MEATPACKING DISTRICT — The Whitney Museum is hosting a performance featuring cabaret drag, a Justin Bieber character as a "prophetic angel" and a gay youth chorus performing the song "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie."
The play, "Bieber Bathos Elegy," is by New Yorker Felix Bernstein and "ponders the concept of bathos — the failure to achieve pathos — rendering the art of failure' into the art of perfection," according to an announcement by the museum, as well as "positioning queerness as normality and subversion as expected."
A special entryway leading to the performance space will showcase work by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, who participated in the historic uprising by the LGBT community against police brutality at the Stonewall Inn in 1969.
Bernstein, 23, whose parents are poet Charles Bernstein and artist Susan Bee, graduated from Bard College in 2013.
Performances of "Bieber Bathos Elegy" will be held at 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 16. Tickets, available online, are $10. Students and seniors can get tickets for $8, and members and visitors under the age of 18 get in free.