Melissa Van Der Schyff, Claybourne Elder & More Set for SINGLE at 54 Below, 6/5
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Melissa Van Der Schyff (Bonnie and Clyde) Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde, Venice), Catherine Porter (Next to Normal, The Music of Andrew Loydd Webber, The Brian May band, Sunset Boulevard) Allie Schultz (Grease, You're the One that I Want) and Ryan Duncan (Alter Boyz, Shrek) in "SINGLE" on Thursday 5th June 2014. 7pm.
"SINGLE" is the musical journey of Leah Levine, a 35-year-old successful, single divorce attorney who is unfulfilled in her work and constantly chooses the wrong men!
On her journey, we see Leah grow in her personal life, through haunting flashbacks to the airline pilot who broke her heart and predictably married a stewardess to the tattooed drummer who she casually dates. But will she make it with Jacob, the heart surgeon who she constantly sabotages by always looking backwards instead of to a bright future? Each man has a life and a story and, even better, a song!
Musical Director and keys: Daniel A. Weiss (Let it Be, Taboo, Rent, Without You), Guitar: Thad DeBrock (Spring Awakening). Drums: Gary Seligson (Billy Elliot, Wicked), Bass: Mike Visceglia (Bruce Springsteen, Avril Lavigne).
Songs from Single the Musical play 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Thursday June 5th at 7pm. There is a $35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
Karen has always written songs, although it was while working as a portrait artist that Gary Kemp and Jess Bailey from Spandau Ballet encouraged her to spend some time in the studio and to focus on her music. They, like many others, loved the heartfelt honesty and sincerity of her lyrics, which are warm and can always be related to. Karen writes with great humor, mostly about her adventures with the men she has met and what it is to be a woman today.
In 2007 Karen toured with Take That at Britain's largest arena, the O2. She worked in the studio with Yoad Nevo, (producer to Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Jem) and Stephen Lironi, (Jon Bon Jovi, Hanson).
Looking for a different way to bring her songs to the world, Karen went to New York in 2009 to develop a musical, Therapy Rocks. Therapy Rocks was staged at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The run was sold out and then extended. Karen is now in talks about further productions, both for the stage and screen, and will continue to write songs and to bring them to new audiences.
Melissa van der Schyff is an award-winning actress, singer, comedienne and songwriter who is best known for her work on Broadway. She was nominated for a 2012 Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for "Outstanding Featured Actress in A Musical" for originating the role of Blanche Barrow in the Broadway Musical (Bonnie and Clyde) which opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York on December 1, 2011
Catherine Porter is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is a former member of The Brian May Band and has appeared in several musicals and films. To date, Porter has released one album of solo material, "Something Good", in 2002, and has also worked as a back-up singer for Queen, Tony Hadley, Edwin Starr, Kiki Dee, Paul Moore, Sam Moore, Mel B and Chaka Khan.
Ryan Duncan: Broadway: (Shrek), (Piggie 'Bricks'/Donkey u.s.), Off Broadway: (Altar Boyz) (Drama League Nomination), (The Yellow Brick Road), (Soul Doctor), (The Fifth Column), (My First Time), (A train plays), (It must be him). Film/TV: (Freak Me) (pilot), (He's With Me) (web series), (In Stereo), (Stand By). Ryan was recently seen in the Broadway-bound (Gettin' the Band Back Together) and the workshop of (King Lear), adapted by and starring Paul Sorvino.
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, 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. The venue 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. In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes "the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan's other major supper clubs." Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.
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