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Joe Iconis

May 28, 2013

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Joe Iconis is a New York kind of guy. Dark suit and shades? Check. Skinny tie? Check? Writes songs for the theatre? Check. Crossing over into television? Check! With his composer/lyricist/bookwriter hat on, Joe has authored the musicals Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits (with Robert Maddock), ReWrite, The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. And in the crossover department, Joes songs are featured on Season 2 of NBC’s Smash. Jeremy Jordan sang Iconis’s “Broadway, Here I Come!” on the season premiere which pushed the song into the iTunes Top 100. Another of Joe’s numbers – “The Goodbye Song” – aired later in the season. Both songs are featured on Iconis’s new recording, The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree, which was released  on April 16. It features selections from many of his acclaimed musicals and introduces new numbers.

Joe’s been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, among other writing awards. Check out this preview of Rock and Roll Jamboree, and you’ll see the awards are well-deserved.

1. What is your hometown?

Garden City, Long Island. But my spiritual hometown is 1970s Manhattan.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Either Kermit The Frog or Rowlf. Or Joe Gideon from All That Jazz.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Jason Schwartzman.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

The Where The Wild Things Are film by Spike Jonze. A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. The Country Bear Jamboree at Disney World. Follies by Stephen Sondheim.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I find myself constantly rereading passages from Shock Value by John Waters recently.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Lately, I’ve been very into Celebration Rock by Japandroids, Beggar’s Banquet by The Rolling Stones, and “Magpie” by Lauren Marcus. Been listening to alot of John Carpenter movie scores, too. Really into the new Phosphorescent album.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

I’ve been known to get teary whenever I watch Magnolia or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Both. My family cat of 16 years just died (R.I.P. Simba.) I’ve never had a dog but always wanted a beagle. Beagles are the most handsome dogs.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Be kind.

10. How do you define sin?

Wasting opportunities. Giving up. Ignoring impulses.

11. How do you define virtue?

Being loyal, fair, and empathetic.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

I hate this question.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Martin Scorcese.

Connections:Mr. Joe Iconis

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