Matt Doyle, Tony Yazbeck & 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.
PATTI MURIN, August 11 at 7PM:
Don't let that ingénue face fool you - this girl's got steel pipes and the mouth of a sailor. One of Broadway's most appealing leading ladies, Patti Murin has starred in Wicked, Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu, Love's Labour's Lost, Emma, and, most recently, Fly By Night. Now she is bringing her signature vocal sound and sharp comic timing to 54 Below. For her cabaret debut, Patti will forgo the safety of standards to perform songs exclusively from the new musicals in which she has originated a role. It will literally be one of the best nights of your (her) life. She'll be joined by Jason Tam, who's currently starring in If/Then. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
TONY YAZBECK, August 11 & 14 at 9:30PM:
Just in time for his return to the Great White Way as Gabey in next season's revival of On the Town, perennial song and dance man Tony Yazbeck heats up the stage in his 54 Below debut with The Floor Above Me-a thrilling evening of tenor melodies and tenacious tap dancing! The beloved Broadway vet-late of Little Me at Encores!, who has also appeared in Gypsy (Tulsa), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Phil Davis), A Chorus Line (Al), Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance and NBC's Smash-will be joined by fellow Broadway hoofer Curtis Holbrook (If/Then, West Side Story, Xanadu) and tap dance sensation Melinda Sullivan (So You Think You Can Dance, Glee). In this not-to-be-missed evening, with tunes spanning from MGM to Joni Mitchell, Tony will weave tales from his first Broadway gig at age 11 (as a Newsboy in Tyne Daly's Gypsy) to his recent turn as Tulsa in the Patti LuPone revival, as well as share anecdotes from his professional and personal journey that has established him as a stalwart New York song and dance man. Join Tony Yazbeck at 54 Below for The Floor Above Me, with musical direction and arrangements by Jerome Korman, evening written by Howard Emanuel, for an unforgettable evening of story, song and dance! $40-50 cover charge for 8/11. $35-45 cover charge for 8/14 $25 food & beverage minimum.
COURTNEY SCHEER AND ROY GEORGE WITH FREDI WALKER-BROWNE, August 11 at 11:30PM:
See Courtney Scheer and Roy George in their 54 Below debut. They will be joined by Fredi Walker-Browne, from the original Broadway cast of Rent, and they will perform Broadway classics, powerful pop tunes and original songs in a cabaret that explores the different stages of pursuing a life on the stage. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
SAVION GLOVER, August 12 at 7PM:
Savion Glover, the legendary American tap dancer, actor, and choreographer makes his 54 Below debut. After making his Broadway debut in The Tap Dance Kid at the age of 12, he has gone on to perform and choreograph all over the world in theater, television and film. The winner of the 1996 Tony Award for best choreography for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, The New York Times says, "He appears more than ever to be today's answer to Fred Astaire...a natural star whose charisma lies not in a fixed persona but a fluid mutability, he seems to be always reinventing himself before our eyes." Come be enchanted by the sight and sounds of Savion Glover up close and in person as he taps the intimate 54 Below stage for the first time. This is one Tap Dance Kid not to be missed. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAY BALLYHOO WITH GAVIN LEE & MORE, August 12 at 9:30PM:
Scott Siegel's critically acclaimed BROADWAY BALLYHOO, which regularly features great Broadway and nightclub stars in New York City, plays this summer at 54 Below on Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30pm. This ever-changing musical variety show, soon to begin its third year of performances, will light up 54 Below this summer with all-star casts. For this show in its new home, Scott Siegel, best known as the creator/writer/host of Town Hall's signature series, Broadway by the Year (in its 14th season), welcomes to the stage Willy Falk (Tony nominee, original cast of Miss Saigon), Gavin Lee (Tony nominee, Mary Poppins), Xan Russell (The Mysteries), Oakley Boycott (Cabaret national tour), Jenn Gambatese (All Shook Up, Tarzan), Kevin Spirtas ("Days of Our Lives," Boy from Oz, Mr. Confidential), William Blake (a Nightlife Award winner), and Alex Getlin! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SAYCON SENGBLOH, August 13 at 7PM:
Known for her captivating performances and her killer voice, Broadway darling Saycon Sengbloh makes her 54 Below debut! While starring in the high-energy Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, Sengbloh enthused The New York Times to say that her performance "shimmers," that she is "strong-voiced" and "vibrant." She most recently was showcased in Tony Award-nominated Motown the Musical and originated the role of Sandra Iszadore in the hottest and only Afro-beat award winning musical Fela! on Broadway. Sengbloh has the distinction of being the first woman of African descent to perform the role of Elphaba in the musical Wicked. Revealing a fountain of versatility and intense talent, Sengbloh's affectionate voice conveys a sense of passion, heartbreak, and love. She will take audiences through a journey of today and yesterday's popular classics, tunes from her stage career, and music from her very own collection. Join Sengbloh for a magical, intimate evening as she stirs the sounds reminiscent of the legendary Tina Turner mixed with psychedelic soul, R&B and funk of a Janelle Monae sprinkled with the smoothness of Sade. Inspired by sensual eclectic performance of pop, soul, and R&B music, Senbloh continues to record and release amazing music, including the ballad "Be Here" and the previously released Southern Pin-Up EP and Southern Pin-Up: Special Edition that featured original music and covers of her favorites artists. Her song, "Possible" appeared on the soundtracks of the feature film Single Hills, and the web series Mommy Uncensored. Her modern rendition of "It Was a Very Good Year" has become a fan favorite during Saycon's live show. Miss Sengbloh also makes notable appearances on the Grammy-nominated soundtracks for Motown the Musical, Fela!, and the Broadway revival of Hair. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JILLIAN LOUIS, August 13 at 9:30PM:
A two-time award winner for Best Actress in a Musical at NYMF, theatre & film actress Jillian Louis makes her 54 Below debut! This is a unique nightclub act all about working in the trenches of live entertainment. It's a true story-told in song-about how you get in, stay in, manage to eat and have a roof over your head, and sometimes thrive. In short: it's about the agony and the ecstasy of show business. Jillian will regale audiences with songs both famous and obscure, from theater, country, and pop, and perhaps even a genre or two too beneath the radar to have a name. It's all about entertainment! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
STOP THE PRESSES: NEWSBOYS OF NEW YORK RALLY AT 54 BELOW, August 14 at 7PM & 11:30PM:
Everyone's favorite newsboys (and girls) from the cast of that hit Broadway show on 41st Street gather at 54 Below to show a side of themselves you may not have seen yet. Get ready for songs, stories, dances, comedy gold and possibly even some audience participation. Directed by Yvette Kojic, music directed by Benjamin Rauhala & produced by Shoshana Feinstein. Cast: Giuseppe Bausilio, Tommy Bracco, Joshua Colley, Corey Cott (7pm only), Julian De Guzman, Ben Fankhauser (7pm only), Michael Fatica, JP Ferreri, John Michael Fiumara, Julie Foldesi (7pm only), Damon J. Gillespie, Lewis Grosso (7pm only), David Guzman, Jacob Guzman, Liana Hunt (7pm only), Molly Jobe, Adam Kaplan, Evan Kasprzak, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Jess LeProtto, Jake Lucas, Luca Padovan, Daniel Quadrino, Julie Reiber (7pm only), Andy Richardson, Matthew Schechter, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendan Stimson (7pm only), Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong, Iain Young and Stuart Zagnit. $40-50 cover charge for 7PM, $30 cover charge for 11:30PM. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MATT DOYLE, August 15 & 16 at 8PM:
After his sold-out 54 Below debut, Broadway's Matt Doyle returns by popular demand for a summer encore! 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 EPs (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. Arranged by Will Van Dyke and accompanied by him and the band The Whiskey 5, the light-hearted set will feature many songs Matt has always wanted to sing, but never had the chance to. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ARIANA DEBOSE, August 15 at 11PM:
After a triumphant 54 Below debut in January, Ariana DeBose returns. In an intimate cabaret setting, Ariana (Bring It On, Motown, Pippin) defies limitations of gender, age & race in TYPED OUT. In collaboration with Ben Rauhala (music direction), Kurt Crowley (arrangements), & two-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann (creative consultant), Ariana investigates what it is to be ethnically ambiguous in a world that thrives on labels. Audiences can expect a variety of mash-ups, medleys and more! $25 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BONNIE MILLIGAN, August 16 at 11PM:
Well known on the New York concert scene as the singer who always stops the show, Bonnie Milligan is a force to be reckoned with. With her huge belting voice and one-of-a-kind stage presence, Bonnie has also made a splash in off-Broadway shows including Jasper in Deadland and Cuff Me! This fall, she will leave NYC to originate the role of Pat on the first national tour of Kinky Boots! A Midwestern preacher's daughter, Bonnie grew up in a trailer without much money, dreaming of performing someday. When her parents divorced, she moved to Ohio. While attending college at Ohio State, a mentor told her she'd "never make it as an actress, because of the fat thing". Fearless up until that point, those words killed something inside of her. Upon moving to New York, Bonnie auditioned here and there but was typed out a lot - and started to hear the words of that mentor in her head, louder and louder. One day she decided to take a voice class at the Linklater Center, and during the class, she realized just how much those words 5 years earlier had affected her. After some therapy, Bonnie finally began to feel more confident and self-loving. She went to an open call at the Flea Theatre and got in! There, she met some incredible artists and began making connections - including with director/composer David Dabbon and writer Dick Scanlan, who asked her to premiere a new song in a concert. One thing led to another and before long, Bonnie was heating up concerts from 54 Below to Joe's Pub, with an agent, and a national tour to boot! Don't miss this sensational belting phenomenon in her solo concert debut, as she brings down the house one last time before she struts across the country in the national tour of Kinky Boots. With special guest Matt Doyle! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
NYC CABARET FESTIVAL, August 17 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
54 Below inaugurates a brand new festival saluting some of the finest talents in the NYC cabaret community. This August, join more than seventy uniquely gifted entertainers, among the most highly regarded in the city, as we celebrate work ranging from original compositions to treasured standards by the greats & absolutely everything in between. The NYC Cabaret Festival shines a bright spotlight on this most unique craft, & propels it into the future! Sunday, August 17 @ 7pm: Anastasia Barzee, Bobby Belfry, Scott Coulter, Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock, Eric Michael Gillett, Liz McCartney, Miles Phillips, Lee Roy Reams and Sally Wilfert. Sunday, August 17 @ 9:30pm: Sarah Dash, Terese Genecco, Colleen McHugh, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Shaynee Rainbolt, The Skivvies, Gabrielle Stravelli, Stacy Sullivan, Donna Vivino, Jessica Vosk and Lennie Watts. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.