Defining Julian Fleisher is even more difficult than defining his father Leon—he excels as singer, songwriter, producer, actor, writer, etc. As an actor, Mr. Fleisher has starred Off- Broadway in Stephin Merritt’s musicalization of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline as the Cat, and, at The Public Theater, in Gabriel Kahane’s musical February House¸ and he has toured the world with the independent theater company, Elevator Repair Service.
Mr. Fleisher found a home downtown as a singer, where his embrace of all corners of the pop songbook and fresh, irreverent performance style garnered rave reviews in venues like Joe’s Pub, BAM, Symphony Space and 92Y, where he has been a frequent Lyrics & Lyricists guest. Singing led to songwriting, and last May he released his latest recording, Finally, about which the editors at iTunes wrote, “Fleisher can get away with anything.” He composed the music for the play Almost, Maine by John Cariani, which has enjoyed widespread international success, and he wrote the score for the Broadway play, The Performers. He is currently writing the songs for a new musical, Measure of Success, with book writer Kirsten Guenther.
Also a record producer, Mr. Fleisher has produced such CDs as Boy Wanted for Isabel Rose, I’m Hip for Ana Gasteyer, and both Do You Hear What We Hear? and Kiki & Herb: Live at Carnegie Hall for the legendary downtown duo. In such multiple capacities, he has worked with, among others, Molly Ringwald, Stew, Bridget Everett, Martha Plimpton, Jennifer Holiday, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Schaefer, Keith Carradine and Sally Field. And as a writer, his many works include the popular podcast, Julian Fleisher’s Guilty Pleasures. Find him @julianflei and julianfleisher.com.
Photo: Lucas Stoffel
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