Joanna Gleason & 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:
PRINCESSES THE MUSICAL: A CLASS REUNION, October 21 at 7PM:
What do Broadway's Lindsay Mendez (Broadway's Elphaba), Sierra Boggess (Broadway'sLittle Mermaid), Patti Murin (Broadway's Lysistrata Jones), Marissa Perry (Broadway's Tracy Turnblad), and Jenny Fellner (Broadway's Sophie in Mamma Mia) have in common? Ten years ago this October, they all began their New York careers as Princesses. On October 14, all these ladies plus Brent Barrett, Donna English, Anne Letscher and more TBA reunite at 54 Below to celebrate in song and story the beloved show that brought them all together: Princesses - The Musical. Written by Tony winner David Zippel (City of Angels, Disney's Hercules), Oscar and Grammy nominee Matthew Wilder (Disney's Mulan) and Emmy and Golden Globe winners Cheri & Bill Steinkellner (Cheers, Sister Act - The Musical), Princesses follows a group of jaded private-school girls forced by their teacher to put on a show. They'd rather die, until one girl's movie-star dad, the former Sexiest Man Alive, shows up to direct the beleaguered production. Cover charge $35-45. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Marilyn Maye, October 21 at 9:30PM, October 23 & 24 at 7PM, October 25 & 26 at 8PM:
New York's darling Marilyn Maye makes her triumphant return to 54 Below! This time, it's all show tunes, all the time! You can expect an evening of purely sublime music interpreted by the incomparable Lady Maye. Performing signature tunes from classic musicals such as Hello, Dolly! and Mame, cabaret's favorite diva also embraces work from tunesmiths such as Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb and Frank Loesser. Johnny Carson called her "Super Singer" and presented her on his The Tonight Show a record-breaking 76 times. Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls her "the embodiment and summation of a sock-it-to-'em nightclub tradition. Her voice is full and rich and perfectly in tune, displaying a voluptuous enjoyment of singing." Rex Reed of The New York Observer calls her "the real deal, the surviving artist of the American popular singer." 54 Below is thrilled to have Marilyn "back where she belongs!" Cover charge $35-60. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE CALLBACK, October 21 at 11:30PM:
If selected to participate in the prelimary round, contestants will perform one 2-4 minute song on the 54 Below stage. Each performance will be filmed, and one winner will be deemed "Audience Favorite" by audience vote to progress to the semi-finals. Contestants who do not win in the preliminary round will have one chance at redemption; videos of all preliminary performances will be published on the 54 Below Facebook page within 24 hours of each event and the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestant. The contestant with the most "likes" on their Youtube video will be deemed the "Wildcard Semi-Finalist" and will also progress to semi-finals. No cover charge. Two drink minimum.
WBGO JAZZ SERIES: IAN SHAW & FRIENDS, October 22 at 7PM:
Ian Shaw is "praised far and wide as the greatest male jazz singer Britain has to offer" (Jazz Times), and this October he graces the stage of 54 Below for a rare New York performance! Born in Wales, Shaw has toured the UK and US and performed with Cedar Walton, Lew Soloff, Claire Martin, and has been honored as Best Jazz Vocalist twice at the BBC Jazz Awards. Shaw's many recordings include the tribute "Drawn To All Things-The Songs of Joni Mitchell," and this year, Ian celebrates the 70th birthday year of Joni Mitchell with his most unique jazz interpretations of her music. Cover charge $25-35. $15 food & beverage minimum.