Rob Shapiro's 1 NIGHT ONLY: A HANUKKAH JAMBOREE to Play 54 Below, 11/26
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Rob Shapiro's "1 Night Only: A Hanukkah Jamboree" on November 26, 2013. It's time for another Jewish holiday! Back after a sold out performance at Ars Nova's ANT Fest, Rob Shapiro and friends present 1 Night Only: A Hanukkah Jamboree. Join musical Maccabees Mara Jill Herman, Drew Hirshfield, Melanie Hopkins, Ally Bonino and Sam Heldt to witness the great trials endured by Mattathias and his sons, the miracle of oil and the ancient art of driedel spinning! Tell your bubbe you will celebrate the Festival of Lights at 54 Below with prizes, menorahs, and shiksas, oh my! Directed by Leah Bonvissuto, the show will also feature special guests Rachel Sklar, Daniel Maté, and Alexis Field.
Rob Shapiro's musicals include Shelter (with composer Julia Meinwald), Le Fou (with Julia Meinwald and playwright Bekah Brunstetter), and 1 Night Only: A Hanukkah Jamboree, which appeared in Ars Nova's ANT Fest in 2011. His music and lyrics have been heard at William Finn's "Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists..." at Barrington Stages, Summer Play Festival's Composer Exposure, and at various cabaret venues around New York City. Rob has created theme songs for The Broadway League's "The Broadway Concierge" and "The 40 Year Old 20 Year Old" (starring SNL's Kate McKinnon), original material for General Mischief Dance Theatre and Camp Theatreworks USA, and choral arrangements for Cornell University Glee Club and Chorus. Rob is a Dramatists Guild Fellow (2011-2012), a member of A Broken Umbrella Theatre, a graduate of Cornell University and the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He is currently working on a new musical Catch, which he developed at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat in 2013.
Leah Bonvissuto's recent credits include Mass at The Brick Theater, Ye Elizabeths, winner of Outstanding Production of a Musical or Play with Music at the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (and named #4 on BroadwayWorld.com's Top Ten List of 2012), The Resurrection of George Washington by Harold Lehmann at One Arm Red, and a concert version of Rachel and Leah, a new musical by Elizabeth Swados. She won the Outstanding Direction award for Felipe Ossa's Monetizing Emma at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Her work has been seen at the Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater, The Snapple Theater, Dixon Place, 45 Bleecker and FringeNYC. Leah is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an Associate of SDC.
Rachel Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio, which increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media, and TheLi.st, a network & media platform for awesome women (supported by the Knight Foundation). A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture & technology, she was a founding editor at Mediaite and the Huffington Post. She has written widely for publications including New York Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Politico, Mashable, Medium, Mother Jones, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire and more. Rachel speaks widely at conferences, events and on TV, and is the co-host of "The Salon" on The Jewish Channel (check local listings!).
Daniel Maté is the recipient of the 2013 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist. He also received the Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation's Cole Porter Award in 2010 for his music and lyrics. With composer Will Aronson, he wrote lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Trouble With Doug, a comedic musical inspired by Kafka's "The Metamorphosis." Doug was featured at the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals with direction by Tony-winning performer Victoria Clark, and has since been developed at Royal & Derngate (UK) and Theatreworks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA.) Maté and Aronson are currently working with bookwriter Hannah Kohl on a family musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Daniel's song cycle The Longing and the Short of It has been presented at Barrington Stage (William Finn, dir.,) the Disney-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop (Stephen Schwartz, dir.,) and Playwrights Horizons (Victoria Clark, dir.). Daniel also wrote book, music, and lyrics for The Story Of Jo-Beth, a modern-day American retelling of the Book of Job (CAP 21, 2011; JCC in Manhattan, 2013.)
Rob Shapiro's 1 Night Only: A Hanukkah Jamboree plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on November 26, 2013 at 7pm. There is a $25-$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 2:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.