Annaleigh Ashford, Matt Doyle & More to Join Will Van Dyke at 54 Below in November
Tony Award-nominee Annaleigh Ashford and star of Book Of Mormon and War Horse, Matt Doyle will headline "Chasing The Day" a new song cycle by songwriter and Kinky Boots Associate Music Director Will Van Dyke. They will also be joined by If/Then star Tamika Sonja Lawrence and Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal) at 54 Below on Monday, November 17, 2014. The four actors will play two shows on November 17th (7:00 PM & 9:30 PM), with direction by Kerry Whigham and musical direction by Dominick Amendum. Originally released as an album on Sh-K-Boom Records in October 2010, Van Dyke's Chasing the Day has been reimagined as a song cycle about breaking up, breaking down, and breaking through, and will soon be available for theatrical licensing. Tickets for Chasing The Day at 54 Below range from $30-$65, and are on sale now at www.54below.com.
Featuring four singers, Chasing the Day explores the best of Will Van Dyke's collaboration with co-lyricist Josh Halloway (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), as well as additional work with Randy Blair and Rick Elice. The evening will include all of the original tracks from the album, as well as all-new original material penned for the theatrical piece.
Written on the road, aboard planes, across time zones, between sets, in hotel lobbies, at 24-hour coffee shops, miles apart, when the thought of home is your only companion-Chasing the Day is about the places life takes us and the people who bring us back.
WILL VAN DYKE is a New York based composer/lyricist and music director. Will is the composer of Pages (CAP 21), Winnie The Pooh, Kids (Disney), The Lion King Jr. & Kids (Disney), and The Girls I've Like Liked (Ars Nova). His songs have been performed at venues all over the country including Joe's Pub to Lincoln Center. Upcoming works include Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice), Imagine Harry (with Jeff Talbott), and Writing Kevin Taylor (with Josh Halloway). As a music director, Kinky Boots (Associate MD), Rent (MD), The Addams Family (Keyboards), Grease (Associate MD), Wicked (Keyboards). Will's debut album Chasing the Day, his newest album Writing Kevin Taylor, and his single "Another Time" featuring Annaleigh Ashford are available wherever digital music is sold. With Matt Doyle, Will co-wrote and produced his albums Daylight and Constant. Will is also featured on the original cast recordings of Kinky Boots, A Little Princess, and The Addams Family. www.willvandyke.com
JOSH HALLOWAY is an Emmy nominated writer whose work has been seen at Lincoln Center, The Duplex, Upright Citizens Brigade, Comedy Central Stage, The P.I.T., and Naked Angels. Stage shows include: The Girls I've Like Liked (Ars Nova), LOST: How a Certain TV Mega-Hunk Stole My Identity (New York Fringe Festival), and The Gospel According to Stevie B (Ars Nova). On the TV side, Josh has produced web series for "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town" and developed a comedy pilot at NBC. Currently, Josh lives in Los Angeles where he works as a staff writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
In addition to her Tony-nominated role as Lauren in Kinky Boots, Annaleigh Ashford can be seen as Betty DiMello, the prostitute, on Showtime's "Masters of Sex." Annaleigh is best known for her work in Rent (Maureen), for which she was nominated a Drama League Award and Clive Barnes Award, Dogfight (Marcy), Wicked (Glinda) and Legally Blonde (Margot).
Matt Doyle, who was last seen on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and recently starred in the title role of Off-Broadway's Jasper in Deadland, will soon join the cast of Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theatre. Doyle has also been seen on Broadway in War Horse, Spring Awakening and Bye Bye Birdie. Doyle co-wrote the EPs "Daylight" and "Constant" with composer Van Dyke. The two have played sold-out shows in New York City at venues such as Feinstein's, Joe's Pub and (le) Poisson Rouge.
Tamika Sonja Lawrence can currently be seen on Broadway in If/Then. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include Matilda, Book Of Mormon, and Rent (where she and Van Dyke met). Television: "Law and Order," Regis and Kelly," and "Late Night with David Letterman."
Preston Sadleir made his professional debut starring Off Broadway in Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I at Playwrights Horizons. Other theatre credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next To Normal, Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid opposite Peter Dinklage, Lysistrata Jones/Give It Up!, Carrie: The Musical, and Mrs. Sharp. Film/TV: Blue Bloods, Everwood, The Big C, and Finally Famous.