Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of WEST SIDE STORY at Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week

Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of WEST SIDE STORY at Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents a celebration of the groundbreaking musical masterpiece West Side Story on the 60th anniversary of the show's opening on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 pm at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street). With an immortal score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story opened at the Winter Garden Theater on September 26, 1957. This tribute concert will feature some of the most beloved songs from the score: "Something's Coming," "Maria," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere," and others.

Cast includes: Ashley Marie (Maria in West Side Story at Musical Theatre West and Riverside Repertory Theater in CA); Tyler William Milliron (Spamilton, Musicals Tonight! productions of Do Re Mi and Pardon My English); Leah Horowitz (Follies, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Les Miserables, and Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway); Natalie Storrs (Sister Act, first national tour); and the multiple-award-winning cabaret/nightclub star Natalie Douglas. Plus performances byJohn and Matthew Drinkwater, and a special appearance by Harvey Evans, whose credits include both the original Broadway production and the film version ofWest Side Story. Produced and hosted by journalist/theater historian Michael Portantiere, with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano.

West Side Story: 60th Anniversary Celebration plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm. There is a $35-$45 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Michael Portantiere (producer/host) is the chief New York Theater critic for TalkinBroadway.com and a panelist for BroadwayRadio's "This Week on Broadway" podcasts, presented by BroadwayStars.com. He has worked as an editor and writer for InTheater magazine and Back Stage, and he was Editor in Chief ofTheaterMania.com. Michael has written for Playbill, The Sondheim Review, Everything Sondheim, W42ST magazine, and NPR.com. He is also a theater photographer whose photos have been published in The New York Times and other major publications.

Matthew Martin Ward (musical director/pianist) Broadway shows include Avenue Q, Tarzan, La Cage aux Folles, Urinetown, Tommy, State Fair, and Blood Brothers. Matthew was MD for two editions of Forbidden Broadway... Strikes Back and Cleans Up its Act. Off-B'Way: Whoop-Dee-Doo, Nunsense and Ruthless. He is the composer of After the Fair, which has been produced in New York (Outer Critic's Circle nom.), Dallas, London, Chicago, Seattle and more. His musicalCasper toured with the legendary Chita Rivera, and his musical The Lady in Penthouse B was presented at the York Theatre starring Nancy Dussault.


Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a 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 and has set a new standard for culinary excellence 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 in the house. 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 $5-$105. 54Below.com/Feinsteins

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