Amy Spanger, Jenna Leigh Green & More Join LIKE YOU LIKE IT Lineup at 54 Below, 4/23
The worldwide celebration of Shakespeare's 450th Birthday comes to New York at 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, in a concert of the award-winning Like You Like It, the musical based on the Bard's As You Like It set at a mall in the 1980s.
Having starred in Rock of Ages and The Wedding Singer, Amy Spanger completes a trifecta of '80s musicals with Like You Like It. Spanger, Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, Bare), Stephen Christopher Anthony (Book of Mormon), Kennedy Caughell (American Idiot tour), Max Crumm (Disaster! The Musical, Grease), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, Rock of Ages) and Ali Gordon (Crossing Swords) join the previously announced Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Hannah Elless (The Other Josh Cohen), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Noah Galvin (Burnt Part Boys, Love and Information), Nathan Johnson (Like You Like It at The Gallery Players), Bonnie Milligan (Jasper in Deadland), Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Three Penny Opera), Molly Ranson (Carrie, Bad Jews), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages), Nic Rouleau (Book of Mormon), A.J. Shively (La Cage Aux Folles), Dana Steingold (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee tour) and Sam Underwood ("The Following", "Homeland"). Also on board are Sam Heldt, Elisabeth Ness, CJ Pawlikowski, Taylor Rathus, Chandler Reeves, Aaron Riesebeck, Emily Rogers and Patrick Shelton. Hollis Scarborough and Lance Olds will host. The concert will feature a selection of songs and cut songs from the show, by composer Daniel S. Acquisto and bookwriter/lyricist Sammy Buck. Check out the songs live in advance of the upcoming studio cast album.
All the world's a mall in Like You Like It, a totally awesome blend of As You Like It and the John Hughes movies of the 1980s. The winner of Best Musical at the 2009 NY Innovative Theatre Awards for the lauded Gallery Players production and a festival favorite in the very first NYMF, Like You Like It has been performed extensively in regional theaters, festivals, colleges and high schools and is soon to be published by Playscripts, Inc. www.likeyoulikeit.com / @likeyoulikeit / #lyli
"Like You Like It" In Concert: Because Its Totally Shakespeare's 450th Birthday is produced by Shoshana Feinstein, directed by Tim Drucker, music directed by Beth Falcone, with casting by Robin Carus.
Tickets are $25-$35 with a $25 food/drink minimum. For tickets and information, please go to 54below.com. Cast subject to change.
Sammy Buck and Daniel S. Acquisto, collectively known as "Bucquisto," are the 2012 winners of the MAC Dottie Burman Award. Their Vital Theatre show StinkyKids The Musical, won 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show and has been playing across the country and Canada via Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Other shows together include Vital's The Frog & The Witch and Matthew Takes Mannahatta (book by Aurin Squire), as well as the solo show ...And Then I Wrote A Song About It (book by Eric H. Weinberger). In addition to Like You Like It, their other NYMF shows together are The 7-Year B*tch and Andy Warhol Was Right, and apart are Acquisto's Wild About Harry (book by Susan DiLallo) and Buck's Common Grounds (music by Doug Katsaros). Individually, Acquisto has written over a dozen children's musicals for The Kaufman Center in NYC, and Buck is the bookwriter and co-lyricist of NY Theatre Barn's Small Town Story (with co-lyricist and composer Brandon James Gwinn). Buck and Acquisto met in the BMI Workshop and were Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Fellows. www.bucquisto.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.
Photo by Walter McBride