Alex Brightman and More to Join Drew Gasparini in FROM HERE & THERE at 54 Below, 5/3
The event is described on 54 Below's website as: "After his debut concert at 54 Below sold out in record time, Drew Gasparini has quickly become a club regular (you can't deny the people what they want: more Drew!). True to form, the set list for May will showcase material from all over Drew's catalog... some songs from here... some songs from there... including a collection of brand new work. You'll laugh, you'll cry, we'll all get tipsy and have a party. It will be an evening of entertainment delivered as only this talented goofball can.
"Overheard following Volume 2 of From Here & There (that's correct, this excited fan wrote a haiku): 'I once dreamt of Drew / He sang to me in my dreams / Now I need new sheets.' And from Drew's long-time supporter (and mother), Kele Gasparini: 'Wait, they invited you back?'"
The evening will feature performances by Lolo (Spring Awakening), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Rozi Baker (Bonnie & Clyde), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q), Kasie Gasparini, Monet Julia Sabel, Emily Kay Shrader, Carolyn Miller, Peter Klein, Natalie Ortega, Justin Luciano, and of course, Drew's fellow (M)orons: Alex Brightman (Big Fish), Andrew Kober (Les Miserables), and F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), accompanied by Drew, Charlie Rosen, Adrien Godat, and Marques Walls. Additional performers to be announced. The concert is produced by Erica Rotstein.
Drew Gasparini won the John Lennon Songwriting Award, and his music has been heard on NBC's Smash as well as in venues all over the country, including the Kennedy Center. His musical Make Me Bad (book by Alex Brightman) was awarded by PACE New Musicals and was presented in an industry workshop in February. Crazy, Just Like Me received a NYC workshop this past November (Best of Fest, NYMF 2011), and his musical adaptation of Turn of the Screw (book by Michael Kimmel) was presented at Lincoln Center in 2012.