Donna McKechnie, VILLAIN: DEBLANKS & More Set for 54 Below This Week
This week at 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.
DAVID JOSEFSBERG, August 3 at 7PM:
Broadway's funny man David Josefsberg returns to 54 Below to make his solo debut! Currently standing-by next door at Studio 54 in An Act of God, Josefsberg has appeared in Honeymoon in Vegas, Motown, The Wedding Singer, Grease, and LES MISERABLES. He recently graced the 54 Below stage in the cast reunion concerts for The Wedding Singer, and off-Broadway's Altar Boyz. Don't miss a night of songs and laughs with one of Broadway's best! $30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
BROADWAY'S SAUNDERS SIBLINGS, August 3 at 9:30PM:
Join four of the talented Saunders siblings for an evening you'll never forget. Alanna Saunders (NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"), Heath Saunders (Lennon: Through A Glass Onion), Claire Saunders (Nancy Meyers' The Intern), and Trent Saunders (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway) will rock you with a mix of original pop and contemporary Broadway. You won't stop smiling as you groove with hits and harmonies from One Black Man, Heath and Trent's comic cabaret featuring arrangements of songs written for one black male voice and performed by two half-black tenors. Go on, challenge yourself to pick your favorite between identical twins Alanna and Claire. You've never heard Jason Robert Brown, the traditional "Old Man River", and "Our Prayer" from The Color Purple sung quite this way before. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
CHUCK WAGNER, August 4 at 7PM:
Chuck Wagner: Living The Dream takes you on the musical journey of a lifetime. From his introduction to The Great White Way as a young man through his Broadway debut in The Three Musketeers and his long runs in Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and beyond, Chuck Wagner shares the highlights of his rich and varied career. Accompanied by the amazing Jeffrey Saver (The Fantasticks, Into the Woods, Chicago and the upcoming Allegiance). $30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
VILLAIN: DEBLANKS, August 4 at 9:30PM:
Come laugh your (BODY PART)____ off! A Time Out New York Critics' Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is an uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths! The audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs (the wilder, the better), and the actors provide the laughs-uncensored and unrehearsed-as they enact the story of Philip DeBlanks' untimely demise. It's adult "Mad Libs" meets "Clue," performed by some of the funniest people in show biz. Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, this hilarious performance will be ridiculously one-of-a-kind. Featuring: Brenda Braxton, Bernard Dotson, Carly Hughes, Trent Armand Kendall, Kingsley Leggs and Angela Robinson. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
BROADWAY WORKSHOP: LIVE AT 54, August 5 at 7PM:
Past and current Broadway Workshop students take center stage at 54 Below to sing their favorite songs from past Broadway Workshop productions. Shows include: The Little Mermaid, The Secret Garden, Legally Blonde, Xanadu, Carrie, and Bring It On. All proceeds benefit Project Broadway, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. More info: http://broadwayworkshop.com. $30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, August 5 at 9:30PM:
Performed by a Broadway cast "Another 100 Years", part of KulturfestNYC's Encore Series features popular show tunes of our time spanning from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from operettas to contemporary musical theatre- celebrating the influence Yiddish and Jewish culture has had and continues to have on shaping The Great White Way. From Irving Berlin to Rodgers and Hart to Comden and Green to Sheldon Harnick to Stephen Sondheim to Jason RobertBrown the Yiddish influence of Broadway's music and lyrics has carried from one century onto the next. The concert is produced in conjunction with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's [NYTF] historic 101st Season and is performed in English. Special guest contemporary songwriters will premiere their new work at the end of the evening. The cast is comprised of Loni Ackerman (Evita, Cats), Lawrence Craig (Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème), Russell Fischer (currently Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys), Andrew Keltz (The Golden Land), Garth Kravitz (The Drowsy Chaperone), Elyssa Brette Mactas (Mean- The P!ink musical, Chix 6), Maddy Trumble (Newsies, Wicked), Jessica Mortellaro (Into the Woods), Martina Weidenbaum, Alan Wiggins (Beautiful The Carole King Musical, The Lion King). More artists will be announced in the coming week. "Another Hundred Years" is conceived and produced by Chris Massimine, KulturfestNYC's Executive Producer; Jamibeth Margolis; and Megan Minutillo. Minutillo will also direct. Ben Krauss (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) will provide Music Direction. $25- 35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
DONNA MCKECHNIE, August 6 & 9 at 7PM:
Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie graces the stage of 54 Below with a return engagement ofSame Place: Another Time: a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 70's in New York City - the heyday of Studio 54. McKechnie, best known the world over for creating the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line, is also well-known for her Broadway appearances in State Fair; On the Town; Company; Promises, Promises; and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. For these two very special performances, Donna will salute this remarkable era via the music of Jim Croce, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch and Stephen Sondheim. The evening will also include a special tribute to Kander & Ebb, celebrating their last musical The Visit. $50-60 cover charge. $95 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
#tbtLIVE THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE CONCERT, August 6 at 9:30PM:
We all love an embarrassing #tbt, but for one night only, put down your iPhone, close out your Instagram, and ignore your Twitter feed, because 54 Below has the greatest #tbt in town! Join a cast of Broadway favorites ready to throw it back to the greatest performances that only their mothers saw. #tbtLIVE brings throwback Thursday center stage. Literally. From summer camp to college, and everything in between, this one night only event features Broadway stars reprising performances from the days when they were just Broadway babies. Starring: Alex Finke (Anything Goes National Tour), Kendal Hartse (Rodger's & Hammerstein's Cinderella), Grey Henson (The Book of Mormon), Adam Kaplan (Newsies), Katie Ladner (Heathers, Be More Chill), Matt Meigs (Matilda), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago), Ashley Park (The King & I), Matt Rosell (Les Miserables), Alexandra Silber (MUNY's My Fair Lady, Master Class), Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man), Wesley Taylor (The Addams Family, Signature's Cabaret), Samantha Marie Ware ("Glee," The Book of Mormon), Produced by Shoshana Feinstein and Associate produced by Samantha Massell. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
JEKYLL & HYDE RESURRECTION, August 7 at 7PM & August 8 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Based on the Broadway musical thriller written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde Resurrection is a live concert featuring the music and songs from the 2006 album starring Rob Evan, Kate Shindle and Brandi Burkhardt and produced by Frank Wildhorn and Jeremy Roberts. The album launched a full symphonic version that toured the US and South Korea. This musical retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic takes a modern, dark and Rock influenced approach with the three stars and a full rock band delivering the highly charged and melodic score.
Jekyll & Hyde Resurrection will serve as a reunion of original Broadway cast members Rob Evan and Kate Shindle. Rob Evan played the title roles over 600 times on Broadway and more than 1000 total performances world-wide. He is currently a lead singer in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and is featured on THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE (Atlantic/Cert. Double Platinum) and NIGHT CASTLE (Atlantic/Cert. Platinum) which debuted at #5 on BILLBOARD's Top 100. This concert will mark Evan's return to the role on a New York stage for the first time in 15 years. Kate Shindle (Lucy) made her Broadway debut in the musical after being named MISS AMERICA in 1998. Kate went on to star in Legally Blonde, Cabaret and Wonderland on Broadway. She currently serves as President of Actor's Equity Association. Featuring performances by: Rob Evan as Jekyll & Hyde, Kate Shindle as Lucy and Janine DiVita as Emma with musical director Jeremy Roberts and a killer band featuring TSO's Angus Clark on Electric Guitar. Original concert directed by Vincent Marini. $40-50 cover charge. $85-90 premium seating. $25 food and beverage.
CARLY HUGHES, August 7 at 9:30PM:
Come see Broadway's Carly Hughes Live at 54 Below! With eight Broadway shows to her name, Carly Hughes has quickly established herself as a recognizable talent, both onstage and off. Carly has most recently starred on Broadway as Velma Kelly in Chicago, The Leading Player in Pippin, and in Beautiful as Lucille/Shirley of the Shirelles (performing her song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" on the 2014 TONY Awards, "The Today Show," and "The View"). Other Broadway credits include: The Book of Mormon, Ghost, Ragtime, Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Grinch. For the past 14 years she has starred in various shows at regional theaters across the country. You can also hear her singing in almost every song in the upcoming Ahrens & Flaherty movie musical, Lucky Stiff. Carly is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award for Acting. Come hear Carly's unique song stylings on some Jazz, Pop and everything in between. All performed with a whole lot of class and a little bit of sass! Music Direction by: Sonny Paladino (Associate Conductor and Keyboard player for The Last Ship, associate conductor for Pippin, Music Supervisor for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812... And more.) Arrangements by: Sonny Paladino and Joe Drymala (Writer/Composer/Lyricist known for his shows Sky's End, Street Lights, White Noise, and Edenville.) $30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage.
THE FITZGERALDS OF ST.PAUL: A NEW MUSICAL IN CONCERT, August 7 at 11:30PM:
The delirious excess of the Jazz Age comes to life for one night only at 54 Below with The Fitzgeralds of St. Paul, a new musical in concert. Part memory play, part gin-soaked vaudeville, The Fitzgeralds of St. Paul is a fictionalized, hyper-theatrical imagining of the lives and adventures of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda - an evening in which two tragic, larger-than-life icons of a bygone era finally get to tell their story. Directed by Danny Mefford (choreographer of Broadway's Fun Home and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), with orchestrations and musical direction by Nick Myers, this special event is the debut of a dark, dazzling new score by Christie Baugher (one of the York Theatre Company's 2015 NEO writers). Starring: Joel Perez (Fun Home) as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tiffany Topol (Once national tour) as Zelda Fitzgerald. $20 cover charge. $45 premium seating. $20 food and beverage minimum or two drinks.
ALLIE TRIMM & BRYNN WILLIAMS: NOWADAYS, August 9 at 9:30PM:
After starring in Broadway's 13 The Musical and the Roundabout revival of Bye Bye Birdie together, Allie Trimm and Brynn Williams take the stage together for the first time in five years! Playful and energetic, these two young Broadway vets and powerhouse vocalists light up the stage! Come watch and listen to Allie and Brynn take on musical theater and pop songs alike with pure tones, soulful sounds, and lots of riffing. You won't want to miss this! $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage.