Eden Espinosa, Linda Lavin, and More Play 54 Below This Week
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of Broadway's brightest stars.
Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch, Sept. 17 at 7PM, Sept. 23 at 3PM:
Two performances only…There's a new girl in town this September when Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to our stage for two very special performances. New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series, Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities." Cover charge: $30 - $40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Eden Espinosa, Sept. 17 at 9:30PM:
Following the success of her debut solo show, ME, which played to thunderous applause in New York and LA, Eden Espinosa, star of Broadway's Wicked, Rent and Brooklyn brings her new show to 54 Below. Cover charge: $25-30. $20 food and beverage minimum.
Patti LuPone, back by popular demand, Sept. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8:30PM, Sept. 21 & 22 at 11PM:
54 Below is delighted to welcome back Broadway legend, two time Tony Award winner, Patti LuPone. Backed by a five piece orchestra, Ms. LuPone's show will feature a mix of contemporary songs from the world of pop and Broadway and a selection of Paris and Berlin Cabaret Songs from the 30's and 40's. When Patti LuPone opened 54 below back in June, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote "Ms. LuPone generates more raw excitement than any other performer on the Broadway and cabaret axis. Her brilliant show, conceived and directed by her longtime collaborator, Scott Wittman, certifies Ms. LuPone's place in the lineage of quirky international chanteuses like Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, who, like Ms. LuPone, conquered show business with forceful, outsize personalities while playing by their own musical rules." Returning to 54 Below for seven performances only, this is the event of the cabaret season you won't want to miss. Cover charge: $85 - $95. $30 food and beverage minimum.
BACKSTAGE, hosted by Susie Mosher and guest stars Van Hughes, LESLIE McDONAL, Jay Rogers, Kirsten Scott and Matthew Scott, Sept. 18 at 10:30PM:
Join us at 54 Below, Broadway's Tuesday night cocktail party/songfest. There is no cover charge for Backstage, merely a $15 food and beverage minimum. There is a full bar and dinner menu available for Backstage. Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform and answer the question on everyone's minds, "what happened in the show tonight?" Members of the Backstage repertory company, featuring some of New York's most exciting musical theatre talent, is on hand each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. You might even get up and sing yourself if you're feeling brave, or relax with a cocktail and some sliders – the night belongs to you. This week's special guest stars include Van Hughes (9 to 5, Hairspray, "Amercian Idol"), Leslie McDonal (American Idiot, Hairspray), Jay Rogers (Howard Crabtree's When Pig's Fly), Kirsten Scott (Follies, Hairspray) and Matthew Scott (Jersey Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim). No Cover charge. Food and beverage minimum: $15. Doors open at 10:00PM
(**SCHEDULE NOTE: Backstage is now presented on its new day and time, TUESDAYS, AT 10:30PM. Doors open at 10PM)
THE GREEN ROOM, Sept. 19, 20 after 9:45PM:
Join us on Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9:45PM when 54 Below becomes a post-theatre lounge music, creative cocktails, and small food plates. Wednesday, September 19 will feature The John Miller Quartet. No cover charge. No minimum.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.