Hey, Piano Bar Lady!


Hey, Piano Bar Lady! could be described as an autobiographical musical, a genre Linn Lorkin has made her own. Her hilarious and uplifting true stories are told in an exuberant raconteuse style and crystallise in equally exuberant songs with strong melodies and memorable lyrics.


A naive kiwi pianist/singer arrives in '80s NY with no money and nowhere to stay, sleeps on SoHo sofas and stumbles into a gig playing in a delapidated piano bar; over the course of eight years she works her way up to playing in a swanky bar on Park Avenue. Along the way she marries, gets her green card and a divorce, has a baby and a whole heap of experiences from the ridiculous to the sublime. 


The show started off under  the title of "The Happy Hour and a Half" and was developed and honed through house-concerts in Berlin, Auckland and New York. These private performances gave rise to many re-writes, a new title and the composition of new original songs.

Linn also gave one-off public performances in cabarets in NYC, Don't Tell Mama, 2010 and Triad NYC, 2011 and in Berlin's Terzo Mondo 2012.

Most notably, the show has had two full three-week seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, 2011 and 2012.

In December 2012 it was featured at the Canterbury Celebration Cabaret in Christchurch, NZ. The performance took place in a circus tent due to the recent earthquakes there.


The phenomenally talented Linn Lorkin has performed all over the world. She was featured with her own trio at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast. Her theatre credits include several years of experimental theatre and most recently the performance of shows about different slices of her life, autobiographical musicals. She sings in several languages and has recorded twelve albums for her own label, Rouge Records, including five CDs of her originals and two of French chansons. Her iconic kiwi song "Family at the Beach" was voted Best Kiwi Summer Song in a recent New Zealand Radio Listeners' Poll. 


"A love-letter to a life filled with adventure, Hey, Piano Bar Lady! manages to be funny and poignant, Lorkin's captivating performance exuding the timelessness of a brilliant performer" - The List UK * * * * 

"..evoked memories of the jazz club greats - Garland and Fitzgerald to name but two. Its style truly was of the legendary late night clubs in New York; Lorkin uses this simple fact to great success in her show" - Broadway Baby, UK  * * * * 

"Lorkin's exquisite story-telling ability left me completely enraptured in her world.  A great quality of this show was the sense that I was safe in the performer's hands, that I could simply lie back and be taken on a journey." -  The Stage, UK 

"Adorable, classy, charming and fun ... Linn's wealth of anecdotes, flawlessly recreating the '80s New York piano-bar scene, are a delight" - Three Weeks, Edinburgh * * * *

"Fabulous style ... a cross between Victoria Wood and Edith Piaf" - Musical Theatre Matters, Edinburgh

:" ... Altogether inviting ...that cat's got skills! - The Skinny, Edinburgh " * * * *  

 "  a lively combination of beautiful singing, spirited story-telling and dazzling jazz piano-playing " - Magee Hickey, WCBS-TV, New York

"...Lorkin writes cool, elegant songs with brilliantly tangled rhymes and dizzying musical twists...she's a cultural treasure "  William Dart, NZ Listener