Cutting Edge Composers Concert, The Skivvies, Sondheim Unplugged & 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:

RANDY GRAFF, February 17 at 7PM:
George Gershwin. Carole King. Betty Comden. Harry Nilsson. Barry Manilow. Barbra Whatsername... What do these great writers and artists have in common? They were all born in Brooklyn! Also from the fourth largest city in America is Tony Award winner Randy Graff (City of Angels, Les Miserables), who will sing the music of artists from her hometown, backed up by a slammin' trio of musicians. Made in Brooklyn is the personal and musical story of Randy herself - one more great performer from Canarsie! $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Cutting-Edge Composers is a concert series that strives to create greater exposure for up-and-coming songwriters by providing them with venues, publicity, Broadway performers and musicians to best showcase their material. After sold-out shows at the Canal Room, NYMF, and Joe's Pub, Cutting-Edge Composers is thrilled to be presenting their fifth concert as their debut at 54 Below! The concert, featuring brand new songs from new musicals in the works, is directed and produced by Laura Pietropinto with musical direction by Julie McBride and Benjamin Rauhala. Cutting-Edge Composers has an exclusive video spotlight series on Susan Blackwell will be hosting. Composers: Carmel Dean (A Girl Called Vincent), Benjamin Velez & Katie Hathaway (Afterland), Drew Gasparini (The Wreck), Paul Loesel & Scott Burkell (LMNOP), Eli Bolin & Sam Forman & Hunter Bell (Volleygirls and Found), Jeff Thomson & Jeremy Desmon (Pump Up the Volume), Lyons & Pakchar (79), Landon Braverman & Derek Hassler (Queen of the West), Joe Iconis, Jason Sweet Tooth Williams & Lance Rubin (Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo!), Charles Sohne & Tim Rosser (Run Away Home), Aaron Jones & Sung Rno (Galois) and Daniel Zaitchik. Performers include: Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening), Nick Blaemire (Godspell), Jen Johnson (Volleygirls), Van Hughes (American Idiot), Tracy McDowell (Motown), Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown), Julia Murney (Wicked), Annie Golden (Hair, TV's Orange is the New Black), Nic Rouleu (Book of Mormon), Donna Vivino (Wicked), Conrad Ricamora (Here Lies Love) and Amber Gray (...Comet of 1812). $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

David Alan Thornton has escaped and he's at it again! He returns to 54 Below for David Alan Thornton Vs. the Bunny Suicides- an evening of fun, feelings, fruity love stories, robots with identity crises, determined hippopotamuses (yes, it's the correct plural), and BUNNY SUICIDES! Featuring an all-star cast and a terrific band, the night and the music are sure to make you laugh, sigh, snort, cry, and feel darn good. Featuring: Tituss Burgess, Natalie Weiss, Zachary Prince, Leo Ash Evens, Jeremy Morse, Lauren Marcus, Eric William Morris, Michael Deleget, Jonathan Reid Gealt, Mark Sanderlin, Rachel Lee, Dustin Sullivan, Starr Busby, Lorinda Lisitza, Ashley Travis and Jared Marcel Weiss. $10 cover charge. Two drink minimum or $20 food & beverage minimum.

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