Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Sieber & 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:
ANNALEIGH ASHFORD, February 3 at 7PM & 9:30PM & February 15 at 11PM:
Annaleigh Ashford can currently be seen in her Tony-nominated turn as feisty factory worker Lauren in Kinky Boots on Broadway and as Betty DiMello on Showtime's "Masters of Sex." She is also known for her work in Rent (Maureen), Dogfight (Marcy), Wicked (Glinda), and Legally Blonde (Margot). Annaleigh comes to 54 Below with songwriter and music director Will Van Dyke to acknowledge the history of Studio 54 with a classic cabaret that features songs from the days of disco to the haunting melodies of Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. With story and song, the evening will have a touch of fun with a whole lot of heart. $30-40 cover charge for 7PM show & $35-45 for 9:30PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CHRISTOPHER SIEBER, February 4 at 7PM:
The funniest leading man on Broadway, the handsome and hilarious Christopher Sieber brings his sold out show back to New York! Join Christopher for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming stories, favorite pop songs, and songs from his successful stage career in Broadway shows including Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations), Spamalot (New York and West End, Tony nomination), La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, and more. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SONGS YOU SHOULD KNOW, February 4 at 9:30PM:
"What the night cemented for me, at least, was the sense of community among new artists, both writers and performers, and it was really sort of magical to be a part of that. The audience really enjoyed every minute, and I can't agree more that all of these songs, people, and shows should be known by everyone." - Kimberly Lew, Emerging Musical Theatre. Great musical theater takes center stage for Songs You Should Know, an annual concert of new and rarely performed songs from some of today's most talented writers. Organized by the award-winning, off-off-Broadway Libra Theater Company, Songs You Should Know showcases some of the best work soon to hit a stage near you - all performed by an amazing lineup from the Broadway and off-Broadway community. Hosted by Lauren Marcus (ReWrite, The Pregnancy Pact), this year's concert features a range of new work by Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, Joey Contreras, Amanda Green, Caleb Hoyer, Joe Iconis, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, Amy Molewski and Nick Luckenbaugh, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and Katie Thompson. Featuring: Jennifer Bissell (Media Theatre), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening), Max Crumm (Grease, F#%king Up Everything), Matt Dengler (A Little Night Music), Claybourne Elder (Venice, Bonnie & Clyde), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Lauren Marcus, Megan Mekjian (Fiddler on the Roof national tour), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Hands on a Hardbody), Marissa McGowan (A Little Night Music, Bonnie & Clyde), Amanda Savan (Broadway by the Year at Town Hall), and Michael Schwitter (Book of Mormon national tour). $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CADY HUFFMAN: HUNGRY AND HORNY!, February 5 at 7PM:
Cady Huffman (Tony Award, original Ulla in The Producers, The Nance, The Will Rogers Follies) returns by popular demand with her sexy new show about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her Gramma's Pasta Fazool to her 10 seasons as a judge on "Iron Chef America," Cady has eaten it all, loved it all and gone back for seconds. Joining long time collaborators Eugene Gwozdz on the piano, Roger Cohen on drums and with direction by Will Nunziata, get ready to sing along to the foodie tunes of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Kelis and many more. You'll laugh, maybe cry and even get a little glimpse under the table cloth! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
HOLLMANN & KOTIS & FRIENDS, February 5 at 9:30PM:
Join Tony Award-winning musical theater writing team Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis for an evening of music. Best known for Urinetown, Mark and Greg specialize in musicalizing the unmusicalizable. The evening will include selections from past productions like Urinetown and Yeast Nation, as well as sneak peeks into new shows still in development, performed by an all star Broadway cast. Featuring: Jennifer Laura Thompson, Charlie Pollock, Daniel Marcus, Kristie Dale Sanders and Rick Crom. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JEN WALDMAN STUDIO SHOWCASE, February 5 at 11:30PM:
The students of Jen Waldman Studio present a concert that challenges the perceived notions of gender. Featuring Norris Chappell, Jr., Eric Shorey, Andrew Hodge, Eric Van Tielen, Emily Grosland, Lauren Noll, Marissa Kennedy, Scott Guthrie, Billy Bustamante, Tony Castellanos, Kaylnn Dodge, Joanna Parson, Susan Olivaries, Sam Beasley, Summer Broyhill, Lindsie Van Winkle, Amy Jo Jackson, Ashley Kalanac. $5 cover charge. Two drink or $20 food & beverage minimum.
WILL & ANTHONY NUNZIATA, February 6 at 7PM:
After a sold-out performance on January 9th, Will & Anthony Nunziata are back at 54 Below for an encore performance of "Broadway, Our Way". The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world, putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. The concert includes fresh arrangements of some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage including Once in a "Lifetime," "Make Someone Happy," "Being Alive," "Somewhere," "Lily's Eyes," and their signature mash-ups of songs including "Who Can I Turn To/ What Kind of Fool Am I?" The brothers will be joined by their three-piece swinging band comprised of pianist Alvin Hough, Jr., drummer Jeremy Yaddaw and bassist Adam Neely. For more information, visit www.WillandAnthony.com $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MISS VODKA STINGER, February 6 at 11:30PM:
When it comes to entertaining, nobody does it like socialite, hostess, and famous character actress Miss Vodka Stinger. Miss Stinger has decided to bring her unique senses of style and humor uptown to 54 Below for a Broadway-themed extravaganza. Join her and her singing two-some "The Martha Rayes" for a multi-media, cabaret and variety show like no other. It will be a night filled with songs, hilarity, and a few surprises. You never know who might drop by! $10 cover charge. Two drink or $20 food & beverage minimum.
TABOO: 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, February 7 & 8 at 8PM & 11PM:
Exactly ten years after closing on Broadway, Boy George's Taboo returns to New York for a very special two-night-only engagement benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The concerts star Matthew Rowland (Boy George) and Samuel Buttery (Leigh Bowery), both of whom will be reprising their performances from the 2012 revival of TABOO at the Brixton Clubhouse in London. Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) takes on the role of "Philip Sallon." Boy George's Taboo: Ten Years Later will also reunite original Broadway stars Sarah Uriarte Berry ("Nicola"), Jeffrey Carlson ("Marilyn"), Liz McCartney ("Big Sue") and Cary Shields ("Marcus"), and ensemble members Jennifer Cody, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Curtis Holbrook, Donnie Keshawarz, Jennifer K. Mrozik, Nathan Peck, Alexander Quiroga, Jody Reynard, Asa Somers, Denise Summerford, James Tabeek, and Gregory Treco. Taboo: The 10th Anniversary Concert is being presented by Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel and Amanda Sales. McDaniel, who served as musical supervisor and arranger during TABOO's original Broadway run, will also act as music director for the concerts. He will play piano and conduct a band of some of TABOO's original musicians: Kevan Frost on guitar, Chris Jago on drums, and David Kuhn on bass. $65-75 cover charge for 2/7 & $60-70 for 2/8. $25 food & beverage minimum.
54 SINGS SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, February 9 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Yakety Yak! On March 2, 1995, a musical phenomenon opened on Broadway. Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller would go on to run 2,036 performances and continue to electrify audiences around the world. 54 Below is delighted to present a one night only reunion featuring members of the original Broadway company of this swingin' hit show, including Adrian Bailey, Brenda Braxton, DeLee Lively, Deb Lyons, Frederick Owens & Darryl Williams Ken Ard, Ramona Keller, and Michael Park. Expect hit tunes including Stand by Me, Hound Dog, Charlie Brown & more! Directed by Brenda Braxton, with Musical Direction by Louis St. Louis, this will be one night you won't soon forget because "Baby, That's Rock & Roll!." $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.