NY Theatre Barn, May 18 – New Works Series, music of Nadav Wiesel

Joanna is excited to perform in the NY Theatre Barn’s



Monthly Pre-Premieres of New Musicals

The core of Theatre Barn’s new work development process is the New Works Series which includes monthly pre-premieres of new musicals by primarily emerging writers.  The series is now in its 8th season at the Daryl Roth Theatre.

MAY 18


101 East 15th St.

7:30 PM


Selections from the Gothic Chamber Musical

Book and Lyrics by Joanne Sydney Lessner

Music and Lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Bush is Bad)

Based on the novella “The Haunted Hotel” by Wilkie Collins

Assistant Director Robert Phillip Smith

Musical Direction by Joshua Rosenblum (Miss Saigon, The Grinch)

Directed by Joe Barros (Gigi)


Michael Yeshion

Tiffan Borelli

Amanda Ferguson

Ryan Bauer-Walsh (Billy Elliot)

Madeleine Botteri

Babs Rubenstein (Priscilla Queen of the Desert)

Thalia Thiesfeld

The Haunted Hotel, a delicious new musical in the spirit of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was commissioned by Arlington, VA’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre as part of the American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation. The project was made possible by a generous grant from The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.


Selections from the New Musical

Music + Lyrics by Nadav Wiesel

Musical Direction by Daniel Rein


Carolyn Montgomery Forant

Vanessa Dunleavy

Jen Eden

Yadin Goldman

Gerianne Pérez

Joanna Parson

Sarah Dacey Charles

Featuring the talents of Eve, Helen of Troy, Pandora and Anna Nicole Smith, among other notorious women of mythic proportions. These wicked girls share their stories from their own perspectives and shed new light on the myths they have inspired. Also featuring songs from Wiesel’s other recent and upcoming projects.

To pal around with B-side Productions…

… is a joy and a privilege. Note– I almost called this post “Paling around with B-side” and then I got into a neurotic spelling fit. Palling? Pal’ing? Nothing looks right. Pivot.

To the matter at hand. I’m delighted to get invited from time to time to participate in casual read-throughs of secret projects with groups like B-Side Productions (like I’m doing later this week). In the meantime, you should check out B-Side Productions, their vision, and their upcoming production of A Man of No Importance. Or their New American Musical Award. Or their witty, useful, and on point hashtag, #artistsforartists. You may recognize associate artist Liz Asti from your favorite female a cappella feminist shout-out trio…  You’ll get to know the others.

And soon you’ll be pal-ing around. (Pal ling? Oh, forget it.)








Xanthe Elbrick photo shoot

I met with some industry last night (more on that soon!) and they reminded me what a great headshot Xanthe Elbrick took of me a while ago, and what a good look it is for today. It’s funny how a strong headshot can capture an essence  that may be right for you some time after it was taken; this shot shows the more put-together, professional Joanna that I sometimes need to unleash upon the world.


Xanthe herself is a lovely person, a crushingly good actor, and massively fun to shoot with– check out her work at the link above!


Joanna Parson headshot