Q Yorkers Love CBC: Q Live in New York City Sells Out, Adds David Cross and Cyndi Lauper to Line Up
March 13, 2013By Leah Collins
New York: if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere and March 28, Q with Jian Ghomeshi will take Manhattan with a special live edition at the city's Gerald Lynch Theater.
(This much Q fans already knew, commiting the details to memory as soon as the deets were delivered, in velvety baritone, over the airwaves.)
But this just in: tickets to Q Live in New York City sold out in less than a week. And as an added bonus for the hundreds of American fans who scored one of those precious passes, two new special guests were revealed today. Cyndi Lauper, the ever-"unusual" pop star will talk about her Broadway turn, writing the music for new production Kinky Boots, and David Cross - comedian, Mr. Show-man, noted never-nude - will share some stories from the upcoming season of Arrested Development. They'll join previously announced guests Alan Alda and indie-rockers Vampire Weekend, who will preview a few tunes from their May 6 disc, Modern Vampires of the City.
Feeling the FOMO already? Take comfort in this: The show will be live-streamed on cbc.ca/q starting at 7 p.m. ET March 28 - and can be relived later on both TV and radio. CBC Radio One will air the show March 29 at 10 a.m. ET; CBC-TV will broadcast a Q LIVE in New York City special Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. ET.
As for those American Q fans - Q-pies? Q-bies? - you wouldn't be able to cram them all into a single theatre. The CBC Radio One program airs on more than 125 American stations in an hour-long, concentrated format. (CBC listeners get an extra 30 minutes of arts chat.) New Yorkers, for instance, can catch it on WNYC - if they're not finding it through podcasts or YouTube - and the station is a champion of the show's eclectic, but in-depth, range of subjects. "It's amazingly good - especially for a daily program, it's incredibly rich," WNYC host Kurt Andersen told the New York Times last spring, talking about Q's addition to the station's line-up.
Still, the New York stop is just one point on Q's On the Road itinerary. CBC Live tagged along for their recent stop in Hamilton, and the show will be in Regina April 18, just in time for the 2013 Juno Awards. Tom Cochrane has sent his RSVP, and more guests will be revealed in the coming weeks. Unlike the New York show, tickets to that one are still available. Don't miss out like you did with the stateside edition of Q; find more info here.
VIDEO: Jian Ghomeshi Takes Q Live and Rocks With the Arkells: