Eddie Bruce to Play 54 Below, 2/18
Eddie Bruce debuts at 54 Below, Broadway's supper club, with a show that is packed with great music, more than anyone could typically include in a one-hour show. He'll perform on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar in New York. This show comes on the tails of a hit performance as a guest singer with The Philly POPS' 60-piece orchestra. Bruce says, "I'm really proud to perform at 54 Below. Since the day the club opened, it's been a favorite of mine and being asked to perform there is an honor."
There's a $25-$35 cover with a $25 food and beverage minimum. A Show Ticket and Transportation from Philadelphia can be purchased from http://www.eddiebruce.com/54below/ for $70. If this ticket is purchased, the food and beverage minimum is only $20. Show Tickets alone can be purchased directly online at http://54below.com/artist/eddie-bruce/ or call (646) 476-3551. Tickets on the day of performance after 4 p.m. are only available by calling the same number.
Bruce has medleys that are tributes to such composers as Sammy Cahn, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach and Jimmy Webb. There are medleys that are connected because, for example, they may say the same thing but have totally different titles. Like, who would ever expect to hear "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific paired with "Something's Coming" from West Side Story? Bruce explains this medley arranged by Dean Schneider and says, "These songs are both about the unexpected - about the fact that we often have no idea what's waiting for us, what's about to happen in the next moment."
For Bruce, writing this new show was fun to put together. He explains, "The Medley Show was really fun to write because there's a million ways to theme songs and find a thread that pulls them together. We've connected music through composers, through lyrics and, well, just because they sound great together. And, it's more songs than you could ever squeeze into one typical cabaret act!"
Knowing this, it's easy to imagine "The Medley Show." A great example of how Bruce will use his creative ingenuity to its fullest is by creating a special "hook up to heaven" with the great Sammy Cahn. He was honored to be friends with Cahn, who said, "Eddie, just call me when you need me!" Audiences love hearing this dialogue.
Some of the songs running through various medleys include "Come Fly with Me" and "Teach Me Tonight" from Sinatra's swingin' years, a medley called Berlin Bossas by Bruce with unique arrangements of such favorites as "They Say It's Wonderful," "Change Partners" and "Isn't it a Lovely Day". More glimpses into the show are "What's New Pussycat" and selections of "MacArthur Park". And, Bruce adds with a smile, "Then there are the songs that are just leftovers. There really isn't much of a thread, just that you love them!" Working years ago with the late George Mesterhazy, a marvelous medley of these four gems is included in his show.
This popular singer receives raves from coast to coast and Michael Feinstein, after hearing him perform in his club, said, "Eddie has a great voice and a wonderful stage presence." Barbara and Scott Siegel called Eddie "A Triumph" in Talkinbroadway.com and said his "comic effect ... will win you over." They said in a review about his Tony Bennett-themed show, "His stories are wonderfully engaging and his song selection is right on the money."
A natural performer, whether Eddie Bruce is singing from the concert stage with The Philly POPS, the Hershey Symphony or Ocean City Pops or at a nightclub like Feinstein's in New York, he instinctively knows how to engage his audiences. Known as "Philadelphia's singer," Eddie is a popular media personality who was the original host of "Dancin' on Air," a popular TV show in the 80's and a radio talk-show host for many years in Philadelphia. He has performed from coast to coast and is pleased to return to New York.