Marcus Lovett to Premiere New Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
The Broadway and West End singing star Marcus Lovett introduces an up-tempo nightclub act blending musical styles in "Marcus Lovett, Moonlighting" at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, on Friday and Saturday January 19 & 20 at 7pm. This is Lovett's second engagement at the club, having played one night in June 2017.
This time he's supported by a six-piece combo of prominent players from across the country, including Rolling Stones saxophonist, Tim Ries. Lovett's cross-genre re-imagining of the American Songbook combines jazz, rock, blues and Broadway sensibilities. Music direction is by Greg Pliska. Special guest is Stacey Sullivan.
"Marcus Lovett, Moonlighting" reflects Lovett's iconoclastic taste and career which has seen him appear memorable in "Les Miserables" (original company), and star in "Phantom of the Opera," "King David," "Carousel," and "Whistle Down the Wind," to name a few, as well as serve as the voice of major international events like The Olympics, and pursue a concert and recording career most recently. He is currently touring internationally in "The Four Phantoms" project with Franc D'Ambrosio, Ciarán Sheehan, and Brent Barrett.
"Cabaret is in full flower right now," says Lovett, "with artists experimenting and speaking out. What I want to do is bring a nightclub sophistication from another time to the present... I want to experiment with the genre and synthesize all the things that excite and inspire me."
The show cross-pollinates songs by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lyle Lovett, Billy Joel, Kenny Rankin and The Stones.
Leveraging his matinee idol charms and mellow baritone, Lovett made his Broadway debut in the Broadway premiere of "Les Miserables," which was followed by a string of leads in other landmark shows on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1994 he set a record of sorts by starring in two Broadway musicals in the same week when he replaced an injured Michael Hayden in "Carousel" for three performances while he was the Phantom. This remarkable feat of derring do, which The NY Times's Bruce Weber called "one of Broadway's most electrifying show-must-go-on stories," was all the more impressive in light of the fact that Lovett had never performed in "Carousel." FYI he is only one of three Phantom leads to play both on Broadway and The West End. The man of a thousand voice-overs Lovett is the voice of Good Morning America, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and at the Olympics as well as other world-class events.
Later in 2018 he is releasing a new album in 2018 (his fourth studio album), "Marcus Lovett, Random Acts of Love," which he will release with concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and New York. He just performed at the legendary Broadmoor in Colorado Springs with Debby Boone on New Year's Eve, and as a solo artist with orchestra on other occasions. He has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, L'Opéra de Paris, and Royal Albert Hall, among others.
For tickets visit www.54below.com or call 646-476-3551