Raquel Cion & Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert @RaquelCion

Photo by Karl Giant

Name: Raquel Cion

Tell us about you. 

Raquel Cion’s recent projects include Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie, nominated for a 2015 Broadway World Cabaret Award “Best Alt Cabaret.” Productions: Philly Love’s Bowie Week, 2019, Provincetown’s Afterglow Festival; in NYC, Pangea; The Slipper Room; The PIT Loft; Judson Memorial Church. Alas, The Nymphs BAM Next Wave; Gilding the Lonely, Joe’s Pub; Cou-Cou Bijoux Pour Vous Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place; Rationality: A Virtual Performance and Memoir LMCC Swing Space; Directorial credits include STRAYS winner of the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Original Short Script” and published in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, 2015-2016 by Applause Books in 2017, The Brick Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Showgasm; SONS Ars Nova’s Showgasm; Darkling IRT Theater, CATCH SERIES; HIP IRT Theater; On a Lonely Road…Travelin’ with Joni, The Duplex. She is a founding member of NYC’s Eat a Radish Productions and performs with the Obie Award winning The Secret City.

Tell us about your current project? 

I’m just shy of a week away from my 50th birthday. It’s a daunting number, though I’m glad that I’m gonna see it! Since I’m basically all Bowie all the time I thought, ‘why not do what he did for fifty?’ Thus Raquel Cion & Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert where we’ll be recreating and paying homage to David Bowie & Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert his sold out 1997 50th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden for charity. We have an incredible band, fabulous legendary downtown guest singers and have chosen the night’s proceeds to benefit NARAL Pro-Choice! After the concert we’ll ‘let all the children boogie’ with a custom Party Time Playlist.’ Come ‘get partified’ with us!

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 

My show Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie has seen many incarnations since its inception in 2015. We’ve had three very successful runs of the show at Pangea in 2018/2019. Pangea is a gem in every way. As The New York Times wrote it is “a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max’s Kansas City from days gone by.” It feels like the NY I dreamed of and ran to in the mid-eighties. When I told them what I wanted to do for Raquel Cion & Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert even with a plethora of unanswered logistical and technical questions they were immediately on board. I couldn’t ask for a better place for this concert. It’s home.Oh, and all those questions have been answered. It is live performance though, so, who knows what might happen? Oh, and everyone gets cake!

What’s next for you? 

Me & Mr. Jones is returning to Philadelphia in January for Philly Loves Bowie Week, 2020. We’re working on taking it to other cities as well. Maybe even hopping the pond! I’m very slowly writing a new show with the working title, “Extragen” about dealing with breast cancer. As I said before, I’m glad I’m seeing 50.

What is the name of the last show you saw? 

I saw David Cale’s “We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time” at The Public. An extraordinary piece of theater! David will be joining us for a song on the 19th and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Any advice for your peers?

I’m going to go with Bowie’s words here, “Aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.”

Show Info

When: July 19, 2019, Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Venue: Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, New York City

TICKETS: Cabaret Seating for $35 includes reserved seating and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Bar/Restaurant Seating for $15 where the concert’s “Sound & Vision” will be fed live. Both ticket options offer the restaurant’s full menu and cash bar available for purchase throughout the event. Delicious, stylish and spectacular birthday cake for all! Tickets and additional info available https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4276890

RAQUEL CION, described by the New York Times as “half witch… half cabaret performer” and by TONY as an “alt cabaret siren” takes the stage on her birthday to honor the artistry of David Bowie and the community of multi-talented friends who fill her heart with love. Jeremy Bass / Guitar & Vocals Genevieve Chapin / Bass Michael Ryan Morales / Drums Karl Saint Lucy / Piano, Keyboards & Vocals DM Salsberg / Vocals Zac Selissen / Guitar Special appearances by Micah Bucey, Rembert Block, David Cale, Amanda Duarte, Joe Hurley, Amy Priya Santos, Dylan Sorenson, Tony Torn, and more! Karl Saint Lucy / Musical Direction Tzipora Reman / Stage Management David Quinn / Couture Miranti / Rogue Pastry Chef

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