Mandy Gonzalez, Aaron Lazar & More Set for 54 Below this Week
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:
VIVIAN REED, March 31 at 7PM:
BACK BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND! After packing 54 to the rafters in November, multi-award-winning singer, actress & dancer Vivian Reed presents her passionate and powerful vocal stylings in unique arrangements of an eclectic lineup of R&B, jazz, gospel and musical theater songs. Through selections from her critically acclaimed Broadway performance in Bubbling Brown Sugar, as well as from Three Mo' Divas, her concerts and international nightclub appearances, the two-time Tony Award nominee - who is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award, among others - pays tribute to the people who have had a profound effect on her career. Accompanied by two pianists, a bassist, a drummer and two background singers, her high-energy show also features special guests and a salute to Harold Arlen, with a preview of songs from One for My Baby, a new musical in progress. $45-55 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JARROD SPECTOR, March 31 at 9:30PM:
Back by popular demand! 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. The New York Times calls Jarrod Spector's performance "A witty, energetic mini-jukebox musical ...A highly polished show."$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ZI ALIKHAN, March 31 at 11:30PM:
#LOOKING is about the crazy, exciting, IBS-inducing world of being gay in your twenties, looking for love in New York City. Drawing from artists as varied as Betty Who, Cole Porter, and (duh) Taylor Swift, Zi Alikhan weaves together first loves, first subway tears, and first Tinder dates in a night that sets out to explore the shitstorm of a path that is #LOOKING for something more in NYC. Featuring the disgusting talent of Emily Cramer, Hannah Shankman, and Hannah Whitney, this is a night for which you'll want to skip Drag Race. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
ANITA GILLETTE & PENNY FULLER IN SIN TWISTER, April 1 at 7PM:
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Two beloved, Tony-nominated Broadway actresses join forces for a delectable evening of humorous reflection and harmonious song in Sin Twisters, a show with a devilish spoonerism of a title. On the streets of Manhattan and Los Angeles, these vibrant and savvy veterans of over two dozen Broadway productions, as well as countless films and television shows, are constantly being mistaken for each other, although one is at least three inches taller, and one is a blonde and the other, a redhead. Yet, during their respective careers, they have both tackled some of the same parts, including the plum role of Sally Bowles in the original Broadway production of Cabaret. Sin Twisters joyfully celebrates these similarities but also gives full voice to these two remarkable performers' differences as artists and as women. This show is a must for anyone who loves theater lore and cherishes the enduring bonds of friendship. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SONGS OF CARNER AND GREGOR WITH JEREMY JORDAN, TITUSS BURGESS AND MORE, April 1 at 9:30PM:
Fresh off last summer's extended run of their musical Unlock'd at the Duke Theater ("Gorgeous" -New York Times, "Astounding, enveloping" -Talkin' Broadway) and just back from a production of their musical Island Song in Bloomington, Indiana ("Mesmerizing... vibrant, supercharged... This show really rocks." -Herald Times), Carner & Gregor (one of Playbill.com's 12 Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know) make their 54 Below concert debut. Known for their eclectic mix of thrilling rock beats, lush romantic melodies, envelope-pushing comedy and unique ability to capture every-day experience, Carner & Gregor's work has become a cabaret staple around the world. This exciting concert features some of their most beloved MAC-nominated songs like "Make It Here" and "Sing, But Don't Tell," as well as brand new, never-before-heard material from upcoming projects, all sung by some of Broadway's biggest stars. Featuring: Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde, The Last Five Years), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls), Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q, ... Spelling Bee, Into the Woods), Raena White (Dreamsgirls), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell, Grind), Stephen Christopher Anthony (The Book of Mormon), Gregory Haney (Bring It On, Memphis, Tarzan), David Perlman (Baby It's You!, Yank!), Ashley Spencer (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Hairspray, Rock of Ages), Andrew Kober (Hair, Les Miserables), Jackie Burns (Wicked, Hair, If/Then), Charlotte Maltby (Les Miserables at MUNY) and Emily Schultheis. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
AARON LAZAR, April 2 at 7PM:
The amazingly talented Aaron Lazar makes his 54 Below debut with a sparkling show that features Broadway classics, American Songbook standards, and pop favorites, with good dashes of candor and humor. Listen as Mr. Lazar weaves in stories from his youth, his family, and his friendships with Broadway legends like Elaine Stritch and Angela Lansbury. Aaron Lazar's numerous Broadway credits include A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza, Les Miserables, Oklahoma, and The Phantom of the Opera. And for one night only this April, guests at 54 Below get him all to themselves. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MANDY GONZALEZ, April 2 at 9:30PM:
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. $25 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
PUPPY LOVE: AN ASPCA BENEFIT WITH CHONDRA PROFIT AND MORE, April 2 at 11:30PM:
Broadway artists, recording artists, fashion models and more come together for Puppy Love at 54 Below. All proceeds are being donated to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-after all, we are their voice. Scheduled to appear are: Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line revival, Wonderland), Chondra Profit (Disney's The Lion King), Rachel Lorin Filsoof (recording artist and star of Oxygen Network's "The Next Big Thing"), Brian Craft (Avenue Q, Let My People Come), Brandon Yanez (recording artist and ABC's "One Life to Live"), Brian Detlefs (Trails the Musical), Brooke Humphrey (Theatre Under The Stars, NYC Couture Fashion Week), Kimberly Abrams (Cabaret), John Ryan Del Bosque (Let My People Come), Matthew Pritchard (The Spazmatics), Devin Compton (Discovery ID's "Obsession"), Bryan Austermann (NYU Tisch - New Studio on Broadway), Brianna Galligan (Enchanté Cabaret), Gavin Rohrer (Let My People Come). The band will feature Michael James Roy (piano), Isam Rum (guitar), and Max Yassky (percussion). $25 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
KANDER & EBB'S THE ACT, April 3 at 7PM & 9:30PM, April 4 at 8PM & 11PM:
A concert version celebrating the score of John Kander & Fred Ebb's "The Act" returns to NYC. The songs of the show-which originally played Broadway in 1977 with Liza Minnelli as the lead-take place in a nightclub, so it's only fitting this one-night-only event will take place in the swankiest nightclub in town! The cast includes Tony Award winner Cady Huffman, Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky, Tony Award winner Randy Graff, Julia Murney, Karen Mason, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Stacie Bono, Rachelle Rak (Excluding 4-4 at 11pm), Mamie Parris, Carole J. Bufford, with Elizabeth Ann Berg, Jennifer Malenke, and Will Porter. Backed by a three-piece swinging band and helmed by director Will Nunziata, an all-star list of Broadway and television's top talent will sing some of the most joyful and gorgeous songs that Kander & Ebb ever wrote, including "The Money Tree," "Arthur in the Afternoon," "City Lights," "Shine It On," "Bobo's," "It's the Strangest Thing," "My Own Space"-and even songs that were cut out of town and will be making their NYC premiere! Proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund. $50-60 cover charge for 7PM show, $40-50 cover charge for 8PM and 9:30PM shows and $35-45 cover charge for 11PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LYRICLION, April 3 at 11:30PM:
LyricLion is an ensemble of seven top musicians currently studying at Columbia and Juilliard. The group accompanies singer-songwriters in new arrangements of their songs with the unique instrumentation of flute, bassoon, french horn and strings. They have been praised for their "astute musical taste" and their blend of classical and pop has been described as a "truly inspiring result" (Huffington Post). Featuring performances and songs by Sarah Dooley, Sally Eidman, Olivia Harris, Kailey Marshall, Katy Rea, Taylor Simone, David Alan Thorton, Niko Tsakalatos and Zack Zadek. Plus songs from new musicals by Aaron Albert/Katy Rea, Solomon Hoffman/Nick Parker, Ryan Scott Oliver and Zoe Sarnak performed by Sarah Hunt, Rebekah Lowin, Taylor Noble, Emily Rogers and Andrea Ross. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
DEATH AT THE DEVEREUX, April 5 at 7PM:
Death at The Devereux, written and directed by Charlotte Yakovleff and performed by The Devereux Theater Players, is an original murder mystery musical comedy set back in the 1920's. Guests have been invited to the grand re-opening of Bobby Lyle's speakeasy, The Devereux. With Bobby's obsession over his biggest competitor and nemesis, Johnny Bostello owner of The Brigadoon, the stage is set for murder and confusion. As the play begins someone, oddly enough, dies. (Who would have thought someone would die in a murder mystery) Throughout the evening guests (the audience) will wonder who-dun-it, while each cast member tries to avoid getting thrown to the coppers, and tries to figure out if Bobby Lyle's on the level or if he's the fall guy and will be left holding the bag. So put your glad rags on, and get a wiggle on down to The Devereux, where you can join us for some giggle juice and a have jazzy good time! The musical play will feature original Off-Broadway cast members Matt Brooks, Lynne Strang, Phil Williams, Ara Casey, Terri Grimes-Marin, Charles Hoffman, Teri Pierce, Jim Boykin, Stephanie Lawrence, Helen Rusnak, Jolanda Janczewski, Teri Meyer, Daniel Serpati, Matt Robinson, Dianne Janczewski, Marie Koneczny, and Charlotte Yakovleff. Death at the Devereux is produced, written and directed by Charlotte Yakovleff and performed by The Devereux Theatre Players. Music Direction is by Marie Koneczny. $45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MARCUS PAUL JAMES, April 5 at 11PM:
Broadway actor, singer and songwriter Marcus Paul James brings a night of R&B to the 54 Below stage in his show Love and Soul. With Brian Whitted leading the band, Marcus turns the stage into a soulfest with a mix of Broadway, covers and original tunes - out to prove that the modern-day balladeers and crooners are still alive and well. Marcus was last seen in the off-Broadway revival of Rent, where he reprised his role of Mr. Jefferson and "Seasons of Love" soloist. Before that, he was a part of the Broadway closing casts of the Tony Award-winning shows In the Heights and Rent, as well the movie Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. Marcus has released two albums of his own music, as well as been featured on multiple up-and-coming composer albums, including Scott Alan and Bobby Cronin. "Marcus' music is able to break the barrier and rise to the top of the music heap. Upon listening to Marcus sing, you'll notice that he's a bit fresh and old-school at the same time. Evoking memories of my favorite singer Luther Vandross, Marcus' soulful delivery and style is one that I wish would return in droves to the music scene..." - Delious Kennedy,Breakout Magazine. Come sit back, get a drink and enjoy Broadway, R&B and soul with Marcus and his amazing friends. With special guests Crystal Monee Hall and Michael McElroy! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ROSLYN KIND, April 6 at 7PM:
54 Below proudly welcomes Ms. Kind back to the New York club scene, where she hasn't been seen SOLO in 20 years. Having recently toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel performing with her sister, Barbra Streisand, and nephew, Jason Gould, this brand new show features both new material & vintage "Rozzie" tunes. Back in the heyday of nightclubs in New York, Roslyn Kind played 'em all. Signed to RCA Records at the time, she played The Persian Room, The Playboy Club, The Supper Club, The Grand Finale, etc. Be there when 54 Below warmly welcomes her back to NYC nightlife! Music Direction by Alex Rybeck, Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SALLY WILFERT, April 6 at 9:30PM:
Broadway songstress Sally Wilfert returns to 54 Below with a brand spanking new evening of music. Expect classic melodies and newer works, all seamlessly blended into the perfect, tuneful Wilfert casserole. One of New York's most dynamic voices, audiences have embraced Sally in everything from Broadway's Assassins to her acclaimed off-Broadway appearances in Make Me a Song and See Rock City, among others. In January, Sally knocked the socks off of 54 Below audiences with her breathtaking appearance in The Sound of Their Music: Rodgers & Hammerstein at 54 Below.$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.