This is a nice surprise – singer-songwriter, composer and overall ambitious artist Rufus Wainwright just announced a Philadelphia show Friday, May 20th, in the very intimate setting of The Foundry at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Wainwright’s forthcoming LP is the star-studded Take All My Loves, a collection of Shakespeare sonnets set to music to mark the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s passing; he’s also staging some performances of his Judy Garland tribute in New York and Toronto.
While details about this Philly gig are scarse, we imagine (given the humble confines) that this won’t be a decked-out event filled with pageantry and 36-piece orchestras. Most likely, the late show (it begins at 11 p.m., we’re guessing due to the voluminous Explosions in the Sky performing an early set in the main hall) will simply be Wainwright, a piano and a microphone, singing songs and telling stories – the ideal way to see him, really.
The show goes on sale Wednesday, April 13th at 10 a.m.; tickets and more information can be found here, via Ticketmaster. Below, listen to “When In Disgrace With Fortune And Men’s Eyes (Sonnet 29)” from Take All My Loves.
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