Karen Mason, Justin Vivian Bond, Maureen McGovern and More Play 54 Below, Now thru 12/23
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the new 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. Featuring Broadway star Karen Mason, critically acclaimed artist Justin VivIan Bond, BACKSTAGE, Grammy nominee Maureen McGovern and the legendary singer Dee Snider.
Karen Mason, Dec. 17 at 7PM:
It's a New York tradition, as indigenous to NYC during the holidays as ice skating at Rock Center and wide eyed tourists outside the windows of Saks. Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and last seen on Broadway as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland) returns to cabaret with her annual, critically acclaimed holiday show, ushering in the sounds of the season with her trademark humor, warmth and blue star vocals. It's a musical event of the holiday season! Be there. Cover charge: $25-$35. $25 food and beverage minimum.
JUSTIN VIVIan Bond, Dec. 17 & 23 at 9:30PM:
This holiday season's offering from New York's favorite trans-disciplinary artist, Mx Justin VivIan Bond, will find the "trans-atlantic cabaret Messiah" (Time Out London) dressed for snow to deliver a holiday Mx of songs from V's critically acclaimed records Silver Wells and Dendrophile along with a unique take on more traditional holiday fare, some spoken word (aka spell casting), razor-sharp social commentary, and the kind of glamour that makes you feel free to do just about anything on "a midnight clear." Mx Bond is no Angel, but if you're lucky you just might find "The greatest cabaret artist of this generation" (The New Yorker) leading you back in time to the days when V was better known as "Mrs. Christ" to answer the age old question once and for all, "Who would Jesus Do?" Can we get a Halo! Brett Every on piano and Nath Ann Carrera on guitar. With Amber Martin. Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Darius de Haas, Dec. 18 at 7PM:
Darius de Haas has been described as "electrically thrilling" in The New York Times, "a performer with an intensity and honesty that envelops and mesmerizes the listener" (Variety), and The Village Voice said "When he sings, it's like the equivalent of silk ribbons being unfurled across the sky." He has sold out critically acclaimed concerts at Lincoln Center, enthralled audiences from Carnegie Hall to London's Royal Festival Hall as well as appeared on Broadway (Rent, Carousel, Dreamgirls). But now he returns to his first love, the intimate cabaret stage, in a musically soulful, soaring evening. His most personal show, If Only for One Night melds and celebrates his musical influences from the worlds of pop, jazz and Broadway. A perfect holiday evening. Cover charge $20-30. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Maureen McGovern, Dec. 18 at 9:30PM & Dec. 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 at 7PM & Dec. 22 at 10PM:
She has a voice that defies categorization. In fact, she's been?called "The Stradivarius Voice." This holiday season, 54 Below?is honored to welcome multiple Grammy nominee Maureen?McGovern to our stage when she presents an evening?featuring songs of the season, some unexpected, and some?traditional "chestnuts." Broadway audiences know her from?her acclaimed, Drama Desk-nominated performance in Little?Woman, 3 Penny Opera, Nine and The Pirates of Penzance as well?as off-Broadway's Brownstone, but the world over knows?Maureen as "The Disaster Theme Queen." Her recording of?"The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure hit?number one on the Billboard charts and won an Oscar, not to?mention "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The?Towering Inferno and the sublime "Can You Read My Mind"?from Superman. Since then, Maureen has dazzled audiences?throughout the world with her singularly eloquent musical?style, in addition to a series of critically-heralded recordings.?Seven performances only! See you for the holidays... Cover charge $50-60. $30 food & beverage minimum.