Nick Adams, Matt Doyle & More to Join The Skivvies at 54 Below Tonight
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 is 15:54, and more:
THE SKIVVIES, September 23 at 9:30PM:
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. Guest starring Nick Adams, Tituss Burgess, Matt Doyle, Lesli Margherita, and Leslie McDonel. Cover charge $20-30. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: THE CALLBACK: PRELIMINARIES, September 23 at 11:30PM:
Join Emily McNamara and accompanist Benjamin Rauhala at this week's The Callback: Preliminaries! Watch eight contestants duke it out by singing their favorite tunes for the chance to progress to The Callback: Semi-Finals and eventually win their own show at 54 Below. 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: IGOR BUTMAN, September 24 at 7PM & 9PM:
Former US President Bill Clinton called Igor Butman "my favorite living saxophone player!" Butman is renowned the world over as a supremely gifted jazz virtuoso, composer and arranger, band leader, impresario, and club owner. Playing alongside him is the Moscow State Jazz Orchestra (aka Igor Butman Big Band), a swinging and lyrical band in the tradition of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Big Bands. Featuring bluesy jazz vocalist Allan Harris, you will not want to miss this dynamic evening of international jazz! Cover charge $35-45. $15 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, September 24 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, with special guests from Broadway and beyond dropping 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 Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Dirty Blonde), Michael Wartella (Wicked), Zarah Mahler (Soul Doctor), Marcus Paul James (In The Heights, Rent) and Niki Scalera (Hairspray, Tarzan). No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.