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Jarrod Spector's 'A Little Help From My Friends' Live Album Gets 3/25 Release
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Broadway Records will release Jarrod Spector's 'A Little Help From My Friends: Live At 54 BELOW' digitally and on CD on March 25th, 2014. The CD is available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00IP9ZAG2. The CD will be available in advance to those attending Jarrod's upcoming 54 BELOW concerts on March 10th, 23rd and 24th. Spector will be signing CDs at these 54 BELOW performances as well as at his engagement on March 31st at 54 BELOW. (more...)

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES to Close at the Royal George, March 2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Producers announced today that the hit off-Broadway comedy, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES, which has entertained Chicago audiences for more than five months, will close at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, on Sunday evening, March 2, at 5pm. (more...)

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES Offers Free Valet Parking; 'Guest Jokesters' Set for Feb-March Appearances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Now in its fifth month at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, the hit comedy, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES continues to make news, by eliminating winter parking woes and offering free valet parking at the theater on weeknights! (more...)

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES Offers Free Valet Parking; 'Guest Jokesters' Set for Feb-March Appearances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Now in its fifth month at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, the hit comedy, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES continues to make news, by eliminating winter parking woes and offering free valet parking at the theater on weeknights! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Will & Anthony Nunziata Return to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 07, 2014

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as being 'blessed with strong voices and leading man looks,' Will & Anthony Nunziata returned to 54 Below debut with an encore performance of 'Broadway, Our Way,' last night. The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Will & Anthony Nunziata's BROADWAY, OUR WAY
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 10, 2014

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as being 'blessed with strong voices and leading man looks,' Will & Anthony Nunziata made their 54 Below debut with a special one-night only concert 'Broadway, Our Way,' last night. The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Will & Anthony Nunziata Bring BROADWAY, OUR WAY to 54 Below
by Walter McBride - Jan 10, 2014

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as being 'blessed with strong voices and leading man looks,' Will & Anthony Nunziata made their 54 Below debut with a special one-night only concert 'Broadway, Our Way,' last night. The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings SARAH VAUGHAN PROJECT to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 10, 2014

Ann Hampton Callaway just brought The Sarah Vaughan Project to 54 Below, with song selections such as: "Like Someone In Love", "Misty", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Chelsea Bridge", "Night in Tunisia", "Send in the Clowns", and "Like A Lover". Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage with Will & Anthony Nunziata at 54 Below
by Walter McBride - Jan 10, 2014

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as being 'blessed with strong voices and leading man looks,' Will & Anthony Nunziata made their 54 Below debut with a special one-night only concert 'Broadway, Our Way,' last night. The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. Check out photos from backstage at their concert below! (more...)

Roy Blount, Janet Davies & Steve Downes to Appear at OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES at the Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 06, 2014

Author, humorist and panelist on National Public Radio's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me program Roy Blount, Jr., plus Chicago media personalities Janet Davies (ABC7) and Steve Downes (WDRV-FM, The Drive) are the latest not-so-old, not-necessarily-Jewish joke tellers making one-night-only appearances in the hit comedy, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, to raise funds for the charities of their choice. A popular addition to the hit comedy production since launching in mid-December, celebrities are making a cameo appearance with their own comedic shtick during the OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES show, with a portion of proceeds from that performance donated to the non-profit charity of the celebrity's choice. (more...)

Jennifer Holliday Continues Shows at 54 Below Through Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2013

Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday returns to the cabaret stage through tomorrow, Sunday, December 29, at 54 Below. (more...)

Photo Coverage: HIT LIST and Chita Rivera Preview 54 Below Shows!
by Jennifer Broski - Dec 06, 2013

54 Below just welcomed a part of its December line-up for a special performance preview, including Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera (West Side Story, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof) and the cast of 'HIT LIST' -- Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, The Last 5 Years), Andy Mientus (Carrie, Spring Awakening), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date ,The Addams Family), and Carrie Manolakos (Wicked, Mamma Mia!). Check out photos from the previews below! (more...)

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES Extends at Royal George Theatre, Announces Celebrity Cameo Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 05, 2013

Nationally acclaimed authors Scott Turow and Sara Paretsky, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (6th District), Illinois State Representative (12th District) Sara Feigenholtz and Chicago society scribe "Candid Candace" Jordan are among some of Chicago's favorite not-so-old, not-necessarily-Jewish joke tellers making one-night-only appearances in the hit comedy, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, to raise funds for the charities of their choice. Officially launching on Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, and continuing at various performances through the coming months, a local celebrity will make a cameo appearance with their own comedic shtick during the OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES show, and a portion of proceeds from that performance will be donated to the non-profit charity of the celebrity's choice. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Welcomes Bea Daggett and Laura Green to Senior Management Team
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2013

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the appointment of Laura Green as the theater's new Production Manager and Bea Daggett, leading the historic theater's development team as Director of External and Strategic Affairs. "We are thrilled to add Bea Daggett and Laura Green to our stellar senior management team," stated Todd Schmidt, Paper Mill Playhouse's Managing Director. "Bea and Laura are experienced professionals that will enhance the work that Paper Mill Playhouse produces onstage and beyond. These appointments will allow the theater to continue to grow and thrive." (more...)

Photo Coverage: Katie Thompson Brings CHRISTMAS WITH A 'K' to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 04, 2013

After spending the year "bringing down the house" in Chicago (Variety) and being a "glorious, full-blooded voice" in Giant at the Public Theater (Wall Street Journal), KT sets her sights on Christmas, with a night of carols re-written, standards re-imagined, and New York's finest, funniest voices. Having penned three albums and two-and-a-half musicals, this "rich-voiced powerhouse" (Los Angeles Times) promises to "put the mayhem back in Bethlehem" (Katie Thompson) at 54 Below. Also starring Erin Quill (Avenue Q, The Mikado Project) and Joel Waggoner (Southern Comfort). Directed by Adam Jackman (R.R.R.E.D a Secret Musical, Homo The Musical). Check out photos from her concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Plays 54 Below!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 25, 2013

Which songs does Platinum Award winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway choose in this exciting night of great Broadway, jazz and pop music? As she did in The Streisand Songbook (which earned her two BroadwayWorld.com Awards and a MAC Award for best show of the year), Callaway puts her imaginative musical stamp on thoughtfully chosen gems, with insightful words about the writers and the craftsmanship that make these songs unique and enduring. Accompanied by Ted Rosenthal at the piano, Martin Wind on bass and Tim Horner on drums, the spirit of Thanksgiving comes alive with this intoxicating feast of unforgettable music. Check out photos from her first show below! (more...)

EXCLUSIVE! Cover & Track-Listing For Sierra Boggess's AWAKENING: LIVE AT 54 BELOW
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 21, 2013

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to bring you the exclusive first look at the cover and track-listing for Broadway and West End star Sierra Boggess's eagerly anticipated new solo album recently recorded live at NYC cabaret venue 54 Below, titled AWAKENING: LIVE AT 54 BELOW. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Graff Family, Euan Morton, Chip Zien & More Preview 54 Below Shows!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 21, 2013

54 Below just welcomed a part of its December line-up for a special performance preview, including Tony Award-winner Randy Graff, Tony nominee Todd Graff, and Nikka Graff Lanzarone from 'The Graff Family Holiday Special' (running 12/14 & 16); Tony-nominated song-writing team Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire (running 12/17); Tony nominee Euan Morton (running 12/12); and Chip Zien (running 12/5 & 11). Check out photos from the previews below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jason Robert Brown Returns to 54 Below!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 19, 2013

Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last 5 Years, 13, Songs for a New World) returns to 54 Below after last year's sold-out engagement to perform tunes both new and old, hilarious and poignant, caustic and inspiring from his diverse & prolific catalogue. The event features his band, The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, and cast members from Honeymoon In Vegas (premiering this fall at Paper Mill Playhouse), The Bridges of Madison County (opening on Broadway in February) and the winners of the online JRB Karaoke Competition. Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

Songs by Bowen, Thompson and More Set for ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK CITY 3 at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK CITY 3, A Concert For The Actors Fund featuring world premiere songs by Jeff Bowen, David Kirshenbaum, Miller & Tysen, Katie Thompson, and more, will perform live at 54 Below on November 19 at 9pm. (more...)

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