Joe Gulla: The Bronx Queen
July 23, 2021
The Bronx Queen… back by popular demand! Playwright/actor/reality star Joe Gulla returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below after his sold out debut! Best known for his award-winning shows, Bronx Queen Trilogy, Garbo, Gay.Porn.Mafia, Sleeping With The Fish, and his sold-out engagements at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Joe brings his smart/fun/funny/fearless solo show back to the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage. In the tradition of legendary monologist Spalding Gray, Joe sits alone at a table, notebook, and bottle of water at the ready as he (bait and!) tackles the seriocomic issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx!
As an actor, Joe played Joey in San Francisco’s Tony & Tina’s Wedding for many years and Frankie in Off-Broadway’s My Big Gay Italian Wedding. He also starred on NBC’s “Lost,” one of television’s first adventure reality series. Joe was featured on Season 3 of HBO’s “The Deuce” and his new play, Reel Wood, will have its world premiere in NYC this spring. Recently produced in Milan, Italy, a film version of Joe’s award-winning play, Sleeping With The Fish, starring Tony®-nominee Lou Liberatore, is currently in production.
This very special Feinstein’s/54 performance of The Bronx Queen will feature special guest, actor/chanteuse Susan Campanaro. Susan has been a company member of the hit Off-Broadway show, Tony & Tina’s Wedding in NYC, US tours, and Japan for 28 years. She has just completed work on Billy’s Cult a horror/thriller due in theaters late 2020. Susan also co-wrote and performs in Missing Person, a musical based on her legendary nightlife persona, Lavinia Draper. You can catch some of Susan’s formidable acting in Joe Gulla’s aforementioned, Reel Wood, this Spring. Susan’s accompanist will be singer, songwriter, musical director, Gerry Dieffenbach. Well-known for his work with such luminaries as Margaret Whiting, Martha Reeves, Joan Rivers, and Taylor Swift, Gerry performs weekly at NYC’s The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama.
Provocative, poignant, hysterical, The Bronx Queen, with its electric combination of spoken word and song, packs a Bronx-style emotional punch. Gulla’s performance promises real tears from equal parts crying and laughing!
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His performance succeeds largely because Joe Gulla comes off as such a warm and wise storyteller, brimming with good will and honest reflection.