Patrick Page Ben Platt & 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.
NAMT SONGWRITER SPOTLIGHT, August 25 at 7PM:
Summer is winding down but things are heating up for NAMT's next Songwriter Spotlight featuring writers who rock! The concert will have music from: JOE ICONIS (Bloodsong of Love- NAMT Fest '11), KYLE JARROW (Hostage Song- NAMT Fest '09) and songs from Lizzie (NAMT Fest '10) by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt. Iconis and Jarrow will play songs from their NAMT Fest shows plus other projects, while team Lizzie will give us a sampling of what happens when you tell the story of Lizzie Borden with just four girls and a rock and roll band. Cast: Nick Blaemire (Dogfight, Godspell), Hanna Cheek (Hostage Song, Goodbar), Carrie Cimma (Drama Desk Nominee, Lizzie), Mary Kate Morrissey (Tamar of the River), Ryah Nixon (Fat Camp), Ciara Renee (Pippin, Big Fish), Paul Thureen (Hostage Song, The Debate Society), Lauren Wosham (Tony Nominee, Gentleman's Guide), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange, American Idiot), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Hairspray), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Nine Wives), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!), Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), with Kristin Piacentile and Jessi Suzuki from Sky Ponny. Join us at 54 Below on August 25 for some edge of your seat rock-and-roll action! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BEN PLATT, August 25 at 9:30PM:
He had the "Magic" in him onscreen as Benji Applebaum in Universal's smash hit Pitch Perfect, and he's currently starring on Broadway as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. Now, to celebrate finally making the move to NYC, Ben Platt comes to 54 Below to sing some of his favorites and share tales of Mormons, his fellow aca-people, and of course, his family of singing Jews. Expect everything from soul, to Pop and R&B to musical theatre and some special guests! $45-55 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
JOEL B. NEW, August 25 at 11:30PM:
"Something New," the mega popular podcast that dissects what it means to be a working, multifaceted artist in America, comes to 54 Below to wrap up its second season with a special live concert! Award-winning songwriter and host Joel B. New has invited some of his favorite guests to join him and share some of their stories, take a quiz or two (with audience prizes!), and bring his songs to life onstage. Featuring Drew Gasparini, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Amy Jo Jackson, Bill Coyne, Avital Asuleen, Dan Radzikowski, David Hudson, Hansel Tan, Jenny Neale, Justin Daniel, Mariand Torres, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Tiffan Borelli, and more! Recently named one of the Top 20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans by BroadwayWorld.com, "Something New" is a platform for Mr. New to interview the savviest singers he knows. Each guest brings multiple talents to the theatre industry - from photography to coaching dialects to massage therapy - and their careers as performers have only been enriched by them. This biweekly podcast dissects what it means to be a working, multifaceted artist in America and always concludes with a premiere recording from one of Joel B. New's latest musical projects. Past guests have included Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Broadway vet, co-host of "The Ensemblist" podcast), Rock the Audition's Sheri Sanders, actor/photographer/director Billy Bustamante, The Skivvies' Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina, and Drew Gasparini (NBC's Smash). Joel B. New is the proud recipient of a 2008 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant for his music and lyrics. His stage projects include To Hell and Back, Mackenzie and the Missing Boy, Awakening (book: Jenny Stafford, music: J. Oconer Navarro), Standalone: a song cycle, The Nobody Diaries, Shiver, and RSVP. Joel's work has been seen and developed at Ars Nova, Lincoln Center, New York Theatre Barn, and more. www.joelbnew.com. $15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
WILL & ANTHONY NUNZIATA, August 26 at 7PM:
After 4 consecutive sold-out concerts, Will & Anthony are back at 54 Below for an encore performance and updated version of their critically-acclaimed concert "Broadway, Our Way." The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. "Broadway, Our Way" made it's Symphony Pops orchestra debut with the Cleveland Pops Symphony Orchestra this past January, and will be seen with the Annapolis Symphony, Firelands Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras (to name a few) in the coming 2014-2015 concert season. Songs include fresh takes on "Come Rain or Come Shine," "This Could Be The Start of Something Big," "Being Alive," "Somewhere," "Children Will Listen," "Make Someone Happy," "Once in a Lifetime," and original mash-up arrangements including "Who Can I Turn to?"/"What Kind of Fool Am I." The brothers will be joined by their three-piece swinging band comprised of pianist and musical director Alvin Hough, Jr. (Motown the musical), drummer Jeremy Yaddaw and bassist Adam Neely. For more information, visit www.WillandAnthony.com. "They display an engagingly brassy professionalism!"- The New York Times. "Blessed with strong voices and leading man looks!" - The New York Times.$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
REX SMITH, August 26 at 9:30PM:
REX SMITH Confessions of A Teen Idol: A Musical Autobiography. So how did a crazy Teen Idol rocker end up a respected entertainer on television and Broadway? Every song has a story. Like a rock and roll Mark Twain, Rex Smith takes you on a wild and fascinating, sometimes dramatic, yet very hilarious, musical story-telling journey. From the crazy antics of rock and roll, his excitement and pressures behind a six-album deal as a number one platinum recording artist with Columbia Records, his two years opening for Ted Nugent, his last concert with Lynyrd Skynyrd before their plane crash (and what really happened), what lead Rex to become an overnight sensation as Teen Idol that took him around the world, and the despair that came with the title; his television roles on Sooner Or Later, Street Hawk, Solid Gold, As The World Turns, and The Daredevil; and most notable, his sudden rise to Broadway, including antics with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt during The Pirates of Penzance and receiving the coveted Theatre World Award, leading to Broadway shows with Grease, Grand Hotel, Annie Get Your Gun, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, and Sunset Boulevard... to where he met his 16 year old son, Brandon, for the first time... a son he never knew he had. Join Rex Smith for a musical evening full of rock and Broadway songs, and if you haven't heard "the stories behind the stories" from a celebrity dishing on other celebrities, then this is your show. Stories and anecdotes of Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andy Warhol, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith...to Michael Jackson, Andy Gibb, Tatum O'Neal, Dorothy Hamill, Diahann Carroll... And that is only the beginning...$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
PATRICK PAGE, August 27 at 7PM:
After a 54 Below debut in January that the New York Post's Michael Riedel called "sensational", "mesmerizing" and "it brought down the house!", Patrick Page, recently of Casa Valentina, AND BROADWAY'S LEADING BAD GUY returns for an encore performance AT 54 BELOW! Specializing in spectacular characters FROM THE DARK SIDE - The Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Scar in The Lion King, The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rufus Buckley in A Time to Kill, Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons - Patrick Page explores theatrical villainy from Captain Hook to Sweeney Todd. An evening full of laughs (diabolical and otherwise), songs, insights, and surprises! Direction by Stuart Moulton. "The great Patrick Page brings his expertly layered, basso profundo villainy to the evening." -New York Magazine. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
PARTY MONSTER THE MUSICAL, August 27 at 9:30PM:
This one night only presentation, hosted by downtown superstar Leo Gugu will premiere selected songs from Party Monster The Musical. The new EDM musical is based on the memoir Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland by James St James, later renamed Party Monster. This 1999 memoir was nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, and chronicles St. James' life as a Manhattan celebutante and club kid. An all-original score is composed by Brian Morey (I am Hamlet) with lyrics by Matthew Neff (NYMF's Petrouchka). Blurring the lines between a traditional musical and a rock concert, the show examines two close friends, a group of followers and the consequences of self-indulgence. Check out the show on twitter at @PartyMonsterTM.. Starring: Joey Calveri (Rock of Ages), Julius Thomas III (Motown), Tracy McDowell (Motown), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), Laura Beth Wells (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Tim Young (Next to Normal), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boy), John Michael Dias (Jersey Boys), Talia Thiesfield (Fox's The Following), Ryan Nixon (Beaches at Signature Theatre), Marissa Rosen (Big Gay Italian Wedding), Kyle Kleiboeker (USA Network's Summer Camp), Alan Shaw (Les Miz Nat. Tour), Corey Desjardins (Marina Keegan's Independents), Noah Zachary (Dear Edwina), Brad Greer (The Broadway Boys), Elizabeth Urbanczyk (Pride at 54 Below), Tina Jensen (The Glamazons), Eddie Cooper (Cinemax's Banshee), Nathaly Lopez (NYTW's What's It All About), Adriene Couvillion (Rock 'N' Roll Debauchery) and Patrick Elliott (D.C. premiere of Altar Boyz). $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SHAPIRO SISTERS, August 28 at 7PM:
54 Below is excited to welcome back Tony Winner/Grammy Award Nominee Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Matilda the Musical) and triple threat sister Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas) in their unstoppable sister act "THE SHAPIRO SISTERS: LIVE OUT LOUD!" For this encore performance, the Shapiro Sisters will be joined by fellow Broadway stars Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Anything Goes) and Ben Thompson (Matilda, Holler If Ya Hear Me). The Sisters delight you with a variety of songs from their repertoire of Broadway favorites. This concert is to benefit a cause for which they are most passionate: No Bully, a non-profit that brings innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying and harassment in schools. 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! "Matilda and Cindy Lou Who will always be in our hearts, but it's time to take our next steps," say Milly and Abigail. "We are so excited to have an opportunity to perform as sisters fun songs by characters we love for the cause closest to our hearts: No Bully!" $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
RELATIVITY: A NEW MUSICAL IN CONCERT, August 28 at 9:30PM:
From the award-winning team of Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief) and Michael Ruby (Ethan Frome) and straight from development at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), comes an exciting, funny and poignant new pop/rock musical about siblings and perspective. Relativity features F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Holler If You Hear Me) and Sarah Beth Pfeifer (Legally Blonde, The Lightning Thief) as Derek and Reagan - twins who discover over the course of a decade that there are two things no one can ever escape: time and family. Rob Rokicki and Michael Ruby's musicals, songs and plays have been performed across the U.S., and in England and South America. The team's other credits include Love, NY (American Harmony Prize, 2013 Capital Fringe, New World Stages concert) and Strange Tails (Ars Nova ANT Fest, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, multiple year/multiple award-winner at The West Village Musical Theatre Festival). Directed by Paul Stancato (Basquiat, The House of Dancing Water). Rob Rokicki music directs and leads the band, including Micah Burgess, Seth Eliser and Dennis Michael Keefe. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
PAULO SZOT, August 29 & 30 at 8PM:
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! "Hearing such a powerful and resonant voice in close quarters is a rare and not-to-be-missed experience!" -TheaterMania. Audiences can prepare to swoon as the Tony-winning star of South Pacific headlines 54 Below for a limited two-night engagement. In his show, the Brazilian opera star presents a program of cherished classics from the American Songbook, as well as Brazilian and jazz favorites. Expect Gershwin, Porter, and even a comic Broadway medley that will bring down the house. Paulo is one of the most versatile and extraordinary singers to be heard today. It'll be some enchanted evening, be sure! $65-75 cover charge for 8/29; $60-70 for 8/30. $30 food & beverage minimum.
SAYCON SENGBLOH, August 29 at 11PM:
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 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAYSPOTTED'S 5th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, August 30 at 11PM:
Broadway's Gossip Girl has turned five this year and has reached 25,000 Twitter followers! To celebrate, Broadway Spotted has put together a concert with some of her favorite performers and friends. Some of Broadway's greatest including Brandon Rubendall (Spider-Man, Anything Goes), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, Les Mis), Danny Quadrino (Newsies, Bye Bye Birdie), Lesli Margherita (Matilda) and Andy Kelso (Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia) will be singing some of their favorite songs, hosted by Kinky Boots' Ellyn Marsh! Don't miss the Broadway prize raffle and some appearances by special guests. Who knows, Spotted herself may be in attendance. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
NYC CABARET FESTIVAL, August 31 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 31 2 7pm: John Bucchino, Jim Brochu, Tim DiPasqua, Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Karen Oberlin, T. Oliver Reid, Julie Reyburn, Alex Rybeck, KT Sullivan and Michael Winther. Sunday, August 31 2 9:30pm: Jeremy Abram, Mary Foster Conklin, Darius de Haas, Lauren Fox, Daryl Glenn, Karen Mack, Rob Maitner, Molly Pop, Kelli Rabke, Teri Ralston, Brian Charles Rooney and Lucia Spina. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.