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The New York Comedy Festival co-presents an encore performance of MURRAY HILL: ABOUT TO BREAK, Murray’s full-length solo comedy show, for one night only. ABOUT TO BREAK is written and performed by Hill and directed and developed with Tony Award-winning and OSCAR nominated lyricist, writer, and director Scott Wittman. Renowned as a comic host around the world, this show puts Hill center stage and showcases his comedy chops and indefatigable shtick. Musical direction is by Paul Leschen with original music by Hill with Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Kyle Forrester, and Leschen.
Murray Hill: About To Break is an ecstatic and heartfelt comedy show about a man who loves to perform and performs to live. Called “the reigning patriarch of downtown performance” by The New York Times, Hill shines a spotlight on a man who keeps going despite years of struggles and heartbreak. He flips the record and plays the B-side of his seemingly sparkly showbiz life. Detailing his chronic middle-aged crisis, showbiz trials and tribulations, numerous comebacks and infamous ad-libbing, the show builds to Hill’s defining moment: a wrenching breakup song entitled “The Girl I Left Behind.” The show asks, “What drives him to keep going? How did he get here? Who the hell is this guy they call Mr. Showbiz?”
Hill has been honing his act and flexing his showbiz chops for decades—from Ave C and 4th street, running for Mayor of New York City against Giuliani in the 1990s, calling Bingo on the Bowery, hosting thousands of shows, touring the country with burlesque star Dita Von Teese and Countess LuAnn from The Real Housewives of New York, performing on the comedy circuit with Bridget Everett, slinging jokes at Bally’s in Vegas, and starring in the hit cabaret Club Swizzle at The Sydney Opera House. But somehow, he’s still waiting for his big break. It’s always right around the corner. He’s been around many corners, he’s walking in circles. He’s paid his showbiz dues and is still paying–on a monthly plan, with interest. He is finally back home in the city where he was born again, and he’s about to break. Literally.
MURRAY HILL: ABOUT TO BREAK features original songs written by Murray Hill with Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Kyle Forrester, and Musical Director Paul Leschen. The swinging music is performed by THE EARLY BIRD SPECIALS, known on the Atlantic City and Vegas circuit backing the likes of Buddy Hackett and Don Rickles. Hill’s former showgirls THE DRINK TICKET DANCERS are coming out of retirement to do some 1/2 high kicks and back-up singing.
MURRAY HILL: ABOUT TO BREAK was originally a commission of New York Voices, the Joe’s Pub program that supports the creation of original theater works by critically acclaimed musicians and performers, aligning with The Public’s commitment to the development and commission of new works.
“Murray sends a life-affirming jolt to your senses and a bottle rocket right through your heart. Hands-down one of the funniest and most human performers I've ever worked with.” –Bridget Everett
“I didn’t know it, but 20 years ago my life was missing a 1950s-style, Borscht Belt, all-American cheese ball comedy showbiz genius. But then I saw the light that is Murray Hill! Murray Hill is a legend!” –Alan Cumming
“I’ve seen Murray Hill perform a hundred and fifty times, and he can easily go toe to toe with heavyweights like Don Rickles, Rusty Warren, and Dean Martin.” – ADROCK, Beastie Boys