Daniel Breaker, Ariana DeBose, Hannah Elless & More to Join Daniel Mate at 54 Below, 12/6

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Daniel Mate and Friends on December 6th, 2013. Join 2013 Kleban Award-winning songwriter Daniel Mate and a group of top-notch singing actors for an evening of eclectic, insightful, and thoroughly contagious theater songs. With astonishing lyrical flair and musical influences ranging from Cole Porter to Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan to Wu- Tang Clan, Funkadelic to Soundgarden, Mate's acclaimed and genre-hopping songs have been heralded by theater veterans and a new generation of audiences alike. This intimate evening will feature performances by Tony Award Nominee Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange, Love's Labour's Lost), Heath Calvert (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Nobody Loves You), Ariana DeBose (Motown, Bring It On), Hannah Elless (Godspell, The Other Josh Cohen), Grace McLean (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812), Jason "Sweettooth" Williams (Bloodsong of Love), and Mate himself.

Daniel Mate and Friends plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Saturday December 6th at 11PM. There is a $25-$35 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.

Mate is the recipient of the 2013 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist. He also received the Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation's Cole Porter Award in 2010 for his music and lyrics. His song cycle The Longing and the Short of It is currently making its regional premiere at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL, and has been presented at Barrington Stage (directed by William Finn), the Disney-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop (directed by Stephen Schwartz) and Playwrights Horizons (directed by Victoria Clark). With composer Will Aronson, Mate wrote lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Trouble With Doug, a comedic musical inspired by Kafka's "The Metamorphosis." Doug was featured at the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals with direction by Tony-winning performer Victoria Clark and has since been developed at Royal & Derngate (U.K.) and Theatreworks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA). Mate and Aronson are working with book writer Hannah Kohl on a family musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Mate is also the composer and lyricist of The Story Of Jo-Beth, a modern-day American retelling of the Book of Job (CAP 21, 2011; JCC in Manhattan, 2013), and Middle School Mysteries, an original musical devised with a group of middle school students at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ. His work has previously been featured at venues ranging from Joe's Pub to Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. This event marks his 54 Below concert debut.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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