Christine Andreas, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Come to 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.
CHRISTINE ANDREAS, November 18, 19, 21 & 22 at 7PM:
After a triumphant run last fall, Christine Andreas returns to 54 Below with a brand new evening of song. LOVE IS GOOD is Christine's most personal show.... Together with her husband, award-winning composer Martin Silvestri, Christine has fashioned a warm, witty, and beautiful evening of music drawn from the American songbook and Broadway. The program will also include some very personal original songs, performed with an energy that can only evolve with the intimacy of a 22-year-old musical relationship! Originally conceived for a command performance at the White House in the intimate setting of the presidential living room, Christine and Martin have created a sophisticated, romantic evening crafted to show the power of brilliant lyrics set to unforgettable melodies...Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Loewe, Gershwin, Piaf, and a few surprises that we promise will lighten your spirit and make your heart sing! $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $65-70 premium seating.
VOX POP: THE SONGS OF DAVID DAVILA, November 18 at 9:30PM:
David Davila's VOX POP: In Concert at 54 Below! The zany, award-winning musical theatre writer from South Texas premieres songs from his upcoming musical, VOX POP: a musical prophecy. David Davila has played sold-out concerts of his work at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, the Underground, and The West End Lounge. His shows have been presented at the Intar Theatre and the Davenport Theatre. In a dystopian world where bees have become mythological creatures, and human slaves must pollinate the crops, a young pollinator's life is turned upside down when she becomes the center of the Voxist revolution. But is she really the "chosen one" that will fulfill the ancient Vox Pop prophecy? VOX POP features the songs "Be The Change," "Closer," "All Good Things," "Propaganda," "Vox Pop," and others. Starring: Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked), Daniel Quadrino (Newsies), Desi Oakley (Evita), Jaime Cepero ("Smash"), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked), Brandon Ellis (Once), Caitlyn Caughell (Newsies), Dana Costello (Jekyll and Hyde), Cicily Daniels (Porgy and Bess), N'Kenge (Motown), Charles Barksdale (Sister Act), Brian Charles Rooney (BEDBUGS!!!), Ben Roseberry (Guys and Dolls), Jose Sepulveda (Altar Boys), Darryl Williams (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Lindsay Hicks, Mariela Flor Olivo, Vanessa Theus, Brendan Daugherty, Stephanie Nash, Michael Muenchow and Directed by Jay Levy. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $50 for premium seating.
BENJAMIN SCHEUER & THE ESCAPIST PAPERS, November 19 at 9:30PM:
"Benjamin Scheuer is New York's next great young songwriter. His music stirs the soul, his lyrics pierce the heart. He has wit, grace, power, and consistently dips his pen into the deepest emotional well." -Andrew Lippa. Fresh from his one-man show The Lion at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and a UK tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Benjamin Scheuer makes his 54 Below debut. The New York Times calls Scheuer, "A naturally appealing performer with an ingratiating soft touch," who plays "reflective pop-folk songs with catchy choruses and just the occasional burst of angst." He'll be performing with his band, Escapist Papers, comprised of bass-player/synthesist Geoff Kraly and pianist Jacob Sacks. Don't miss this incredible evening of acoustic, intimate music at 54 Below. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $60 for premium seating.
UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH, November 20 at 7PM:
After a triumphant premiere at Lincoln Center, Unsung Carolyn Leigh, by the acclaimed UnsungMusicalsCo., comes to 54 Below. With an illustrious catalogue boasting such popular standards as "The Best is Yet to Come," "Witchcraft," and "Hey, Look Me Over," legendary lyricist Carolyn Leigh spent three decades perfecting her own indelible brand of smart, sexy, sophisticated songwriting. UnsungMusicalsCo. continues its celebration of the Tony- and Grammy-nominated icon with Unsung Carolyn Leigh, Vol. 2, an all-new, jazz-infused evening that highlights the inimitable artist's little-known works including several items written with Jule Styne for the 1976 revue Hellzapoppin', two trunk songs from How Now, Dow Jones, and a lost musical number penned with Elmer Bernstein for the troubled tryout of I Do! I Do! Interspersed with a handful of Ms. Leigh's early career hits, the intimate evening features rare audio clips of the lyricist and more than twenty remarkable melodies. With: Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jenn Gambatese, Jeremy Kushnier, Sarah Stiles, Autumn Hurlbert, Donna Bullock and Jonathan Rayson. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $50 for premium seating.
RENÉ MARIE, November 21 & 22 at 9:30PM:
I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt) is René Marie's brilliant new album, solidifying her reputation as the most provocative risk-taker among today's jazz divas. Featuring star turns by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Etienne Charles and Australia's Adrian Cunningham, the album debuted at #2 on iTunes US and #1 on iTunes France. In her live show, René will celebrate the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, her powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, René Marie is the perfect entertainer for the job. From "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" to "Santa Baby" to "Let's Do It," one of today's most acclaimed vocalists celebrates one of yesteryear's favorite diva legends. $40-50 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $75 for premium seating.
THE WORST PEOPLE YOU KNOW, November 22 at 11:30PM:
MAZEL TOV, BITCHES!!! Composer Natalie Tenenbaum and lyricist Kevin Wanzor are uniting to take on and expose the tasteless, the perviest, and the WORST people you know. Everyone from the nail-clipping subway rider to the vaguebooker to the Times Square Elmo are invited. Come and finally find some enjoyment in these otherwise irritating people you know. Performed by some of the best performers you know, this no-holds-barred concert unites Tenenbaum and Wanzor as they explore the hysterical depths of all the pet peeves. Composer & pianist Natalie Tenenbaum has appeared as a soloist and with orchestras across Israel, Europe, Asia and the US, performing in venues such as Lincoln Center, Korea's National Theater, Jerusalem Music Center, the Kennedy Center and Berlin's Konzerthaus. Graduate of the Juilliard School, Natalie premiered her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, Merkin Hall, The National Arts Gallery (New York), Tel Aviv Museum Of Art and The Blue Note. Natalie is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel cultural foundation as well as Ronen Foundation. She is a winner of the 2012 Harrington Award and the 2013 Jean Banks Award (BMI) and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Kevin Wanzor is a playwright, bookwriter and lyricist. A musical adaptation of his short play,The Beginning and the End, was selected by Emerson College for their Developmental Lab Series. He is the co-winner (with Anna Dagmar) of a 2014 MASC Silver Award. Kevin is also a professional performer with credits that range from Mamet to Cats. An alum of Syracuse University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Actor's Equity. Kevin currently participates as both a lyricist and librettist in the Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop. $15 cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks. $25 for premium seating.
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, November 23 at 7PM:
Tony-nominated Broadway star and multiple MAC Award winner Ann Hampton Callaway brings a new personal and inspiring show to 54 Below. Called Turning Points, the show explores the milestones of life as celebrated through song. Backed by The Ted Rosenthal Trio, Callaway sings classics from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, jazz and pop as well as songs the Platinum Award winning songwriter has penned. $45-55 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $80 for premium seating.
SETH SIKES SINGS JUDY GARLAND, November 23 at 9:30PM:
Back by popular demand, Seth Sikes returns to 54 Below in an evening of Judy Garland's most celebrated songs-some of them in her key. Mostly known in the theater as an Assistant Director (on shows like The Nance, Tribes, and Pageant), Sikes gets on the stage this time with a seven-piece band to recount how Garland captivated him as a young boy in Paris, TX, and to sing her greatest hits. Surprise special guests may also appear. The evening was co-conceived by Tony Winner Lisa Lambert and directed by Eric Gililland. Orchestrations are by Matt Aument, and the Music Director is Mark Hartman. $25-35 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum. $60 for premium seating.
54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new 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, 54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. 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. Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95. 54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.