The Skivvies, 54 SINGS 1776, ZANNA, DON'T! Class Reunion and More Set for 54 Below This Week
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.
ZANNA, DON'T! CLASS REUNION, June 30 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
The 2003 cult favorite musical Zanna, Don't! returns to New York for one night only for a very special concert reuniting the original Off-Broadway cast and benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute. This musical fairy tale is set in a world where gay is the norm, the chess team is cool, and the football players are dorks. When the students put on an original musical about the hot-button issue of straights in the military (because if musical theater won't address important political issues, what will?), the opposite-sex leads realize their true feelings for each other and all hell breaks loose in the quiet town of Heartsville. It's up to magical matchmaker Zanna to put things right and bring love to all - including himself! The concert will feature original Off-Broadway cast members Anika Larsen, Darius Nichols, Amanda Ryan Paige, Gregory Treco, Enrico Rodriguez, Robb Sapp, Shelley Thomas and Dana Steer. Presented by Adam Grosswirth and Jonathan Tessero (who will also music direct), and directed by Devenand Janki, all members of the original production staff. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CHUCK COOPER, July 1 at 7PM:
Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life; Caroline, or Change; Act One) brings his exciting new show to 54 Below. Jazz Poetry brings together an impressive array of composers who have set to music the poems of Langston Hughes. Chuck will sing you "The Blues of Langston Hughes" in an evening of classic poems set to thrilling new music. Directed by Lance Roberts and Musical Direction by James Sampliner. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SKIVVIES, July 1 at 9:30PM:
This "musically thrilling" undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don't just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called "smart, sophisticated...ingenious," and Out Magazine, "The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque...and unusual explosion of satire and sultry." They also have a single and music video directed by Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running With Scissors. They will be joined by special guest stars who will strip down and rock out. Expect a hilarious evening of genre-hopping pop perfection. Guest: Malcolm Gets, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jenny Lee Stern, Krysta Rodriguez, Wesley Taylor, Mitch Jarvis, Barrett Foa and Heather Matarazzo. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ARLO HILL: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF FRANK LOESSER, July 2 at 7PM:
Arlo Hill (Bway: The Phantom of the Opera; Encores!: The Most Happy Fella), a winner of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition, shares the little-known songs and stories of Frank Loesser. I've Been In Love Before goes behind the scenes with the man who wrote Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business, and much, much more. A brash college dropout journeys from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way - and through two marriages, five Broadway shows, and over 700 songs of life and love. Come to discover the joys of Loesser's music, and to explore the little-known gems that are too rarely in the limelight. Music direction by Rick Hip-Flores. Special appearances by members of the cast of The Most Happy Fella at Encores! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SWEET DREAMS IN CONCERT STARRING JUSTIN MATTHEW SARGENT & MORE, July 2 at 9:30PM:
Sweet Dreams is a modern day retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream told through the unforgettable music of Air Supply and narrated by their singer-songwriter and guitarist, Graham Russell. Set in modern day New York City, the show features sixteen of Air Supply's greatest hits as well as several brand new songs written by Graham Russell. Some of the hits include: "All Out of Love," "Even the Nights are Better", "Every Woman in the World", and "The One that You Love". The 54 Below performance will be a concert version of the show's musical numbers, strung together with brief narration, directed by Matthew DiCarlo and will feature current and former Broadway all-stars, including Justin Matthew Sargent (Spider-Man, Rock of Ages), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man, Rock of Ages), Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages, Fiddler on the Roof), Sam Underwood (TV's Dexter, The Following), Jason Wooten (Jekyll & Hyde, Hair), Ben Thompson (American Idiot, Matilda), Natalie Roy (TV's The Following), Christina DeCicco (Spider-Man, Evita), Jeigh Madjus (Here Lies Love), Howie Michael Smith (Avenue Q), William Blake (MAC, Bistro & NY Nightlife Award winner), Tony LePage (Rock of Ages), Gavin Lodge (Spamalot, Annie), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Cassie Silva (Rock of Ages), Charles Stevens, Katie Ivie, Wade Walton, Lana Stevens, Katie McGhie, Jamie Kolnick, and Brent Wakelin. The band includes Jonathan Ivie, Eric Stockton, T-Bone Motta, Daniel Glass, and Steve Millhouse. The concert features music direction by Jonathan Ivie, and is produced by Katherine Paige, Tony LePage, Justin Matthew Sargent, and Jonathan Ivie. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
54 SINGS 1776, July 3 & July 5 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Show your patriotism this holiday week by spending the evening with our founding fathers! 54 Below is delighted to wave our flag proudly at this most beloved Broadway score when some of New York's most exciting voices proffer these uniquely American tunes. Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Martha Jefferson, John Adams - they're all descending upon our stage for what promises to be the perfect theatrical fit for the Fourth of July! Cast: Paul Michael Valley (original revival cast), Daniel Marcus (original revival cast), Michael McCormick (original revival cast), Aaron Ramey (Paper Mill Playhouse cast), Ben Crawford (Shrek the Musical), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Lucia Spina (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, South Pacific), Kathleen Monteleone (Hands on a Hardbody), Patrick Mellen (Lestat), Jacob Hoffman, Rob Maitner, David Alan Marshall and Adam Shapiro. $50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BITCHING & BELTING: AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL GIOIA AND FRIENDS, July 3 at 11:30PM:
Pre-game with your favorite whiskey, throw on your best red, white and blue and head to 54 Below to ring in July 4 with some of the best belters on Broadway. Bitching and Belting: An Evening with Michael Gioia and Friends promises to be an unforgettable night where no complaint is too small and no note is too high. Join Michael Gioia (who hosted Playbill's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know LIVE! in January) and his Broadway faves for a set list of the sassiest songs, most dangerous duets and, of course, some bad-ass bitching. There will be (vocal) fireworks - we promise! The cast will include two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles), Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, Jasper in Deadland), Bonnie Milligan (Jasper in Deadland), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, national tour of Les Miz), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, Bare) Ariana DeBose (Bring It On, Motown), Ariana Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Janet Krupin (If/Then), Joey Nelan and Lauren Renahan. $20 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drink minimum.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC FOR COMPANY, July 6 at 8PM:
In this special holiday weekend edition of 54's popular Sondheim Unplugged series, host Phil Geoffrey Bond leads a company comprised of some of New York's best from Broadway & cabaret through two of Sondheim's most brilliant masterpieces: A Little Night Music & Company. Expect tunes ranging from Being Alive and The Ladies Who Lunch to classics like Send in the Clowns and The Miller's Son. Joining us will be special guests like Teri Ralston, from the original Broadway companies of both shows, as well as Hunter Ryan Herdlicka from the Broadway revival of Night Music, Bruce Sabath from the Broadway revival of Company, & lots lots more! Join us. It'll feel just like a weekend in the country! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
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. Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95. 54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.