Here he is, boys! Here he is, world! Here's Robin! Two-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus will succeed playwright and star Ben Rimalower in the acclaimed off-Broadway solo show Patti Issues. de Jesus takes over at The Duplex every Sunday evening from September 8 through October 27.
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort—like so many gay boys before him and after—in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men’s time-old obsessions with divas. Patti Issues is directed by Aaron Mark.
In addition to his performance in Patti Issues, de Jesus will also star in the Lincoln Center Theater world premiere of Bruce Norris’ Domesticated. One of the stars of the films Camp and Gun Hill Road, de Jesus has received Tony nominations for his comedic featured performances in In the Heights and La Cage aux Folles. He has also starred in the Broadway production of Rent and regional productions of Aladdin, Godspell and Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Rimalower plays his final performance in the show on August 15. He will star in the “mini-tour” production of the MAC and Bistro Award-winning show in Boston, Glasgow, Berlin and Florida.