Len Cariou, Laura Osnes, Telly Leung and More Set for 54 Below Appearances This Week
54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, has announced the following upcoming events:
Len Cariou, Nov. 26 at 7PM:
For three very special performances only, 54 Below will welcome a gentleman who can only be described as Broadway royalty. New York knows him not only for his Tony winning role as the original Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sweeney Todd), but from his memorable performances in Applause, A Little Night Music and Dance a Little Closer among others. Film and television audiences have embraced him in dozens of roles, ranging from "The Four Seasons," "About Schmidt," "Into the Storm," "Damages" and his current role as Henry Reagan in "Blue Bloods." This Fall on the 54 Below stage, watch for Len recounting his remarkable four decade career through story and song. Cover charge: $30-$40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Kecia Lewis-EVANS, Nov. 26 at 9:30PM:
Kecia Lewis-Evans has crafted her 25 year career playing powerful and amazing women on the stage, on television and on film. Her Broadway credits include Leap of Faith, Chicago, Dreamgirls, The Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek, Once On This Island and Ain't Misbehavin’. During that time, she’s sung the hundreds of songs required by the roles she's played. Now it's her turn to make the decisions! In her new show, Songs I Feel Like Singing, Kecia does just that! Working her vocal magic, music from the worlds of Broadway, pop and jazz highlight a joy filled evening as Kecia rocks the house! Cover charge $20-30. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Laura Osnes, Nov. 27, 28, 29, 30 & Dec. 1 at 8:30PM & Nov. 30 at 11PM:
54 Below will welcome Tony nominee Laura Osnes to our stage in a special evening of music all penned by the incomparable Maury Yeston, the composer of Broadway’s Nine, Titanic & Grand Hotel. Having been plucked from obscurity to star in NBC TV’s "You’re the One That I Want," Laura has gone on to take The Great White Way by storm with leading roles in South Pacific, Anything Goes and Bonnie and Clyde. This December, she’ll start rehearsals for the brand new Broadway-bound production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in the title role! For six special performances only, Laura will place her stamp on the Yeston songbook, including he acclaimed song cycle, The December Songs. Cover charge $35-45. $25 food and beverage minimum.
BACKSTAGE, Nov. 27 at 10:30PM:
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 each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. You might even get up and sing yourself if you’re feeling brave, or brave, or relax with a cocktail and some sliders – the night belongs to belongs to you! NPR had this to say "The best thing you! NPR had this to say "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it’s two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" With special guests: Karen Mason (Wonderlust, Rebecca, Mamma Mia), Na Tasha Yvette Williams (Porgy and Bess), Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent), Anya Marina (Singer, Songwriters), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, On a Clear Day), and Sweet Fix (Pop Rock Band). No cover charge. $15 food and beverage minimum.
CHARLES CASTRONOVO, Dec. 1 AT 11:30PM:
54 Below is pleased to enter the word of professional opera when acclaimed tenor Charles Castronovo takes to our stage for three special performances only. In fact, on December 1 & 8, he’ll be jumping in a cab following his performance in Don Giovanni at the Met to join us at Broadway’s Nightclub in celebration of his new CD, Dolci Napoli, The Neapolitan Songs, featuring new interpretations of classic songs from Italy with his band, Sweet Nectar. Charles captures the spirit of Naples in English and Italian, introducing these songs to new audiences in the same manner as the great Italian-American singers of the last generation, but with a beautiful operatic voice that does them justice. Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Barbara Carroll, Dec. 2 at 1PM:
54 Below is honored to welcome jazz legend Barbara Carroll to our stage for a series of seven exciting jazz brunches. In 1947, Leonard Feather dubber her “the first girl ever to play bebop piano.” In a career that has spanned more than half a century (she played her first New York engagement opposite Dizzy Gillespie’s big band at the Downbeat Club in 1947), Ms. Carroll is an elegant jazz pianist, composer and vocalist, long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano. Her inventive piano playing and totally unique vocal sound leads her into transforming any composition into her own art with her trademark emotional directness and respect for the tune, its lyrics and its many possibilities. Says Stephen Holden in The New York Times, “Barbara Carroll is about as good as it gets!” Cover charge $30-40. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Telly Leung, Dec. 2 at 9:30PM:
After starring in the world premiere of Allegiance at The Old Globe in San Diego, Broadway's Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent, "Glee") returns to NYC (and to Studio 54, where he appeared in Pacific Overtures) to celebrate the release of his upcoming CD, I'll Cover You, on the Yellow Sound Label. Join Telly for an evening of great songs and personal anecdotes, directed by Alan Muraoka (Sesame Street, Miss Saigon) with musical direction by Gary Adler (Alter Boyz), featuring a full jazz trio and a string quartet. Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.