ALLEGIANCE's Marcus Choi Completes Cast for NICK AND NORA at Feinstein's/54 Below
As previously announced, Tony Award-winners Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason will reunite and revisit Nick and Nora in a one-night-only concert presented by FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, on May 2nd, 2017.
Feinstein's now announces that Allegiance star Marcus Choi (Wicked, Sweet Charity and more) will join the company as Yukido (replacing original star Thom Sesma who continues his run in Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company) with Daniel Walstad as Max Bernheim. Also joining the ensemble is Suzanne Dressler, who most recently appeared on the Feinstein's/54 Below stage in the club's concert reading of Oh, Brother!.
In the 1930's, radio mystery theatre was the talk of the town. And so were Nick and Nora Charles! Join Feinstein's/54 Below for a tribute to the short-lived musical, and the radio plays of the 1930's. W54B Mystery Radio Players will gather to present a broadcast of the latest chapter in Dashiell Hammett's Nickand Nora Charles series. Inspired by the original 1934 broadcast of Hammett's The Thin Man, the concert evening will feature songs by Charles Strouse and Richard Maltby, Jr.. Complete with commercial breaks (featuring original jingles by Musical Director James Horan), surprise guests, a celebrity narrator and sound effects create live, before your eyes -- and ears -- Nick and Nora Charles will take over the Feinstien's/54 Below stage for one night only.
In 1934, Dashiell Hammett published his final novel and introduced two of the most beloved couple in literature to the world. In 1991, Arthur Laurents (Gypsy, Do I Hear A Waltz?), Richard Maltby, Jr. (Closer Than Ever), and Charles Strouse (Annie, Rags, Bye, Bye Birdie) brought the extraordinary pair to Broadway. Despite an all-star ensemble, the short-lived musical failed to find an audience and closed after only nine performances. The musical has lived on through a cast recording and twenty-five years of Broadway legend.
Now, members of the original ensemble will reunite for two concerts to bring the notorious Nick and Nora to Feinstein's/54 Below in a special "radio play" presentation of the musical. Fans of the short-lived musical can expect to hear songs featured on the Original Cast Recording, as well as numbers cut in workshops and previews.
The concert will be narrated by Robert W. Schneider, one of the co-host's of the popular podcastBehind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends. Gleason and Bostwick will be joined by original co-stars Timothy Connell (Nick& Nora), Yvette Lawrence (Falsettos, Beauty and the Beast) and Chris Sarandon (Dog Day Afternoon, The Light In The Piazza). Also featured in the evening are Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman (The Producers, The Nance), Christine Pedi (Newsical), Lianne Marie Dobbs (Himself and Nora, White Christmas National Tour), Carly Sakolove (Newsical), Daniel Walstad and The W54B Radio singers: Suzanne Dressler, Kimberly Faye Greenberg (One Night With Fanny Brice), Paul Thomas Ryan (Onward Victoria) and Thia Stephan (Charlie and Algernon).
The evening is presented by the team that brought Onward Victoria, Charlie and Algernon, and Eating Raoul to New York's hottest supper club, with Musical Direction by James Horan and Direction by Steven Carl McCasland. Tickets for the May 2nd concerts are available at 54below.com/events/nick-nora-reunion-concert.
Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the 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, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. 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. Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$105.