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Feinstein's/54 Below Presents A Drag Cabaret Benefitting the NYC Gay Men's Chorus

Feinstein's/54 Below Presents A Drag Cabaret Benefitting the NYC Gay Men's Chorus

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Burning Bright: Torch Songs on Pride Weekend. An evening of Pride, love, desire and song hosted by Mama Mela and Ellia J. Garlands. These drag queens will be reinterpreting what a Torch Song is and means in 2018 through a uniquely queer lens. Under the musical direction of James Horan, the talented cast also includes PhilEsha De Lox, Gigi St. Croix and the newly crowned Miss Gay United States, Aaliyah Martinez. Also joining the cast is a very special guest: NYC pop recording artist & transgender superstar, Mila Jam! There's no better way to live out loud this Pride than with the queens of the NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS!

Host Mama Mela has been a singing member for the NYCGMC for over four years and has been performing around NYC since 2012. Most notably performing with "RuPaul's Drag Race" alums Bob TheDragQueen & Monet X Change, she enjoys using her drag to further the artistic and social mission of the NYCGMC. Host Ellia J. Garlands has been singing with the NYCGMC since 2014 and enjoys singing across the city and on Fire Island. Notable accomplishments include performing with Lorna Luft at Feinstien's/54 Below and Alan Cumming at Club Cumming where she performs regularly.

Aaliyah Martinez is well versed queen with over 10 year of experience both on and off stage, as well as a singing member of the NYCGMC for over two years. Aaliyah most recently captured the title of Miss Gay United States, a national title, allowing her to travel the nation and further her philanthropic work. Other titles that she has held include, Miss Gay New York, Miss Gay Florida, Miss Gay New Jersey, Miss Grand Diva, amongst other titles.

PhilEsha De Lox has been a part of NYCGMC for four years and has performed all over the tristate area. She has performed alongside several RuPual's Drag Race alumni including recently hosting Fairfield County Pride along with Milk, Chi Chi DeVayne, and Jiggly Caliente.

A newcomer to the drag community, Gigi St. Croix has been singing with NYCGMC for three seasons, and also serves as a section leader. Without the wig, she's appeared across NYC in theater, cabaret, television, and commercials.

The musical director, the incomparable James Horan, has worked at all the major cabaret venues in NYC including FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW on numerous occasions. He is a producer of the successful "Second Act Series" working with composers Charles Strouse, John Kander, Nancy Ford, etc and has also served as the Cabaret/Special Events Musical Director and Arranger for the NYC Gay Men's Chorus.

Mila Jam is an NYC pop recording artist & transgender superstar who fills every room with talent, personality & undeniable style. A legendary YouTube Sensation turned Original Pop Artist, Mila is known around the world for her unforgettable stage performances & one of a kind music videos. Mila has toured internationally with the Broadway musical RENT; performed alongside James Brown, Mark Ronson, Laverne Cox, Travis Wall, Jody Watley, Lady Kier(Deee-Lite) & Natasha Bedingfield. Appearances include the BBC's The Lilly Allen Show, MTV & MTV NEWS with special features on The Hugffington Post, MTV.com, OUT.com & Perezhilton.com. She is the Odyssey Nightlife Awards Breakthrough Artist (2015), the GLAM Nightlife Awards Best Video & Dance Artist (2013) and the talk show host of an original YouTube Talk Show Series titled 'I'm From Driftwood'.

Burning Bright: Torch Songs on Pride Weekend plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on June 24th, 2018 at 9:30pm. There is a $30-40 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.

New York City Gay Men's Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. NYCGMC is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Together, we produce a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance.

Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. We sing in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, we listen to the changing world around us and transform what we hear into music. We sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of our sound. Through our music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance, and celebrate life.

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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