Isengart and the Diplomats: The Importance of Being Elvis
Isengart returns to Joe’s Pub with his acclaimed Polyester-meets-Weimar tribute to the King of Rock ‘n Roll. You’ll never hear Elvis the same way again.
Conceived and written by Isengart
Staged by Julie Atlas Muz
Musical Direction by David A. Berger
The Diplomats are:
David A. Berger (Drums); Daniel Mintseris (Piano, Keyboard); Thad DeBrock (Steel Pedal Guitar); Michael O’Brien (Upright & Electric Bass), Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen (Trombone); Russell Moore(Trumpet)
Mr. Isengart hails from Europe and has been a very active presence on New York City's cabaret scene for more than 15 years. Known for his modern fusion of vintage continental cabaret songs and contemporary popular music, he has been called the "Darling of Café Sabarsky" and the "Weimar Elvis". In addition to his work as a performer, he has created and directed countless cabaret shows at a range of established venues including MoMA, the Neue Galerie, BAM, Feinstein's at the Regency, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He is the founder and creative director of Foreign Affairs, an international cabaret pop-up production that premiered as a speakeasy in Soho in 2008 and has since then been making waves across Manhattan.
"The slick, sharp-cheeked German singer Isengart goes for a strange balance between sexual exhibitionism and continental archness – he's like a hustler striking Marlene Dietrich poses in an Amsterdam window."
–Time out New York
"Melding burlesque raunch with old-world supper-club glamour."
–New York Magazine