Ben Vereen, Maury Yeston, Rebecca Luker and More Set for 54 Below, Now thru 7/29
54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, hosts some of Broadway's brightest stars tonight, July 9 through July 22. Coming up are Ben Vereen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Maury Yeston, MX Justin VivIan Bond, Joe Iconis, Jamie deRoy, Rebecca Luker, Annie Golden, Mara Davi and more.
NEW MONDAYS, tonight, July 9 at 7PM, with YESTON, ICONIS, LUKER, DAVI and more:
Did you catch Larry O'Keefe debuting new work from Heathers, The Musical at our last show? Or Amanda Green giving us all a glimpse of the forthcoming Bring it On? Were you there two weeks ago week when Henry Krieger delivered a stunning solo rendition of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going?" What about the week before when Andrew Lippa wowed the place with new tunes from A Little Princess and then accompanied himself on the ukulele on a tune from The Addams Family? Or the week before that when David Zippel delighted with a tune from Tootsie, the Musical? well...
"New Mondays" gives it's final performance tonight, July 9 featuring brand new tunes from two-time Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic), Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days), Joe Iconis, (The Black Suits) and Brett Kristofferson (Insanities). The evening will feature the vocal talents of Jill Abramovitz, Carey Anderson, Wendy Bashor, Mara Davi, Katrina, Rose Dideriksen, Scott Koonce, Rebecca Luker, Johnny Rodgers, Kathy Searle, Angela Schultz, Katie Thompson, Jonathan Whitton, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams debuting work from the musicals Things to Ruin, Ordinary Days, String, The Boy Detective Fails, As the Curtain Rises …and perhaps a surprise or 2.
Performance begins at 7PM. Doors open at 6PM. $10-$18 cover charge. Two drink mimumum.
MX JUSTIN VIVAN BOND, July 9 at 9:30PM and two added performances on July 20 & 21 at 11PM:
Extended by popular demand, Mx Justin VivIan Bond plays 54 below tonight, Monday July 9 at 9:30PM as well as two newly added late night engagements on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21 t 11PM. Silver Wells, an evening based on the newly released album of the same name, covering songs made famous by Ronee Blakley, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Mark Eitzel and Brecht & Weill, among others. Silver Wells is inspired by - and takes it name from - Joan Didion's 1970 novel Play It As It Lays. In the show, Bond chooses a group of songs that allow V to cover the book's themes of nihilism, postmodernist identities, loss and the retrieval of memory.
Doors open at 9PM for the 9:30 performance and at 10PM for the 11PM performances. Cover charge: $20-30. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Ben Vereen, July 10 - 21:
Broadway legend and Tony Award winner Ben Vereen brings his hit show, "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen," to 54 Below, July 10 – 21. A high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., audiences can expect to hear classics such as "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Mr. Bojangles" and even "Defying Gravity". Well known to theatre audiences for his Tony and Drama Desk winning performance in Pippin, Vereen has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly's Last Jam. Television audiences will remember him from his celebrated portrayal of Chicken George in Roots, along with recent appearances on "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy" (Prism Award) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." In January, 2012, Mr. Vereen was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Cover charge: $50 - $60. Food and beverage minimum: $30. Performances are July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 8PM and July 13 and 14 at 11PM Doors open at 6:00 pm for 8:00 pm shows. Doors open at 10:00 pm for 11:00 pm shows. $30 food and beverage minimum.
THE GREEN ROOM, Tuesday – Thursdays at 9:30PM – Special guest Bucky Pizzarelli on July 10:
Join The Green Room's Steve Doyle (on bass) when his special guest musician for the night is jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. For more than six decades, "the complete jazz musician," as he's known, has been a fixture in the jazz scene and in the studios. The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who's Who of Jazz. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli has played, toured & recorded with the likes of Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, George Van Eps, Carl Kress and George Barnes. His superior mastery of the seven-string guitar is unparalleled. The Green Room is 54 Below's post-theatre lounge.
Join us Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings after 9:30 for live music, creative cocktails and small food plates. No cover. No minimum.
BACKSTAGE, July 15, 22 at 5PM:
On Sundays at 5pm, the theatre district is alive and abuzz with scores of hardworking actors who've just finished their workweeks with that final matinee before their day off. "Backstage" is a weekly Sunday evening event, from 5 – 7 p.m., where the theatre community can convene to relax and unwind - have a cocktail, enjoy the food of Chef Andre Marrero, and maybe get up and sing. This casual, social evening is a chance for us to welcome the theatre community for a few hours of fun and frolic at the end of an 8-show week. "Backstage" is hosted by two of Broadway's funniest talents - Ann Harada (Smash, Avenue Q, Seussical, 9 to 5) and Susie Mosher (Hairspray), who'll keep the evening rolling along with special guest performers and wise and witty repartee from the world of The Great White Way.
No Cover charge. Food and beverage minimum: $15. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Jackie Hoffman, July 15, 22 and 29 at 9PM:
There are only three ore chances to catch New York favorite Jackie Hoffman as continues her string of Sunday night performances at Below through July. The New York Post raves "Her self-deprecation knows no bounds! She kvetches. She delivers a medley of her musical contributions to the Broadway shows Hairspray, Xanadu and The Addams Family. A clever show!" According to Jackie, "I'm thrilled to be back underground where I belong!"
Performances begin at 9PM. Doors open at 7:30PM. Cover charge: $25 - $35. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Jamie deRoy & FRIENDS, July 16 at 7PM:
Join Jamie on July 16 when her guests will be Drama Desk and MAC Award nominated actress Christina Bianco (Newsical The Musical); one of the country's most popular standup comedians, Emmy Award winner Kevin Meaney; multi-platinum award winning recording artist and songwriter David Pomeranz; and original "Jersey Boys" cast member (Bob Gaudio role) and heart-throb concert singer Daniel Reichard. Ron Abel serves as musical director along with Tom Hubbard on bass, and Barry Kleinbort will direct.
Performance begins at 7PM. Doors open at 6PM. $25-$35 cover charge. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Joe Iconis & FAMILY, July 16 at 9:30PM:
Musical theater writer Joe Iconis (Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite, The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, Things to Ruin) brings his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree to 54 Below. Join Mr. Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of Joe's incendiary songs. The huge cast of brilliant actor/singers, lunatic musicians and legendary special guests will offer you an evening where searing character studies meet drunken back room sing-alongs. This is no mere concert. This is a great, big, howling love-letter to passionate musical theater at its best and bloodiest. Grease up your kazoo, fill your whiskey glass and stay for a while. It's going to be a helluva night. The show will feature Annie Golden (Assassins, The Full Monty), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Hairspray), Drama Desk Nominee Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), Jason "SweetTooth" Williams (Bloodsong of Love), Lance Rubin (Things To Ruin), Liz Lark Brown, Seth Eliser, Ian Kagey, MK Lawson, Rob Rokicki, Mike Rosengarten, and Jared Weiss.
Performance begins at 9:30PM. Doors open at 9PM. $5-$15 cover charge. Two drink mimumum.
54 BELOW, Broadway's nightclub 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.
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as creative consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as director of programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which 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. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $5-$85. 54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.
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