It’s proving to be quite a year for Hell’s Kitchen’s own Alicia Keys. First, after a gestation period of over a decade, her coming-of-age musical, Hell’s Kitchen, began previews at The Public Theater last month before an extended run of performances at the venue. Secondly, her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, turns 20 on December 2.
That’s something to celebrate, right? And Keys is obviously of the same mind, because to coincide with the release of new 24-track edition of the album, she will be performing it in full at Webster Hall on December 1.
The 1,500-capacity venue holds a special place in Keys’ heart – in 2003 she appeared there for AOL Broadband Rocks! and the new album includes several live performances recorded at that very show, including If I Ain’t Got You, Diary featuring Jermaine Paul, You Don’t Know My Name and Streets of New York. Also on the tracklist is Golden Child, a previously unreleased rarity.
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The former Manhattan Plaza resident’s musical, Hell’s Kitchen, officially opens at the Public Theater on November 19 and runs through January 19. Shows are currently sold out but there is a daily lottery for $40 tickets.