Queering the Stage: Introducing Ring of KeysThursday, November 15 at 9:45pmBirdland Theater Birdland Theater is proud to present Queering The Stage: Introducing Ring of Keys, which will take place on Thursday, November 15 at 9:45pm. Ring of Keys, making its Birdland debut, is a national network of queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming professional artists working on and offstage in musical theatre. Queering The Stage is a celebration of Ring of Keys Members - aka Keys - and their work. Audiences can expect to hear gender identity and sexuality norms turned on their heads - queering songs, characters, and the stage! Backed by a 3-piece band, Queering The Stage is an opportunity to create visibility at the intersection of gender identity, sexuality, and musical theatre. Ring of Keys strives to kick (ball-change) the closet door open to create a vibrant, diverse musical theatre landscape for the future. This evening is directed by Janelle Lawrence. Music direction by Anessa Marie, featuring Rebecca Marquardt on guitar and Lindsey Augusta Mercer (Hundred Days) on drums. Stage management by Laura Malseed (Afterglow). Produced by Jenn Maley (Be More Chill, Indecent) and Andrea Prestinario. The cast will include Delaney Armatrudo, Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), Ashley Blanchet (Frozen), Royer Bockus , amon Boylan (ANT Fests Soft Butter), Joanna Burns , Donnie Cionciotto (Southern Comfort), Morgan Dean, Madge Dietrich (Kinky Boots), Holly Dunn (Shout! The Mod Musical natl tour), Kat Griffin, Alex Guhde, Maya Jacobson (Fiddler Afn Dakh), Esco Jouley (Interstate), Kristin Kelleher, Janelle Lawrence, Megan Lione, Cynthia Nesbit, Andrea Prestinario, Pearl Rhein (The Great Comet), and Sheri Sanders. Composer/Lyricists featured will be Kit Yan & Melissa Li (Interstate), Jacob Jarrett (Normativity), Nina Kauffman (Afterglow), Joanna Burns, amon Boylan, and Pearl Rhein. The evening is entirely produced, directed, stage managed, and performed by Key Members. Queering the StageBirdland TheaterThursday, November 15 at 9:45pm$30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum

"…The hot chick Randy Newman!" - Scotty D. of  Jumbo Brown

"…The hot chick Randy Newman!" - Scotty D. of Jumbo Brown

In March Pearl traveled to New Orleans to present some new songs about historical women in S.T.E.M. to the students at The Newman School, an outstanding K-12 pre school. Check out her (supremely rough) demos of songs about Hedy LaMarr, Marie Curie and her daughters, Ada Lovelace, and the first women in the US to earn medical degrees!

Pearl Rhein: Books & Instruments  --  November 11, 2017 --  54 Below

These two songs are from Pearl's UPCOMING POST-APOCALYPTIC FOLK-ROCK MUSICAL (watch this space for more information!) which is currently being written. Music by Pearl Rhein, lyrics by Jordan Feit

Pearl performing her original song "Hungry" as part of "The Great Comet at 54 Below"

Check out Pearl's debut EP!

Check out some recent performances below with The Bushwick Book Club! Each original song was inspired by a book or author: