Emily Bergl, Lesli Margherita & 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.
MILLY & ABIGAIL SHAPIRO, June 9 at 9:30PM:
Tony honoree/Grammy nominee Milly Shapiro (Matilda in Matilda) joins with triple threat sister Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas) for an unstoppable sister act in their premiere of "The Shapiro Sisters: Live Out Loud!" at 54 Below. The two kid sisters will delight you with a variety of their favorite songs from Broadway characters who touched their hearts. This concert is to benefit a cause for which they are most passionate: no bully! With original arrangements of these beloved classics by musical director Michael Moritz and direction by Deborah Kym, these powerhouse young sisters promise to both entertain and touch the heart of your world! Special Guests: Andrea McArdle, Bailey Ryon, Oona Laurence, and Sophia Gennusa (all 3 of the other "Original Matildas" of Matilda). $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
FOR THE LOVE OF LOVE: A BENEFIT CONCERT, June 9 at 11:30PM:
A concert raising money to help three couples in the theatre community rebuild their weddings after the sudden closure of reBar. On May 9th, the popular Brooklyn wedding venue reBar shut down with zero notice, its owner taking couples' money and leaving them scrambling for new plans. To boost their recovery Indiegogo campaign, Jen Waldman Studio plus special guests sing and celebrate a night of love. To Donate: www.fortheloveoflove.net. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
EMILY BERGL, June 10 at 7PM, June 13 & 14 at 8PM:
Emily Bergl, best known for her roles on TV shows such as Shameless, Desperate Housewives and Southland, burst onto the cabaret scene in 2011, garnering raves from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Since then, she has performed in leading venues throughout NYC and across the country. Her third show, Til I Get It Right, exposes the lengths we go to in our search for love and what we do when we don't find it, or even more frightening, when we do. In her signature nouveau cabaret style, Bergl uses the past to illuminate the present, blending together Irving Berlin with Blondie, Rodgers and Hammerstein with Tracy Chapman & even Noel Coward with Britney Spears. You'll be treated not only to an evening of diverse songs, but a full cast of characters all personified by this veteran Broadway actress. For anyone looking for an evening of song that's heartbreaking, droll and a little dangerous, this is your show! $30-40 cover charge for 7PM show. $35-45 cover charge for 8PM shows. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAY BALLYHOO!, June 10 at 9:30PM:
Scott Siegel's critically acclaimed Broadway Ballyhoo!, that regularly features great Broadway and nightclub stars in New York City, makes its debut at 54 Below on Tuesday, June 10 at 9:30pm. This ever-changing musical variety show, soon to begin its third year of performances, will play 54 Below every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30pm. For this first show in its new home, Scott Siegel, best known as the creator, writer and host of Town Hall's signature series, Broadway By the Year (in its 14th season), is opening with some powerhouse performers: on June 10, expect to see William Michals (Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center's South Pacific), Tony nominee Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins), Jana Robbins (I Love My Wife), Raissa Katona Bennett (The Phantom of the Opera), and Ben Davis (Violet). $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ASTAIRE AND ROGERS: CHEEK TO CHEEK, June 11 at 7PM:
Karen Oberlin and Steve Ross, two award-winning cabaret and concert performers, join forces in a new show entitled Astaire and Rogers: Cheek to Cheek. Before coming together in this tour de force performance, Mr. Ross toasted Fred Astaire and Ms. Oberlin gave tribute to Ginger Rogers in I Won't Dance: The Songs of Fred Astaire (York Theater) and the Ginger Rogers centennial celebration, respectively. Now, Fred has found his modern-day Ginger in this new concert celebrating the most beloved duo in celluloid history. Mr. Ross and Ms. Oberlin will include duets and solos from Fred and Ginger's ten films together, with songs from Golden Age masters Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, and others. These masterful performers will bring to life such hits as "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," as well as Ginger's "We're In the Money" and "Embraceable You," and Fred's "Night and Day" and "Something's Gotta Give." Karen Oberlin and Steve Ross's Astaire and Rogers: CHEEK TO CHEEK evokes the style, smarts and sass that have kept Fred and Ginger known and loved throughout the 20th century, 21st century, and beyond. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
NERDS THE MUSICAL, June 11 at 9:30PM:
Check out the concert version of the show that the Philadelphia Inquirer called "generation defining" and "visually hot and musically adept filled with one knockout, high-velocity number after a number, performed by a cast that can do anything." Come join Charlie Pollock, Kevin Pariseau, Rob Morrison, Benny Elledge, Catherine Ricafort, Raymond Lee, Blake Segal, Alyse Alan Louis and more as the cast debuts songs from the new Broadway bound musical, Nerds. "With surgical precision (like How to Succeed meets Urinetown), Nerds nails such themes as the cost of dreams and the emptiness of revenge. And, is full of class, insight and wit." Written by multiple Emmy nominees, Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner with a score by Hal Goldberg, Nerds is choreographed by Josh Bergasse and directed by Casey Hushion. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ZINA GOLDRICH, MARCY HEISLER & FRIENDS, June 12 at 9:30PM:
Join award-winning songwriters Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler ("Taylor the Latte Boy", "Alto's Lament", Ever After) as they bring their vivacious, eclectic, romantic, and seriously funny songbook to 54 Below. With special guests Rebecca Luker, Julia Murney, Karen Mason, Christine Pedi & Jill Abramovitz! Featuring a slew of Broadway friends, this one-night only, all-original celebration kicks off the summer with old favorites, new debuts, and sneak peeks at upcoming projects. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MUSE MATCH 2, June 12 at 11:30PM:
MUSE MATCH is back at 54 Below! Join us for A Musical Theatre Blind Date Collaboration where brilliant composers write songs for talented actors they have just met. Proceeds benefit ZARA AINA, an organization that offers children in Madagascar the tools to succeed as students and story tellers by delivering school supplies to their villages and producing their original works of theatre. Featured Songwriters: Michael R Jackson, Caleb Damschroder, Mike Pettry, Anna Jacobs, Zack Zadek, Sam Willmott, Joel Waggoner, Lauren Marcus, Xander Green, Joel B New, Andre Catrini, Michael Roberts, Tom Kenaston, Brandon James Gwinn, Nick Luckenbaugh, and David Alan Thornton. Featured Performers: Bryce Pinkham, Shina Morris, Max Chernin, Deborah Grausman, Joan Barber, Neal Mayer, Whitney Brown, Katherine Cozumel, Alyse Alan Louis, Ryan Speakman, Diane Phelan, Lisa Birnbaum,Tyrone Davis Jr, Beth Kuhn, and Chris Ware. $20 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
LESLI MARGHERITA, June 13 & 14 at 11PM:
An evening of sheer entertainment, All Hail the Queen is totally more than a cabaret. It's a Vegas-style nightclub act. Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Zorro) takes the "reigns" from the likes of Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli. Commanding the room with sass and bawdiness - plus some self-deprecating humor for good measure - Miss Margherita sings and struts her way through the 70-minute set, which includes twists on old songs and new favorites (courtesy of musical director/arranger Brett Ryback). With hilarious storytelling and showstopping numbers, the evening offers something for everyone. There will be feathers. There will be sparkles. And you better believe there will be worshipping. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN! All Hail the Queen, written and conceived by Margherita, will be directed by Lauren Bass with musical direction & arrangements by Brett Ryback (Murder for Two) and produced by Jordan Bass & Lauren Bass. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN @ 54, June 15 at 7PM:
"Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'!" The time has come for 54 Below to salute the two men who paved the way for modern musical theatre with hit after hit, including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King & I and Flower Drum Song, among others. Not only are tunes such as "Hello, Young Lovers," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "If I Loved You" and "Edelweiss" part of the lexicon of popular music, the indelible stamp they left on Broadway redefined the American musical. Join us as, each month, we present four of Broadway's most intriguing voices singing their favorite R&H tunes, with musical direction by the extraordinary Andy Einhorn (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella). $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SIMPLY STREISAND, June 15 at 9:30PM:
In this celebration of all things Babs, some of Broadway and cabaret's finest voices celebrate the music of a legend. From Funny Girl to The Way We Were to little gems from A Star is Born, Yentl and her more than 45 best-selling albums, Barbra Streisand has stood the test of time like no other artist. At Simply Streisand, you'll hear an array of music from her catalogue, accompanied by a three piece band with narration from 54 Below's own Director of Original Programming (and host of the popular Sondheim Unplugged), Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on special bits of Streisand lore, history, assorted tales and out and out gossip. From her humble beginnings in the cabarets of Greenwich Village straight through to her mega-stardom, Simply Streisand covers it all! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.