Posted on August 23, 2006 at 10:57 pm

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Here’s the newsletter dated August 23, 2006:

You have no idea how happy I am to be writing to you right now. It makes me feel like I’m getting something accomplished, but it also keeps me from having to write this new number in scene 4 which is absolutely killing me. So thank you.
But now I have to remember why it is I’m writing. Oh, yes, now I remember: lots of things going on and coming up, and I’d love you to be a part of all of them! (There’s no way you could afford that, but if you could, it would be really cool.)
Big news: I’m goin’ back to Birdland, with the original Caucasian Rhythm Kings, for a big blow-out/last-New-York-show-of-2006/trying-out-some-new-material/stealing-lunch-money-from-poor-college-students spectacular on September 11, at 7 PM. (That’s 7 PM, which is not 8.) The amazing Kate McGarry will be joining me on some new tunes (, that’s who!), and I hope to have one more very special guest, but she hasn’t said yes for sure yet, so I’m not writing anything down. If you want to come, scrape together $35.00 and call 212-581-3050. (All of my Birdland shows have sold out, so just showing up and hoping for the best is not your most secure option.)
For those of you in the UK who haven’t yet been to the Menier Chocolate Factory’s ecstatically-received production of “The Last Five Years,” can I ask what’s your problem? I haven’t seen it yet because I live in ANOTHER COUNTRY, but I’ve got to see the amazing work director Mathew White has done with Damian Humbley and Lara Pulver. (The musical director is Tom Murray, who also m.d.’d the NY production, so I know it sounds sensational.) So on September 5, I’m coming to London to see the show and I’ll be doing a talkback at the Menier afterward. Is that enough of an excuse for you to get off your tired arses and buy a ticket? More information (and tickets for all performances) can be had on the Menier’s website.
More performances to think about: October 16, Monday night, in Toronto, Ontario! Looks like we’ll be at the Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Building. I’ll let you know more about that when tickets are on sale; keep your eye on my website for more details.
And October 21, Saturday night, in Santa Rosa, CA! The glorious Amy Ryder and I will do a benefit concert for the Roustabout Theater, and we hope you’ll come watch us rock the Glaser Center in my first Bay Area appearance.
We’ve also got Summerfest in Birmingham AL in November (why is it called Summerfest if it’s in November?), and a bunch of other things in the works, but of course the most exciting thing for me is the premiere of “13” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles this December.
Of course I’ll have Scene 4 finished by then.
I hope.
Keep checking out the website (, I’ll be updating it weekly from here on out. (That’s such a lie, but it could happen.)
I’m out, yo! Later!