54 Sings MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Marilyn Maye & More Set for 54 Below this Week
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond:
MILLY & ABIGAIL SHAPIRO, May 5 at 7PM:
Tony honoree/Grammy nominee Milly Shapiro (Matilda in Matilda) joins with triple threat sister Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas) for an unstoppable sister act in their premiere of "The Shapiro Sisters: Live Out Loud!" at 54 Below. Along with special Broadway guests Andrew Lippa (composer of Big Fish, The Addams Family), and Lesli Margherita (Matilda), the two kid sisters will delight you with a variety of their favorite songs from Broadway characters who touched their hearts. This concert is to benefit a cause for which they are most passionate: no bullying! With original arrangements of these beloved classics by musical director Michael Moritz and direction by Deborah Kym, these powerhouse young sisters promise to both entertain and touch the heart of your world! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SONGS OF JONATHAN REID GEALT, May 5 at 9:30PM:
Having performed to sold-out venues around the world, Jonathan Reid Gealt makes his 54 Below debut! The night will be a uniquely special evening of favorites from his first two albums (Thirteen Stories Down and Here for You-Ballads for Broadway Impact) and will also include a number of world premieres from his third album and his musical, Dust and Shadow. Dust and Shadow, based on the novel penned by Lyndsay Faye, tells the story of the Jack the Ripper killings through the eyes of Dr. Watson, pinning the brilliant Sherlock Holmes against the infamous Jack the Ripper. Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) and Marla Mindelle (Cinderella, Sister Act) will be joining Jonathan for the night. The Dust and Shadow portion of the evening will also include performances by Alexa Green, Amy Toporek, Sally Eidman, Julia Burrows, Michael Deleget, Mike Schwitter, Adam Armstrong, Kasey Marino, and Danny Marandola. With nine world premieres, an incredible six-piece band, as well as some of Broadway's brightest stars, the night will prove to be an evening not to be missed! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ALLY BONINO, May 5 AT 11:30PM:
54 Below solo debut! Join Ally Bonino as she dives fearlessly into the music of her past. A Pace graduate, Ally has appeared in NYMF productions, Off-Broadway shows, and many readings, as well as several concerts on the 54 Below stage. This Cinco de Mayo, Ally returns to 54 Below, this time on her own, for a night to remember. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
MARILYN MAYE, May 6 & 7 at 7PM & May 9 & 10 at 8PM:
Johnny Carson knew and featured great singers, including one he called "Super Singer" - - The multi-talented Marvelous Marilyn Maye. Ms. Maye appeared on The Tonight Show a record 76 times, more than any singer. Her newest show at 54 Below will be both a musical salute and a compilation of many of the songs Marilyn performed on The Tonight Show. As Johnny said, "If there are any young budding singers out there, get her recordings, listen to her- she knows how it's done!" $40-50 cover charge for 5/6. $45-55 cover charge for 5/7. $55-65 for 5/9 & 5/10. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CORINNA SOWERS-ADLER, May 6 at 9:30PM:
In her 54 Below debut, Corinna Sowers-Adler presents By Request: New York Moments, a new show in the By Request series, created by people just like you, who send one of cabaret's most beloved singers, Corinna Sowers-Adler, song requests and are willing to share the stories, memories, and reasons behind choosing the songs they have requested her to sing! This time, all of the songs will have something to do with a particular memory or a moment in NYC. BroadwayWorld critic Stephen Hanks states, "The New York cabaret community should realize that this talented singer has indeed catapulted herself into the elite group of young performers and landed very comfortably in the mix." Corinna Sowers-Adler is the latest voice of the American Songbook and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the 2012 BroadwayWorld Awards. She has booked and performed her solo shows to rave reviews at The Metropolitan Room, Stage 72 at the Triad, the Duplex, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and is the host of the critically-acclaimed, MAC Award-nominated "Music at the Mansion" series. Corinna recently made her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut at the 2013 Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention. Joe Regan, Jr. of Times Square Chronicles adds, "Sowers-Adler used her reedy soprano judiciously, never sacrificing the meaning of the lyrics for vocal pyrotechnics (she is capable of Yma Sumac high notes). They were sung with passion and beauty and she left her audience wanting more." Only the BEST songs with the BEST stories will be put together to create this heartwarming, memory-filled evening in the greatest city in the world! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MARK NADLER, May 7 at 9:30PM:
Award-winning entertainer Mark Nadler takes you on a tour of the sex, booze, drugs & even murder from the wildest decade of the 20th century. Says Clive Davis of The London Times, "The nearest most of us get to the music of the Roaring Twenties is a late-night rerun of Some Like It Hot or two tickets for Chicago. With Mark Nadler as your guide, you get an even richer sense of what it was like to live, or rather party, through the Jazz Age. By the time he has sung his last song & thundered through his final piano solo, you may want to text your local bootlegger & order a fresh supply of illicit gin." $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
TEAL WICKS, May 8 at 9:30PM:
Teal Wicks, Broadway star of Wicked (Elphaba) and Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew) brings a night of songs inspired by folk, rock, soul and blues to 54 Below, with an acoustic set led by the visionary Jasper Grant (musical director of The Color Purple, Altar Boyz). Join us for a reimagining of works from Janis Joplin, Sarah Vaughan, Van Morrison, Patty Griffin and more of the musical storytellers that have inspired Teal on her journeys from coast to coast. It will be a night celebrating the spirit of the underdogs, survivors, troubadours, seekers, lovers and dreamers. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JOE CASSIDY, May 8 at 11:30PM
Joe Cassidy, Rock Star (Both Inches): Before there was law school, before there was Broadway, there was a dream: to be a rock star, without the rehab. By way of the mean streets of Wauwatosa, WI and from the Broadway company of If/Then, Joe Cassidy brings back this musky goblet of rock first performed at Joe's Pub back in 2003. Performing the songs of his early influences and idols, this night features music by Kansas, Styx, Foreigner, The Who, The Allman Brothers, U2, and many more, backed by a first-rate group of musicians, and some very special guests! $25 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
THE MUSIC OF THE MARX BROTHERS, May 9 at 11PM:
Come celebrate the music of the Marx Brothers, Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo, during MarxFest. This is the 100th anniversary of the brothers getting their "O" nicknames, and this event will be part of New York's celebration. 54 Below will present the best songs from the Marx Brothers movies, stage shows, vaudeville days, and radio broadcasts. Join Bill Zeffiro (The Road to Ruin, MAC award winner), Gelber & Manning (those vaudeville lovebirds from Brooklyn), Rebekah Lowin (winner of The Callback), Tonna Miller (recently heard at the Metropolitan Opera as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and as the fiery Carlotta Giudicelli in Phantom of the Opera for her Broadway debut), and Marissa Mulder (two-time MAC award-winner, as well as winner of the Nöel Coward competition and the Julie Wilson Award at Lincoln Center). Our host is the showman Dandy Wellington. Plus special guests! Go back to the era of Wonderful Nonsense for an evening of fantastic music, laughter, and those famous Marx Brothers zingers. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
A NIGHT WITH THE CAST OF A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER AND SKY-PONY, May 10 at 11PM:
Join Tony nominee Lauren Worsham - Phoebe from A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - as she introduces her Edwardian castmates to the wonderful world of indie-rock. For one night only, the ladies and gentleman of Broadway's GGLAM will join fellow castmate Lauren Worsham and her pop-art band Sky-Pony for a night of mashups and crossovers. Sky-Pony focuses its songs on the darker side of humanity, so the folks from GGLAM should have no trouble fitting in. Special guests abound and minds will be blown. Additional cast members from A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder: Joanna Glushak, Jeff Kready, Lisa O'Hare, Bryce Pinkham, Price Waldman, and Catherine Walker. Additional performers from Sky-Pony: David Blasher, Eric Day, Kyle Jarrow, Kristin Piacentile, Perry Silver, Jessi Suzuki and Kevin Wunderlich. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
54 SINGS MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, May 11 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Hey Old Friend... Join some of the Great White Way's most talented performers as we honor this great Stephen Sondheim score for one night only! It may have only run for a few weeks, but Merrily We Roll Along continues to fascinate & inspire, especially amongst Broadway folk. It'll be just Like it Was! We're Opening Doors at 54 Below because Not a Day Goes By when we don't make some reference to this treasured show... Okay, Now You Know. $50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.