Matt Doyle, Songs from SUBMISSIONS ONLY & 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.
ERIC MICHAEL KROP, May 19 at 10PM:
Pop singer Eric Michael Krop (Godspell) brings you a night filled with covers of hit pop covers and original songs from his upcoming album, "Love Lessons." Eric, with songwriters Selda Sahin (Grind) and Derek Gregor (Grind, Island Song, Unlocked), come to the 54 Below stage with a rocking full band and special guests, including Broadway's Natalie Weiss, Tracy McDowell, and Drew Brody. They'll be breaking up and putting the pieces back together through song. Eric has performed all over the world and is ready to bring it back home to NYC. Special guests: Drew Brody (Cutman), Tracy McDowell (Motown, The Next Big Thing, Rent) and Natalie Weiss (Wicked, Les Miserables). $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
TAMARA TUNIE, May 20 at 7PM:
Join Tamara Tunie as she celebrates the music of the legendary artists that hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: the city of Three Rivers. "Growing up in Pittsburgh, I had an inkling of the many musical talents who were from 'the 'Burgh,' but was thrilled to learn the depth to which those waters ran," says Ms Tunie. From Lena Horne and Henry Mancini to Phyllis Hyman and George Benson, Tamara will celebrate the variety of composers and singers in two concerts at 54 Below. Known for her starring roles in films such as Flight with Denzel Washington, television series like "Law & Order: SVU" and the Sundance Channel's The Red Road, and on Broadway in Julius Caesar and Dreamgirls, Ms. Tunie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed in jazz concerts at the Allen Room/Jazz at Lincoln Center and Feinstein's with incomparable musicians such as Mike Renzi, Ted Firth and Roger Humphries. She has also performed for the Mabel Mercer Foundation at Town Hall and at Symphony Space, bringing down the house with music from Billie Holiday to Cole Porter. Her performances in "All That's Jazz" have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Penn State University/Allegheny County's Student Scholarship Fund. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
VIVIAN REED, May 20 at 9:30PM:
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. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MILLY & ABIGAIL SHAPIRO WITH SPECIAL GUEST ANDREA MCARDLE, May 21 at 7PM:
Tony honoree/Grammy nominee Milly Shapiro (Matilda in Matilda) joins with triple threat sister Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas) for an unstoppable sister act in their premiere of "The Shapiro Sisters: Live Out Loud!" at 54 Below. The two kid sisters will delight you with a variety of their favorite songs from Broadway characters who touched their hearts. This concert is to benefit a cause for which they are most passionate: no bully! With original arrangements of these beloved classics by musical director Michael Moritz and direction by Deborah Kym, these powerhouse young sisters promise to both entertain and touch the heart of your world! Special Guest: Andrea McArdle. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SING AWAY THE STIGMA, May 21 at 9:30PM:
Sing Away the Stigma is a benefit concert that uses musical theatre to help erase the stigma of mental illness. A dozen people of different ages, locations, and backgrounds shared their personal stories of mental illness, which emerging musical theatre writers have turned into songs. Broadway performers will interpret these songs in concert to raise awareness of mental illness, open the conversation, and raise funds for Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit working towards erasing the stigma of mental illness. Performers include Becca Ayers, Nick Cearley, Amber Gray, Brian Charles Rooney, Remy Zaken, and more to be announced. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MATT DOYLE, May 22 at 7PM & May 24 at 8:30PM:
Matt Doyle is thrilled to be making his solo 54 Below Debut! Doyle recently starred as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. He is also known for his work in War Horse, Spring Awakening, and Bye Bye Birdie. Matt was most recently seen starring in the Off-Broadway smash, Jasper in Deadland. Co-Written by composer Will Van Dyke, Matt's EP's ("Daylight and Constant") both launched in the Top 40 on the iTunes pop charts. Will and Matt have played numerous sold out shows in New York City at venues such as Feinstein's, Joe's Pub, and Le Poisson Rouge. Matt is excited to bring an energetic night of his original music, as well as crowd-pleasing pop classics, to 54 Below. Accompanied and arranged by Will Van Dyke, the light-hearted set will feature many songs Matt has always wanted to sing, but never had the chance to. $30-40 cover charge for 7PM show. $35-45 cover charge for 8:30PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SONGS FROM SUBMISSIONS ONLY, May 22 at 9:30PM:
Join "Submissions Only" co-creators Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger in celebrating the songs of their hit web series. Under the music direction of Michael Croiter, the Submissions Only House Band, along with a number of exciting guest stars, will perform a selection of music from all three seasons of the show, including original songs like "Two Cents," "Wrong Spot" and "Nobody Does Mean Like Me." Cast: Kate Wetherhead, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Colin Hanlon, Julie Foldesi, Max von Essen, Wade McCollum, and Phoebe Strole. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE MUSIC OF ANDREW GORDON & DANNY BAIRD, May 22 at 11:30PM:
Making their cabaret debut as a composing team, Andrew Gordon (Composer) & Danny Baird (Lyricist) present an evening of songs from one yet-to-be-produced musical and one yet-to-be-finished musical. The event will feature a bevy of phenomenal singers, musical theatre in-jokes, and smorgasbord of awkward theatrical moments carefully curated by Catie Davis (Director.) Catie and the cast join Andrew & Danny in what can only be described as "loving nepotism." Featuring Gerianne Perez, Rachel Geisler, Sara Glancy, Tatiana Wechsler and Ben Chavez. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
PREGNANCY PACT THE MUSICIAL IN CONCERT, May 23 at 8:30PM:
Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary's Pregnancy Pact returns to New York for one night at 54 Below! Inspired by the infamous (if apocryphal) pact forged by high school girls in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Pregnancy Pact received its world-premiere production at the Weston Playhouse after being seen at Ars Nova, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Works. Members of the Weston cast, some special guests, and a six-piece band will come together to sing (read as: belt) about making friends, making love, making a family, and making a sex tape. Don't miss the chance to hear what critics praised as a "charismatic pop-rock score" from this emotionally charged, "poignantly beautiful" musical. Logo by Jaimé Valles for NAMT. Featuring Krystina Alabado (Evita tour, American Idiot), Ally Bonino (Myths & Hymns), Ellen Condon (Phantom @ WBT), Amy Linden (Cheer Wars, Pub Crawl), Lauren Marcus (ReWrite), Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon, Nobody Loves You), Allison Jill Posner (Volley Girls), Phoebe Strole (Glee, Spring Awakening), and Emily Walton (The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World.) Music direction by Remy Kurs (Witness Uganda, The Book of Mormon) with Ashley Baier (drums), Meaghan Burke (cello), Jonny Morrow (bass), Anthony Rubbo (guitar), and Kailey Shaffer (violin.) $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SKIVVIES, May 23 & 24 at 11PM:
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! This "musically thrilling" undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don't just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called "smart, sophisticated...ingenious," and Out Magazine, "The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque...and unusual explosion of satire and sultry." They also have a single and music video directed by Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running With Scissors. They will be joined by special guest stars who will strip down and rock out. Expect a hilarious evening of genre-hopping pop perfection. May 23 guests: Alice Ripley, Keala Settle, Betsy Wolfe, Adam Kantor, Jason Tam, Steel Burkhardt, Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Lesli Margherita. May 24 guests: Lauren Worsham, Matt Doyle, Christopher J. Hanke, Margo Seibert, Steel Burkhardt, Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Lesli Margherita. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, May 25 at 7PM:
A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more. Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory, Donna McKechnie & Chip Zien - so you never know who might drop in. Sondheim Unplugged is hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore! Come join the party! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ASPECTS OF ANDREW: LLOYD WEBBER @ 54, May 25 at 9:30PM:
Cats. The Phantom of the Opera. Evita. Jesus Christ Superstar. Starlight Express. Sunset Boulevard. Aspects of Love. Song & Dance.... the list goes on. 54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the artistry of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, the celebrated composer who has left an indelible mark on Broadway, the West End & popular music. Featuring a rotating cast of some of Broadway and cabaret's best, Aspects of Andrew runs the gamut from the humor of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & By Jeeves, to the high flying (adored) diva tunes that populate some of the most beloved musicals of the past half century. Turbans, masked deformity, roller skates, singing felines, love-starved hat designers, Mary Magdeline... expect it all at Aspects of Andrew... Jellicle cats come out tonight! Guest May 25: Special Guest Tony Winner Alice Ripley. With: Lucia Spina, Jessica Vosk, Harris Doran, Trent Armand Kendall, John Treacy Egan, Sarah Rice. Brian Charles Rooney, Leenya Rideout, Nicholas Rodriguez, Claybourne Elder and Emily Bergl. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.