Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen celebrates the colorful history of one of New York City’s most iconic restaurants. We’ll share hilarious anecdotes and affectionate memories of fabulous evenings past, while also exploring how Joe Allen, theater district businesses and the theater community at large are preparing to move forward in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extended closure of Broadway. We’ll talk to neighborhood regulars, Broadway luminaries and longtime employees about what it is that drew them to Joe Allen, and what makes this unassuming spot a welcoming home away from home for so many.
Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen is produced and hosted by Jason Woodruff, Dana Mierlak and Sean Kent, with music by James Rubio and artwork by Christina D'Angelo.
Cocktails with Betty Buckley, Cat School Graduate!
With a steely voice and the will to match, the brilliant Betty Buckley has been at the top of our wish list since we started “Cocktails at Table 7”. This week we finally got the chance to talk to her, and it was everything we hoped for (so much so, that we had to split this conversation into two episodes!) In part one, we cover Betty’s Broadway debut in “1776” alongside a few theater heavyweights who found her Texas moxie and desire to learn irresistible. We got the inside scoop on her time in Hollywood working on projects as divergent as Brian dePalma's screen version of Stephen King's Carrie and the seminal 1970’s family drama Eight is Enough. Finally, we learned how her commitment to study, including time spent in “cat school”, helped cement Betty’s status as a Broadway icon.
Cocktails at Table 7 - with Jeffrey Whitty
Jeffrey Whitty was a server at Joe Allen in the early 90’s, which explains the “hometown” pride we felt when he won the 2004 Tony for his hilarious book to the smash hit musical, Avenue Q. He’s worked on lots of fascinating stage and film projects since then, but this week's episode marked the first time any of us met him--it became clear within moments of talking that he's a guy we would have LOVED marrying ketchups near. During this irreverent and hilarious conversation, we touched upon his love of authentic New York bar and restaurant culture, his very specific definition of taste, the extreme highs (and lows) inherent in developing new works for the stage, and how “rigorous bitchery” can improve almost any professional undertaking.
Cocktails at Table 7 - with Kilty Reidy
Kilty Reidy has had the honor of originating roles in two Broadway shows in the same season and played plum character parts at distinguished regional theaters throughout the country. However, he truly distingushed himself among the Cocktails at Table Seven crowd via his three crowd pleasing engagements in the role of Sassy Server at our own Orso Restaurant! In this episode, we discuss the many bizarre facets In My Life, the need for a nationally mandated customer service tour of duty for all Americans, and what exactly a Standby does (it’s way more than the name would suggest.)
Cocktails at Table 7 - with John Glover, aka J-Glo!
This week on Cocktails at Table 7, we got to spend some quality time with our friend and long-time Joe Allen regular, the marvelous John Glover. We discussed his memorable work in high profile projects based on DC Comics, his rewarding artistic collaborations with the great Terrence McNally, how an eavesdropping Joe Allen staff member generously made John’s ultimate show business “dream” come true, and, most importantly, we get to the bottom of who exactly gave him his clever and super catchy nickname, “J-Glo" (SPOILER ALERT: it was us!)
Cocktails at Table 7 - with F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham is one of our busiest and most admired actors, and this week we had the pleasure of speaking with him at length about his incredible career, early gigs (including a stint playing Santa Claus at Macy’s,) and his long, affectionate relationship with Joe Allen Restaurant. As expected, our conversation was hilarious, heartfelt, and filled with wonderful memories of what it was like at Joe’s “back in the day."
Cocktails at Table 7 - Cocktails at Christmas
You know what’s a lot of fun? Christmas podcasts that drop a week after Christmas! For our final episode of 2020, we spend a festive 47 minutes and 34 seconds sharing stories of celebrity goodwill and Joe Allen cheer with a very special lineup of Joe Allen all-stars. Dana even sings, for Christ’s sake! Featuring the fabulous Kimberly Huie (Orso), the splendid Nick Flatto (Joe Allen), the marvelous Erin Sullivan-Wertz (Miss Joe Allen, herself), the peerless Cheryl Orsini (Orso), the incomparable James Rubio (Orso and brilliant composer of our theme song), and the estimable Dame Mary Hattman (Bar Centrale/Joe Allen.) This episode celebrates the kinds of magic moments that make Joe Allen so near and dear to us all. So put on your yuletide finery, get your wassail on, and soak in Jason’s thoroughly delightful Boris Karloff impression-- It's the Cocktails at Table 7: Inside New York’s Joe Allen Christmas Episode!
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Fantastic conversation about my favorite restaurant in the world!
What a joy to hear Richie, Sean, Dana and Jason talking about Joe Allen, and what incredible stories and memories! I can’t wait to listen to the next episode!
So far, sooooo engaging.
It may not be for everyone, but maybe that’s the point? One episode in and I’m looking forward to the next. Joe’s is an under-the-radar hang for broadway, and to get a glimpse inside is a treat.
Lively, fun, delightful! Made the Broadway actors “real”.