Ben Vereen, Jackie Hoffman, Andrea McArdle, Jenifer Lewis & More Set for 54 Below's July Lineup, Beg. 7/17
54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of Broadway's brightest stars this July.
MX JUSTIN VIVAN BOND, two added performances on July 20 & 21 at 11PM:
Extended by popular demand, Mx Justin VivIan Bond plays two newly added late night engagements on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21 at 11PM. Silver Wells, an evening based on the newly released album of the same name, covering songs made famous by Ronee Blakley, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Mark Eitzel and Brecht & Weill, among others. Silver Wells is inspired by - and takes it name from - Joan Didion's 1970 novel Play It As It Lays. In the show, Bond chooses a group of songs that allow V to cover the book's themes of nihilism, postmodernist identities, loss and the retrieval of memory. Doors open at 10PM. Cover charge: $20-30. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Jamie deRoy & FRIENDS, tonight, July 16 at 7PM:
Join Jamie on July 16 when her guests will be Drama Desk and MAC Award nominated actress Christina Bianco (Newsical The Musical); one of the country's most popular standup comedians, Emmy Award winner Kevin Meaney; multi-platinum award winning recording artist and songwriter David Pomeranz; and original "Jersey Boys" cast member (Bob Gaudio role) and heart-throb concert singer Daniel Reichard. Ron Abel serves as musical director along with Tom Hubbard on bass, and Barry Kleinbort will direct. Performance begins at 7PM. Doors open at 6PM. $25-$35 cover charge. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Joe Iconis & FAMILY, tonight, July 16 at 9:30PM:
Musical theater writer Joe Iconis (Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite, The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, Things to Ruin) brings his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree to 54 Below. Join Mr. Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of Joe's incendiary songs. The huge cast of brilliant actor/singers, lunatic musicians and legendary special guests will offer you an evening where searing character studies meet drunken back room sing-alongs. This is no mere concert. This is a great, big, howling love-letter to passionate musical theater at its best and bloodiest. Grease up your kazoo, fill your whiskey glass and stay for a while. It's going to be a helluva night. The show will feature Annie Golden (Assassins, The Full Monty), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Hairspray), Drama Desk Nominee Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), Jason "SweetTooth" Williams (Bloodsong of Love), Lance Rubin (Things To Ruin), Liz Lark Brown, Seth Eliser, Ian Kagey, MK Lawson, Rob Rokicki, Mike Rosengarten, and Jared Weiss. Performance begins at 9:30PM. Doors open at 9PM. $5-$15 cover charge. Two drink mimumum.
Ben Vereen, July 17 – 21 at 8PM:
Broadway legend and Tony Award winner Ben Vereen brings his hit show, "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen," to 54 Below, through July 21. A high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., audiences can expect to hear classics such as "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Mr. Bojangles" and even "Defying Gravity". The New York Times writes "in the tradition of his idol, Sammy Davis Jr., Mr. Vereen is an old-school song and dance man who never lets up. He wins you over with his sheer energy, good will and showbiz know-how." The Daily News raves "Vereen blows onto the stage with a gale force ready to sweep the audience up, up and away.The packed house at 54 Below was happy to go along for the trip." The New Yorker calls Vereen "a song-and-dance man supreme." TheaterMania raves "Ii New York City gets hit with a blackout in the next two weeks, all Con Edison needs to do is head over to 54 Below, where 'Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen' is making its Gotham debut."
Well known to theatre audiences for his Tony and Drama Desk winning performance in Pippin, Vereen has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly's Last Jam. Television audiences will remember him from his celebrated portrayal of Chicken George in Roots, along with recent appearances on "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy" (Prism Award) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." In January, 2012, Mr. Vereen was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Cover charge: $50 - $60. Food and beverage minimum: $30. Performances are July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 8PM. Doors open at 6:00 pm for 8:00 pm shows. $30 food and beverage minimum.
BACKSTAGE, July 22 and 29:
On Sundays at 5pm, the theatre district is alive and abuzz with scores of hardworking actors who've just finished their workweeks with that final matinee before their day off. "Backstage" is a weekly Sunday evening event, from 5 – 7 p.m., where the theatre community can convene to relax and unwind - have a cocktail, enjoy the food of Chef Andre Marrero, and maybe get up and sing. This casual, social evening is a chance for us to welcome the theatre community for a few hours of fun and frolic at the end of an 8-show week. "Backstage" is hosted by two of Broadway's funniest talents - Ann Harada (Smash, Avenue Q, Seussical, 9 to 5) and Susie Mosher (Hairspray), who'll keep the evening rolling along with special guest performers and wise and witty repartee from the world of The Great White Way. No Cover charge. Food and beverage minimum: $15. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Jackie Hoffman, July 22 and 29 at 9PM:
There are only two ore chances to catch New York favorite Jackie Hoffman as continues her string of Sunday night performances at Below through July. The New York Post raves "Her self-deprecation knows no bounds! She kvetches. She delivers a medley of her musical contributions to the Broadway shows Hairspray, Xanadu and The Addams Family. A clever show!" According to Jackie, "I'm thrilled to be back underground where I belong!"
Performances begin at 9PM. Doors open at 7:30PM. Cover charge: $25 - $35. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Andrea McArdle, July 23 and 30 at 7PM:
Broadway began its love affair with Andrea in 1977 when, at the age of 12, she created the iconic role of Little Orphan Annie in the smash musical hit, Annie. Since then, she's delighted New York audiences in Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Beauty & the Beast and State Fair, along the way tackling concerts, recordings, film and television. This Julyat 54 Below, Andrea premieres a brand new show, a celebration of sassy and tuneful Broadway characters and divas from the golden age of Broadway through the seventies. Doors open at 6PM. Cover charge: $30-40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Lea DeLaria, July 23, 30 and August 6 at 9:30PM:
Lea DeLaria has distinguished herself in every form of entertainment that she touches: jazz musician, Broadway diva, actor, writer and stand-up comic. It is plain to see why Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes Lea as, "Every inch a star." Lea DeLaria, who already enjoyed a career as a Broadway singer and stand-up comedian, made her recording debut on Warner Brothers Records in 2000. Hailed by The Times as "the Best Jazz Album of 2001," Play It Cool confirmed Lea as one of the best jazz singers of our time. Q magazine commented "Lea DeLaria is blessed with one of the most beautiful voices around," while Time Out proclaimed "the gal can certainly swing." But perhaps The Guardian summed it up best with: "talks like a coffee grinder, and sounds like a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and a Broadway diva." This summer 54 below is delighted to welcome Lea to our stage in a brand spanking new musical adventure. May not be suitable for all ages. Doors open at 9PM. Cover charge: $25-35. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Jenifer Lewis. July 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 at 8PM, and July 27 and 28 at 11PM:
Following a twenty year absence from the New York cabaret scene, Jenifer Lewis returns to the Big Apple for seven performances only. From Broadway's Eubie to Hairspray, television's Jackie's Back to Strong Medicine, and film's What's Love Got to Do With It, Beaches, Cars and The Princess and the Frog, Jenifer Lewis, one of Bette Midler's most infamous Harlettes, is a force of nature whose voice is as distinctive as her take no prisoners sense of humor. And why July, you may ask? Why, it's National Jackie Washington month, of course! And if you don't understand that reference, look it up on Netflix. Don't miss this spectacular homecoming - in years to come, you'll be proud to say you were there. Doors open at 6PM for 8PM shows. Doors open at 10PM for 11PM shows. Cover charge: $30-40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.
54 BELOW, Broadway's nightclub 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.
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as creative consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as director of programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which 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. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $5-$85. 54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.
Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia