UPPING MY NUMBERS
This is the story of one woman’s sex life.
What happens when we take account of our lovers in chronological order? “Upping My Numbers” is a new musical where the protagonist does just that.
As our show opens Hally is awakening from a night out, wearing nothing but smudged mascara and a hand stamp. Her voice throaty with a hangover, she begins to recount every person on her list of sexual adventures (and misadventures), all while getting dressed for another evening. From early memories of Eighth Avenue hookers to the regrets of the night before, Hally accounts for her sexual past and tries to figure out how it should inform her future.
With twelve original songs composed by Joe McGinty and lyrics by Hally McGehean, “Upping My Numbers” explores what it takes to chase happiness and survive heartbreak after so many years of trying.
The story is told entirely from bed and is confessed in a reverse burlesque: Hally begins the show naked and dresses, piece by piece of clothing, until she walks out of the theater in pursuit of another possibility.
She is accompanied on stage by a band of four musicians who interact with her as technical and moral support: fastening a bra, buckling a shoe, mixing a drink, lighting a cigarette, and maybe even offering a pat on the back when things gets tough. Though it is never confirmed, it could be construed that one or more of the generally Brooklyn-looking gentlemen are from her list.
The bed is the only set and the sheets make up the only set changes. Hally turns them into a bathtub, swing, curtain, computer screen, airplane, and fortress. All the world’s a bed and we...
The playfulness, vulgarity, humiliation, and hope of “Upping My Numbers” will make everyone with a sexual past itemize their own lists to see how it tells their story.
It’s not a one-woman show. It’s a slumber party and everyone’s invited.
"Shiny, Decadent, and Seedy" and "Leave Us Alone" performed by Jeremy Chatzky, Bass; Hally McGehean, Vocals; Joe McGinty, Keys; Julian Maile, Guitar; Clement J. Waldmann, III, Drums
Joe is most widely known for his five years as the keyboardist for The Psychedelic Furs.
He is the founder and music director of the popular Loser's Lounge tribute series, where local talent pays homage to the pop icons of the past. Loser's Lounge made its debut in 1993 with a Burt Bacharach tribute at Fez, and has played to consistently sold-out rooms ever since. Now based at Joe's Pub, the Loser's Lounge has also performed at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Westbeth Theater Center, The Knitting Factory, Makor, and the Jewish Museum.
Recently, McGinty opened a piano bar, Sid Gold's Request Room, with Beauty Bar owner Paul Devitt. A classic, retro-styled piano bar in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Live "piano karaoke" can be heard every night. McGinty plays there 4 nights a week. Celebrities such as Bill Murray, Parker Posey, Moby, Billy Cruddup, Elle King, Alan Cumming, and Stockard Channing have been seen at Sid Gold's Request Room.
McGinty has teamed up with Superhuman Happiness singer Andrea Diaz to form the cabaret-noir duo "The Duchess And The Fox". They released their debut ep "Every Night" in February 2016.
McGinty has also worked with Ryan Adams, The Ramones, Nada Surf, Kevin Ayers, Martha Wainwright, Die Monster Die, Devendra Banhart, Ronnie Spector, Jesse Malin, Amy Rigby, Space Hog and others.
He has worked alternately as musical director for a variety of New York theaters, including the Vineyard Theatre and the New York Theater Workshop.
McGinty composed original songs for the film "One More Time" starring Christopher Walken. Walken sings the song "When I Live My Life Over Again" composed by McGinty and director Robert Edwards. He scored the short film "Super Sleuths" directed by Benjamin Dickinson and has composed and/or produced music for "Bored To Death,” "The Daily Show,” "G String Divas," "The Virginity Hit," "Last Chance Harvey,” and “What Happened, Miss Simone,” a documentary that is currently nominated for an Oscar.
Hally makes fine, pop, and wearable art. Her clients include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Nicola Formichetti. Her work has been photographed by Terry Richardson and Nick Knight and appeared in Playgirl, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Teen Vogue, New York, Paper, Complex, and Bitch Magazines.
Hally was the winner of the 2010 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition and her 2011 runway show on the High Line was named one of the nine highlights of New York Fall Fashion Week by Entertainment Weekly. Hally's retail collection for The Whitney sold out on its first day in the museum shop and her “Obama Bag” was endorsed by President Obama and she has been told it was entered into the National Archive by the First Lady.
Before segueing into visual art, Hally spent thirty years in show business, the highlights of which were principal roles in the Broadway musicals "Annie" and "Peter Pan,” recording a hit Christmas single and going on a mall tour, shooting a television commercial starring Michael Jackson, winning the Best Actress award four years in a row at the Bucks County Playhouse, playing Alice to Michael C. Hall’s White Knight in Elizabeth Swados’ “Alice in Concert” at Earlham College, and being called “a completely non-neurotic actress working in the 99th percentile of her field” by the Royal Shakespeare Company director, Barry Kyle.
Hally serves on the board of directors of the Isles of Shoals Association, Porstmouth, NH and has raised over $10,000 for cancer charities running the NYC, Paris, Berlin, and Boston marathons. In November 2012, Hally co-founded Flood the Art Market, raising $13,000 for NYFA’s Emergency Relief Fund, helping artists affected by Hurricane Sandy with shows at Miami Basel and the Cristin Tierney Gallery in Chelsea. Before Hally became a mother she volunteered weekly as a dog walker at an animal shelter in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Hally studied philosophy at Columbia University and Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy, Balliol College, Oxford.