"AIN'T DONE BAD," A Theatrical Dance Experience, conceived, directed & choreographed by Jakob Karr... The Pershing Square Signature Center...beginning 7/9
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:11 am EDT 06/13/24


AIN'T DONE BAD is a hybrid theatrical dance experience conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jakob Karr ("So You Think You Can Dance") and featuring the music of country star Orville Peck. The show will play a limited engagement at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street) with previews beginning July 9, opening July 14, and running through September 1st .

AIN'T DONE BAD tells the powerful heartwarming story of coming out, falling in love, and finding one's true voice as a queer person in the South. Told entirely through contemporary dance without a single spoken word, the 90-minute performance stars Jakob Karr along with ten leading dancers.

Karr is joined onstage by Adrian Lee (Wicked) as the Father, Megumi Iwama ("Mean Girls" the movie) as the Mother, Ian Spring (Parsons Dance) as the Brother, Luke Qualls (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Jakob Karr's alternate, Yusaku Komori ("The Greatest Showman") and Jordan Lombardi (Phantom Of The Opera Nat'l Tour) as the Friends, and Joshua Escover ("Empire Strips Back") as the Lover. Swings include Caden Hunter (Juilliard) and Madison O'Connor (Radio City Rockettes), who also acts as Dance Captain.

AIN'T DONE BAD comes to The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center after critically-acclaimed workshops in Orlando at Renaissance Theatre Company and in North Carolina at Durham's PSI Theatre, Greensboro PAC, and the Wortham Center for Performing Arts in 2023. The production premiered in 2021 at the Orlando International Fringe Festival, where it received the festival's highest honor (Best Show). Karr is joined by Scenic Designers Philip Lupo, Joey Coombs, and Blake Schulte, with Lighting Design by Philip Lupo. Morgan Lemos is the Stage Manager and additional creatives include Grace Buckley (Associate Choreographer) and Joi Marchetti (Additional Music Production). Evan Bernardin Productions is the general manager, Eli Owens in the production assistant, and digital advertising is by SINE Digital.

Jakob Karr began dancing at the age of 12 and has performed all over the country as well as most of Europe, Australia, Japan, and India. His credits include CATS on Broadway (Mistoffelees Understudy); Cirque Du Soleil's VOLTA; "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 6 - Runner Up; The Radio City New York Spectacular (Mia Michaels); Flashdance The Musical 1st Nat'l Tour; Rock the Ballet; Viva Elvis by Cirque Du Soleil; Kiss Me Kate at Barrington Stage; Working at New York City Center ENCORES; English With An Accent at Lincoln Center, "The 82nd Annual Academy Awards"; "America's Got Talent;" "GLEE" (FOX); "Westworld" (HBO); and Company XIV.

"When I first listened to Orville Pecks's album Pony in 2019, I immediately felt that a story had to be woven through his songs…the theatricality of his voice and lyrics spoke to me so clearly," said Jakob Karr. "As a fellow queer artist, I feel it's important that we tell stories that uplift and honor our community. His music is a gorgeous example of finding triumph in pain and sharing your best self with those who will listen. With dance as my first language, this is the best way I can tell this story. AIN'T DONE BAD is my love letter to anyone who has ever struggled with their identity, and it is a thank you note to everyone who helped me find my voice."

"Dance was the essential element that first drew us together as producing partners," said producers Patti Maurer and Donald Rupe. "Jakob is able to blend the genres of contemporary dance and theater in a way we've never seen before; this show isn't just a dance piece and it isn't just a theatrical piece; AIN'T DONE BAD is truly the best of both worlds. We are thrilled to share this exciting work of art with the New York theater audiences, the LGBTQ+ community, and multitudes of dancers and dance and theater-lovers in the city this summer."

AIN'T DONE BAD plays Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 7:30PM (for the week of July 9-14) and beginning July 16, the schedule is: Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday at 2:00 PM and 7:30PM, Thursday – Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00PM, and Sunday at 7:30PM. Tickets are $40-$75. For more information, and to purchase tickets please visit: www.aintdonebad.com

Blue Topaz Productions (bluetopazproductions.com), founded by Broadway producer Patti Maurer, is a production company that aims to bring the next exciting new works in theatre, film, and dance to life. Together with her daughter, Cassie Maurer, they have assembled a diverse portfolio of Broadway productions, including Tony Award winners: The Band's Visit; Hello, Dolly!, and, Come from Away. International titles include Jersey Boys (AUS), The Book of Mormon (AUS). Off-Broadway: AIN'T DONE BAD. Award winning film, BOOKED. Projects in development include Little Dancer, and My Pet Dragon.

Renaissance Theatre Company (or the Ren) (rentheatre.com) is an Orlando-based non-profit theater company dedicated to developing original theatrical experiences in Orlando and beyond, with intentional focus on fair pay for artists, highlighting diverse perspectives, and building a new audience for live theatrical entertainment. Co-Founded by Donald Rupe and Chris Kampmeier in 2021, the Ren is producing two Off-Broadway Productions this summer at the Center; From Here, an original musical which highlights Orlando's community response to the tragic Pulse shooting in 2016, is occupying the Griffin right across the hall from Ain't Done Bad (fromhere.com).

The Pershing Square Signature Center, the permanent home of Signature Theatre, is a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature's three distinct playwrights' residencies and foster a cultural community. The Center is a major contribution to New York City's cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, a bookstore, and the Signature Café + Bar. For more information on renting the Center, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org/rent-our-space.

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