Bianca Marroquin, Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena and More Set for 54 Below this Week
Coming up this week, 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.
PEOPLE LIKE US IN CONCERT FEATURING TODD ALMOND, MATT BOGART AND MORE, July 7 at 7PM:
Todd Almond's first musical, People Like Us (co-written with Gus Kaikkonen), premiered at NYMF ten years ago and has been a lost fan-favorite ever since. The original stars of this two-character romance, Pamela Bob (A Gentleman's Guide . . . ) and Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), reunite for a special one-night only concert version of the musical, with Almond at the piano. Two lonely people, adrift in their thirties and in their vastly different careers, bump into each other one snowy New Year's Eve in New York City and rekindle the romance they once shared as teenagers in the midwest. How much of yourself do you have to change to be the person you once were? Featuring the songs "Sky Above Manhattan," "We Laugh," "Moon over Nebraska," and "Sleep in the Light," People Like Us features Almond's signature stylings and heartbreaking and award-winning performances by Ms. Bob and Mr. Bogart. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LINDSAY MENDEZ AND DEREK KLENA, July 7 at 9:30PM, July 11 & 12 at 11PM:
Known to New York audiences for playing Rose and Birdlace in Dogfight, and fresh off a run as Elphaba and Fiyero in Wicked, Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena join forces once again, this time on the stage of 54 Below. The two will perform a rousing, eclectic evening celebrating the music they love and their genuine friendship. Directed by Dogfight bookwriter Peter Duchan. Musical direction by Dogfight and Wicked's Bryan Perri. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BEN BARTELS, July 7 at 11:30PM:
Ben Bartels, a rising senior at NYU Steinhardt, makes his solo cabaret debut with a set of his original songs ranging from indie-pop to musical theatre. Featuring Dylan Landau, who will open with a set of original singer/songwriter works. Also featuring Mattheu and a set of original electronic/soul music. Band includes Ben Baker, Adam Holmes, Bela Quines, and Jeremy Franze. Directed by MK Lawson. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
CHUCK COOPER, July 8 at 7PM:
Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life; Caroline, or Change; Act One) brings his exciting new show to 54 Below. Jazz Poetry brings together an impressive array of composers who have set to music the poems of Langston Hughes. Chuck will sing you "The Blues of Langston Hughes" in an evening of classic poems set to thrilling new music. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAY BALLYHOO!, July 8 at 9:30PM:
Scott Siegel's critically acclaimed Broadway Ballyhoo, which regularly features great Broadway and nightclub stars in New York City, plays this summer at 54 Below on Tuesday, June 10th at 9:30 PM and Tuesday, July 8 at 9:30. This ever-changing musical variety show, soon to begin its third year of performances, will light up 54 Below this summer with all-star casts. For this second show in its new home, Scott Siegel, best known as the creator/writer/host of Town Hall's signature series, Broadway by the Year (in its 14th season), welcomes to the stage Jill Paice (Matilda), Mark Nadler, Carol Demas (Grease), Farah Alvin (Grease, Saturday Night Fever), Bob Stillman (Act One, Grey Gardens), Marya Coburn, and Maxine Linehan. Musical Direction by Ian Herman; Produced and Hosted by Scott Siegel. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CHARLES BUSCH, July 9 & July 10 at 7PM, July 11 & 12 at 8PM:
The acclaimed actor/Tony-nominated playwright and drag legend returns to 54 Below with a show chock full of outrageous personal stories, original characters and classic songs; all performed with his own unique form of glamour. Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, entertainer and camp icon. The author of dozens of hit plays (Tale of the Allergists Wife, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister & Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name but a few), Busch is joined by his longtime Musical Director Tom Judson. Expect laughter, music, tears and sequins. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BIANCA MARROQUIN, July 9 at 9:30PM:
Award-winning Mexican Broadway actress Bianca Marroquin makes her 54 Below debut, performing songs from her first solo album "El Mundo Era Mio," as well as songs she's performed in musicals during the course of her career. From Roxie Hart, Chicago the Musical's "merry murderess" to In The Heights to The Pajama Game, Bianca has graced Broadway stages with her vocal versatility. Also a beloved TV star in her native home, Mexico, Bianca is the current lead in Chicago, and one of the youngest actresses to play Roxie. She was the original Mary Poppins in Disney's first Spanish production of the musical, and is also a Helen Hayes Award winner. Don't miss this consummate showcase of Bianca's full-bodied voice and diva moves, a tour-de-force to be remembered. "You've never seen a Roxie like this!" -The Chicago Tribune. BiancaMarroquin.com. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
54 SINGS SONGS FROM HELLO, DOLLY!, July 13 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Put on Your Sunday Clothes! 54 Below is the place to be this July when we salute the old girl's 50th anniversary. The room will be swayin' and the band playin' when some of Broadway's best tip their hats (with ribbons down the back, of course), to this treasured Jerry Herman score. Be there! Before the Parade Passes By! Cast:Jim Brochu, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Beth Leavel, Sondra Lee (the ORIGINAL Minnie Fay!), Molly Pop, Lee Roy Reams, and Jana Robbins. Ensemble: Jeremy Abram, Daryl Glenn, Miles Phillips & Lisa Sabin. $50-70 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum