Shakina's 'A WORK IN PROGRESS' Set for 54 Below Tonight
Following a sold-out premiere at Joe's Pub last December, Shakina makes her 54 Below debut with ONE WOMAN SHOW: A Work In Progress, recounting in song and story the exploits and misadventures that led to her gender transition. A story of surviving the 90s and creating a new life in a new millennium, the OC Weekly calls Shakina "a bona fide standout," and VICE magazine says, "nothing will stop her in becoming who she is."
ONE WOMAN SHOW is a benefit for Shakina's high profile KickStartHer campaign to raise funds for gender confirmation surgery. As seen in the Daily News, Gothamist, Logo's New Now Next blog, and her in-depth interview with Huffington Post Live, Shakina's public approach to her gender confirmation is living performance art with a dark, funny, and powerful cabaret edge.
Featuring gender-bending show tune standards, a few classic covers, and new songs by Sam Salmond, Julianne Wick Davis, and Nikko Benson. Jeremy Robin Lyons music directs, with Mike Rosengarten (guitar), Joseph Wallace (bass), and Jeff Roberts (drums) in the band.
Stick around when the show comes down for an all-star KickStartHer After Party hosted by Shakina and featuring some of her favorite leading ladies in a 90s chick rock celebration of female empowerment. The concert party includes performances by Kate Loprest (First Date), Leslie McDonel (American Idiot, Hairspray), Anastacia McCleskey (Hair, Book of Mormon) Natalie Wachen (Rent Off Broadway), Mary Kate Morrissey (Hair National Tour), Rachel Lee (Joe Iconis and Family), Amanda Savan (On The Record), Lauren Marcus (Pregnancy Pact) and more!
"ONE WOMAN SHOW" plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) tonight, February 20th at 9:30PM. There is a $35-$45 cover charge and $20 food and beverage minimum. Admission to the show includes the after party. After-party-only tickets are also available for $15. Tickets and information are available at 54below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 2:00pm are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
For more information on Shakina's KickStartHer campaign, visit YouCaring.com/KickStartHer.
Shakina Nayfack is a director, choreographer, producer, and transgender performance artist. She recently started the MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY (MTF), a New York City based cooperative dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressures of critical or financial success. Currently in development: Jahn Sood's The Disappearing Man, Junk: A Rock Opera with the Swedish pop band Brainpool, and The Craft - The Musical with composer Kevin Michael Jones. World Premieres: The Poor Players by Dan Lefranc (Actors' Theater of Santa Cruz), Cosa Rara with Butchlalis de Panochtitlan and La Maricolectiva (Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica), and Bashir Lazhar (American Premiere, Barrington Stage Company). Also at BSC, and choreography for Mormons, Mothers, And Monsters, The Game, and Lord of the Flies. NY Concerts include Pieces of JUNK and The Disappearing Man at Joe's Pub, Freilich And Benson Split The Keys at NYMF, Ashkon Davaran - Here In the Dark at The Cutting Room, and The Best of Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers And Lyricists You Probably Don't Know But Should, with 2-time Tony winner William Finn at 54 Below.