Liliane Montevecchi, Linda Eder, Telly Leung and More Set for 54 Below, Now thru 4/14
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. 54 Below also launched its series of late night events. Joining Tuesday nights' popular "Backstage" with Susie Mosher will be the "54 Piano Bar," a new vocal competition - "The Callback," and more.
This week will feature Broadway's own Liliane Montevecchi, rising star Adam Gwon, Barbara Carroll with Ken Peplowski for the WBGO Jazz Series, award-winning performer Linda Eder, Broadway star Telly Leung and actress, producer and singer Rita Wilson.
Liliane Montevecchi Apr. 8 at 7PM:
Liliane Montevecchi is exquisitely French, like the finest vintage champagne. Her enchanting autobiographical one-woman show is full of amusing personal stories and legendary songs such as La Vie En Rose, My Man, You Don't Know Paree, Irma La Douce, Ne Me Quitte Pas, and Folies Bergere. Her remarkable journey began as a Prima Ballerina in Paris, later becoming an MGM film star, and ending up as one of Broadway's most beloved divas. Liliane captivates the audience the minute she steps on stage. Cover charge $30-40. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Adam Gwon, Apr. 8 at 9:30PM:
Rising-star musical theater writer Adam Gwon brings his fresh and funny songs to 54 Below for a one-night-only concert extravaganza. Heading up a five-piece band, Adam premieres brand-new songs and shares tunes from his musicals Ordinary Days, Cloudlands, The Boy Detective Fails, and String. Joined by some of Broadway's brightest new stars, including Liz Callaway, Kate Schindle, Betsy Wolfe, Santino Fontana, Kate Wetherhead, Phoebe Strole, Alex Wyse, and many more, the evening is directed by the Drama Desk-nominated Ed Iskandar. Come out for a heartfelt and irreverent celebration of one guy's precarious climb up the show-biz ladder, and the friends he's made along the way. Cover charge $20-30. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: THE CALLBACK, Apr. 8 at 11PM:
At The Callback on Monday nights, contestants will perform for a chance to win their own cabaret show at 54 Below. Contestants will be chosen by video audition, their performances will be recorded and uploaded to 54 Below's Facebook and Youtube page, and each week, a winner will be determined by audience vote to progress to the next round. "The Callback" contestants may also have the chance to sing in front of industry executives and Broadway celebrity guest judges as they move forward in the competition. For more information on "The Callback" rules or how to submit an audition video, please visit www.54Below.com. No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
WBGO JAZZ SERIES: Barbara Carroll & KEN PEPLOWSKI, Apr. 9 at 7PM & 9PM:
After more than half a century in the spotlight (she debuted in 1947 opposite Dizzy Gillespie's big band), jazz singer and pianist Barbara Carroll has earned a reputation as one of America's most legendary interpreters of American standards- "the first girl ever to play bebop piano." For two special performances, Ms. Carroll and her quartet reunite with jazz great Ken Peplowski, a virtuosic clarinetist and sax player and charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years. A former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ken has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, and more. $25-35 cover charge. $15 food & beverage minimum.