Patti LuPone, The Skivvies & 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 LUPONE, July 28, 29, 30 & 31 at 7PM, August 1 & 2 at 8PM, & August 1 at 11PM:
"FOUR STARS. Patti LuPone has a miracle of a voice. It can be as big and bold as a brass band or as plaintive as a solitary woodwind. Here it is, in all its glory, in a collection of torch songs." - Jess Cagle, People Magazine. 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." $95-105 cover charge for 7/28, 7/31, 8/1 (8PM performance) & 8/2. $90-100 cover charge for 7/29. $85-95 cover charge for 7/30 & 8/1 (11PM performance). $30 food & beverage minimum.
MARGO SEIBERT, July 28 at 9:30PM:
Margo Seibert is, according to USA Today, "a Broadway newcomer with a delicately compelling presence and a throbbing, textured singing voice that lets us hear the character coming out of her shell." This season, she has made her debut on the Great White Way singing the music of Ahrens & Flaherty in Rocky as well as giving a tour-de-force (and Drama Desk Nominated) performance in the original musical Tamar of the River. For Margo, this has been a season of rapid growth and discovery. Across the board, she has been recognized for her depth of character and nuanced vocal performance. "A superior singer," (WSJ), "Golden-voiced" (Huffington Post), "A lovely presence [with] slow boiling passion...marvelous to behold." (Time Out NY). In Busy Being Free at 54 Below, joined by songwriter Jahn Sood, musical director Chris Fenwick and an excellent ensemble of musicians including Jeremy Yaddaw, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Ben Golder-Novick, Margo will share the music that inspires her, tickles her, and speaks to this moment of finding herself in New York. "She will love them when she sees them. / They will lose her if they follow / And she only means to please them / And her heart is full and hollow / Like a cactus tree / While she's so busy being free." $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SONGS OF NELL BENJAMIN AND/OR LAURENCE O'KEEFE, July 29 at 9:30PM:
The writers behind Legally Blonde, Bat Boy: The Musical, Pirates!, Because of Winn Dixie, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Cam Jansen, The Explorers Club, Mean Girls, and Heathers. Sung by a cast of Broadway stars, including Tom Kitt, Duncan Sheik, Matt Sklar and the cast of Heathers, Broadway's most musical couple perform the songs they've created together and behind each others' backs. Featuring surprise guest stars! Thinly Veiled Insults! Painful Compromises! Tense Silences! Dramatic Readings from the Pre-Nup! and Dessert! $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
VOLLEYGIRLS: A BENEFIT FOR THE IT GETS BETTER PROJECT, July 30 at 9:30PM:
Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund of Sisu Theatrical Productions, LLC, Jacob Harvey of Cave 76 Productions, LLC and Jordi Coats present a cabaret-style concert of VOLLEYGIRLS, which will include tunes from the breakout hit from the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival, as well as revisit some old fan favorites from earlier incarnations. The concert, hosted by Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), will benefit the It Gets Better Project. "VOLLEYGIRLS is a musical that fights for the power of good and encourages every young person whether gay or straight, jock or nerd, to be who you are and stay true to yourself," says Harvey. "We are proud to continue using our art to fight for equality and tolerance. It Gets Better Project helps saves the lives of young men and women who are struggling to find and accept their own individuality," says Raymund, who is a longtime supporter of the It Gets Better Project. As one of Huffington Post's Best Shows of 2013, the "heartwarming" (Theatermania) VOLLEYGIRLS, which starred Blackwell, called "a winning spike" by The New York Times, took home top honors from the NYMF awards for excellence, including the Best of Fest audience choice award, Outstanding Ensemble Award and the coveted Most Promising New Musical Award-winning musical, plus the New World Stages development prize. Blackwell played Kim Brindell, a disgraced Olympian coaching an oddball team of high-school volleyball players in this girl-powered musical VOLLEYGIRLS with book by Rob Ackerman (Tabletop - 2001 Drama Desk), lyrics by Sam Forman (Sleepless in Seattle, book for F#%king Up Everything), music by Eli Bolin (Found, I Sing, Roller Boogie, TV: Sesame Street), choreographed by Ryan Kasprazak (TV: Smash, Tour: Billy Elliot) and directed by Neil Patrick Stewart (LA theatre: The Elephant Man - Ovation Award nominations). www.volleygirlsthemusical.com. The evening will feature: Susan Blackwell, Jennifer C. Johnson, Krysta Rodriguez, Eric Michael Gillett, PJ Adzima, Julia Knitel, Dana Steingold, Allison Posner, Allison Strong, Gerianne Perez, Benjamin Howes and more! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
STACIE BONO, July 31 at 9:30PM:
Princesses live a charmed life with their spell-bounding beauty, adoring princes and happily ever afters. Throughout history, this impression has fueled the fantasies of little girls, but as they grow into women, frequently devolves into twisted self-esteem, failed relationships, Facebook stalking and costly therapy bills. Is the princess path truly the way to happiness? In The Princess Fallacy, acclaimed singing-actress Stacie Bono (Lucy in Sense & Sensibility, Fantine in Les Miserables at Tuacahn Amphitheater, Eve/Barbarella/Passionella in The Apple Tree- winner of the New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Actress in a Musical) explores the age-old princess myth through song and the retelling of her own fairy tale fantasies that will have you laughing, crying and thinking that perhaps "happily ever after" isn't reserved just for royalty after all. Songs include those written by Sara Bareilles, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Blumenkrantz, and Stephen Sondheim, to name a few. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
VILLAIN: DEBLANKS, July 31 at 11:30PM:
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. Special Guests: Jennifer Cody, Hedda Lettuce, Christine Pedi, Adam Feldman, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Hugh Hysell, with Heather Shisler. $10 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
THE SKIVVIES, August 2 at 11PM:
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...an 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: 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). $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
A CONVERSATION WITH MUSIC WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & JIM BROCHU, August 3 at 7PM:
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! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SUSIE MOSHER, August 3 at 9:30PM:
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. www.thegreatdaisytheory.com. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.