.::John Gallagher, Jr. 6.25.12::.
Actor/singer John Gallagher, Jr. can pretty much do it all. He’s conquered the Broadway stage multiple times + is currently appearing on HBO’s The Newsroom. We first saw the multitalented Gallagher back in 2007 when he originated the role of Moritz Stiefel in the Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakening. One of the reasons we loved the show was Gallagher. He transformed himself into the emotionally frustrated Moritz + poured the character’s overwhelming grief into poignant songs. On this particular night, Mr. Gallagher would be performing his own unique brand of acoustic folk music.
Taking the stage at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2 in NYC, Gallagher opened his free (yes free) solo show with a cover of Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road.” The intimate, cozy room was filled with fans gathered to hear the new material that Gallagher had been working on. One thing that immediately strikes you is the amazing songwriting ability that he has. Gallagher weaves together stories about topics ranging from lover’s remorse (“Let Me Come Home”) to the questioning of one’s own existence (“Why Oh Why”) masterfully. Gallagher’s humor would be on display as the audience couldn’t help but laugh at stories like an awkward chance encounter with one of his favorite musicians at an airport or a friend drunkenly wondering about the meaning of it all. As the 40 minute set was running out, Gallagher was trying to think of which remaining songs to cut. That didn’t go over well with us as we just wanted to hear more.
John Gallagher, Jr. performing “Bus Stop” @ Rockwood Music Hall in NYC
John Gallagher, Jr. performing “Still Sixteen” @ Rockwood Music Hall in NYC