Patti LuPone Coming Back for More at 54 Below; Signs Agreement Through 2016!
54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, has announced a multi-year agreement with two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone. Twice yearly, LuPone will play two-week engagements at the venue.
The agreement, which runs through 2016, launches with the upcoming July 21 - August 2 engagement, "The Lady with The Torch." In an evening, conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Scott Wittman, LuPone will perform an eclectic collection of torch songs by songwriters including Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times described the show as "a beautifully paced, marvelously delivered torch-song exploration of the pleasures and pains of love; LuPone's remarkable, larger-than-life qualities and stunning musicality are distilled into the pure essence of her art."
"I love 54 Below," says LuPone. "It was an honor to launch this beautiful supper club when it first opened its doors two ago and it always feels like a homecoming when I return."
"We are thrilled to have entered into this multi-year collaboration with Patti LuPone," says Richard Frankel, an owner of 54 Below. "This agreement to grace our audiences with eight weeks of performances in the next two years is a testament to Patti's power as an artist and the devoted audience that wants to see her. In the two years we have been open, Patti has played five engagements at 54 Below including her initial run that opened the room. Each engagement has been an event prompting sold-out houses, rave reviews and audiences delighted to be in the same, gorgeous and intimate room with one of the greatest artists of our time."
Patti LuPone's New York stage credits include The Anarchist, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, The Seven Deadly Sins (NY City Ballet), Joanne in Company (New York Philharmonic), Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards), John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd, Passion, Candide, Can Can, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic), The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, Patti LuPone on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award), Pal Joey, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, The Woods, Edmond, The Cradle Will Rock, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Working, The Water Engine, The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations). LuPone's has appeared on the London stage in Matters of the Heart, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard(Olivier Award nomination) and Les Miserables (RSC world premiere production) and The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for both productions). Opera credits include Jake Heggie's To Hell and Back for San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera, debut) and Regina (Kennedy Center). Lupone's film and TV credits include Parker, Union Square, City By The Sea, David Mamet's Heist and State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness, "Girls," "American Horror Story: Coven," "Ugly Betty," "Will & Grace "Passion," & "Sweeney Todd,"Oz," "Monday Night Mayhem," "Evening At the Pops" with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, "Frasier" (Emmy nomination), "Law & Order," "The Water Engine," "L.B. J" and "Life Goes On." Recordings, in addition to many original cast recordings include Patti LuPone Live, Matters of the Heart, The Lady With The Torch, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, Far Away Places. LuPone is a founding member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and of John Houseman's The Acting Company. She is the author of the NY Times best-seller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes "the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan's other major supper clubs." Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.