Ann Hampton Callaway, Yanna Avis & More Set for 54 Below This Week
This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.
JON VIKTOR CORPUZ, June 15 at 7PM:
After "getting to know him" as Prince Chulalongkorn in Lincoln Center's current Broadway revival of The King & I, the "excellent" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times) 18-year-old Jon Viktor Corpuz is taking to the 54 Below stage! Join him and his fierce special guests for an evening of pop hits, unique spins on Broadway favorites, and more! And maybe a coming-of-age story or two. Jon's heartfelt renditions, charm, humor, buttery vocals, and exuberant spirit will leave you laughing, crying, and inspired. (At least that's what his mom says...) SO GET YOUR TICKETS ALREADY, DANGIT. You won't be disappointed. Featuring his adult co-star in Godspell Telly Leung, Brynn Williams, his sister Kristin Corpuz, Jonathan Mousset, and Madelyn Murphy. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
BLAME CANADA!, June 15 at 9:30PM:
The Canadians are back! After smash concerts in New York and Toronto, Blame Canada returns to 54 Below for another evening celebrating the best in Canadian musical theatre and featuring an all-star cast of Broadway's Canadian talent. The concert will celebrate work by the members of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC). Founded by Landon Braverman and Joseph Trefler, the CMTWC is Canada's largest national organization devoted to supporting and promoting the work of homegrown musical theatre writers. With Musical Director Rick Fox (Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent) and Producer Michael Rubinoff. Featuring: Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful, JC Superstar), Clyde Alves (On The Town), Camille Eanga-Selenge (The Book of Mormon), Tyley Ross (Finding Neverland), Aaron Walpole (Les Miserables), Keely Hutton (Stratford Festival Tommy and Fiddler on the Roof), Sam Strasfeld (An American in Paris), Kira Guloien (Doctor Zhivago), Denis Lambert (Doctor Zhivago), Blythe Wilson (Mary Poppins National Tour), Alyssa LeClair (NYU's A Man of No Importance), Nyk Bielak (Book of Mormon), Natalie Daradich (Wicked) and Andrew Keitz. (Casting subject to change.) Proceeds from the evening will go to support the CMTWC and its initiatives. To learn more, please visit the official CMTWC website: www.cmtwc.com. Produced in partnership with the Canadian Music Theatre Project and Sheridan College. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
CHRIS MCNULTY, June 16 at 9:30PM:
Palmetto Records presents Acclaimed Australian vocalist Chris McNulty. Since her emergence on the international jazz scene in 1991, McNulty has been hailed by critics as a jazz vocalist-composer with a unique vision, boundless creative energy and a distinctive style. Joined by the magnificent John Di Martino quartet and accompanied by a chamber ensemble featuring arrangements by gifted Australian orchestrator, Stephen Newcomb, Chris McNulty will present a selection of songs from her stunning new release, Eternal. For decades McNulty has been wowing audiences with her story telling prowess, with critics saying: "Superb is the only way to describe her.... she is rhythmically breathtaking.....a class act. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire never danced to 'Cheek to Cheek' the way McNulty sang it as she took it uptown." (Kevin Jones, The Australian). Well-known to those who've had the pleasure of experiencing her live, McNulty has the rare ability to cast a spell, transporting the entire audience to another realm with her gorgeously heartfelt and emotionally moving treatments. Critics describe McNulty's voice as one of "serene beauty and compelling emotional fervency" (Jazz Wise UK). The Irish Times writes "how she is isn't better known is a mystery. She's a much more impressive performer than many of her more celebrated colleagues." Not only does McNulty breathe new life into well worn standards, she makes tunes like Bacharach's "One Less Bell To Answer" or Legrand's "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" uniquely her own. Her story telling gift has you hanging on every phrase. As Christopher Loudon (Jazz Times) so aptly puts it, "She has an uncanny ability to temper prevailing melancholy with an under current of hope-fueled anticipation, resulting in a fascinating sense of looking simultaneously backward and forward." In more robust, uptempo classics such as "On a Clear Day" her voice takes on a soaring, passionate, "Streisand" type quality. Eternal is a homage to the life of her son, Sam. "The resultant blend is beautiful and seamless, as sensitivity reigns supreme." -All About Jazz. "From the very first minute we hear McNulty's eloquent, exquisite vocals ...we know this is an album we are going to be listening to time and time again" -UKVibe. "This is a release of simple unadorned splendor, an organic outpouring of emotion and love. 'What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life' is nothing short of exquisite." -Critical Jazz. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, June 18, 19, 20 & 25 at 7PM:
In celebration of recent nuptials, Ann Hampton Callaway has crafted a brand new, gorgeous night of love songs about the ups and downs of finding lasting love. The multi-Platinum artist delivers classics from Gershwin, Rodgers, and Porter, as well as gems from Jobim, Lauper, and her own original compositions. Leavened with wit and laughter, On My Way To You is Callaway's musical embrace of all the shades of love. In the words of the Bergmans, "If I had changed a single day/What went amiss/Or went astray/I may have never found my way to you." Tony-nominated singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway is a 54 Below favorite. BroadwayWorld has called Ann "the current queen of American cabaret." The New York Times says, "For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway." Callaway has won multiple BroadwayWorld Awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year. She promises a stirring night of great music as only she can share. Directed by Dan Foster. $50-70 cover charge. $95-115 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
YANNA AVIS, June 18 at 9:30PM:
"Ah Paree! Evoking '50s glamour through teasing taunts, statuesque French chanteuse Yanna Avis sings with a wry understanding... The show's essence is distilled in a word heard less and less nowadays: chic." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times. With her new show "Make Some Magic" Yanna Avis takes us on a romantic journey through the landscape of love in her own continental cabaret style. She says: "No matter where it is, no matter what the language is, the feeling is always the same! I believe in the power of a love-song, even when it is only a dream or...an illusion!" "This cosmopolitan femme fatale sings sultry torch songs with equal ease in French, German, Spanish and, of course English... Nobody else is carrying on the European tradition quite so well. Ms. Avis has a raw, unrefined talent, and an admirable resolve to make time stand still." - Rex Reed, New York Observer. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
THE MELODY LINGERS ON, June 20 at 9:30PM:
The Germans call it "Ear Worm," the French "Stubborn Music," and the Italians "Tormenting Songs," but in any language the phenomenon is the same: a song gets stuck in your head and stays there, burrowing its way into your subconscious until all you can hear is "Jellicle Cats" over and over and over again. We are here to help. Research is underway to help victims of this unbearable malady, and our show of support can make a difference. We have gathered a team of expert performers to help us explore what makes an earworm - and what we can do about it. Featuring songs from Broadway, film, and the radio, this show will have you tapping your toes for a good cause - and absolutely won't have you humming these songs for the rest of the week. Brought to you by the team behind SONDHEIMAS: producers Maggie Larkin and David Levy and music director Andrei Strizek. Featuring: Justin Barnette (Broad City, Hairspray), Ariane Rinehart ("The Sound of Music Live!"), Molly Pope (Found), James Jackson, Jr. (The Black-Ups), Olli Haaskivi (Saturday Night) and Aaron David Gleason (Midnight at 9:30). $25-35 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
VODKA STINGER, June 20 at 11:30PM:
After four sold-out engagements at 54 Below last year (and a quick summer stint on Fire Island), boozy chanteuse and New York drag star, Miss Vodka Stinger makes her triumphant return to "Broadway's Living Room" this June with a brand new show celebrating that keeper of the kitchen, that mistress of matrimonial bliss: The Great American Housewife. Join Vodka and her two happy homemaking backup singers, The Martha Rayes as they embark on a musical journey of domestic proportions, June 20th, 11:30pm @ 54 Below. Musical director, Mr. Frank Spitznagel will be at the keys in his smoking jacket and slippers, while the ladies of the house serve up a Jerry Herman and Harold Arlen casserole with a side of creamed Bacharach, a basket of Studs Terkel, and for dessert, a Bobby Russell/Nellie McKay baked Alaska. Rooted in the rich, eclectic nightclub culture of 1950's/60's New York City, Vodka and her Martha Rayes hearken back to the nightlife of yesteryear when you could see a baby Barbra Streisand at The Bon Soir on West 8th street, Kay Thompson in The Plaza's Persian Room, or Dorothy Loudon at the Blue Angel on East 55th. Equal parts standards and esoteric special material, this nightclub act is 53% Tupperware party, 41% key party, and 6% Donner Party. So put away your ironing, call the neighborhood sitter, and pop a Nembutal. Suburban ennui be damned, it's Vodka Stinger's Tribute to the Great American Housewife. $20 cover charge. $45 premium seating. $20 food and beverage minimum or two drinks.
BRADY VS. PARTRIDGE: THE BARDY BUNCH, June 21 at 7PM:
Encore by popular demand! It's 1975 and The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family are brought together on one cabaret stage in 1975 by an accidental double booking... In a competition fiercer than when The Jackson 5 took on the Osmonds, the two television families will compete for your vote to win one precious prize. Enjoy Brady and Partridge hits, including "I Think I Love You," "It's A Sunshine Day," and "I Woke Up in Love This Morning," plus several hits from the 70s, starring the cast of The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady in a showcase of star-crossed love pairings and twisted sitcom charm. Featuring Kristy Cates (Wicked), Lori Hammel (Mamma Mia), Sean McDermott, and more to be announced! $35-45 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
ROBERT MEADMORE, June 21 at 9:30PM:
"One of the most respected talents in musical theatre" -London Classical Source. "One of the truly outstanding operatic tenors of our post war musical stage" -Michael Coveney, London What's On. Recognized as one of the finest voices in London's West End Robert Meadmore brings his triumphant sell out London show Love Songs to 54 Below. An evening of the most touching and adored love songs from musical theatre and beyond, from Cole Porter to sweet Irish ballads, sprinkled with amusing anecdotes and theatrical stories. Robert's starring West End roles include Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Brigadoon (Tommy), My Fair Lady (Freddie), Oklahoma! (Curly) and two separate productions of Camelot (Lancelot). His first classical album After a Dream reached no.2 in the charts where it remained for 4 weeks and was nominated Album of the Year at the Classical Brits. Come and join him for the perfect evening of fun and romance and a cocktail or two ... Or three!!! "Every song a masterpiece through acting" -What's On, London. $30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.