Celebrating Adolph Green, Randy Graff, The Skivvies & More Set for 54 Below this Week
Coming up this week, 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.
SMILE: A BROADWAY REUNION CONCERT, September 22 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
The Broadway musical cult favorite SMILE, by Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch, returns to New York for a one-night-only reunion concert performance! SMILE opened on the Great White Way in 1986, and closed after 48 performances. The musical follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant. With a bright, brassy, exciting score that includes "Disneyland," "Shine," "Young And American," "Until Tomorrow Night," and many more Hamlisch/Ashman treasures, SMILE is one of the greatest underappreciated Broadway musicals of the 1980s. The reunion concert will bring back original Broadway cast members Mana Allen, Jodi Benson, Anne Bobby, Susan Dow, Linda Hess van Kesteren, Lauren Kosarin, Andrea Leigh-Smith, Nikki Rene, Tia Riebling, Cheryl-Ann Rossi and more, for a Young American Miss pageant you will never forget! Also starring Lewis Cleale and Sally Wilfert, and featuring Megan Kane, Caitlin Kinnunen, Molly Model, and Monet Julia Sabel. Directed by Richard Biever, Musical Direction by Roberto Sinha, Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
RANDY GRAFF, September 23 at 7PM:
Back by popular demand - with new songs! George Gershwin. Carole King. Betty Comden. Harry Nilsson. Barry Manilow. Barbra Whatsername... What do these great writers and artists have in common? They were all born in Brooklyn! Also from the fourth largest city in America is Tony Award winner Randy Graff (City of Angels, Les Miserables), who will sing the music of artists from her hometown, backed up by a slammin' trio of musicians. Made in Brooklyn is the personal and musical story of Randy herself - one more great performer from Canarsie! "Randy Graff is not a showy performer. She simply stands, sings from her big heart and beguiles." - Andrew Gans, Playbill $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SONGS OF SCOTT EVAN DAVIS FEATURING DEREK KLENA AND MORE, September 23 at 9:30PM:
Composer/lyricist Scott Evan Davis makes his debut at 54 Below with a concert of new material as well as songs from his album Cautiously Optimistic. After having his show Picture Perfect performed in New York, LA, London and Australia, he returns to the concert setting for the first time in over two years, to tell intimate stories of how certain songs came to be, as well showcase material from his new musical Indigo. "When it comes to contemporary songwriting, the obstreperously sizable squad who complain that 'they don't write 'em like they used to' have got it seriously wrong. The bracing truth is that they do write 'em very much as the outstanding pop songwriters of the mid-20th century used to.... Prominent among them are Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Lance Horne, Sam Davis, Michael Patrick Walker, Scott Evan Davis, Georgia Stitt." - David Finkle, The Huffington Post. "Songwriter Davis has an ear for the classical in his melodies and one for the edginess of contemporary in his lyrics. These two seemingly contradictory aspects collide with remarkable ease..." -Andy Probst, Theatermania. With Scott at the piano, accompanied by the cellist James Clark and some of New York's finest voices, including Derek Klena, Karen Mason, Lisa Howard, Natalie Douglas, Julie Reyburn, Sierra Rein, Erik Sisco, Vicky Modica, Joshua Dixon, Kim Grogg, Jamie Hartmann, David Harris, Remy Zaken, Leigh Barrett and more, Scott Evan Davis will celebrate his 37th birthday as he explores love, loss, relationships and patterns, and ultimately, acceptance within his songs. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CELEBRATING ADOLPH GREEN, September 25, 26 & 27 at 7PM:
54 Below is delighted to celebrate the genius of Adolph Green in this, his centennial year. Join a rotating cast of Broadway greats during our three night musical soiree as we pay tribute to this legendary master of his craft. In a career that spanned six decades and seven Tony Awards, Adolph Green and Betty Comden produced a body of work that is unparalleled in the American theatre: Wonderful Town. Bells Are Ringing. Singin' in the Rain. On the Town. The Will Rogers Follies. The Bandwagon. On the Twentieth Century. Applause. Subways Are For Sleeping. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! This is one very special weekend in September that they'll be talking about for years to come. Get there before The Party's Over! Hosted by Klea Blackhurst. Guests for Sept 25: Sondra Lee with Carole J. Bufford, Penny Fuller, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Amanda Green, Amy Spanger, Robert Creighton, Natascia Diaz, Howard McGillin, Ed Dixon, KT Sullivan, Tari Kelly, T. Oliver Reid and Klea Blackhurst. Guests for Sept 26: Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, John Rando, Jessica Phillips, Karen Akers, Betsy Wolfe, Melanie Vaughan, Michael Rupert, Carole J. Bufford, Lee Roy Reams, Tari Kelly and Klea Blackhurst. Guests for Sept 27: Len Cariou, George Lee Andrews, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Eric Michael Gillett, Ed Dixon, Margo Seibert, John Tartaglia, Brad Oscar, Anita Gillette, Tari Kelly and Klea Blackhurst. $50-60 charge charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BROADWAY BALLYHOO! WITH BARBARA WALSH AND MORE, September 25 at 9:30PM:
Scott Siegel's critically acclaimed BROADWAY BALLYHOO, which regularly features great Broadway and nightclub stars in New York City, plays this summer at 54 Below on Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30pm. This ever-changing musical variety show, soon to begin its third year of performances, will light up 54 Below this summer with all-star casts. For this show in its new home, Scott Siegel, best known as the creator/writer/host of Town Hall's signature series, Broadway by the Year (in its 14th season), welcomes to the stage Barbara Walsh, John Bolton, Karen Mason, Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter, Carolyn Montgomery Forant, Maxine Linehan & Jillian Louis. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
CONFIRMED IN CONCERT: THE MUSIC AND LYRICS OF KAILEY MARSHALL, September 25 at 11:30PM:
Kailey Marshall's first full length piece, Confirmed, tells the tale of a rebellious, but misguided teen who is sent to Catholic school to change her ways. While there, she struggles to find love and faith, raising some hell while she's at it! With an infectious, pop-rock score, featuring the talents of Jeff Heimbrock (The Book of Mormon), Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County), Katie Ladner (Heathers), Ellyn Marie Marsh (Kinky Boots), Danny Quadrino (Newsies), Emily Rogers (Jasper in Deadland), Dan DeLuca (Newsies Tour) and Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots), Confirmed in Concert promises to be a night full of sin, redemption, and music that makes you feel the spirit! A self-described "Lena Dunham" of NYC musical theatre writers, Kailey Marshall's songs have been featured at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, the Highline Ballroom, and also at NYMF's The Music Box: An Evening of Female Composers. She recently won the Fresh Pens Contest in July 2014 with her song "Give It Up" from her musical Confirmed. Confirmed was also presented as the Pace New Musicals Lab in January 2014, with three sold out performances. $18 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
FEELIN' GROOVY: FOLK ROCK MUSIC OF THE 1960S, September 26 at 9:30PM:
Relive and discover the timeless music of the"60s music legends such as The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, Woody Guthrie, Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and many others in this powerful concert event. These artists spent their years communicating personal, political and social imperatives by way of their impeccably crafted songs, harmonies,and lyrics combined with humor and passion. Back by popular demand, join Broadway actor-singer-recording artists Michael Lanning (Bonnie and Clyde, Civil War), Alison Lory (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Carnegie Hall), along with Neeley Bridges and Andy Jobe (Walking for Pennies) singing in harmony the poetic lyrics of songs including, "Blowin in the Wind", "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season), "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)". Audience participation encouraged but not mandatory! $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE SKIVVIES, September 26 at 11:30PM:
This "musically thrilling" undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don't just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (Pageant, All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called "smart, sophisticated...ingenious," and Out Magazine, "The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque...an unusual explosion of satire and sultry." They also have a single and music video directed by Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running With Scissors. They will be joined by special guest stars who will strip down and rock out. Expect a hilarious evening of genre-hopping pop perfection. Guests: Lena Hall, Matt Doyle, Brandon Rubendall, Christopher Hanke, Clarke Thorell, Alyssa DiPalma, Dionne Figgins, Charlie Rosen and Natalie Joy Johnson. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
THE PETERSONS, FEATURING MATT SALDIVAR, ADAM STEIN, KEIRA NAUGHTON AND MORE, September 27 at 9:30PM:
Come share an evening of music and merriment with upstate New York's favorite family band...that's not really a family (or, if we're being completely honest, from upstate NY either). Matt Saldivar (Act One, Peter and the Starcatcher, Grease, The Wedding Singer), Adam Stein (The Lion King), Keira Naughton (The Rivals, Lucy), Rick Holmes (Spamalot, Cabaret, Peter and the Starcatcher), Evan Robertson (he hates listing credits) and Pete Simpson (Blue Man Group) play The Petersons, a musical band of misfits from the (fictional) upstate town of "Essex-on-Haugatuck." Performing an eclectic mixture of original rock music and character-based comedy, they come prepared with an entirely new show and special guest each time. Previous guests include Oscar winner Paul Newman, Tony Award winner James Naughton, Emmy Award nominee Michael C. Hall, the uncategorizable John Cameron Mitchell and many, many more. Described by The New York Times as, "a hipster theater mock-rock group with a devoted following," and by Time Out New York as, "one of the funniest shows in town," the Petersons have played sold-out shows at Joe's Pub, Caroline's Comedy Club, Ars Nova and the West Bank Cafe. This is their debut at 54 Below, and they're thrilled to invite you to join the family. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.
EWALT & WALKER'S PAJAMBOREE, September 27 at 11:30PM:
After sold out shows at Joe's Pub, Caroline's on Broadway, and 92YTribeca, Ewalt & Walker are bringing their music to 54 Below! And this time, they've got their pajamas. Ewalt & Walker, the writers behind BROMANCE: THE DUDESICAL, are taking over late night at 54 Below with lots of their Broadway friends to throw the musical theater sleepover party you've always wanted to attend. Break out your best PJs, because it's time for some great new music along with everyone's favorite sleepover traditions like scary stories, truth or dare, hair braiding, and seven minutes in heaven. Directed by Adrià Barbosa, produced by Andrew Rasmussen, and music directed by Benjamin Rauhala (Broadway Loves Britney/The Spice Girls). Cast: Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Rashidra Scott (Beautiful, Sister Act), Danny Quadrino, Liana Hunt (Newsies), Kate Fahrner (Wicked), Luca Padovan (Newsies), Madeleine Dougherty (Sister Act), Darren Bluestone (Avenue Q), Kyle Mitchell (Lion King), Steven Grant Douglas (Ghost), Emily Ferranti (Wicked), Kelly King (Winner of the Viña Del Mar song competition, 2013), Marissa Rosen (BedBugs: The Musical, Diva with Marty Thomas), Jonathan Whitton (2013 Broadway World winner), Andromeda Turre (Postmodern Jukebox), Rob Maitner and Hannah Rose DeFlumeri. $15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
1 NIGHT OF PEACE & MUSIC- A TRIBUTE TO WOODSTOCK, September 28 at 10PM:
On August 15, 1969, the world erupted in a musical explosion when Woodstock kicked off for an unprecedented four day extravaganza in White Lake, NY. Now, 45 years later, relive highlights of that incredible weekend in the history of music when leading voices from Broadway, cabaret and jazz converge upon 54 Below for a night of peace, love & understanding. Starring: The Audiobodies, Rex Benincasa, Carole J. Bufford, Peter Calo, Scott Coulter, Natalie Douglas, Adam Fisher, Lauren Fox, Ritt Henn, Heather MacRae, Marissa Mulder, T. Oliver Reid, Ted Stafford, Chris Sullivan, Stacy Sullivan and Jon Weber. $35-45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.