54 Below Celebrates Frank Wildhorn with Series of Concerts, Kicking Off This Month
54 Below Celebrates Frank Wildhorn, a series of concerts spotlighting the music of composer Frank Wildhorn, will be presented at the intimate Manhattan nightspot tonight, December 2, through the 6th, backed by a band led by Wildhorn on piano. Show times at 54 Below are scheduled for December 2-3 at 7pm and December 5-6 at 7pm and 9:30pm.
The December 2-3 concerts will feature a reunion of the original cast members from Bonnie & Clyde performing selections from the score (with lyrics by Tony and Academy Award winner Don Black and book by Emmy Award nominated Ivan Menchell). Scheduled to perform are Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Melissa van der Schyff, Louis Hobson, Mimi Bessette, Michael Lanning, Kevin Massey, and members of the cast of original cast.
The December 5-6 concerts will feature a cavalcade of Broadway leading men and women and a jazz superstar. These stars include: Leslie Odom, Jr. (Leap of Faith, TV's Smash), Brandi Burkhardt (Tale of Two Cities, Mamma Mia, TV's Hart of Dixie), Janet Dacal (Wonderland, In the Heights), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Jekyll & Hyde revival, Hair), and Adrienne Warren (Bring It On, Orange Is the New Black). Grammy Award nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will join for the 7pm & 9:30pm shows on Friday, December 5th. These shows will features songs from Wildhorn's theatre, jazz, and pop catalogs.
The 7pm performance on Sat Dec 6th will be a celebration for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will feature Angelina Kelly. Make-A-Wish grants wishes of children of life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Angelina's Wish was to take professional voice lessons and to one day sing in public. In 2005, she sang the National Anthem at the Make-A-Wish Gala in Tarrytown, NY in front of over 400 people. For more info about Make-A-Wish, go to wish.org.
54 Below Celebrates Frank Wildhorn has music direction by Jason Howland and is produced by Nicholas Cheng. Also performing will be Julia Adamy (bass), Clint de Ganon (drums), David Mann (woodwinds), and Antoine Silverman (violin).
Wildhorn is the composer of Broadway shows Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Dracula, Wonderland, Bonnie & Clyde, and Victor/Victoria, as well as the international hits Carmen, The Count of Monte Cristo, Rudolf, and the upcoming Death Note for Japan, Casanova for Vienna, and Mata Hari at the Moulin Rouge and The Man Who Laughs for South Korea. With almost 100 million albums of his music sold and over 20 Broadway and international shows, Wildhorn remains one of the most important musical voices working today.
There is a $50-$100 cover charge, plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. For tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54below.com. 54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street.
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, 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. The venue 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. Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.