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You can hear two of my songs on the new webseries EastSiders episodes 1 and 2: "Your Girlfriend" and "When Your Body Breaks"
The show has been getting great press everywhere lately, almost 70k hits in the past two weeks, and features some sharp writing from my friend, Kit Williamson. And the boys are cute.
Here's a quick synopsis:
|What happens after the world ends? "EastSiders" explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake. When Cal finds out Thom has been cheating on him, their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?|
Check the episodes out below:
New York Cabaret Review: FRISK ME: THE SONGS OF MAX VERNON (Joe’s Pub)
by Sarah Taylor Ellis on December 5, 2012
FRISK ME AGAIN
The hubbub in the lobby of the Public Theater late last Friday night suggested we were in for a dynamic show. Frisk Me: The Songs of Max Vernon packed Joe’s Pub with one of the most energized audiences of friends and fans I have ever seen at this venue, and the few unfortunate souls who were turned away from the sold out concert missed a landmark event in this up-and-coming songwriter’s career.
Max Vernon slips seamless from indie popular song to musical theater and back again; the story is always the heart of his compelling compositions. As a composer, lyricist, and bookwriter, he weaves eclectic musical journeys that speak to a generation of twenty-somethings searching for love (or at least a hookup) in a slightly schizophrenic, technology dependent culture.
Dressed in the most fantastical outfits throughout the evening, Vernon kicked off the evening at the keys with “Some Kind of Paradise,” showcasing his own smooth vocals on a rousing pop anthem. His jazzy musical sophistication and clever lyrics carried across the evening’s star-studded set, which he introduced with palpable excitement.
The short musical Sugarbaby – featuring book and lyrics by Vernon and music by Shane Parks, and performed by the hilarious Sheri Sanders, Alyse Alan Louis, and Robert Petkoff – ventured into the comedy of online dating, complete with witty musical pop-up ads. The subsequent collection of cabaret songs included Lady Rizo belting the fierce piano ballad “Dizzy,” Sarah Stiles playing up the bluesy “Psycho-Bitch” with a lollipop in hand, and Vernon back at the keys for a playfully cynical “The Future is Great.”
Sam Pinkleton’s direction and Rona Siddiqui’s music direction gave nuanced shape to the story of each song, and a small rock ensemble and three backup vocalists rounded out the stellar sound.
As Molly Pope took the audience on a quick and dirty journey through airport security with the title song “Frisk Me” (lyrics by Vernon and music by Helen Park), I realized this concert would be only my first frisking by the fabulous Max Vernon. Whether in concert or on a theatrical stage, this 24-year-old multidisciplinary artist will be a virtuosic talent to watch in the upcoming years.
"The singer-songwriter Max Vernon, who is equal parts bohemia and Broadway, melds a downtown aesthetic with a progressive take on musical theatre."