Ute Lemper, BROADWAY LOVES THE SPICE GIRLS & 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:
Ute Lemper, January 13 at 7 & 9:30PM & January 14 at 9:30PM:
Back by popular demand, 54 Below presents renowned international chanteuse and star of Broadway's Chicago Ute Lemper for a return engagement. The journey starts in Berlin with Ute's repertoire of Brecht and Weill and classic cabaret songs and travels to the poetic universe of Jacques Brel & Edith Piaf. Then, join Ute's voyage as she continues to Argentina and Tango Nuevo and walks the backstreets of Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires and New York, where she's made her home for fifteen years now. Discover musical ghosts who have their own tales of loss, love, passion, survival, rebellion & opposition to tell. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAY LOVES THE Spice Girls, January 13 at 11:30PM:
The TRL Generation brings its wildly successful 'Broadway Loves the Spice Girls' concert uptown to 54 Below on Monday, January 13th. The 11:30PM 'Girl Power'-filled song and dance extravaganza is directed by Kyle Fox, with music direction by Benjamin Rauhala and produced by Shoshana Feinstein. In their brief, but wildly successful career, the Spice Girls sold a staggering 88 million albums worldwide, becoming the best-selling female group of all time, and the most successful British group since the Beatles. "Baby," "Scary," "Ginger," "Posh," and "Sporty" became household names. "Broadway Loves the Spice Girls" features exciting new vocal arrangements of their biggest hits, including "Wannabe," "Spice Up Your Life," "Stop," "2 Become 1," as well as classic numbers from the cult-hit film "Spice World," highlights from the girls' solo careers, and more. This is one night no pop music fan should miss! The star-studded cast is set to include Ashley Kate Adams (La Cage aux Folles), Darren Bluestone (Avenue Q),Stefanie Brown (Wicked), Caitlyn Caughell (Newsies), Kennedy Caughell (American Idiot), Natalie Daradich (Wicked), Ariana DeBose (Motown), Hannah Elless (Somewhere In Time), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Jason Gotay (Spider-Man), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'), Ariana Groover (Bare), Sabrina Harper (Pippin), Liana Hunt (Newsies), Emma Hunton (Witness Uganda), Elizabeth Judd (Spider-Man), Janet Krupin (If/Then), Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins), Alice Lee (Bare, Spring Awakening), Kara Lindsay (Newsies), Synthia Link (Bullets Over Broadway), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin), Lesley McKinnell (Wicked), Emily McNamara (Gettin' The Band Back Together), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Tess Soltau (Far From Heaven), Billy Tighe (Pippin), Stephanie Torns (Wicked), Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime), and Barrett Wilbert Weed (Bare). The band will feature David Cinquegrana on guitar, Shannon Ford on drums, Gene Rauhala and John Perko on trumpet, Eric Schedin on trombone, Andrew Halchak on woodwinds, and music director Benjamin Rauhala on keyboards. Back-up vocals will be provided by Lacey Angerosa, Michael Gioia, and Jillian Soares. Orchestrations and vocal arrangements are by Benjamin Rauhala, with brass arrangements by Eric Schedin. $15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
Cady Huffman: AND SHE CAN COOK TOO!, January 14 at 7PM:
Cady Huffman (Tony Award-winning star of The Producers (original Ulla), The Nance, Will Rogers Follies) debuts her new one-woman show about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her grandmother's burnt toast, tomato sandwiches to Iron Chef Michael Symon's lamb heart tartar, Cady Huffman has eaten it all, loved it all and gone back for seconds. In addition to starring on Broadway, Cady is a regular food judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America! Joining long time collaborators Eugene Gwozdz on the piano and Roger Cohen on drums, get ready to laugh, maybe cry and definitely sing along to the foodie tunes of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, Cy Coleman, Lionel Bart and many more! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Sam Harris, January 15, 16 at 7PM & January 17 & 18 at 8PM:
Following a triumphant 2013 run, Sam Harris returns to 54 Below for four shows only, this time celebrating the release of his brand new book, HAM: Slices of a Life (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). This show of the same title is what Sam calls a "liter-usical": a hybrid theatrical show featuring excerpts from the book, artfully interspersed with songs from his classic repertoirE. Harris is a multi-million selling recording artist and has starred on Broadway, on television and in concert for nearly three decades. His powerhouse voice and rare talent for redefining the vast American Songbook defines him as one of this generation's most distinguished performers. And now - he's an author! $35-45 cover charge for 7PM shows, $45-55 for 8PM shows. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE Williamstown Theatre Festival CABARET, January 15 & 16 at 9:30PM & January 17 & 18 at 11PM:
For 60 years, the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival has been Broadway's summer home, where renowned stars of stage and screen work alongside America's next generation of up and comers. This January, for the first time ever, the Festival's legendary, irrepressible Late-Night Cabaret brings some Berkshire summer to the Big Apple. For four nights only, a revolving company of Williamstown all-stars will take the stage at 54 Below recreating the off-the-cuff, post-performance atmosphere that has become a WTF trademark. Helmed by longtime WTF music director Kris Kukul, these impromptu celebrations of laughter and song Will Chase away the winter blues with a healthy dose of summer fun! CAST LIST: Becky Ann Baker, Greg Hildreth (1/17 & 1/18)*, Lauren Molina, Euan Morton (1/15 & 1/16)*, Amy Spanger, Joe Iconis, Jessica Hecht, Todd Almond, and Jacob Ming Trent. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB, January 16 at 11:30PM:
DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB is BACK at Broadway's hottest spot! DON'T QUIT is the critically acclaimed late night happening of music, comedy and offbeat performances. This hit variety show returns, hosted by Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg and music director Dan Lipton with a visit from David Rossmer, plus DJs Andrew Andrew, Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Tony Nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Watson Intelligence), Lilla Crawford (Annie, upcoming "Into The Woods" film), Lea DeLaria ("Orange is the New Black"), Alexander Gemignani (Les Miserables), Jason Kravits (Relatively Speaking, "The Michael J. Fox Show"), Tony nominated composer/lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), EPHRAIM SYKES (Motown, Newsies), Tony nominee Mary Testa (Disaster! Queen of the Mist) and Stage, TV, Film Icon, and the Star of the Critically Acclaimed and Soon to Arrive on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas...Tony Danza!. As always, expect an astounding array of special guests each month. DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB - where Broadway and improv meet... and make out! Proceeds benefit Open Doors, TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students. $20 cover charge or $50 for premium seating. Two drink minimum.
THE SOUND OF THEIR MUSIC: Rodgers & Hammerstein @ 54 BELOW, January 19 at 7PM:
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'! The time has come for 54 Below to salute the two men who paved the way for modern musical theatre with hit after hit, including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King & I & Flower Drum Song, among others. Not only are tunes such as Hello, Young Lovers, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, If I Loved You & Edelweiss part of the lexicon of popular music, the indelible stamp they left on Broadway redefined the American musical. Join us as, each month, we present four of Broadway's most intriguing voices singing their favorite R&H tunes, with musical direction by the extraordinary Andy Einhorn (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella). Featuring Emily Skinner, Telly Leung, Sally Wilfert, and Howard McGillin. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy