Jennifer Laura Thompson, Broadway Trivia Night & 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:
Ann Morrison, January 6 at 7PM:
Back after her hit sell-out show at 54 Below in September! With backstage stories woven in and around songs from two of her musical mentors - Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, Broadway vet Ann Morrison tells it... Like It Was. Join us for an evening of classic show stoppers when Ann (Merrily We Roll Along, Lovemusik, Goblin Market) shares her intriguing and unusual life journey. After being embraced with a thunderous ovation this past May when she made a special guest appearance in 54 Below's Sondheim Unplugged series, it became clear that Annie needed to come back to New York City and her musical roots. This evening of classic Broadway songs will be under the music direction of Michael Sebastian. With guests Huck Walton and Liz Callaway! $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAY TRIVIA NIGHT, January 6 at 11:30PM:
On January 6th, join us for BROADWAY TRIVIA NIGHT: UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY EDITION. The shows, actors, theaters, songs, and wild stories from Tepper's recently published book are all fair game for this Trivia Night, so get studying! If you know the difference between McHale's and Dinty Moore's, or remember which now-famous director once took a swig of Liza Minnelli's drink as a kid, you may just have The Edge in this month's competition. Have you often found yourself at pub quizzes or trivia nights struggling to answer questions over sports and science but dominating the Broadway/TV/Film round? Are you the token-musical theatre nerd in your group of friends who can spout off the lyricist, librettist, director, and design team of every Pulitzer Prize winning musical? Do you like friendly competition, winning prizes, and drinking delicious cocktails with Broadways best? Then this is the night for you. We're bringing your favorite game to Broadway's supper club! Hosted by 54 Below's own Director of Programming, Jennifer Ashley Tepper! No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
Tom Wopat, January 7 at 7PM:
All it takes is a phrase or two from Tom Wopat's warm, engaging baritone to trigger the desire to hear more. And the more one listens, the better it gets - from the way he finds the heart of a song's story to his lyrical phrasing and his gently swinging, jazz-infused rhythms. Wopat's dynamic live show features songs from his critically acclaimed new album, I've Got Your Number, in which he performs new arrangements of Great American songbook classics, as well as contemporary songs of Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and more. At first glance, that could be viewed as a surprisingly diverse program of material from a performer who may be best known for his starring role in the '80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard. But his versatility was there from the beginning, and on full display in a career reaching from his television work of the '70s and '80s to high visibility Broadway roles in 1999's Annie Get Your Gun and 2008's A Catered Affair (he received Tony Award nominations for both), as well as Chicago, 42nd Street, Sondheim on Sondheim, and most recently the Tony-Award winning play The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson. But music is Wopat's main passion, and at a time when male vocal artists have been in fairly short supply, his singing is a welcome addition. "Performing these songs the way we do in I've Got Your Number is the most creative thing I do," Tom concludes. "It's extremely satisfying and fulfilling. And as long as it feels that way, I'm going to keep right on doing it."$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.