Shapiro Sisters' LIVE OUT LOUD Live 54 Below Album Gets 9/9 Release
The Shapiro Sisters announced today that their debut album Live Out Loud: Live at 54 BELOW will be released on September 9th, 2014. The Shapiro Sisters, 11-year old Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical) and older sister, 14-year-old Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), recorded the album live at the famed 54 BELOW over a series of three performances this past May and June.
The title song "Live Out Loud", from Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess, embodies the sisters' philosophy of living life out loud and reaching for their dreams. The concerts and upcoming album feature songs from many of the Shapiro Sisters' favorite musicals and films including Wicked, Anastasia, Frozen, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden and more.
"It was very fun having a cabaret show with my sister, because, after having played Matilda, I was used to performing songs all from one role in one show. This cabaret gave me the chance to sing some of my own favorite songs from some of my favorite shows. Abby and I have always wanted to have our own show together - since we were little," said Milly.
Abigail adds, "Being able to create our own cabaret show and release a live CD is a dream come true. Having the opportunity to write the script and participate in the creative process was life changing-it is an experience I will never forget."
The Shapiro Sisters will be returning to 54 BELOW on August 28th at 7:00 PM for an encore performance to celebrate the launch of their new CD. Copies of the album will be available exclusively at 54 BELOW only during the concert, nearly two weeks ahead of the general public release date. Special guests Laura Osnes and Ben Thompson will be performing as well.
"I first met Milly while producing the Matilda album and was instantly impressed by her and her incredible musical gift. I came to know Abigail during the Matilda trip to the Grammys and quickly discovered her astonishing talent, as well. The concept for creating their own concert quickly came to fruition and seemed a natural next step," Broadway Records co-founder Van Dean stated. "We feel very fortunate to be collaborating with the girls so early in their career and we can't wait to see what they do next."
Their album is now available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00JWXDCHY.
"Live Out Loud" is the latest in the "Live at 54 BELOW" series that started earlier last year with albums by Patti LuPone, Norbert Leo Butz, Christiane Noll, Andrea McArdle, Aaron Tveit, Laura Benanti and the most recently released Ahrens and Flaherty, Jarrod Spector, Sierra Boggess, Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle and Bebe Neuwirth. More albums in the series will be announced shortly.
Tickets for the August 28th performance start at $35 cover plus a $25 minimum. Please note that guests and ticket prices are subject to change. To purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. 54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch.
Michael J. Moritz, Jr. serves as the music director and producer for the album.
At 14 years old, ABIGAIL SHAPIRO has performed on stages across the country, including Madison Square Garden as Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Abigail has also played lead roles in regional productions of numerous shows including Annie, Gypsy and The Sound of Music. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she and her sister Milly were discovered by their manager at The Entertainment Group and have since relocated to New York City to pursue careers in the theater. For more information, please visit www.ShapiroSisters.com.
MILLY SHAPIRO is a Tony Award® Winner and Grammy Award® Nominee for her role as Matilda in the original Broadway production of Matilda The Musical. She has appeared on the 67th Annual Tony Awards, Live! With Kelly and Michael, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in addition to many others. Milly, age 11, is currently performing in an original cabaret, entitled "Live Out Loud: The Shapiro Sisters" with older sister Abigail, at the renowned 54 BELOW supper club. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she, and sister Abigail, were discovered by their manager at The Entertainment Group and have since relocated to New York City to pursue careers in the theater. For more information, please visit www.ShapiroSisters.com.
BROADWAY RECORDS is a label dedicated to Broadway and Off Broadway-related recordings. Broadway Records releases include the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Matilda The Musical (Grammy Award® nominated), Big Fish, A Night With Janis Joplin, Bonnie & Clyde and Lysistrata Jones, "Laura Osnes: Dream A Little Dream - Live at the Café Carlyle" and many others in addition to its critically acclaimed series of "Live at 54 BELOW" recordings including artists such as Patti LuPone, Sierra Boggess, Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Laura Benanti, Jarrod Spector, Bebe Neuwirth, Ahrens and Flaherty and more. Broadway Records was co-founded by Tony Award® winning and Grammy® nominated Broadway producer Van Dean whose producing credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Velocity of Autumn, Big Fish, Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Evita (2012) and Catch Me If You Can. Van also co-conceived From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook which aired on NY area PBS stations last summer and is now available on DVD, BluRay and CD. Rob Hinderliter and Dominick LaRuffa, Jr. are general managers and executive producers for the label. www.BroadwayRecords.com
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. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.