Judy Kaye, James Snyder & 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.
JAMES SNYDER, August 4 at 7PM:
Currently co-starring with Idina Menzel in If/Then as Josh, James Snyder makes his 54 Below debut. Taking a look back at his own If/Then moments, James will share stories and big songs from the shows he has starred in: West Side Story, bare, Rock of Ages, Cry-Baby and more. The evening will include stories about how his choices and chances shaped the life he leads right now: from City Center Encores' Fanny to Carousel at Goodspeed which led him to The Richard Rogers Theater and his current leading role in one of Broadway's biggest musicals. Whatever road you take, it shapes your life... whether it's getting married, finding out you're going to be a dad, or starring on Broadway in a new musical. Join James on the fun journey that has now led him to 54 Below... and his first NYC solo concert in 8 years. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MYKAL KILGORE, August 4 at 9:30PM:
Currently starring in the hit Broadway musical Motown, acclaimed singing-actor Mykal Kilgore makes his 54 Below solo concert debut that will explore his life as an artist, why music is important to him, and show off his eclectic taste in music ranging from gospel to jazz to soul to contemporary musical theatre. Known for his powerhouse vocals and impeccable acting chops, this once-in-a-generation talent has also graced the stages of the Great White Way in Hair and in the First National Tour of The Book of Mormon. For Mykal, music has a great deal of strength in it. Hearts change. Guards drop. Strangers connect. Nations unite. The roof of 54 Below may need some repairs the day after this one-night-only event because it will certainly be blown off once Mykal takes his final bows. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BRIANA LYNN WOLF, August 4 at 11:30PM:
An original song cycle written and directed by viral songwriter Briana Lynn Wolf! You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll accept that your ex wasn't meant for you and that you're much better off without them. You'll learn to live in the now, and you may possibly fall in love with one of the singers and/or band members (especially after a few drinks). Featuring Julia Franklin, Jenna Glick, Tommy McKiernan, Shannon Rakow, and Michael Ryan. $15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
NELLIE MCKAY, August 5, 6 & 7 at 7PM & August 8 & 9 at 8PM:
Hailed by The New Yorker as "funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented," Nellie McKay has recently finished an extended run in the off-Broadway hit Old Hats (winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue) and has written two acclaimed musical biographies, Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin. David Byrne tells The Wall Street Journal, "Her last two 'cabaret' shows I saw have been jaw-dropping. They both completely subverted the genre." Among Ms. McKay's charms, Mr. Byrne said, are the ways she playfully mixes what he called a "tragic noir vibe" with her "wicked sense of humor." For her 2014 show Nellie with a Z, The New York Times writes "[McKay] wears the mystique of a willful prodigy who is smarter, more talented and hipper than everyone else: a performer who answers only to herself. Gifts that others spend years refining seem to come naturally to her.... she can write and sing in any style, and you can't always be certain that one of her original songs is not an obscure period piece." Nellie's music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and McKay has appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers, and her writing has appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review, where she delivered an incisive in-depth review of a Doris Day biography. Nellie produced her critically acclaimed, debut double album Get Away From Me with Beatles' engineer Geoff Emerick, followed by Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day, ("Among the killer overhauls of American standards" -The New York Times), and her latest, Home Sweet Mobile Home. She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the film PS I Love You, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and the Emmy-winning documentary Gasland. Nellie will be performing with her band members, Alexi David on bass, Cary Park on guitar, and Kenneth Salters on drums. $50-60 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
UNSUNG BOB MERRILL, August 5 at 9:30PM:
From his signature pop standards such as "Mambo Italiano" and "People" to his award-winning Broadway musicals Carnival and Funny Girl, Bob Merrill constructed a distinguished catalogue of timeless musical treasures: vivacious, chic, and frequently outrageous. Unsung Bob Merrill highlights the Tony-nominated icon's little-known works including rare musical material from the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany's, cut songs from New Girl in Town and Carnival, and several of his sensational 1950s novelty songs written for such artists as Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra. UnsungMusicalsCo. produces the intimate evening celebrating this singular artist and featuring rare audio clips of the songwriter himself. Three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Assassins, Millie) hosts Unsung Bob Merrill with additional performances by Anastasia Barzee (Jekyll & Hyde, White Christmas), Drama Desk nominee John Bolton (A Christmas Story, Spamalot), Erin Davie (Side Show, A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens), Bradley Dean (The Last Ship, A Little Night Music), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Rock of Ages, Spider-Man), Nick Gaswirth (A Christmas Story), Drama Desk nominee Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Hairspray), and Drama Desk nominee Christine Pedi (Chicago, Forbidden Broadway), and with a special premiere audio recording by Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (Beautiful, Hairspray). $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JONATHAN KARRANT, August 6 at 9:30PM:
Jonathan Karrant performs songs from his current album "On and On", which recently hit #4 in the All About Jazz charts, as well as a collection of some of his favorite jazz standards from the American songbook. His show is seasoned with the music and anecdotes of Cole Porter in anticipation of his soon to be released Cole Porter CD. Jonathan is known for digging deep and singing songs that, while well known, are not the typical standards. He will be accompanied by The John di Martino Trio. Jonathan Karrant is an Arkansas native who, at age 17, studied at New York's prestigious William Esper Studio, and was subsequently hired by the famed Metropolitan Opera House to play character roles in their performances. After three years with the Met, Karrant went on to Las Vegas where he met Vince Falcone. Together with Vince, Jonathan's first CD was produced entitled "Introducing Jonathan Karrant". Since then, he has toured the States and Europe, gathering fans and gaining recognition wherever he performs. Jonathan Karrant currently resides in San Diego, CA. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JUDY KAYE, August 7 at 9:30PM:
Encore by popular demand! Judy Kaye, Broadway legend and two time Tony Award winner (Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It) makes a splash at 54 Below with her new show celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Having worked with both, she'll share humorous anecdotes and personal reminiscences along with her own unique take on some of her favorites from these two giants of the American Musical Theatre. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
VILLAIN DEBLANKS WITH LENA HALL & MORE, August 7 at 11:30PM:
Good news: Phillip DeBlanks is dead! He was a villain, a scoundrel and a lousy dancer. Or was he? Is it possible Phillip DeBlanks was framed by one of his circle of friends? You provide nouns, verbs, adjectives, desserts and body parts, and we provide the laughs - uncensored and unrehearsed - as the cast enact the story using words you've put in their mouths. It's "Clue" meets adult "Mad Libs," performed by some of the funniest people in New York! Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, each eye-watering performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind, and, best of all, the proceeds benefit Broadway Cares. Cast includes: Lena Hall, Justin Guarini, F Michael Haynie, Julie James, Leslie McDonel, and Hunter Canning, with Heather Shisler. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
FROM MARKY MARK TO MICHAEL: POP MUSIC OF THE '90S, August 8 at 11PM:
Do you ever find yourself doing your best Adam Duritz impression in the shower? Do you ever weep yourself to sleep because Vanilla Ice is no longer relevant? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you won't want to miss From Marky Mark to Michael: Pop Music of the '90s, a chronological journey through '90s pop. We'll take you back in time to a decade where boy bands ruled the airwaves, your Discman was your prized possession and you could play Pogs while slamming back a Go-Gurt and watching TRL. Sound enticing? Then come see some of Broadway's best singers do their thing on some of the best music of the '90s. You wont want to miss it - it's gonna be me. I mean... it's gonna be rad. Cast: Jackie Burns, Caissie Levy, Eric William Morris, Shaleah Adkisson, Allison Case, Jeremy Morse, Nic Rouleau, Rema Webb, Greg Williams, Kacie Sheik, Marshall Kennedy Carolan, Anastacia McCleskey, Emily Afton and Amber Iman. All proceeds benefit The Situation Project, a nonprofit investing in high performing, underserved NYC public schools by providing the entire school community with access to and engagement with the Broadway community. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
54 SINGS THE WIZ, August 10 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Ease on Down the Road with 54 Below as we celebrate this tornadic score! Directed by After Midnight's T. Oliver Reid and featuring a cast of some of Broadway's best; relive That Feeling We Once Had by coming Home. Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow, the Lion & the Tin Man are coming to our stage for one blow-out night only! Be a Lion! Starring: Ken Page, Alton Fitzgerald White, Kingsley Leggs, Vivian Reed, Adriane Lenox, Terry Burrell, Kecia Lewis, Christina Sajous, Ashley M. Stroud, Kenita R. Miller, N'Kenge, Eleasha Gamble, Rashidra Scott, Mariand Torres, Virginia Woodruff, Gregory Haney, Rema Webb and Danielle Herbert. $50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.