Ute Lemper, The Skivvies & 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:
TALES OF JONI, August 12 at 7PM:
54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell. Whether it's "Both Sides Now," "Chelsea Morning," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," or "A Case of You," the work of Mitchell, one of the world's most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below, look for a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries singing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway's Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway's Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nicholas Rodriguez (Broadway's Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), and Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammys called Joni's music "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity." For four special performances only at 54 Below, come see why! Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Melanie Field, August 12 at 9:30PM:
Direct from the Broadway stages of Evita, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, Melanie bids a fond farewell (for now) to the Great White Way as she departs on her next big adventure - student at the Yale School of Drama! It's the perfect evening of story, song and special guests (Corey Mach, Annie Funke), along with Musical Director Caleb Hoyer. Cover charge $15-25. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LATE NIGHT: THE CALLBACK: PRELIMINARIES, August 12 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: Christian McBride TRIO, August 13 at 9PM:
Bassist/composer/producer/educator Christian McBride is one of the very few young superstars of modern jazz. At 54 Below, Christian McBride celebrates an exciting new release on Mack Avenue Records with his fiery trio, featuring two of his pre-eminent musical protégés: the swinging Christian Sands and the most in-demand young jazz drummer in the world, Ulysses Owens. This evening, we will also be toasting the 67th Birthday of WBGO Jazz Series producer and host, Todd Barkan. Cover charge $25-35. $15 food & beverage minimum.