BRING BACK BIRDIE's Cleve Asbury Returns for One Night Only Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
Feinstein's/54 Below and the acclaimed Second Act Series is pleased to present the short-lived musical sequel Bring Back Birdie in concert for one performance only on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00PM. As previously announced, Michael Walters (The Honeymooners, National Tour of Babes in Toyland) will lead the starry ensemble as Albert Peterson with Loni Ackerman (Evita, Cats, George M!) as his overbearing mother Mae. The November 1st, 7:00pm concert will celebrate Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' tuneful score and Michael Stewart's wild and wacky libretto. Also joining the ensemble is original Bring Back Birdie cast member Cleve Asbury (How to Succeed in Business..., Me and My Girl, Annie Get Your Gun and more) as Mr. Marshall, a litigious NBC producer in search of Conrad Birdie.
Following up their smash-hit musical Bye, Bye, Birdie, Strouse, Adams and Stewart set out to find out what happened to the Petersons and Conrad Birdie twenty years later. When heart-throb rock-n-roller Conrad Birdie came back from Vietnam, he disappeared for more than 20 years. But now he's back... For one night only!Bring Back Birdie opened on Broadway in 1981, twenty years after its smash-hit prequel, Bye, Bye, Birdie! The short-lived sequel ran only 4 performances, but reunited the show's creators and leading lady Chita Rivera.
Set to star as the tireless, English-teaching talent agent Albert Peterson is Michael Walters, who will soon be seen in Paper Mill Playhouse's The Honeymooners. Peterson's most famous client, Conrad Birdie, will be played by Tom Schario (Nice Work If You Can Get It National Tour), Lucas Schultz (Mary Poppins, Pippin) as Albert Jr. and Hannah Jane Peterson as Jenny Peterson, the rebellious teenage daughter of Albert and Rose. Also featured in the one-night-only concert are Julia DeSimone, Kristen Gehling, Mildred Gil, Kelly Reader and Samantha Georgette Sayah (Junie B's Essential Survival Guide...). The much-coveted role of Rosie Peterson is still to be announced.
Bring Back Birdie is presented as part of the popular Second Act Series, produced by Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan. Each evening revisits a short-lived musical, highlighting its neglected score and inviting audiences to rediscover a forgotten gem. Previous evenings include: Shelter (starring Jon Cryer), 70, Girls, 70, Henry, Sweet Henry, The Screams of Kitty Genovese, The Fix, Onward Victoria, Charlie and Algernon, Eating Raoul and more.
MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW
Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the 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, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. 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. In their description of the venue, The New York Times writes Feinstein's/54 Below "has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade- patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan's other major supper clubs." Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$105. www.54Below.com/Feinsteins