Andrea McArdle, Jenifer Lewis with Marc Shaiman Highlight This Weekend at 54 Below
Jenifer Lewis WITH Marc Shaiman July 27 and 28 at 8PM & 11PM:
Following a twenty-year absence from the New York cabaret scene, Jenifer Lewis returns to the Big Apple for seven performances only. From Broadway's EUBIE to HAIRSPRAY, television's Jackie's Back to Strong Medicine, and film's WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, BEACHES, CARS, and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, Jenifer Lewis, one of Bette Midler's most infamous Harlettes, is a force of nature whose voice is as distinctive as hertake no prisoners sense of humor. And why July, you may ask? Why, it's National Jackie Washington month, of course! And if you don't understand that reference, look it up on Netflix. Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman (HAIRSPRAY, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) joins Lewis on stage at the piano. Don't miss this spectacular homecoming - in years to come, you'll be proud to say you were there. Doors open at 6PM for 8PM shows. Doors open at 10PM for 11PM shows. Cover charge: $35-45. $25 food and beverage minimum.
JAZZ BRUNCH at 54 BELOW, Sunday July 29 at 1PM:
Jazz Sunday Brunch at 54 BELOW brings some of the brightest jazz artists in town to thestage of 54 Below for a terrific Sunday afternoon of music, food, and drink. On July 29, Jazz Sunday Brunch features Marcus Paul James, currently starring in RENT at New World Stages. James was also seen in Broadway's IN THE HEIGHTS, and in the closing cast of RENT at the Nederlander Theatre. Marcus is also featured in the Sony film RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway.The singer/songwriter has released two albums: Electrik Love EP and Meant To Be, both from Silver Towers Productions. Expect a smooth, sultry afternoon of music as he serves up tunes old and new. Performance begins at 1PM. Doors open at Noon. $30 cover charge. $25 food and beverage minimum or a $45 prefix menu.
BACKSTAGE, July 29:
On Sundays at 5pm, the theatre district is alive and abuzz with scores of hardworking actors who've just finished their workweeks with that final matinee before their day off. "Backstage" is a weekly Sunday evening event, from 5 – 7 p.m., where the theatre community can convene to relax and unwind - have a cocktail, enjoy the food of Chef Andre Marrero, and maybe get up and sing. This casual, socia levening is a chance for us to welcome the theatre community for a few hours offun and frolic at the end of an 8-show week. "Backstage" is hosted by two of Broadway's funniest talents - Ann Harada (Smash, Avenue Q, Seussical, 9 to 5) and Susie Mosher (Hairspray), who'll keep the evening rolling along with special guest performers and wise and witty repartee from the world of The Great White Way. No Cover charge. Food and beverage minimum: $15. Doors open at 4:45PM.
Jackie Hoffman, July 29 at 9PM:
It's your last chance to catch New York favorite Jackie Hoffman as she continues her string of Sunday night performances at 54 Below through July 29. The New York Post raves "Her self-deprecation knows no bounds! She kvetches. She delivers a medley of her musical contributions to the Broadway shows Hairspray, Xanadu and The Addams Family. A clever show!" According to Jackie, "I'm thrilled to be back underground where I belong!" Doors open at 8PM. Cover charge: $25 - $35. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Andrea McArdle, July 30 at 7PM:
Broadway began its love affair with Andrea McArdle in 1977 when, at the age of 12, she created the iconic role of Little Orphan Annie in the smash musical hit, Annie. Since then, she's delighted New York audiences in Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Beauty & the Beast and State Fair, along the way tackling concerts, recordings, film and television. This July at 54 Below ,Andrea premieres a brand new show, a celebration of sassy and tuneful Broadway characters and divas from the golden age of Broadway through the seventies. Doors open at 6PM. Cover charge: $30-40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Lea DeLaria, July 30 at 9:30PM:
Lea DeLariahas distinguished herself in every form of entertainment that she touches: jazz musician, Broadway diva, actor, writer and stand-up comic. It is plain to see why Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes Lea as, "Every inch a star." Lea DeLaria, who already enjoyed a career as a Broadway singer and stand-up comedian, made her recording debut on Warner Brothers Records in 2000. Hailed by The Times as "the Best Jazz Album of 2001," Play It Cool confirmed Lea as one of the best jazz singers of our time. Q magazine commented "Lea DeLaria is blessed with one of the most beautiful voices around," while TimeOut proclaimed "the gal can certainly swing." But perhaps The Guardian summed it up best with: "talks like a coffee grinder, and sounds like across between Ella Fitzgerald and a Broadway diva." This summer, 54 Below is delighted to welcome Lea to our stage in a brand spanking new musica ladventure. May not be suitable for all ages. Doors open at 9PM. Cover charge: $25-35. $25 food and beverage minimum.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.