About the show
Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen celebrates the colorful history of one of New York City’s most iconic restaurants. We’ll share hilarious anecdotes and affectionate memories of fabulous evenings past while exploring how Joe Allen, Theatre District businesses, and the theatre community at large are preparing to move forward in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extended closure of Broadway. We’ll talk to neighborhood regulars, Broadway luminaries, and longtime employees about what it is that drew them to Joe Allen and what makes this unassuming spot a welcoming home away from home for so many.
Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen is produced and hosted by Jason Woodruff, Dana Mierlak, and Sean Kent, with music by James Rubio and logo design/artwork by Christina D'Angelo. The producers would like to extend a special thank you to the owners of Joe Allen, Orso, and Bar Centrale Restaurants.
Jeffrey Whitty was a server at Joe Allen in the early 90’s, which explains the “hometown” pride we felt when he won the 2004 Tony for his hilarious book to the smash hit musical, Avenue Q. He’s worked on lots of fascinating stage and film projects since then, but this week's episode marked the first time any of us had met him. It became clear within moments of talking that Jeffrey is a guy we would have LOVED marrying ketchups near. During this irreverent and hilarious conversation we touched upon his love of authentic New York bar and restaurant culture, his very specific definition of taste, the extreme highs (and lows) inherent in developing new works for the stage, and how “rigorous bitchery” can improve almost any professional undertaking.
Sean Kent is a writer, occasional performer, and lifelong showbiz devotee. Sean has worked as an actor in projects such as the feature film School Ties, and the television series Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as numerous television commercials (back when those were a big deal.) Sean’s first full length play, The Salacious Uncle Baldrick, was produced at fringeNYC to much critical acclaim and was a co-author of the musical revue -Joe Allen Presents: BROADWAY BOMBS! which played at The Laurie Beechman in various successful incarnations. He lives with his wife and two beautiful children in a town in New Jersey you’ve never heard of (even though you may pretend you have) and has proudly worked in Joe Allen-owned restaurants in one capacity or another since 1999.
Dana Mierlak is an actor, singer, and lifelong musical theatre geek. Her stage credits include: featured soloist/Crissy understudy in the Connecticut Critics Circle award-winning production of Hair and Side By Side By Sondheim, Trish Holmes in Right Next to Me, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and several incarnations of Joe Allen Presents: BROADWAY BOMBS! Dana has co-written, performed, and produced - As We Stumble Along (a two-person show) and has been featured on several TV shows including The Tick (Amazon) and Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall. She can be heard on the Stage Stars Records recordings of Sondheim Solos, Cats, and Legally Blonde. Dana began her tenure with Joe Allen in the early 2000’s and has proudly worked in several different capacities over the years. The best “survival” job a New York Actor could ask for. www.danamierlak.net
Jason Woodruff is a photographer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, and USA Today among others. Specialties include performance, editorial, and environmental portraiture. He currently resides in Astoria and once quit working at Joe's, only to return because working at nearly any other restaurant is a nightmare. He has worked for Joe Allen since the middle of Bill Clinton’s second term. jwphotonyc.com