Brian d'Arcy James, Telly Leung & 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. 54 Below also launched its series of late night events. Joining Tuesday nights' popular "Backstage" with Susie Mosher is 15:54, and more:
WBGO JAZZ SERIES: FREDDY COLE QUARTET, September 3 at 7PM & 9PM:
Freddy Cole is a swinging jazz pianist and vocalist and a true American Treasure! Youngest brother of Nat King Cole, Freddy is one of the most compelling musical story-tellers and a highly esteemed poet of the Great American Songbook. His suave, smoky, elegant vocals are among the most respected in jazz, and with his internationally renowned musical trio, he promises a thrilling, swinging night with his signature class and style. Cover charge $25-35. $15 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, September 3 at 10:30PM:
Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting, with special guests from Broadway and beyond dropping in to perform. NPR had this to say: "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it's two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" At this week's Backstage is Tory Ross (Kinky Boots), Anya Marina (Recording artist, Twilight Soundtrack, Grey's Anatomy), Arbender Robinson (Hair, Little Mermaid, The Lion King and upcoming Beautiful), Roe Hartrampf (Nobody Loves You), Trapper Felides (The Next Big Thing), and Cathy Grier (NYCSubwayGirl). No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
Christine Andreas, September 4 at 7PM & September 5 at 9:30PM:
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Stephen Holden of The New York Times said, "She delicately kills with the sheer beauty of her voice," which he went on to say is "deliciously tangy... Andreas' bright, shiny soprano, with its wheeling vibrato and metallic edge, conveys a high-strung emotionality that is sharpened by her acting skills." Christine Andreas seduces her audience with an honesty, integrity, self-deprecating wit and scent of sexuality that would make anyone gladly fly to the moon with her. She can swing from sensual soprano to killer queen in a heartbeat, from the White House to the Great White Way. Ms. Andreas first captured the hearts of Broadway theatregoers as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady, for which she won the Theatre World Award. She went on to star in Oklahoma! and On Your Toes (receiving Tony nominations for each), The Scarlet Pimpernel and, more recently, La Cage Aux Folles. From 2006-7, she received rave reviews in the national tour of The Light in the Piazza. Cover charge $35-45 $25 food & beverage minimum.
BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES, September 5 at 7PM & September 6 & 7 at 8PM:
Brian's back! Get up close and personal with Brian as he plays out his rock 'n roll fantasies with tunes from Billy Joel, Phil Collins and more. After blowing the roof off of 54 Below during our inaugural season, Brian d'Arcy James returns with the show that won raves from audiences and The New York Times alike. New York knows him from Broadway's Time Stands Still, Next to Normal, Shrek, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels & Titanic, among others; television audiences know him from NBC's Smash and HBO's Game Change. Cover charge $40-50. $25 food & beverage minimum.