Love & Warr” — the new show by New York-based actor, director and singer Joshua Warr ‘05 — recently debuted at Broadway’s famous supper club, 54 Below. In the show’s April 12 review in Broadway World, critic Andrew Martin writes that Warr is “one of the current cabaret scene’s truest powerhouses since his MAC award-nominated debut some seasons ago…at once so young, so accomplished, so poised and confident, and so adept at bringing a true sense of artistic sensibility to the arena unseen since the glory days of such 1970s clubs as Reno Sweeney and The Grand Finale. But with his new show at 54 Below, he hits it out of the park at every turn.”
In “Love & Warr,” Warr sings a variety of musical genres ranging from pop and standards to rock and Broadway hits, including songs by Rodgers & Hart, Diane Warren, The Jackson 5, Aida and Pink. The show also features a “surprise” duet with one of Warr’s close friends, Stormy Weatherz. Warr tackles the tough, love-centric subject with help from his creative team, which also includes director Miles Phillips and music director Jason Wynn.
“I’m doing this to share a story, and hopefully the audience will be able to see parts of themselves in these songs,” says Warr. “And most importantly, I want this show to be a party. The songs are upbeat, the fashion is out of this world, and that band is amazing! This show is my throwback to Vegas. To Liberace. And to us fools who fall in love. 54 Below is such a prestigious nightclub, so I feel humbled to be joining the ranks of people who have performed on the 54 lot.”
Heading into the premiere of “Love & Warr,” the MAC and Broadway World Award nominee is fresh off recent appearances on the critically-acclaimed television show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” FX TV drama’s “The Americans” and Logo TV’s “Hunting Season.”
Dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as “wickedly funny,” Warr is also a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and holds a B.A. in French and Francophone studies with a minor in dance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. While at the Colleges, he was a member of Koshare and Chimera and received the President’s Public Service Award.
“HWS has shaped me in so many ways. It gave me the personal liberation I needed to grow as an artist, and it made me the adult I am today,” Warr says. “I loved the faculty. I love my friends from HWS. And I love the support it has given me, unconditionally, since leaving campus after graduation.”
Following his time at HWS, Warr starred as the “villain” personality in TLC’s reality dinner party competition, “Dinner Takes All,” a reality television program consisting of five dinner party hosts, five separate dinner parties, taking place over five consecutive days. Warr is a MAC and Broadway World Award nominee for his shows “Sing No Evil” and “Joshing Around.”
In addition, Warr has danced internationally in locations such as South Korea, as well as in off-Broadway productions at the American Theatre of Actors. He has worked with choreographer Susan Streater, can be seen in Joonhan Lee’s Columbia M.F.A. film, “Sketchbook,” in which he originated the role of David, and was in La MaMa E.T.C.’s “Soul Ascending” directed by George Ferencz.
The full Broadway World review is reprinted below.
BWW Reviews: JOSHUA WARR Converts Cabaret Crowd Into Cult of Worshiping ‘Warr’-iors at 54 Below
By Andrew Martin
It’s almost inconceivable that Joshua Warr, one of the current cabaret scene’s truest powerhouses since his MAC award-nominated debut some seasons ago, is at once so young, so accomplished, so poised and confident, and so adept at bringing a true sense of artistic sensibility to the arena unseen since the glory days of such 1970s clubs as Reno Sweeney and The Grand Finale. But with his new show at 54 Below, he hits it out of the park at every turn.
Warr’s latest effort, Love & Warr, brings the gentleman solidly and indisputably into his own as a force with which to be reckoned. Aided and abetted by director Miles Phillips and musical director Jason Wynn besides an incredible combo of musicians and backup singers, it’s hard to believe that this is the same person who at the outset of his cabaret career would refer to himself as “a dancer/actor who just happens to sing.” Gone are any doubts that he’ll ultimately take his place among cabaret’s greatest; from the moment he sets his more-than-capable feet upon the stage, the sold-out house fully realizes that they’re dealing with an irrepressible object.
In a set that is thankfully-focused upon both pop and Broadway, it is a joy to watch Warr make his entrance from the back of the house in a deliciously-bejeweled floor-length jacket to the strains of Pink’s “The Truth About Love” coupled with “Down With Love” by Cole Porter, through which his vocals are completely captivating. He sheds the coat after a marvelous rendition of “My Strongest Suit” from Elton John and Tim Rice‘s Aida to reveal a beautifully-tailored outfit, but this unto itself immediately takes a back seat to a medley of such historical classic rock hits as “The Book of Love,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” “Tell Him,” “Shop Around,” and “Stop In the Name of Love.”
Additional standouts include a heart-melting “Where or When” by Rodgers and Hart, the Fine Young Cannibals’ tune “Drive Me Crazy,” a definitive version of “Don’t Wish Too Hard” by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager, and Diane Warren‘s “I Want Somebody.” It all combines into a sumptuous salad of songwriting, and Warr emerges the perfect chef to offer up such a delicious dish.
Whence Love & Warr returns to 54 Below or elsewhere, it must be seen to be believed.