Kyle Dean Massey, Jessica Grove, Lesli Margherita and More Set for '@Actor_Friend @54Below' This Month
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents @Actor_Friend @54Below on September 20th at 11:00 p.m.
Parody Internet personality Annoying Actor Friend rose to notoriety on Twitter by spoofing the social media behavior of actors. It soon spun-off into a blog, then (because @Actor_Friend would never be in a show without legs) become a best selling book called, #SOBLESSED: the Annoying Actor Friend's Guide to Werking in Show Business. The book, which satirizes the life of a Broadway actor, has been called, "passionately dedicated to the theatre -- [An] irreverent supplement to more staid but perhaps equally inspiring books in theatre," by The Huffington Post.
And now, from Twitter to blog to book, the essence of Annoying Actor Friend comes to 54 Below to bring #SOBLESSED to the stage and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS! All at the same time! Presented like a drinking game set within an audition room, @Actor_Friend @54 Below tells the story of the modern day working (or non-working) actor living in New York. From college and pounding the pavement, all the way to Broadway and back on Funemployment, several actors will share their unique stories from their experiences in the business, paired with songs. It's like A Chorus Line, without the serious stuff or the 1970s.
Featuring Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin), Paige Faure (Cinderella), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Jessica Grove´ (A Little Night Music), Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Keala Settle (Les Miserables), Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie), and more!
@Actor_Friend @54Below plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on September 20th at 11:00 p.m. There is a $25 - $55 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476- 3551.
Annoying Actor Friend (@Actor_Friend) is known for satirizing the Broadway community, and got its start on Twitter, in 2012. Backstage Magazine recently placed @Actor_Friend on its Future Broadway Power List alongside 54 Below's Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Tony nominated director, Alex Timbers. #SOBLESSED debuted as the #1 Theater book on Amazon.com. In January, a viral blog written by @Actor_Friend inspired one of the largest positive calls to action Actors' Equity Association has seen since its inception in 1913. #SOBLESSED: the audiobook, a project benefiting BC/EFA, will debut in October -- featuring the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Megan Hilty, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Julia Murney, Keala Settle, Will Swenson, Krysta Rodriguez, and more.
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.