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



Hosting “Broadway Sings for PKD” at Joe’s Pub, August 15

Broadway Sings for PKD at Joe’s Pub

One of my favorite causes at one of my favorite venues! Get tickets at the above link– I’ll be hosting and emceeing “Broadway Sings for PKD” this Friday at 9:30 at Joe’s Pub.



With the prompt “ask big questions”, emerging musical theatre writers showcase new songs, to be interpreted by Broadway performers in the 4th annual Broadway Sings for PKD, raising awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease and funds for the PKD Foundation.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door
$12 food or two-drink minimum


Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Music Directed by Will Buck

Hosted by Joanna Parson

Performers (check back for more):
Ali Ewoldt
Andrew Boetcher
Sam Heldt
Beth Kirkpatrick
Patty Nieman
Emily Skeggs
Jason Sweettooth Williams
Remy Zaken
& more TBA

Featuring songs by:
Hali Alspach
Will Aronson
James K. Ballard
Christina Capatides
Ty Defoe
Benny Gammerman
Emily Goldman
Sarah Hammond
Edison Hong
Bob Kelly
Rachel Kunstadt
Ariel Mitchell
Carlos Murillo
Bill Nelson
Tidtaya Sinutoke
Paulo K. Tirol