Tony Nominee Euan Morton Bringing I (HEART) THE CARPENTERS to 54 Below in June
Following a sold-out 2013 debut at 54 Below, Tony Award nominee Euan Morton returns to the acclaimed Manhattan nightspot to launch his newest project, I (Heart) THE CARPENTERS. Backed by the newly-formed Downey CA Collective, Mr. Morton will perform songs made famous by the all-American jazz/pop duo Richard and Karen Carpenter. With songs from composers such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Paul Williams, Roger Nichols, Leon Russell, John Bettis and Richard Carpenter himself, I (Heart) THE CARPENTERS is fresh take - both extremely personal and totally universal - on mid-20th Century American pop genius, designed to be an emotional trip down memory lane for some and an exciting, memory-making first meeting for others. I (Heart) THE CARPENTERS will be performed on three consecutive Monday evenings in June: June 1st at 7 PM, June 8th at 9:30 PM, and June 15th @ 7 PM. There is a $45 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Visit 54Below.com for tickets/reservations.
"'When I was young I'd listen to the radio . . .' and my youth was scored with the music of the world-famous, brother and sister duo the Carpenters. With my ear pressed to a speaker, I'd listen to the velvet beauty of Karen's voice coupled with the genius of Richard's arrangements and compositions. That lonely boy discovered a kindred spirit - and learned how to sing - through that music. This series of concerts at 54 BELOW is the realization of a long-time dream of performing an evening of Carpenters songs. It's a project which aims to introduce this timeless music into our lives using a fresh, modern outlook which will prove that Richard and Karen's musical legacy is as important and vibrant today as it was nearly fifty years ago. It couldn't be closer to my heart," says Euan.
Euan Morton, a native of Scotland, received an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo. He moved to New York in 2003 to reprise the role on Broadway, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations, as well as the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. His other New York stage appearances include Sondheim on Sondheim and the 2007 revival of Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway; as well as the Off Broadway productions of Measure For Pleasure at The Public Theater (2006 Obie Award), Tony Kushner's adaptation of Brundibár at the New Victory Theatre, Howard Katz (opposite Alfred Molina) at the Roundabout Theatre, the 2009 American premiere of Leaves of Glass, the Keen Company's revival of The Film Society, and the musical Atomic. Internationally he has appeared in The Heart of Robin Hood in Winnipeg and Toronto. Regional credits include Parade at the historic Ford's Theatre (Helen Hayes Award, best actor) as well as in productions at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA; the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Berkeley Rep; Kansas City Rep; Theatreworks in Mountain View, CA; the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Bay Street Theatre. Euan can be heard on various cast recordings and released his debut solo CD NewClear in 2006, followed by Caledonia-the Homecoming in 2011. He has appeared in concert in New York City at the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Town Hall, The Players Club, the Metropolitan Room, The Zipper, Joe's Pub and Birdland, as well as at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA and The Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., and many other venues all over the country.
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is the acclaimed 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. In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes "the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan's other major supper clubs." Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.
I ? THE CARPENTERS, with Euan Morton backed by the Downey CA Collective, will be performed at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Monday, June 1st at 7 PM; Monday, June 8th at 9:30 PM; and Monday, June 15th, 2015 @ 7 PM.
Tickets are $45 (there is an additional $25 food/beverage minimum).
Tickets will be available:
- Club 54 (54 BELOW VIP) Pre-sale: Monday, March 9th
- 54 BELOW Insider presale: Thursday, March 12th
- General sale: Monday, March 16th