Roslyn Kind, Susan Eagan & More Set for 54 Below this Week
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:
THE SONGS OF LYONS & PAKCHAR, April 14 at 9:30PM:
LYONS & PAKCHAR: WHO WE ARE For one night only, contemporary musical theatre composers Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar will showcase original music from their pop/R&B catalogue with performances by leading Broadway artists, such as Tony Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon, "Pitch Perfect"), Naturi Naughton ("Notorious," "Fame," Hairspray, 3LW), Katie Thompson (Giant), Robin de Jesús (In the Heights), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Felicia Boswell (Memphis), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (If/Then), Daniel Torres (Evita), John Brink (LES MISERABLES), Nik Alexander (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert tour), Bradley Greer (Altar Boyz tour), Melody Madarasz (Mr. Chickee's Funny Money), J. Hoard and more. With back-up singers Rashidra Scott (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Olithea Anglin (Something Major), and Darius Harper (The Book of Mormon tour). Lyons & Pakchar's debut album #Love (Live) mixes pop, R&B and theatre to explore the good, bad and awkward roller coasters in human relationships. They are hard at work on two full-length musicals including 79' and an untitled musical about The Five Points. Lyons & Pakchar began collaborating while touring with The Book of Mormon. Lyons, who handles lyrics and music, currently appears in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and has performed in Pageant, Rent, and Dreamgirls. Guitarist and composer Pakchar, who has played for the Broadway productions of Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Newsies, provides orchestration and additional music. Musical Direction by Alvin Hough (Motown) Produced by Matthew Masten (Of Mice and Men, Buyer & Cellar) and Marianne Mills (Of Mice and Men, Lysistrata Jones). $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
KARL SAINT LUCY, April 14 at 11:30PM:
Karl Saint Lucy, Brooklyn-based composer and singer-songwriter, will present his solo debut, Karl Saint Lucy: Easier Said Than Done, on April 14th at 54 Below. Songs young and old will be sung, all in Saint Lucy's eclectic high-art-meets-campy-trash idiom. Born in St. Louis and raised all over the heartland of the United States, Karl Saint Lucy is a songwriter whose influences are as varied as his experiences. He was conceived the moment Joni Mitchell shared "Free Man in Paris" with David Geffen, and he lost his innocence the moment Rufus Wainwright shared "Dinner at Eight" with his father, Loudon. Saint Lucy found his way into songwriting by way of musical theatre; he studied musical theatre composition with Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, Polly Pen, and other great New York theatre composers through the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch. What comes out in the work of Karl Saint Lucy is a synthesis of people and places that reveals not only love-hate relationships with genre, approach, and his country of origin; but also a fierce determination to redeem those relationships to better inform the present. He also really loves torch songs. $5 food & beverage minimum. Two alcoholic drinks or $20 food & beverage minimum.
SIBLING REVELRY, April 15, 16 & 17 at 7PM and April 18 & 19 at 8PM:
The dynamic sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway are teaming up together again to bring Sibling Revelry back to 54 Below by popular demand. The award-winning show made its way back to New York for the first time in over 15 years for a sold out engagement last summer-and received rave reviews! Separately, these Tony-nominated sisters have enjoyed their own stellar careers, but when these singular talents blend their voices, Stephen Holden of The New York Times cheers, "when their strikingly different but equally splendid voices harmonize, Sibling Revelry becomes a thrilling display of vocal prowess." Be there! It's a happening! $55-65 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SUSAN EGAN, April 15 at 9:30PM & April 18 at 11PM:
Tony nominee Susan Egan brings her critically-acclaimed concert to NYC to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Broadway debut in Disney's Beauty and the Beast ... and a few other shows! With her award-winning acting chops, riotous humor and a voice critics dub "the perfect Broadway instrument," the evening combines hilarious personal anecdotes with magnificent music by Broadway's best writers! "Susan Egan is divine." ~ New York Magazine "[Her] powerhouse voice will change the way you hear [these songs] from now on." ~ Associated Press " [Egan's] sharply focused soprano ... is beguiling in the extreme."~ Variety "Susan is svelte, sexy and sensational.... And boy can she belt!" ~ Liz Smith, New York Post "She has a knockout [voice and] sings the guts out of [these] magnificent songs." ~ Newsday "This Broadway singing star is a high-voltage performer who dominates a stage with a galvanizing presence. [Listening to her] is like an all night conversation with your best friend." ~ Los Angeles Times Photo credit: Kevyn Major Howard. $35-45 cover charge at 9:30PM show. $25-35 cover charge for 11PM show. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MARC KUDISCH & JEFFRY DENMAN, April 16 at 9:30PM:
"Being showbiz pros, Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denman know full well the secret to a good comedy team is opposing personalities. It works!" -New York Post Broadway stalwarts Marc Kudisch (three-time Tony Award nominee for 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, The Producers) first teamed together for their successful off-Broadway holiday show The Holiday Guys, infusing traditional holiday standards with their unique folk/pop point of view. They now look to expand that style to standards-from Broadway to contemporary music and beyond. 'Cause in the end, it's all folk music, right? Just music for folks... $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
WILD PARTY, April 17 at 9:30PM & 11:30PM:
Andrew Lippa's iconic musical The Wild Party is back and bigger than ever. With the help of Charlie Rosen and his 17-piece jazz band, hear your favorite hits like never before. Join award-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa and some of Broadway's best as they reimagine and rediscover the score that started it all. Featuring: Andrew Lippa, Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, "Smash"), Lea DeLaria ("Orange is the New Black," The Rocky Horror Show), Caissie Levy [11:30 ONLY] (LES MISERABLES, Ghost), Ciara Renée [9:30 ONLY] (Big Fish), Stark Sands (Kinky Boots, American Idiot) and other guests to be announced. The concert includes direction by Noah Himmelstein, music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and is produced by Robb Nanus. Don't YOU wanna be the life of the party? $50-60 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BRETT RYBACK, April 19 at 11PM:
Ovation Award-nominated actor/composer, and star of the off-Broadway hit musical Murder for Two, Brett Ryback comes to 54 Below with Songs I Wrote, a night featuring his work as a composer/lyricist. He teams up with an incredible cast of Broadway talent to present highlights from his eclectic songbook, including the premiere performances of songs from his latest musical Joe Schmoe Saves the World. Performers are set to include Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Zorro), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Alex Brightman (Big Fish, Wicked), Janet Krupin (If/Then, Bring It On), George Salazar (Here Lies Love, Godspell), Justin Matthew Sargent (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages), Melissa van der Schyff (Bonnie and Clyde), and more. Brett wrote the book for the musical Darling, which recently won the Weston Playhouse's New Musical Award and was featured on NBC's "The Apprentice." He contributed work to the webseries "The Battery's Down," and his songs were featured in William Finn's "Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists..." concerts at Barrington Stage and 54 Below. He won the Tennessee Williams One-Act Competition and was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award. His musical Liberty Inn: The Musical was nominated for two LA Ovation Awards (Best Music/Lyrics and Best Book.) Come spend an evening with the warmth, wit and vocal beauty of this dynamic performer as he sings his hits, selections from his stage musicals and some extra surprises thrown in as well! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ROSLYN KIND, April 20 at 9:30PM:
54 Below proudly welcomes Ms. Kind back to the New York club scene, where she hasn't been seen SOLO in 20 years. Having recently toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel performing with her sister, Barbra Streisand, and nephew, Jason Gould, this brand new show features both new material & vintage "Rozzie" tunes. Back in the heyday of nightclubs in New York, Roslyn Kind played 'em all. Signed to RCA Records at the time, she played The Persian Room, The Playboy Club, The Supper Club, The Grand Finale, etc. Be there when 54 Below warmly welcomes her back to NYC nightlife! Music Direction by Alex Rybeck, Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.