songs for charming strangers
With Matthew Dean Marsh on Piano and Vocals
Songs by David Cale & collaborations with Matthew Dean Marsh
Arrangements by Matthew Dean Marsh
Saturday, June 30 at 8.30p
This is David Cale’s first show of his original songs, some written in collaboration with his musical partner Matthew Dean Marsh, who will accompany David on piano and harmony vocals. Sensual, emotionally penetrating and hilarious, David's songs have all the qualities of the monologues for which he is best known. Focusing on romantic relationships, pick ups, blind dates, breast men and unlikely seductions, Songs for Charming Strangers is a sharply witty song cycle of love at large.
David’s lyrics have been sung by a wide array of artists including Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, John Kelly, Carol Lipnik and Jimmy Scott. His new solo musical We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, also in collaboration with Matthew, premieres this Fall on the Main Stage of the Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
DAVID CALE recently received the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show for his solo Harry Clarke, starring Billy Crudup, which, after its record breaking sold out extended run at the Vineyard Theater transferred to the Minetta Lane Theater, receiving nominations in all six 2018 Off-Broadway theater awards. David is the writer and performer of twelve solo works including A Likely Story (The New Group), Lillian (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award), Deep in a Dream of You (The Public Theater, Bessie Award. He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for, and starred in the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, Outer Critics Circle Nomination). He composed the songs for 600 Highwaymen’s Employee of the Year(UTR Public, Bessie Nomination). David appears in films including The Slaughter Rule, Pollock and the upcoming Private Life. His TV credits include The Good Wife and the upcoming Netflix show Russian Doll. On stage he performed on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and most recently in The Total Bent (Public). David’s new musical We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, also in collaboration with Matthew, was recently in the 2018 UTR Festival at The Public, as a work-in-progress, and will premiere in September on the Main Stage at the Goodman Theatre.
MATTHEW DEAN MARSH is a Brooklyn based composer. His work has sounded at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, Lincoln Center, MASS MoCA, Michigan Opera House, BAM, the TriBeCa Film Fest, and the White House. Recent composition credits: Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center Education, Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater), Mother Courage (A.A.D.A.), & Love Letters (Sleep No More). Arranging credits: Nasha America (Alchemation). Recent music directing credits: The Reality Show (NYU) Hurricane Diane (Two River Theater), Rimbaud in NY (BAM & Civilians). Upcoming: We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time at the Goodman Theatre.
Photos by Albie Mitchell