Stephen Wallem and Mary Testa Join James Barbour at 54 Below, Beg. Tonight
Laughing Dog Media has announced Broadway star and vocal powerhouse James Barbour'S Special Guest Artists at his Sixth Annual Holiday Concert. Stephen Wallem will join Mr. Barbour on stage tonight, December 7. Mary Testa will join Mr. Barbour on stage Thursday, December 12.
This Season Mr. Barbour's annual Holiday Event will take place at 54 BELOW (254 West 54 Street, Cellar), Broadway's sumptuously successful new Supper club where he will perform, the now highly anticipated Concert, on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00pm and Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm.
Broadway maestro, Jeremy Roberts will serve as Musical Director.
Mr. Barbour's annual Holiday Concerts have become part of the entertainment landscape in Manhattan. They are standing-room-only events of vocal magic, audience exaltation and critical acclaim.
The Holiday Concerts have previously sold-out not only for Mr. Barbour's vocal pyrotechnics and his uncanny ability to make the SRO audiences feel as if they have been invited to an idyllic fireplace lit, Holiday living room; but also for his visiting Guest Artists.
Cover charge for both Concerts starts at $30, plus $25 food and beverage minimum. Reservations: 866-468-7619 OR www.54Below.com.
ABOUT James Barbour: James Barbour starred on Broadway in A Tale Of Two Cities (Sydney Carton) for which he was nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Actor, Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Jane Eyre (Rochester, Drama League Award Nomination), Beauty And The Beast(Beast), Urinetown (Lockstock), Assassins (Czolgosz), and Cyrano The Musical. He starred as 'Lancelot' in Camelot opposite Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (both on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre and at the Hollywood Bowl) and as 'Lancelot' opposite Michael York (National Tour). He also played 'Bill Sykes' in Oliver opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell and Melissa Errico on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. Most recently Mr. Barbour appeared as 'Daddy Hogan' in the critically acclaimed production of Anna Nicole The Opera at BAM. He co-starred in Lewis And Clark Reach The Euphrates (Mark Taper Forum), the world premiere of 20th Century (Signature Theatre) and has appeared in many other regional and Off-Broadway productions including A Tale Of Two Cities at the Asolo Theatre for which he won the Sarasota Magazine Award for Best Actor, Back From Broadway(which he also co-produced and for which he received an LA Weekly Garland Award) and he was nominated for an LA Ovation Award for The Ghost And Mrs. Muir at the NOHO Arts Center in Los Angeles. In early 2013 Mr. Barbour won the NightLife Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist. Television and Film credits include Alchemy, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Ed, Sex In The City, Just Shoot Me, The District, That's Life, The Game, Some Enchanted Evening, The American Experience John And AbiGail Adams. His voice can be heard on the recordings of Jane Eyre, Assassins, Broadway In Concert, The Gift, Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, Tears From heaven, A Gift Of Christmas and his latest release, Bring Me Giants was voted in the top 10 by TheatreMania alongside Tony Bennet, Barbara Streisand and more. He is an international concert artist who travels the globe presenting his concert series, The Holiday Concert, Broadway In Concert, Love Songs and Ego The Show. Mr. Barbour directed A Tale Of Two Cities in South Korea last Spring. Mr. Barbour is also the host of the Internationally acclaimed radio show The Star Power Hour airing weekly on the VoiceAmerica.com network. As a producer James is in pre-production for a Holiday film slated to begin shooting in New York City this December for release in the fall of 2014. There are 4 additional films within this production format to be rolled out as the new year dawns. www.jamesbarbour.com on twitter: @JamesBarbourN
ABOUT Mary Testa: Mary Testa: Most recently appeared in the opera Anna Nicole, which opened the new wave festival at BAM. Winner of 2012 Drama Desk Award for three decades of outstanding work and for Queen of the Mist. Broadway: Guys & Dolls, Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, 42nd Street (Tony Nomination), Marie Christine (Cast Album), On the Town (Tony Nomination) ...Forum (Cast Album), The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Also, Encores!The Zeigfeld Follies of 1936 (Cast Album). Off-Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle, Queen of the Mist (Drama League and Lucille Lortel nominations),Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Regrets Only, See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk & Drama League Nomination -- Cast Album), First Lady Suite (Drama Desk nomination), String of Pearls (Drama Desk Nomination), The Vagina Monologues, From Above (Obie), Lucky Stiff, A New Brain (Cast Album),Tartuffe, On the Town (Obie Award), Scapin (CSC), In Trousers (Cast Album). Film: BIG STONE GAP, Franny, Eat Pray Love, The Bounty Hunter, Stay, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, The Business of Strangers, The Out-of-Towners, Sleepers, etc. Television: "Two Broke Girls," "Over Under," "White Collar," "Nurse Jackie," "Whoopi," "Sex and the City," "Law & Order," and others.
ABOUT Stephen Wallem: Stephen Wallem is a SAG Award-nominated actor best known as Thor Lundgren on the Emmy-winning Showtime series "Nurse Jackie", now shooting its sixth season. He recently made his professional opera debut in New York City Opera's Anna Nicole at BAM, following his appearance as Shrek in The Muny production of Shrek in St. Louis. Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, he worked as a stage actor and After Dark Award-winning cabaret singer in Chicago before moving to New York to make his television debut on "Nurse Jackie." He continues to appear in theatre and cabaret in Manhattan, including playing Hazel in the Encores! production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream at New York City Center and Schwartz and All at Birdland. Stephen also teamed with Edie Falco for a sold-out run of the original cabaret The Other Steve and Edie at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. National tours include Forever Plaid, Into the Woods, and Scrooge starring Richard Chamberlin. He has accrued nearly 2500 performances as both Jinx and Sparky in various companies of Forever Plaid including Chicago (Royal George Cabaret), Las Vegas, (Flamingo Hilton and Gold Coast Hotel), Denver Center for Performing Arts, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and the first national tour. He portrayed Judas/Padre in Court Theatre's acclaimed production of Man of La Mancha and reprised his performance at Long Wharf Theatre. Stephen became a staple at the Ravinia Festival, appearing with Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris in A Little Night Music, Passion, and Sunday in the Park with George. www.stephenwallem.com
ABOUT Jeremy Roberts: Jeremy Roberts worked with Frank Wildhorn for 24 years, including the Broadway and touring productions and recordings of JEKYLL & HYDE, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, SVENGALI , THE CIVIL WAR, DRACULA, CAMILLE CLAUDEL, WONDERLAND, BONNIE & CLYDE and TEARS OF HEAVEN. Musical Director, arranger, conductor and producer for Linda Eder from 1987-2005. He arranged and conducted her television specials, concert tours and co-produced 15 albums. Jeremy has conducted some of the leading "pops" orchestras in the US, including the Philly Pops, the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and many others. Concert appearances include sold out shows at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with the Boston Pops), and the Gershwin and Palace Theaters on Broadway. Jeremy has also performed and/or recorded with Trisha Yearwood, Clay Aiken, Larry Gatlin, Peabo Bryson, BeBe Winans, Anthony Warlow, Betty Buckley, Michael Nouri, Rosie O'Donnell, John Raitt, Colm Wilkinson, James Barbour, and David Hasselhoff. He recently orchestrated, "From This Moment On" for Placido Domingo and Susan Boyle. Jeremy was one of the "Sacred Cows" - a project with Jonathan Larson, Rusty Magee, Paul Scott Goodman and Bob Golden, (available on iTunes). Jeremy owns Studio276, a full-service music production studio in New York City. Jeremy is married to Debra Rubin-Roberts and has 2 daughters, Daisy and Riley.
ABOUT 54 BELOW: 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.