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.
LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, Apr. 9 at 10:30PM:
Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting, while special guests from Broadway and beyond drop in to perform. NPR had this to say: "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it's two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" At this week's Backstage is Carson Kressley (Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer), Christine Pedi (NEWSical, Forbidden Broadway, Sirius XM), Anya Marina (recording artist), Michael Winther (from Broadway's 33 Variations, The Crucible, Mamma Mia), Will Taylor (from Broadway's Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles), Michael West (NEWSical, When Pigs Fly), and Melissa vanpelt (Hairspray). No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
Linda Eder, Apr. 10 at 7PM, Apr. 10 at 9:30PM, Apr. 12 & 13 at 8:30PM, Apr. 12 & 13 at 11PM:
One of the world's most beloved and versatile voices, Linda Eder is forever linked to Broadway history via her Theatre World Award winning performance in Jekyll & Hyde. 54 Below is delighted to welcome this celebrated songstress to our stage for six very special performances only. She's a best-selling recording artist with fourteen solo albums to her credit, but this April, get up close and personal with Linda in Broadway's living room. Wednesday at 7: $75-$85 cover charge, Wednesday at 9:30: $40-50 cover charge, Saturday at 11: $40-50 cover charge, ?Friday & Saturday at 8:30: $75 - $85? cover charge, Friday at 11: $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: THE STUDIO, Apr. 10 at 11PM:
On Wednesdays, The Studio will be the place to see up-and-coming New York talent: comedians, musicians, songwriters, improv groups- just to name a few. Each week will feature a different new New York artist, so visit our calendar to see what this Wednesday has in store for you. No cover charge. Drink Specials: $5 beers and $8 mixed drinks.
Telly Leung, Apr. 14 at 7PM:
Following his smashing sold out 54 Below debut in December, Broadway's Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent, Glee) returns to NYC (and to Studio 54, where he appeared in Pacific Overtures) in a brand new show! Join Telly for an evening of great songs and personal anecdotes, directed by Alan Muraoka (Sesame Street, Miss Saigon) with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz). Cover charge $30-40. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Rita Wilson, Apr. 14 at 9:30PM:
Rita Wilson reveals her expressive, denim-and-suede vocals in a nostalgic throwback to the soft rock of Los Angeles in seven special performances at 54 Below this April. Wilson performs songs from her critically acclaimed debut Decca Records solo album, AM/FM, featuring iconic hits from the 60s and 70s, ranging from classic love songs to folk-rock tunes. The LA born actress, producer, and writer made her Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in Chicago. Cover charge $40-50. $25 food & beverage minimum.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.
54 BELOW, Broadway's nightclub, 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.
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as Creative Consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as Director of Programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which 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. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $15-$115.
54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.