Bright Eyes welcomed the following guests on stage for special performances: Lou Reed (May 25); Ben Kweller (May 26); Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice (May 28); Norah Jones, Little Willie and Derrick E (May 29); Nick Zinner, Maria Taylor and Ben Gibbard (May 30); Steve Earle (May 31); and Ron Sexsmith and Britt Daniel (June 1).
Jerry Lee Lewis
The last living legend from Sun Studios’ Million Dollar Quartet, Jerry Lee Lewis, was rockin’ and a rollin’ on the Town Hall stage. Along with his wingman, Ken Lovelace, who has been playing with Lewis for 40-plus years, Jerry Lee (at 72 years old) could still perform. There were no boots on the piano, and his time on stage was about 40 minutes, but the final run of “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lot of Shaking Going On” is what everyone came to see and The Killer delivered.
Robin Williams brought his latest show Weapons of Self Destruction to the Town Hall stage. The show made fun of everybody no hold barred. He coverd a wide range of topics over his three night run, which was recorded for use on a later HBO special.