This Funny World
Songs of Rodgers, Hart, Gershwin, Sondheim, Coward & more
with Ken Muir
& Daniel Fabricant (bass)
Third Thursdays with Craig Jessup!
7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show
at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Tickets available online. No fees. No minimums.
SocietyCabaretTickets.com or 415-857-1896
In 1926, Lorenz Hart wrote: ‘This funny world makes fun of the things that you strive for. This funny world can laugh at the dreams you’re alive for.” More than 90 years later, it’s still a funny world, so acclaimed singer Craig Jessup invites us to share in the glory of the greatest songwriters from the Great American Songbook – Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, Stephen Sondheim and more.
Jessup returns to Society Cabaret in the Hotel Rex with This Funny World, a classy collection of tunes performed at 8pm on the third Thursday of June, July and August. With musical director/accompanist Ken Muir and bassist Daniel Fabricant, Jessup will explore some of our greatest musical standards and throw in some gems from across the pond by “The Master,” Sir Nöel Coward. Jessup sold out the run of his one-man showcase Craig Jessup Sings Noël Coward at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, an evening that was described by the Contra Costa Times as “sophisticated…wonderfully bright and intelligent (not to mention very funny).”
The San Francisco Chronicle wrote in 2016:
A veteran of cabaret stages for more than 25 years, Craig Jessup spans musical styles. He can be playful and twangy, or edgy and electric. His singing also has a narrative quality that betrays his musical theater background. Each lyric springs from a deep and distinct emotion; each bit of phrasing is carefully sculpted to communicate an idea with clarity and dynamism.
Craig Jessup has played theaters, cabarets and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe for more than two decades. Jessup teamed with Ruth Hastings and Barry Lloyd in 1977 to form Ruth Hastings & Co., and the trio played nearly every cabaret in San Francisco including Le Domino, Chez Jacques, Gordon’s, Fanny’s, Trinity Place and the Plush Room, culminating in a sold-out concert at the Geary Theatre which was recorded live.
A highly successful run of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Chez Jacques resulted in an invitation to perform the acclaimed musical revue in Brussels, Belgium at the Belgian National Opera Company just after Brel’s death.
On his own, Jessup, who was described by the San Francisco Examiner as “smooth, clever and quite wonderful” has appeared in musicals and revues with Artstreet Theatre, Rohnert Park’s Pacific Alliance Theatre Company, Broadway by the Bay (San Mateo), California Conservatory Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, the Aurora Theatre Company and Marin’s Alter Theater Ensemble.
Ken Muir is a San Francisco based pianist/arranger/composer/lyricist who has worked in the Bay Area for more than 25 years, also performing regularly in New York and occasionally in Europe. He played and arranged for each of vocalist Paula West's three CDs and has accompanied many other fine singers, both on recordings and at the Plush Room. Ken is currently preparing for a recording and revue of his own music and lyrics.