Barb Jungr & John McDaniel and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week

By: Oct. 26, 2015
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This week FEINSTEIN'S/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, or call (646) 476-3551.


It's the triumphant return of Rita McKenzie's award winning performance in ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY, the country's longest running one-woman musical. This special one-night-only event will be presented as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Rita McKenzie and her critically acclaimed show have performed throughout the world - from New York's Carnegie Hall to Pasadena Playhouse - from Canada to Europe and Asia. And now she's back in New York City for one performance and this great cause. Miss McKenzie is currently co-starring Off Broadway in the musical Ruthless!. She has performed in the national tour of Neil Simon's female version of The Odd Couple co-starring with Barbara Eden. She was honored for her outstanding portrayal of Olive Madison with a National Broadway Theatre nomination as Best Actress in a Touring Play. She also recently toured with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna in their production of Bermuda Avenue Triangle. Ms. McKenzie created the role of Phoebe Farber in Sam Harris' production of Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood! in Los Angeles, and she played Maggie Jones in 42nd Street tour with Mariette Hartley. In addition, Ms. McKenzie also toured the country in Merman's signature role as Annie Oakley in the 50th anniversary production of Annie Get Your Gun opposite Glenn Yarbrough. Ms. McKenzie has had the privilege of opening for stars such as Steve Allen, Don Knotts, Norm Crosby and Milton Berle and she has been an acclaimed Pops guest artist with virtually every major symphony across the country. An accomplished TV and film actress, Ms. McKenzie played Alice, the housekeeper, on Fox's "The Brady Bunch: The Final Days," has guest-starred on NBC's "Caroline in the City," Mrs. Littlejohn on NBC's "Frasier," Rita Marcus on the Family Channel's "Big Brother Jake," and her recurring role on "Daddy Dearest," starring Richard Lewis and Don Rickles.ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY is a love letter to the life and times of Ethel Merman, the Queen of Broadway's Golden Age. Ms. McKenzie brings to life 16 of the greatest hits of Broadway in this thrilling show which recalls the glorious days of the Great White Way and it's brightest Star. Under the direction of Christopher Powich and Musical Direction by David Snyder, McKenzie triumphs in a role in which she recreates the excitement of La Merm. A night to remember! Produced by Evan Sacks. $40-50 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


"A remarkable cabaret show... Ms. Fox's rendition of Mr. Cohen's 'Hallelujah' was the deepest and most dramatically revealing of any I've heard." -Stephen Holden, The New York Times. Through stories and song, Lauren Fox examines the creative genius-and conflicted desires-of two of folk music's most enduring artists. Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen are widely known to be two of the best and most prolific songwriters of their generation. Less known about the fellow Canadian artists is that they had a relationship early in their careers that lasted only a few months, but had a lasting effect on their work. Many have speculated as to why the relationship didn't last, and that's what Lauren Fox explores here-BOTH SIDES-through their music, their histories, their triumphs and heartbreaks. Fox delves into the meaning behind the songs, giving us a better understanding of a painter and a poet who mesmerized the world through song. Highlights of the show include Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning," "River," and "Both Sides Now," and Cohen's "Suzanne," "Bird On A Wire," and "Hallelujah." $25-35 cover charge. $60-65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Come Together. In an exciting new collaboration between two giants of cabaret from both sides of the Atlantic, extraordinary, award-winning vocalist and performer Barb Jungr and Grammy and Emmy winner John McDaniel investigate The Beatles song catalog in their own unique and inimitable fashion. Barb and John celebrate Paul, John, George and Ringo with brand new, and often unexpected arrangements. John, the go-to arranger and Music Director for some of the greatest stars of the Broadway, television and cabaret worlds, is also the Artistic Director of the O'Neill Theater Center's Cabaret Conference, and has been the arranger and music director for eight Broadway musicals. Jungr has re-invented British and European cabaret and coined the phrase "New American Songbook" to describe her extensive and acclaimed explorations of Dylan, Cohen, Brel and more. Her CDs on Linn Records, Naim Label, and Kristalyn have been released internationally to great response and rave reviews. Here she turns her eagle eye to her own backyard, and The Beatles. John's love of their repertoire attracted Barb's attention when he invited her to be Master Teacher at the O'Neill, and there, they created a Beatles' medley together for the Gala Performance. As huge fans of each other's work, and with their mutual love of these great songs, John's superb arrangements, Jungr's performance and unusual take on the world, this promises to be very special indeed. $35-45 cover charge. $75-80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


The multi-national Asian cast of Comfort Women: A New Musical presents a reunion concert version of the show with the original Off-Broadway Cast. During World War II, approximately 200,000 women - and young teenagers - from across Asia were forced into sexual slavery at "comfort stations" for the Imperial Japanese Army. Inspired by testimonies from the women survivors, Comfort Women: A New Musical features a cast of Asian/Asian-American actors to tell these stories which are excluded from history books. Featuring Garett Taketa, Meagan Lee Hodson, Sandra W. Lee, Yeena Sung, Bomi Yim, Tricia Fukuhara, Roger Yeh, Edward Ikeguchi, Jann Punwattana, Maggie Lalley, Tomoka Iwata, Paul Marquez, Daniel Kennedy, Shan Y. Chuang, Shiori Ichikawa,Yukino Kikuta, Narae Kim, Zoe Lau, Hana Park, Euikyu Bang, Juverne Divino, and Kwangmin Lee. Comfort Women: A New Musical is Directed by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim. Music by Bryan Michaels & TaeHo Park, and Lyrics by Bryan Michaels. Written by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, OskerDavid Aguirre, Joann Malory Mieses, and Produced by Matthew Thomas Burda & Dimo Hyun Jun Kim. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


This ain't a scene it's...Sugar We're Goin' BELOW. Come rock out to the songs of Fall Out Boy benefiting VH1's Save The Music Foundation. The concert will showcase vocalists from Broadway, PopPunk, and beyond! Sugar We're Goin' BELOW will feature songs from Fall Out Boy's past and present. A portion of the proceeds will benefit VH1's Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation's youth. So get those skinny jeans ready, and don't forget the eye liner, because this concert is going to make you "Dance, Dance!" Featuring: Alexis Acar (PANIC!, Q&A), Brady Loomer (PANIC! The Musical), PJ Adzima (Volleygirls, Cobalteans), Rachel Sophia(PANIC! The Musical, Q&A), Jacqueline Priscilla, Caroline McQuaig (Bigger Than Your Skin, Q&A), Alexandra Nicopoulos, Jaime Cepero (NBC's "SMASH"), MJ Rodriguez (Rent), Julia Lopriore, Lyndsi Skewes, Natalie Ortega, Zakk Mannella, Anthony Crouchelli, Jacqueline Hogg, Savannah Jaine and His Dream Of Lions. $25-35 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Did David Belasco's ghost burst a pipe to flood his namesake theatre during rehearsals of Dracula the Musical? Does Bob Fosse really haunt the Lyceum, leaving behind a signature of cigarette smoke? Fact or fiction, this night of stories and songs will explore these incredible legends, with two of Broadway's most colorful media personalities at the helm. Joining them will be celebrity friends and fellow Halloween enthusiasts from Broadway to share their own creepy anecdotes from backstage and sing a selection of songs to help fans get in the spirit, ranging from Broadway (Sweeney Todd, Dracula) to the American Songbook ("I Put A Spell On You," "Witchcraft"), films ("This is Halloween") to pop music ("Thriller," "Monster Mash"), and beyond. Featuring: Daisy Eagan (Tony Award winner, The Secret Garden), Keala Settle (Tony Award nominee, Hands on a Hardbody, Waitress), Christina Sajous (Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, Baby it's You), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet!, In The Heights), Stacy Sullivan (2015 MAC Major Artist award winner),Brian Losoya (Lindsay Mendez & Ryan Scott Oliver's "Actor Therapy") and conceived and hosted by Steve Schonberg (theater expert NBC Today in New York, Huffington Post contributor) with co-host Laura Heywood (Twitter phenomenon, @BroadwayGirlNYC). Dan Pardo (Amazing Grace) will serve as music director. $30 cover charge. $55 premium seating. $20 food and beverage minimum or two drinks.


Back for a third, smash year!! Well Hello, Little Girl... There are Giants in the Sky at Feinstein's/54 Below when host Phil Geoffrey Bond (Sondheim Unplugged) and some of Broadway and cabaret's spookiest talents (along with a ghoulish trio of Sondheimhood's creepiest musicians) collide for a night celebrating the music of these two landmark musicals. God, That's Good! The trees rustle, a wolf howls, something's eerie in the night air: it's The Last Midnight. The perfect way to end your Halloween celebrations - or perhaps start them! City on Fire! ... He shaved the necks of gentlemen who never thereafter... Special Guest: Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd's original Johanna). Starring:Victoria Elizabeth Cook, Scott Coulter, Harris Doran, Marquee Five, Rob Maitner, Julie Reyburn, Nicholas Rodriguez, Timothy John Smith and Lucia Spina. $35-45 cover charge. $80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


The second annual Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening to benefit the Humane Society of New York, will feature performances by Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia), Sutton Foster (Violet),Christian Borle (Something Rotten), Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods), Debra Monk (Curtains),Orfeh(Legally Blond), Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera), with surprise two and four legged guests to be announced. Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey will be awarded the first annual Humane Society of New York's Sandy Award, presented to an artist who has shown a fierce commitment, through action and advocacy, to the cause of animal rights. Best in Shows will be presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, and will have music direction by Seth Rudetsky, who will also host. The cabaret show will begin at 7:00 pm. There will be a post-performance reception with cast members for premium ticket buyers. Tony Honoree animal trainer Bill Berloni's animals have starred in some of Broadway, television and Hollywood's biggest shows and movies, starting with the original Sandy in Annie in 1977, to the newest Toto on NBC's "The Wiz Live." Bill and Dorothy Berloni met over twenty years ago and have been rescuing and training animals ever since. Their animals (who are all rescued), their family and the Humane Society of New York have been showcased in the new reality series "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni" on the Discovery Family Channel. Bill and Dorothy focus their efforts on helping the Humane Society of New York, where Bill is Director of Animal Behavior and Training. Once again, they are bringing their two worlds together - the Humane Society of New York and Broadway - to help raise money for animals in need and recognize people who champion animal welfare. Since 1904 the Humane Society of New York has been a presence in New York City, reaching out to animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. Open seven days a week, today its hospital and The Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center help more than 38,000 animals annually, and their numbers continue to grow. HSNY's Adoption Center provides a safe haven- with no time limit - for rescued animals of all ages until permanent adoptive homes are found. The clinic provides low-cost and free veterinary services ranging from wellness treatments to critical care for animals who would otherwise have nowhere to turn for life-saving help. $125 cover charge. $200 premium seating.


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