Things To Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis is having a return engagement this Spring.
The four upcoming performances at Le Poisson Rouge will celebrate the recent release of the Things To Ruin cast album by Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records, and will feature many of the original cast members. Performances are on Monday February 28 at 10pm, Monday March 7 at 7:30pm, Sunday March 20 at 10:30pm and Monday March 28 at 10:30pm.
Things To Ruin is an incendiary collection of songs by Kleban and Larson Award Winner Joe Iconis (The Black Suits, ReWrite, The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, The Rock and Roll Jamboree, Bloodsong of Love). It is a theatrical rock concert about human beings who are messy, emotional, drugged up, knocked down, inspired, electric and who don't have nearly enough time to cause the kind of commotion they so desperately need to. Performed by a cast of viciously talented young singers and a highly flammable four-piece band led by Joe himself, Things To Ruin rocks with an occasionally profane and always heartfelt explosion of music and high drama.
Things To Ruin has previously been seen at the Second Stage Theatre, The Zipper Factory, Joe’s Pub and Ars Nova. The Le Poisson Rouge run will reunite much of the original cast. The show's stars include Nick Blaemire (Glory Days), Carrie Manolakos (Wicked), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia), Lance Rubin (The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks), Jason SweetTooth Williams (The Trouble With Doug), Starr Busby (Caroline or Change), and Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Hairpsray). Things To Ruin is directed by John Simpkins (Bloodsong of Love) with musical supervision by Matt Hinkley (Rooms). The show is produced by Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records and Sara Katz (Rock of Ages).
The show features the songs: “I Was Born This Morning (The Cicada Song),” “Mamma, Cut Me Deeper!” “Nerd Love,” “The War Song,” “Good For You,” “Asleep On My Arm,” “Everybody’s At The Bar (Without Me),” “The Guide To Success,” “Head Shot,” “The Whiskey Song,” “Son Of A Gun,” “Dodge Ball,” “Albuquerque Anyway,” “Just Means,” “Helen,” “Honey,” “The Bar Song,” “Almost There,”, and “Never Heard Nothing”.
“Humorous, vital music that kicks 1960’s-style pop tunefulness with hard post-punk beats. Joe Iconis recalls the excitement that that surrounded Marc Shaiman, Jonathan Larson and Jason Robert Brown. I would call Things To Ruin the beginning of something, except that it is already well underway.” - The New York Times