Kate Baldwin, Marilyn Maye, Mark Nadler & 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.
AHRENS & FLAHERTY, May 12 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Last fall, the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Ragtime, Once on This Island, My Favorite Year, Lucky Stiff..., the list goes on...) celebrated an amazing thirty years of collaboration in the musical theater with six sold-out performances at 54 Below. Now, they're back in the ring with two not-to-be-missed encore performances, to celebrate the release of the 2 CD set of that event. Drawing from their vast body of work, a changeable feast of Broadway stars perform the team's best-known songs, as well as lesser-known gems, cut songs and numbers from current and upcoming shows. And who knows - Lynn and Stephen may even be cajoled into getting onstage once again. CDs will be available at both shows, with a signing following the second show at 11pm. Featuring during the 7pm show: Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Louis Grosso, Julie Halston, Brian Michael Hoffman, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Sean McCourt, Janet Metz, Quentin Earl Darrington, Kenita Miller and Margo Seibert. Featuring during the 9:30pm show: Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Louis Grosso, Julie Halston, Brian Michael Hoffman, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Sean McCourt, Janet Metz, Bobby Steggert, Mary Testa, Quentin Earl Darrington, Margo Seibert and Tony Award nominee Andy Karl. $55-65 cover charge for the 7PM show. $60-65 cover charge for the 9:30pm show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MARILYN MAYE, May 13 at 7PM:
Johnny Carson knew and featured great singers, including one he called "Super Singer" - - The multi-talented Marvelous Marilyn Maye. Ms. Maye appeared on The Tonight Show a record 76 times, more than any singer. Her newest show at 54 Below will be both a musical salute and a compilation of many of the songs Marilyn performed on The Tonight Show. As Johnny said, "If there are any young budding singers out there, get her recordings, listen to her- she knows how it's done!" $45-55 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
PETER, PAUL & MARY: THE SONG IS LOVE, May 13 at 9:30PM:
Relive the timeless music of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers in this one-night-only concert event. Peter, Paul & Mary's years together were spent communicating personal, political and social imperatives by way of their impeccably chosen songs, personally crafted harmonies, humor and passion. Join Broadway singer-actors and recording artists Michael Lanning (The Civil War, Bonnie & Clyde), Alison Lory (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Carnegie Hall), and Sam Sherwood (Bernstein: A Celebration, Carnegie Hall) singing the lyrics of such latter-day poets as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and John Denver, and in songs penned by the group itself including a canon of classics like "Blowin' in the Wind," "If I Had a Hammer," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and "Puff (The Magic Dragon)." $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MARK NADLER, May 14 at 7PM:
Award-winning entertainer Mark Nadler takes you on a tour of the sex, booze, drugs & even murder from the wildest decade of the 20th century. Says Clive Davis of The London Times, "The nearest most of us get to the music of the Roaring Twenties is a late-night rerun of Some Like It Hot or two tickets for Chicago. With Mark Nadler as your guide, you get an even richer sense of what it was like to live, or rather party, through the Jazz Age. By the time he has sung his last song & thundered through his final piano solo, you may want to text your local bootlegger & order a fresh supply of illicit gin." $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
HATCHED: PACE UNIVERSITY, May 14 at 9:30PM & 11:30PM:
Fresh work. Freshmen. For those craving a night of innovative and off-beat musical theater with no shortage of drinks and a lively crowd, Pace University and Ryan Scott Oliver present an evening of songs from hot, new musicals-all written, performed and directed by freshmen from Pace University's BFA Musical Theater program. A high-energy crowd pleaser with striking melodies and an unruly attitude, Hatched, a yearly event, is always an electrifying night. Get ready, New York, for this powerhouse of young talent and fresh new work to hit the stage. $25-35 cover charge for the 9:30PM show. $25 cover charge for the 11:30pm show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
KATE BALDWIN, May 15 at 7PM & May 16 & 17 at 8:30PM:
Acclaimed for her work in the recent Broadway musical Big Fish, the groundbreaking off-Broadway musical Giant and her breakout performance in the 2009 Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow, Kate Baldwin offers her first solo concert program in NYC in three years. Come hear the lessons Kate has learned in her journey from college student to budding professional to one of Broadway's honored leading ladies. She will share beloved musical theater songs and stories in her newest evening, Sing Pretty, Don't Fall Down. $45-55 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MANDY GONZALEZ, May 15 at 9:30PM:
Back by popular demand! Mandy Gonzalez, star of Broadway's Wicked, In the Heights, Lennon and more, invites you to join her for an unforgettable evening of great music and hilarity, all revolving around love and its crazy themes and variations. Expect hit tunes like "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Breathe" and, yes, "Defying Gravity" as well as a catalogue of songs from musical greats like Elvis, Edie, Liza, Lennon, Aretha, Tina and a whole host of others. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MISS VODKA STINGER, May 15 at 11:30PM:
Vodka Stinger returns to 54 below after her SOLD OUT show Lower Your Expectations did anything but. This time join the singing chanteuse as she and her trusty back up singers take you "Around the World in 80 Ways with Vodka Stinger and The Martha Rayes." A musical journey that promises to entertain and surprise you with songs you have never heard, stories that will make you scream with laughter, and a singular subplot where she meets the man of her dreams. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
JARROD SPECTOR, May 16 at 11PM:
Back by popular demand! Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector, who is starring in the new Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, returns to 54 Below to celebrate his brand new album A Little Help >From My Friends: Live at 54 BELOW! This acclaimed musical outing traces the legacy of the great male singers whose vocal prowess made them the rock stars of their generations, even before rock was born. After starring as Frankie Valli for six years in Broadway's smash hit musical Jersey Boys, Jarrod wraps his critically-praised voice around the songs that have made superstars out of more than a century of tenor legends from Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson to the great Enrico Caruso himself. In anticipation of Broadway Records' official release of the album on March 25th, CDs will be available for purchase at all four performances with a chance to have copies autographed. "By evening's end, it's clear that had Spector chosen not to devote his career to Broadway...this slightly petite dynamo with the big voice and the killer falsetto could easily earn his own place in the vaulted pantheon of pop royalty." -Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
DEPLOYED: A NEW MUSICAL IN CONCERT, May 17 at 11PM:
An evening of songs from the new musical Deployed by BMI Workshop composer/lyricist and former army spouse Natalie Lovejoy that features a cast of musical theater performers and real veterans. Proceeds from the performance will be donated to The Soldiers Project, a non-profit organization that offers free and confidential counseling to veterans and their families. Deployed follows a young U.S. Army infantry private and his unit's year-long deployment in Iraq and the subsequent battles they face after returning home. Featuring: Ryan Duncan (Shrek), Bradley Gibson (Rocky), Rachel Flynn (Heathers), Brad Nacht (Billy Elliot), Dustin Sullivan (Heathers), Matthew Thomas Burda (Air Force veteran), Michael Castelblanco (Marine Corps veteran), Lawrence James (Army veteran), Sandra Lee (Army veteran), Joe Loper (Air Force veteran), Neath Williams (Navy veteran), Livie Casto, Nick Ritacco, Ben Maters, and Mary Eileen Lamb. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SOUND OF THEIR MUSIC: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN @ 54 BELOW, May 18 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). Featuring Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies), Julia Murney (Wicked), T. Oliver Reid (After Midnight), and Michael Winther (Mamma Mia). $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SUSIE MOSHER IN THE GREAT DAISY THEORY, May 18 at 9:30PM:
The hilarious Susie Mosher (Hairspray, NEWSical) returns to 54 Below to perform her critically acclaimed solo show! The Great Daisy Theory is a high-energy musical memoir about Mosher growing up in suburban California, bouncing between divorced parents. Bearing witness to her mother's alcoholism and her father's immersion in the hippie movement, she finds her escape in musical theater, and dreams of life upon the Broadway stage. With music ranging from James Taylor to Coldplay, Camelot to Jesus Christ Superstar, Mosher tells her personal tale with rare candor, highlighted by her off-the-wall humor and heartfelt emotion. Directed by Matt Lenz (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, Pageant) with musical direction by John Boswell.$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.