Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014

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Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014

This August and September 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com.

AUGUST AT 54 BELOW:

PATTI LUPONE

August 1 & 2 at 8PM

August 1 at 11PM

$85-95 cover charge for 8/1 at 11PM. $95-105 cover charge for 8/1 at 8PM & 8/2. $30 food & beverage minimum.

Two-time Tony Award winner and 54 Below favorite Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below with her critically-acclaimed show The Lady with A Torch. Patti performs an eclectic collection of torch songs by such composers and lyricists as Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Enjoy what Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times described as "a beautifully paced, marvelously delivered torch-song exploration of the pleasures and pains of love; LuPone's remarkable, larger-than-life qualities and stunning musicality are distilled into the pure essence of her art."

THE SKIVVIES

August 2 & 22 at 11PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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. Guests include for August 2: Perez Hilton, Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Andy Karl (Rocky), Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde), Leslie McDonel (American Idiot), Greg Hildreth (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot).

A CONVERSATION WITH MUSIC WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & JIM BROCHU

August 3 at 7PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

This summer, two of Broadway's legendary composers sit down with Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour, Character Man, The Big Voice: God or Merman) to discuss their life's work. Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, The Apple Tree) & Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) are collectively the backbone of the Broadway showtune. One by one, Brochu will explore their creative lives and inspirations, histories and even their futures. Interspersed throughout the conversation, we'll welcome some of Broadway & cabaret's most esteemed voices who will present some of each composer's most treasured compositions. The chat's where it's at this August with Brochu & friends at 54 Below! Performers include Darius de Haas (Rent, Carousel, original cast of Children of Eden), Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked) and Kelli Rabke (Les Miz, original cast of Children of Eden).

SUSIE MOSHER IN THE GREAT DAISY THEORY

August 3 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

The hilarious Susie Mosher (Hairspray, NEWSical) returns to 54 Below to perform her critically acclaimed solo show for one night only! The Great Daisy Theory is a high energy musical memoir about Mosher's growing up years in suburban California, bouncing between divorced parents. Bearing witness to her mother's alcoholism and her father's immersion in the hippie movement, she finds her escape in musical theater, & dreams of life upon the Broadway stage. With music ranging from James Taylor to Coldplay, Camelot to Jesus Christ Superstar, Mosher tells her personal tale with rare candor, highlighted by her off-the-wall humor and heartfelt emotion. Directed by Matt Lenz (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, Pageant) with musical direction by John Boswell.

JAMES SNYDER

August 4 at 7:00PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Currently co-starring with Idina Menzel in If/Then as Josh, James Snyder makes his 54 Below debut. Taking a look back at his own If/Then moments, James will share stories and big songs from the shows he has starred in: West Side Story, bare, Rock of Ages, Cry-Baby and more. The evening will include stories about how his choices and chances shaped the life he leads right now: from City Center Encores' Fanny to Carousel at Goodspeed which led him to The Richard Rogers Theater and his current leading role in one of Broadway's biggest musicals. Whatever road you take, it shapes your life... whether it's getting married, finding out you're going to be a dad, or starring on Broadway in a new musical. Join James on the fun journey that has now led him to 54 Below... and his first NYC solo concert in 8 years.

MYKAL KILGORE

August 4 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Currently starring in the hit Broadway musical Motown, acclaimed singing-actor Mykal Kilgore makes his 54 Below solo concert debut that will explore his life as an artist, why music is important to him, and show off his eclectic taste in music ranging from gospel to jazz to soul to contemporary musical theatre. Known for his powerhouse vocals and impeccable acting chops, this once-in-a-generation talent has also graced the stages of the Great White Way in Hair and in the First National Tour of The Book of Mormon. For Mykal, music has a great deal of strength in it. Hearts change. Guards drop. Strangers connect. Nations unite. The roof of 54 Below may need some repairs the day after this one-night-only event because it will certainly be blown off once Mykal takes his final bows. Direction by Will Nunziata.

BRIANA LYNN WOLF

August 4 at 11:30PM

$15 general seating. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.

An original song cycle written and directed by viral songwriter Briana Lynn Wolf! You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll accept that your ex wasn't meant for you and that you're much better off without them. You'll learn to live in the now, and you may possibly fall in love with one of the singers and/or band members (especially after a few drinks). Featuring Julia Franklin, Jenna Glick, Tommy McKiernan, Shannon Rakow, and Michael Ryan. For more information on Briana, check out www.brianalynnwolf.com or www.youtube.com/brianalynnwolf.

NELLIE MCKAY

August 5, 6 & 7 at 7PM. August 8 & 9 at 8PM.

$50-60 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Hailed by The New Yorker as "funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented," Nellie McKay has recently finished an extended run in the off-Broadway hit Old Hats (winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue) and has written two acclaimed musical biographies, Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin. David Byrne tells The Wall Street Journal, "Her last two 'cabaret' shows I saw have been jaw-dropping. They both completely subverted the genre." Among Ms. McKay's charms, Mr. Byrne said, are the ways she playfully mixes what he called a "tragic noir vibe" with her "wicked sense of humor.'" For her 2014 show Nellie with a Z, The New York Times writes "[McKay] wears the mystique of a willful prodigy who is smarter, more talented and hipper than everyone else: a performer who answers only to herself. Gifts that others spend years refining seem to come naturally to her.... she can write and sing in any style, and you can't always be certain that one of her original songs is not an obscure period piece." Nellie's music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and McKay has appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers, and her writing has appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review, where she delivered an incisive in-depth review of a Doris Day biography. Nellie produced her critically acclaimed, debut double album Get Away From Me with Beatles' engineer Geoff Emerick, followed by Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day, ("Among the killer overhauls of American standards" -The New York Times), and her latest, Home Sweet Mobile Home. She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the film PS I Love You, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and the Emmy-winning documentary Gasland. Nellie will be performing with her band members, Alexi David on bass, Cary Park on guitar, and Kenneth Salters on drums.

UNSUNG BOB MERRILL

August 5 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

From his signature pop standards such as "Mambo Italiano" and "People" to his award-winning Broadway musicals Carnival and Funny Girl, Bob Merrill constructed a distinguished catalogue of timeless musical treasures: vivacious, chic, and frequently outrageous. Unsung Bob Merrill highlights the Tony-nominated icon's little-known works including rare musical material from the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany's, cut songs from New Girl in Town and Carnival, and several of his sensational 1950s novelty songs written for such artists as Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra. UnsungMusicalsCo. produces the intimate evening celebrating this singular artist and featuring rare audio clips of the songwriter himself. Three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Assassins, Millie) hosts Unsung Bob Merrill with additional performances by Anastasia Barzee (Jekyll & Hyde, White Christmas), Drama Desk nominee John Bolton (A Christmas Story, Spamalot), Erin Davie (Side Show, A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens), Bradley Dean (The Last Ship, A Little Night Music), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Rock of Ages, Spider-Man), Nick Gaswirth (A Christmas Story), Drama Desk nominee Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Hairspray), and Drama Desk nominee Christine Pedi (Chicago, Forbidden Broadway), and with a special premiere audio recording by Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (Beautiful, Hairspray).

JONATHAN KARRANT

August 6 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Jonathan Karrant performs songs from his current album "On and On", which recently hit #4 in the All About Jazz charts, as well as a collection of some of his favorite jazz standards from the American songbook. His show is seasoned with the music and anecdotes of Cole Porter in anticipation of his soon to be released Cole Porter CD. Jonathan is known for digging deep and singing songs that, while well known, are not the typical standards. He will be accompanied by The John di Martino Trio. Jonathan Karrant is an Arkansas native who at age 17, studied at New York's prestigious William Esper Studio, and was subsequently hired by the famed Metropolitan Opera House to play character roles in their performances. After three years with the Met, Karrant went on to Las Vegas where he met Vince Falcone. Together with Vince, Jonathan's first CD was produced entitled "Introducing Jonathan Karrant". Since then, he has toured the States and Europe, gathering fans and gaining recognition wherever he performs. Jonathan Karrant currently resides in San Diego, CA.

JUDY KAYE

August 7 at 9:30PM

$35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Encore by popular demand! Judy Kaye, Broadway legend and two time Tony Award winner (Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It) makes a splash at 54 Below with her new show celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Having worked with both, she'll share humorous anecdotes and personal reminiscences along with her own unique take on some of her favorites from these two giants of the American Musical Theatre.

VILLAIN DEBLANKS WITH LENA HALL & MORE

August 7 at 11:30PM

$10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.

Good news: Phillip DeBlanks is dead! He was a villain, a scoundrel and a lousy dancer. Or was he? Is it possible Phillip DeBlanks was framed by one of his circle of friends? You provide nouns, verbs, adjectives, desserts and body parts, and we provide the laughs - uncensored and unrehearsed - as the cast enact the story using words you've put in their mouths. It's "Clue" meets adult "Mad Libs," performed by some of the funniest people in New York! Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, each eye-watering performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind, and, best of all, the proceeds benefit Broadway Cares. Guests include: Lena Hall, Justin Guarini, F Michael Haynie, Julie James, Leslie McDonel, and Hunter Canning, with Heather Shisler. Written by Billy Mitchell

FROM MARKY MARK TO MICHAEL: POP MUSIC OF THE '90S

August 8 at 11PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Do you ever find yourself doing your best Adam Duritz impression in the shower? Do you ever weep yourself to sleep because Vanilla Ice is no longer relevant? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you won't want to miss From Marky Mark to Michael: Pop Music of the '90s, a chronological journey through '90s pop. We'll take you back in time to a decade where boy bands ruled the airwaves, your Discman was your prized possession and you could play Pogs while slamming back a Go-Gurt and watching TRL. Sound enticing? Then come see some of Broadway's best singers do their thing on some of the best music of the '90s. You wont want to miss it - it's gonna be me. I mean... it's gonna be rad. All proceeds benefit The Situation Project, a nonprofit investing in high performing, underserved NYC public schools by providing the entire school community with access to and engagement with the Broadway community. Guests include: Jackie Burns, Caissie Levy, Eric William Morris, Shaleah Adkisson, Allison Case, Jeremy Morse, Nic Rouleau, Rema Webb, Greg Williams, Kacie Sheik, Marshall Kennedy Carolan, Anastacia McCleskey, Emily Afton and Amber Iman.

54 SINGS THE WIZ

August 10 at 7PM & 9:30PM

$50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Ease on Down the Road with 54 Below as we celebrate this tornadic score! Directed by After Midnight's T. Oliver Reid and featuring a cast of some of Broadway's best; relive That Feeling We Once Had by coming Home. Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow, the Lion & the Tin Man are coming to our stage for one blow-out night only! Be a Lion! Starring: Ken Page, Alton Fitzgerald White, Kingsley Leggs, Vivian Reed, Adriane Lenox, Terry Burrell, Kecia Lewis, Christina Sajous, Ashley M. Stroud, Kenita R. Miller, N'Kenge, Eleasha Gamble, Rashidra Scott, Mariand Torres, Virginia Woodruff, Gregory Haney, Rema Webb and Danielle Herbert.

PATTI MURIN

August 11 at 7PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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.

TONY YAZBECK

August 11 & 14 at 9:30PM

August 19 at 7PM

$30-40 cover charge for 7PM show. $35-45 cover charge for 9:30PM shows. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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!

COURTNEY SCHEER AND ROY GEORGE

August 11 at 11:30PM

$10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.

See Courtney Scheer and Roy George in their 54 Below debut. Joined by special guests TBA, the duo 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.

BROADWAY BALLYHOO WITH GAVIN LEE & MORE

August 12 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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 second 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 Kerry O'Malley (Drama Desk nominee, On A Clear Day..., White Christmas, Into The Woods), Gavin Lee (Tony Nominee, Mary Poppins), Xan Russell (The Mysteries),Oakley Boycott (Cabaret national tour), Alex Getlin, and more to be announced! Musical Director: Ian Herman. Producer/Host: Scott Siegel.

SAYCON SENGBLOH

August 13 at 7PM

August 29 at 11PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Vintage Pop Soul with Saycon Sengbloh. 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.

JILLIAN LOUIS

August 13 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

A two-time award winner for Best Actress in a Musical at NYMF, theatre & film actress Jillian Louismakes 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!

STOP THE PRESSES: NEWSBOYS OF NEW YORK RALLY AT 54 BELOW

August 14 at 7PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Everyone's favorite newsboys (and girls) from the 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 & produced by Shoshana Feinstein. Cast includes: Aaron Albano, Giuseppe Bausilio, Tommy Bracco, Caitlyn Caughell, Corey Cott, Ben Fankhauser, Michael Fatica, JP Ferreri, John Michael Fiumara, Julie Foldesi, Damon J. Gillespie, Lewis Grosso, David Guzman, Jacob Guzman, Liana Hunt, Molly Jobe, Adam Kaplan, Evan Kasprzak, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Jess LeProtto, Luca Padovan, Daniel Quadrino, Julie Reiber, Andy Richardson, Matthew Schechter, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong, Iain Young, and Stuart Zagnit.

MATT DOYLE

August 15 & 16 at 8PM

$30-40 cover charge for 8/15. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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.

ARIANA DEBOSE

August 15 at 11PM

$25 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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!

BONNIE MILLIGAN

August 16 at 11PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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!

NYC CABARET FESTIVAL

August 17, 24 & 31 at 7PM & 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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! Guests for Sunday, August 17 @ 7pm:Anastasia Barzee, Bobby Belfry, Scott Coulter, Kevin Dozier, Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock, Eric Michael Gillett, Liz McCartney, Christiane Noll, Miles Phillips, Lee Roy Reams, The Skivvies andSally Wilfert. Guests forSunday, August 17 @ 9:30pm : Sarah Dash, Teresa Genecco, Colleen McHugh, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Shaynee Rainbolt, Gabrielle Stravelli, Stacy Sullivan, Donna Vivino, Jessica Vosk and Lennie Watts. Guests for Sunday, August 24 @ 7pm: Raissa Katona Bennett, Tony Desare, Natalie Douglas, Debbie Gravitte, Jeff Harnar, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Hilary Kole, Heather MacRae, Phyllis Pastore, Sarah Rice, Alice Ripley, Steve Ross and Chip Zien. Guests for Sunday, August 24 @ 9:30pm: Carole J. Bufford, Alexis Cole, Kat Gang, Sean Harkness, Deanna Kirk, Lina Koutrakos, Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford, Marissa Mulder, Jana Robbins, Nicholas Rodriguez, Jay Rogers and Jonathan Whitton. Guests for Sunday, August 31 @ 7pm: John Bucchino, Jim Brochu, Tim DiPasqua, Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Karen overlain, T. Oliver Reid, Julie Reyburn, Alex Rybeck, KT Sullivan and Michael Winther. Guests for Sunday, August 31 @ 9:30pm: Jeremy Abram, Mary Foster Conklin, Darius de Haas, Lauren Fox, Daryl Glenn, Karen Mack, Rob Maitner, Molly Pope, Kelli Rabke, Teri Ralston, Brian Charles Rooney and Lucia Spina.

BEN PLATT

August 18 at 7PM

August 25 at 9:30PM

$45-55 cover charge for 7PM show. $40-50 cover charge for 9:30PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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!

ANDREW KOBER

August 18 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Andrew Kober, Broadway's most beloved occasionally-employed actor (Les Miserables, Hair), muses on coming out, going in, gaining weight and getting thin. Previously seen at Joe's Pub, (le) Poisson Rouge, NYMF, and the Large Auditorium at Shaker Heights High School, Koberet returns to the New York stage for one night only (...for now...). Koberet 2014 may be even more exciting than the original phenomenon that took the Midwest by storm 12 years ago. It is the story of the life of Andrew Kober (thus far) set to original music by some of NYC's hottest young composers, as well as covers of classics by the likes of Billy Joel and Otis Redding. This latest incarnation will include many of the embarrassing and heart-warming tales from Andrew's childhood that audiences have come to know and love, as well as brand new material and musical moments. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll hear a story about a sex club in Paris. The evening features music direction by Matt Hinkley (Violet, First Date, Godspell), and is produced by Erica Rotstein. In keeping with Koberet tradition, Andrew will leave one song selection up to his fans. What would you like to hear? Nothing is off limits. Tweet your song suggestions at @andrewkober, and he'll narrow them down to a few choices for a vote. The winning song will be revealed live, and will be performed by some of Broadway's biggest names (who will sing backup to Andrew, of course).

CHRIS PINNELLA

August 20 at 7PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Chris Pinnella and his six-piece band present a fantastic evening of Classic Hits and Standards. Pinnella opens up the Great American Songbook and mixes in some of the most beloved hits and classic songs of all time including "Love Is Here To Stay," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and "For Once In My Life" with some more contemporary hits such as "All My Loving," "NY State of Mind," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," and "Hallelujah" to name a few - all backed by Pinnella's stellar 6-piece band complete with horn section. The evening will showcase fresh, new arrangements by Pinnella and jazz great Gary Mazzaroppi of the Les Paul Trio, who also serves as Pinnella's bassist. The Asbury Park Press calls the evening, "outstanding" and New England Music News writes, "Pinnella delivered with rock and roll good looks and stunning vocals". Talkin' Broadway says, "Pinnella possesses a soaring, rich baritone that just leaves you speechless."

DORIS & ME: CELEBRATING DORIS DAY WITH SCOTT DREIER

August 20 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

BroadwayWorld's Critic's Pick and winner of the 2013 Eddon Award (Best of LA Theatre)! Doris & Me is a show celebrating one man's quirky, lovable obsession with music and movie icon Doris Day. As the ultimate obsessed fan, Scott Dreier creates more than your typical tribute show-this is the celebration of a timeless artist, as Scott takes the audience with him on a sentimental journey to nostalgic times gone by. As he lovingly shares through classic treasured songs, personal anecdotes, humor, heart and many Doris Day stories and history, Scott never lets us forget how much he loves her and why he has become Doris Day's biggest fan.

CARNER & GREGOR

August 21 at 7PM & 9:30PM

$35-45 cover charge for 7PM show. $25-35 cover charge for 9:30PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Join Carner & Gregor in a one night blow-out concert featuring some of the most talented college musical theatre performers in the country. Having received submissions from students at over 75 different schools, Carner & Gregor have invited a select group of performers to make their New York debuts in this very special evening. Joining in to welcome them to the big city will be some of Broadway's biggest stars and a Broadway band. Many alums from this 4-year-old series have already performed on Broadway and in national tours-and alumna Danielle Wade even won Over the Rainbow Canada, going on to star as Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of Oz. Be the first to see some of Broadway's next generation-and welcome them to New York!

CHESTER GREGORY

August 23 at 8PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Back by popular demand! Join Chester and Grammy award-winning composer Rob Lewis in an exclusive one-of-a-kind evening! Broadway knows Chester from his roles in Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry-Baby, Shrek the Musical and many others, but this August get up close and personal with Chester and prepare to go on a musical journey celebrating the biggest hits from Broadway, Jazz, Soul & Gospel. One night only!

THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY

August 23 at 11PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Anderson & Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo, present selections from their new song cycle, Lost, and also their recent album, You Are Home - The Songs of Anderson & Petty, which features both Broadway and West End stars including Frances Ruffelle, Coleen Sexton, Cynthia Erivo, Gina Beck and Autumn Hurlbert. They have had concerts at the Duplex and the Triad in New York and in London at the Delfont Room at the Prince of Wales Theatre, the Union Theatre and the prestigious St. James Studio. Their songs have also been featured in concerts at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York and in London at Café de Paris, the Actors' Church and the Garrick Theatre. Their 54 Below debut concert will feature performances from Lisa O'Hare (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Christina DeCicco (Evita, Sister Act), Jeff Kready (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Nikki Renée Daniels (Porgy & Bess), Megan McGinnis (Little Women), Brent Michael DiRoma (Jersey Boys, Avenue Q), Natalie Gallo (Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!), Lucia Spina (Kinky Boots), Liz Larsen (Beautiful), Jen Burleigh-Bentz, Curtis Wiley, and more to be announced!

NAMT SONGWRITER'S SPOTLIGHT

August 25 at 7PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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. Join us at 54 Below on August 25 for some edge of your seat rock-and-roll action! Featuring: 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 Renée (Pippin, Big Fish), Paul Thureen (Hostage Song, The Debate Society), Lauren Worsham (Tony Nominee, Gentleman's Guide) with Kristin Piacentile and Jessi Suzuki from Sky Pony.

JOEL B. NEW

August 25 at 11:30PM

$15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.

"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

WILL & ANTHONY NUNZIATA

August 26 at 7PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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

PATRICK PAGE

August 27 at 7PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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.

PARTY MONSTER THE MUSICAL

August 27 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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. Starring: Julius Thomas III (Motown, The Gerswin's Porgy and Bess, The Scottsboro Boys), Tracy McDowell (Motown, Rent), Eddie Cooper(Cinemax's Banshee), Patrick Elliott (D.C. premiere of Altar Boyz), Tina Jensen (of the girl group The Glamazons), Nathaly Lopez (NYTW's What's It All About) and Laura Beth Wells (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark).

MILLY & ABIGAIL SHAPIRO

August 28 at 7PM

$35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

54 Below is excited to welcome back Tony Winner/Grammy Award Nominee Milly Shapiro (Matilda in Matilda the Musical) and triple threat sister Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who in 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 special Broadway guests to be announced, and audiences can expect a surprise or two. 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 Bullying! 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 Bullying!"

PAULO SZOT

August 29 & 30 at 8PM

$55-65 cover charge. $30 food & beverage minimum.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! 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! Directed by: Joe Langworth and Musical Direction by Matthew Aucoin.

BROADWAYSPOTTED'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

August 30 at 11PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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.

SEPTEMBER AT 54 BELOW:

BEN PLATT

September 1 at 7PM

$40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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!

GRIND: THE MOVIE IN CONCERT WITH ANTHONY RAPP & MORE

September 1 at 9:30PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Fresh off the film festival circuit, and for the first time in concert, the musical short film Grind explores the ins and outs of connection in an online world. Do we ever really know who we're talking to?Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Drew Brody and more take us on a musical journey of love and connection in an era where who we are is defined by who we pretend to be.

UTE LEMPER

September 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 at 7PM

$40-50 cover charge for 9/2. $50-60 cover charge for 9/3, 9/4, 9/5 & 9/6. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Back by popular demand, 54 Below presents renowned international chanteuse and star of Broadway's Chicago Ute Lemper for a return engagement. The journey starts in Berlin with Ute's repertoire of Brecht and Weill and classic cabaret songs and travels to the poetic universe of Jacques Brel & Edith Piaf. Then, join Ute's voyage as she continues to Argentina and Tango Nuevo and walks the backstreets of Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires and New York, where she's made her home for fifteen years now. Discover musical ghosts who have their own tales of loss, love, passion, survival, rebellion & opposition to tell.

ADAM B. SHAPIRO

September 2 at 9:30PM

$25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Adam B. Shapiro, the bearded, leather-loving teddy bear Bella from HBO's The Normal Heart, is making his 54 Below debut. A 2013 MAC Award winner for Musical Comedy performer, Adam premieres his newest show Nothing Normal, an eclectic mix of songs and stories celebrating the hilarious and precarious sides of life, including some anecdotes from behind the scenes of the movie. Working with MAC and Bistro Award winners Barry Levitt (Musical Director) and Peter Napolitano (Director), with the Barry Levitt Trio, Adam promises an evening of smiles and surprises, showing that, while he might not be normal, he's got a lot of heart.

VARLA JEAN MERMAN

September 3 & 4 at 9:30PM

$35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Back by popular demand! Varla Jean Merman is the purported love child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine. Returning to 54 Below, Varla Jean, aka Jeffery Roberson, unveils a show of hilarious songs, videos and fabulous costumes, featuring musical director Tom Judson at the piano. Jeffery starred in the musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in New York in 2011 at the Little Shubert Theatre, prompting The New York Times to rave, "If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent." This past year, Jeffery completed shooting the sequel to the camp classic film Girls Will Be Girls, and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads is now available on www.SethTV.com.Off-Broadway audiences embraced Jeffrey when he played the title role in Giancarlo Menotti's opera The Medium.

AMY JO JACKSON

September 5 at 11:30PM

$15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.

Amy Jo Jackson invites you to share in a night of raucous revelry and high-class tomfoolery, as she takes you through a set list as eclectic as her wardrobe. From Aznovar to Sondheim to the Scissor Sisters, prepare for a wild ride with this unapologetically ferocious and singular performer. As an actress, Amy Jo has been seen Off-Broadway in Cole Porter's Nymph Errant and in multiple shows with the lauded Exit, Pursued by a Bear, as well as all around our fair country in everything from Into The Woods to The Rocky Horror Show. Also a highly successful Voice and Speech professional, she is the dialect coach on the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots and the Voice and Text Director on the Drama Desk Award winning The Mysteries at The Flea. Musical direction by Brian Nash. Directed by Will Nunziata.

ELENA SHADDOW

September 6 at 9:30PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

Broadway leading lady Elena Shaddow makes her 54 Below solo debut in an exciting evening dedicated to her favorite contemporary composers. Elena recently played Sister Sophia in the NBC live television event The Sound of Music, and played Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County. Her Broadway credits include Anne Dindon in La Cage Aux Folles, The Woman in White, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Sweet Smell of Success, and Les Miserables. She starred as Fanny in Fanny at City Center Encores, played Magnolia in Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall, and received a Helen Hayes Best Actress nomination for playing Clara in the first national tour of The Light in the Piazza. Possessing one of the most beautiful voices in theater today, Elena has had the good fortune to perform the works-on Broadway and regionally- of her favorite contemporary composers, to whom she pays tribute in this show Always Better: The New Golden Age of Musicals.

ASPECTS OF ANDREW: LLOYD WEBBER @ 54

September 7 at 7PM

$30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

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 Sir 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 and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and By Jeeves, to the high-flying (adored) diva tunes that populate some of the most beloved musicals of the past half cen

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