Alice Ripley, Katie Finneran & More Set for 54 Below Next Week
Coming up next week at, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.
JOHN MALINO, May 26 at 7PM:
Appearing for the first time - one performance only - at 54 Below! Soulful singer and guitarist John Malino celebrates Johnny Cash and those musicians who influenced Cash's career - Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Hank Williams, to name a few. John Malino has played from coast to coast and across the world, from Birdland and the Kennedy Center to the Santa Monica Pier and beyond. In his 20 years as a bandleader, Malino has played small nightclubs and grand inaugural balls. As the old song says, John Malino's been everywhere. He began his musical career as a rocker, playing clubs all over NYC - from CBGB to Danceteria - and touring Asia. He has shared the stage with jazz legend Lionel Hampton, and performed a duet tribute to the Rat Pack with actor Keith David; Sax great David Sanborn has played on Malino's original tune, "If I Had a Genie." Highly acclaimed and often compared to Harry Connick Jr. and Frank Sinatra by the press, this multi-talented bandleader has been penned a "velvet-voiced baritone." John is thrilled to be accompanied by his 11-year-old son, Buster, on bass and his 14-year-old daughter, Sarah, on back-up vocals. Taste the magic of Sun Studio and celebrate John Malino's debut at 54 Below! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR ROCKIN': AN EVENING WITH MARK FISHER FITNESS, KINKY BOOTS AND FRIENDS, May 26 at 9:30PM & 11:30PM:
These one-night-only, sexy cabaret concerts will feature company members from the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots, scintillating numbers from the MFF team and Ninja army, and some special Broadway surprises... all in the name of fundraising and frivolity! All proceeds from the evening will benefit Broadway Bares 24: Rock Hard! in support of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Confirmed performers from the Kinky Boots family include Adinah Alexander, DB Bonds, Amy Jo Jackson, Natalie Joy Johnson, Kyle Taylor Parker, Robert Pendilla and Joey Taranto. Joining them will be members of the MFF team including Geoff and Rose Hemingway, Christian Sineath and Stephanie Wilberding with additional performers to be announced. The evening will be hosted by Susan Blackwell with direction by Will Nunziata and music direction by Brian Nash. $40-50 cover charge for 9:30PM show. $30-40 cover charge for 11:30PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LINZI HATELEY, May 27 at 7PM:
Linzi Hateley, the celebrated star of the not-so-celebrated Broadway production of Carrie, makes a triumphant return to the New York stage with Linzi Hateley: since Carrie. Acclaimed in London, this concert is an intimate look at her fascinating career in the theatre. The Theatre World Award winner and Olivier Award nominee will share songs and stories from the many musicals she's starred in in the West End, including Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Chicago, The Secret Garden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and LES MISERABLES, as well as her starring role in the most infamous Broadway flop of all time. Linzi is returning to New York for the first time since 1996 when she appeared at Carnegie Hall with her Carrie co-star, Betty Buckley. This unique evening of song and story is a must for all musical theatre fans. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
TAMARA TUNIE, May 27 at 9:30PM:
Join Tamara Tunie as she celebrates the music of the legendary artists that hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: the city of Three Rivers. "Growing up in Pittsburgh, I had an inkling of the many musical talents who were from 'the 'Burgh,' but was thrilled to learn the depth to which those waters ran," says Ms Tunie. From Lena Horne and Henry Mancini to Phyllis Hyman and George Benson, Tamara will celebrate the variety of composers and singers in two concerts at 54 Below. Known for her starring roles in films such as Flight with Denzel Washington, television series like "Law & Order: SVU" and the Sundance Channel's The Red Road, and on Broadway in Julius Caesar and Dreamgirls, Ms. Tunie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed in jazz concerts at the Allen Room/Jazz at Lincoln Center and Feinstein's with incomparable musicians such as Mike Renzi, Ted Firth and Roger Humphries. She has also performed for the Mabel Mercer Foundation at Town Hall and at Symphony Space, bringing down the house with music from Billie Holiday to Cole Porter. Her performances in "All That's Jazz" have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Penn State University/Allegheny County's Student Scholarship Fund. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
KATIE FINNERAN, May 28 & 29 at 7:00PM; May 30 & 31 at 8:30PM; May 31 at 11:00PM:
Katie Finneran, the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway and TV star, will make her nightclub debut at 54 Below from May 28 to 31 with the show It Might Be You - A Funny Lady's Search for Home. Endearing, brilliantly funny and always entertaining, she gives us a peek into the life of a performer juggling Hollywood, Broadway and starting a family. Singing an eclectic array of songs and sharing extraordinary backstage stories, Katie takes us on a comical and poignant pilgrimage to her greatest destination yet: home. Expect to hear songs ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Ingrid Michaelson, with homages to Betty Hutton and Julie Andrews in between. The evening will be directed by Katie's longtime pal, Broadway's Andréa Burns (The Nance, In the Heights) and will feature musical direction by Steve Marzullo. Katie Finneran co-starred in The Michael J. Fox Show on NBC and was called this season's "funniest breakout star" by The Daily Beast. She most recently starred on Broadway as Miss Hannigan in the Tony-nominated revival of Annie. In 2010, Finneran won a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in the first Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises. She was also awarded the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the Broadway revival of Noises Off. $40-50 cover charge for 5/28 & 5/29. $55-65 cover charge for 5/30. $45-55 cover charge for 5/31 at 8:30pm. $35-45 cover charge for 5/31 at 11pm. $25 food & beverage minimum.
RITA HARVEY, May 28 at 9:30PM:
From playing the lead role of Christine in both the Broadway and national touring companies of The Phantom of the Opera to playing the role of Hodel in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof opposite Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Harvey's career has spanned many vocal styles. Rita recently appeared as Diana in TheatreSquared's production of Next to Normal, where reviews called her "mesmerizing." Rita is the principal soprano in Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, which was voted the number one touring Broadway concert in the country, playing in large performing arts centers all across the country. Rita has also played Feinstein's, The Rainbow Room, Joe's Pub and the Hard Rock Café, among others. Rita is trained in opera but has made a career on the Broadway and concert stage. Her 54 Below debut show titled "I Know These Things" will reflect the many styles of music that have influenced her through the years, including pop, jazz standards and musical theater standards, as well as new original songs, folky singer-songwriter fare and even an opera surprise. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE BIG OTIS JUMP UP BLUES REVUE, May 29 at 9:30PM:
Big Otis Jump Up Blues Revue is a hand clapping, foot stomping musical revue of the hottest jump up blues music of the 1940's and 50's. The show features the music of Big Joe Turner, Julia Lee, Duke Ellington, Joe Liggins, Lavern Baker and Nellie Lutcher, and is steeped in the tradition of speakeasy shows that became popular during the rise of the Harlem Renaissance, performed in after-hour joints all across the midwest and east coast. Sugar dancing poppas, hip shaking mommas and Saturday night boogie-woogie men, Big Otis Jump Up Blues Revue is bound to have you jumping right out of your seat. A talented cast of six dynamic musical theatre performers has been assembled, including: Eugene Fleming (Billy Elliot, Never Gonna Dance, The Look of Love, One Mo' Time), Lillias White (Fela!, Dreamgirls, The Life), Roz Beauty, Milton Vann and piano man Steven A. Taylor with the stylish vocal direction of Contrella Patrick-Henry. This tight-knit ensemble breathes life into each song and keeps the energy high from start to finish. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
23 at 54: NYU GRADUATE MUSICAL THEATRE WRITING PROGRAM SHOWCASE, May 29 at 11:30PM:
Join NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program for a late-night showcase featuring original songs from new musicals written by students this year. In the second annual showcase of its kind, GMTWP's Cycle 23 will entertain you with everything from R&B to New Orleans jazz, British humor to social issues, singing axe murderers to singing animals and office equipment. There is truly something for everyone in this show. It's musical theatre at its best. Hosted by the one and only Michael John LaChiusa (Marie Christine, The Wild Party, Giant, etc.), featuring songs by Hali Alspach, James Ballard, Christina Capatides, Sam Chanse, Seth Christenfeld, Benny Gammerman, Emily Goldman, Robert Grashaw, Sarah Hammond, Sean Havrilla, Jonathan Keebler, Bob Kelly, Cheeyoung Kim, Ryan Korell, Rachel Kunstadt, Eunggyu Lee, Bill Nelson, Sara Nicholson, Insoo Oh, Jonathan Pearson, Andrew Siddle, Joseph Trefler, Roderick Whitley and Joe York. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR., May 30 at 11PM:
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the runaway season six winner of NBC TV's America's Got Talent, has toured across the country to sold-out audiences, but New York City maintains a very special place in his heart. It's here that Landau waited in line for over fourteen hours for the chance to audition for AGT judges for his shot at stardom. Landau aced the audition and subsequent performances on the top rated TV talent competition with his smooth vocal take on The Great American Songbook classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cole Porter and more, all of which he'll be performing LIVE at his upcoming performance at 54 Below. After winning a million dollars and a headlining slot at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Landau's debut CD That's Life on Columbia Records (produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell) captured #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. Murphy's 2013 follow-up Christmas Made For Two CD was a best selling benefit fundraising vehicle for The Children's Home Society of West Virginia, one of many Mountain State charities Landau has supported generously with his time and talent, helping raise over a million dollars for his fellow West Virginians. Landau's recent tour of China and his visit to U.S. Troops in Germany are among his career highlights, which also includes performances with Patti Labelle and The Temptations and appearances at The Apollo Theater, Hollywood's Catalina Club, The California State Fair and TV's The View, The Talk, The Anderson Cooper Show, Fox and Friends, Piers Morgan Tonight, The Wendy Williams Show and both the Macy's and Hollywood Christmas parades. Landau has just completed recording tracks for his upcoming third album at the famed Capitol Records Studio "B" in Hollywood, where his Sinatra, Dean, Nat, Judy Garland and dozens more recorded some of their biggest hits. Landau is honored to make his 54 Below debut in conjunction with his book signing appearance the previous day at Book Expo America at the Javitz Center, where his motivational biography Landau-From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star spent several weeks at #1 on the Amazon.com Jazz Books chart and received a "Mom's Choice" award. In June 2014, Landau will receive the Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans award, sharing the honor with previous recipients that include Elvis Presley, Jack and Bobby Kennedy, Bill Clinton and fellow West Virginian Chuck Yeager. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
TÊTE-À-TÊTE WITH JIM BROCHU & FRIENDS, June 1 at 7PM:
This summer, two of Broadway's legendary composers sit down with Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour, Character Man, The Big Voice: God or Merman) to discuss their life's work. Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, The Apple Tree) & Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) are collectively the backbone of the Broadway showtune. One by one, Brochu will explore their creative lives and inspirations, histories and even their futures. Interspersed throughout the conversation, we'll welcome some of Broadway & cabaret's most esteemed voices who will present some of each composer's most treasured compositions. The chat's where it's at this June - August with Brochu & friends at 54 Below! With special guest performances from Anita Gillette and Steve Ross. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
ALICE RIPLEY, June 1 at 9:30PM:
She's taking 54 Below by storm! Following her recent sold out appearances, Tony winner Alice Ripley returns with a brand new show! In Alice Imagines, the multi-talented star of Broadway's Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, The Who's Tommy, Side Show and The Rocky Horror Show explores roles she'd love to play and why! Kick off your summer with this night of pure magic from one the Great White Way's favorite stars. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.