Joe Iconis: Joe Iconis and Family

  • Post author:
  • Reading time:3 mins read

Joe Iconis

Joe Iconis and Family

Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC, September 13, 2018

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Joe Iconis
Photo: Cindy Ord

In anticipation of his musical Be More Chill hitting Broadway in the coming spring season, Joe Iconis took to a cabaret room. But, unfortunately for potential fans, this foray didn’t do his more exceptional work justice. While the musical that has run successfully off-Broadway may or may not be the darling of the spring Broadway season, the prolific songwriter went a different route at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. In an effort to work on material, he turned to experimental tracks with lyrics that appeared to be detached from the subject matter in critical ways. Despite the 11:00 start time, threatening to end around 2:00 am after many songs and singers of varied talent had made their appearance, there were a few silver linings.

Perhaps an intermission would have been appropriate, or a warning that this performance would run well over the typical length of a cabaret show.

online pharmacy buy stromectol with best prices today in the USA

buy bupropion generic bupropion over the counter

Even die-hard fans might have left early as off-stage drama made its way to the stage and, from the first song, a single, solitary woman in the audience attempted to sing along to the wordy, wayward lyrics.

Highlights included “Building a Fort,” “Lydia’s Song,” and “Broadway, Here I Come!” The most talented singer to the grace the stage was Lauren Marcus, whose solo performance of the emotional, self-searching “Lydia’s Song” brought out a dynamic edge to the lyrics that showed potential promise for the remainder of Iconis’s set. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

The songwriter’s myriad influences and styles coalesced into songs that, without such phenomenal individual moments as in ”Lydia’s Song,” landed like material cut from old pop band CDs. For example, “Hatchet Job” sounded like “Cherry Bomb” (Joan Jett/Kim Fowley), with verses sung in the same monotone as The Ramones. Hopefully, his Broadway debut, which might be worth seeing, showcases the best of his work.

online pharmacy buy strattera with best prices today in the USA

Marcus, who stars in the show, promises to be a delightful addition to the cast. Based on her abilities as an actress alone, I would deem Be More Chill worthy of a look.

Chris Struck

Chris Struck's debut novel, Kennig and Gold, is due to be officially published in June 2019. He's written reviews for Cabaret Scenes since August of 2017. For more information about the writer, see