Nov 26


As part of the Music Hall Concert Series, The Goodwill Theatre will present Lauren Fox: Love, Lust, Fear and Freedom: Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen on Friday, November 30 at 7p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2012-2013 Music Hall Concert Series is sponsored by White Knight Productions.

Lauren Fox is being heralded as one of the brightest stars on the New York cabaret scene. Stephen Holden’s recent article in the New York Times talks about “cabaret’s reinvention into something more contemporary than a museum for the American songbook.” Click here to read the entire article.

“Together, Lauren and her trio perform 16 songs — nine by Joni Mitchell and seven by Leonard Cohen — into a spellbinding his-and-hers dialogue that conjures the charged erotic climate of the hippie culture of the Woodstock era, when sex was infused with romantic mysticism. Her show is remarkable, deep and dramatically revealing.” Click here to read the entire article.

The affair of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen in the late 1960s may have only lasted a few months, but its resonance in the songs of these two Canadians, especially in Ms. Mitchell’s lyrics, is far reaching. A speculative exploration of their personal and artistic chemistry is only one aspect of Lauren Fox’s remarkable cabaret show, Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Through stories and song, Lauren examines the creative genius and conflicted desires of two of folk music’s most enduring artists. Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen are widely known to be among the best and most prolific songwriters of their generation. Less known about the fellow Canadian artists is that they had a relationship early in their careers that lasted only a few months, but had a lasting effect on their work. Many have speculated as to why the relationship didn’t last, and that’s what Lauren Fox explores here – “Both Sides” – through their music, their histories, their triumphs and heartbreaks. Lauren delves into the meaning behind the songs, giving us a better understanding of a painter and a poet who mesmerized the world through song. Highlights of the show include Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning”, “River”, and “Both Sides Now”, and Cohen’s “Suzanne”, “Bird on a Wire”, and “Hallelujah”.

In the Spring of 2012, Lauren was named as the Female Debut Artist of the Year at the annual MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards and Debut Artist of the Year at the 27th Annual Bistro Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in cabaret and jazz. Film credits include: Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, Noon Blue Apples (Sundance 2002 premiere), Revolution Summer, Hamill and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Television credits include New Amsterdam and Fringe. Stage credits include Hillbilly Women, directed by Sondra Lee, where her performance as an Appalachian factory worker won critical praise from The New York Times.

“Lauren was recently featured as one of three cabaret artists to watch in the NY Times. Her shows sell out across the country and in Manhattan. We are very lucky to be able to present an artist of this stature.” says CEO Naima Kradjian.

Tickets for Lauren Fox are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. You can purchase tickets on their website: or by calling the theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.