Sierra Boggess, Callaway Sisters & 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. 54 Below also launched its series of late night events. Joining Tuesday nights' popular "Backstage" with Susie Mosher is 15:54, and more:
ALEXIS FISHMAN, August 26 at 7PM:
After taking 54 Below by storm last year, Alexis Fishman makes a triumphant return to the stage for one night only! Look for her to perform everything from tunes made famous by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Antonio Carolos Jobim, to compositions by some of musical theatre's newest and most dynamic young composers - and maybe some fun with the ukulele. An Australian native and award-winning musical actress, Alexis left the competition in the dust when she recently walked away as the winner of The New York Musical Theatre Festival's (NYMF) highly competitive "Next Broadway Sensation" competition, a highlight of the festival and a New York musical theatre tradition amongst those in the know. www.alexisfishman.com. Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Sierra Boggess, August 26 at 9:30PM:
Broadway knows her as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and as aspiring opera star Sharon Graham in Master Class. London knows her for her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Love Never Dies. Now, 54 Below audiences will see a brand new side of this Drama Desk-nominated actress when she makes her official cabaret debut! One of Broadways most promising new talents, expect a range of tunes from songwriters both new and old, and vocals that stretch from the sublime to the divine. Cover charge $40-50. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: THE CALLBACK: PRELIMINARIES, August 26 at 11:30PM:
The Callback is back! This season, with Emily McNamara leading the way as host. Every Monday, contestants at The Callback will perform for a chance to win their own cabaret show at 54 Below. Contestants are chosen by video audition, their performances recorded and uploaded to 54 Below's Facebook and Youtube page, and each week, a winner is determined by audience vote to progress to the next round. "The Callback" contestants may also have the chance to sing in front of industry executives and Broadway celebrity guest judges as they move forward in the competition. For more information on "The Callback" rules or how to submit an audition video, please visitwww.54Below.com. No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
WBGO JAZZ SERIES: Gloria Lynne, August 27 at 7PM & 9PM:
World class jazz and R&B singer Gloria Lynne makes her 54 Below debut! Harlem-born and musically raised in churches and jazz & blues clubs, Ms. Lynne is one of the loveliest voices in the history of American popular music. She first gained international renown with her signature hit "I Wish You Love" and has worked with Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, and other musical giants in her storied five-decade career. Ms. Lynne sings with a strong, meticulous grace that you must come to 54 Below to hear for yourself. Cover charge $25-35. $15 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, August 27 at 10:30PM:
Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting, with special guests from Broadway and beyond dropping in to perform. NPR had this to say: "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it's two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" At this week's Backstage is Telly Leung (Godspell, Glee), Celisse Henderson(Godspell, In Transit), Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots, The Addams Family), The Stone Brothers, and Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray). No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.