Feinstein's/54 Below Presents Tennessee Williams Bio-Musical A HOUSE OF GLASS in Concert
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents "A House of Glass" in concert on Monday September 12, 2016 at 7 PM. Broadway's Joshua Morgan (Les Mis), Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple), Leah Horowitz (Follies), Jelani Remy (The Lion King), Austin Colby (The Sound of Music), Theresa McCarthy (Floyd Collins) and Megan Kane take part in a one night only concert version of this exciting new musical!
The evening is written by Paul Leavitt (Music), Shelley Herman Gillon (Book/Lyrics) and Harriet McFaul Pilger (Book/Lyrics). It is conceived and directed by James Will McBride and musically directed and accompanied by Alex LeFevre.
What is it about Blanche DuBois, about Amanda Wingfield, about Big Daddy that so sticks in the mind of the theatre-going public, generations past their opening nights? What kind of a man, what kind of a mind could create these magnificent, complex beings, shaped, nuanced, shockingly real, eminently timeless? Spanning the great arc of the life of one of the most gifted and prolific dramatists of the last century, the new musical, A House of Glass, explores the demons that drove and angels that guided shy, diffident Thomas Lanier Williams, turning him into Tennessee Williams-genius, addict, icon and iconoclast. It chronicles his life-long relationship with his mentally ill sister, Rose, and his tortured love life. With a musical soundscape as diverse as the characters Williams penned, this concert will showcase this promising new musical in a streamlined and abridged presentation featuring some of NYC's finest talents.
"A House of Glass" plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7 PM. There is a $25-$45 cover charge and $20 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.
Joshua is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. Most recently he appeared in Arena Stage's production of Fiddler on the Roof and Signature Theatre's production of Nick Blaemire's Soon. As a director, Joshua spearheaded three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work on Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) as well as the Washington, DC premiere of Madhuri Shekar's, In Love and Warcraft for which he is currently nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Joshua was the founding Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company for 6 years and sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY. He is a graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. @JoshuaMorgan25
Theresa McCarthy was recently seen in The Public Theatre's world premiere production of Michael John LaChiusa's First Daughter Suite. She has originated roles in innovative works on and off-Broadway including Titanic, Floyd Collins, Saturn Returns, and Queen Of The Mist. She is a featured vocalist on those soundtracks and on the Nonesuch recordings Bright Eyed Joy (the songs of Ricky Ian Gordon), Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs/Evening Primrose, and Audra McDonald's debut recording, Way Back to Paradise. Theresa was a soloist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's acclaimed Bernstein Mass, which played in Baltimore, in New York at Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with an acclaimed recording by Naxos. Theresa's television and other recorded media work include appearances on NBC's Law and Order and Netflix's House of Cards. Theresa is a professor of acting at Wagner College.
Lawrence is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, The Civil War, Once upon a Mattress, High Rollers Social Pleasure Club, and Dreamgirls. Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House: Jerry Springer the Opera; Second Stage: Crowns; The Public Theater: Saturn Returns, Romance in Hard Times; Paper Mill Playhouse and National Tour: 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean.
Broadway: Follies (Young Heidi - also at the Kennedy Ctr and the Ahmanson); Les Miserables (Cosette); White Christmas; Woman in White; Fiddler on the Roof; La Cage Aux Folles; Thoroughly Modern Millie. NYC: Annie Get Your Gun, The Most Happy Fella, Merrily We Roll Along (Evelyn) and Where's Charley? with City Center Encores! Regional: Bright Star at The Old Globe; Guys and Dolls (Sarah) at the Great Lakes Theatre, OH; Showboat (Magnolia - Kevin Kline nom) at the Muny; Les Miz (Cosette) at TUTS, the Marriott Lincolnshire, and the Muny. TV: The Sound of Music Live (NBC); Live from Lincoln Center: Carousel (PBS). www.leahhorowitz.com.
Is fresh off her sold out solo debut at Feinstein's/54 Below: Megan Kane. It's About Time. NYC Credits: Sarah in God's Country (NMYF/Signature Theatre) The Callico Buffulo (NYMF) Play Like A Winner (NYMF). Other credits: Gay Bride of Frankenstein (Joe's Pub/Seacoast Repertory Theatre) Regional: Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (The Arvada Center), Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Brickhouse Theatre), A Little Night Music (Houston Grand Opera), A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (St. Louis Repertory Theatre). Graduate of Webster Conservatory.
Jelani Remy is currently starring as Simba is Disney's THE LION KING on Broadway, after having played the role in Las Vegas and on tour. He is thrilled to be in NYC and close to his family in New Jersey. Past shows include national tours of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, and CABARET and PARADE. He is a proud member of AEA and supporter of art.
JAMES WILL MCBRIDE
James Will McBride has conceived and produced concerts and cabaret at 54 Below in New York City as well as venues in Houston, New Orleans, and Hartford. He directs and writes The No Rules Show, hosted by Joshua Morgan. His theatrical directing credits include Tauris, War Prayer, The Little Ghost, and The Retreating World. He served as resident assistant director at Hartford Stage for two seasons and is a former Directing Candidate in The American Theatre Wing's SpringBoradNYC program. He's assisted directors including Darko Tresnjak, Kent Thompson, Mark Lamos, Michael Wilson, and Giovanna Sardelli. He's directing the NYC premiere of Naomi Wallace's The War Boys in the spring of 2017. For more visit JamesWillMcBride.com.
Broadway: ALADDIN, NEWSIES, Irving Berlin'S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Off-Broadway: AVENUE Q, THE FANTASTICKS, NAKED BOYS SINGING, NEWSical, NEO 5 &6 (York Theatre Company), THE 51st ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS (THRILL ME). National tours: HAIRSPRAY, Irving Berlin'S I LOVE A PIANO. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, and Northern Stage among many others. An avid proponent of new musicals, Alex has music directed productions in both the NYMF and New York Fringe Festival as well at the York Theatre Company, Primary Stages and Ars Nova. Artistic training: Eastman School of Music and New York University. Proud member of Local 802 American Federation of Musicians. www.alexlefevremusic.com
HARRIET MCFAUL PILGER
A graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where she studied directly under Sanford Meisner, Harriet has starred in Washington DC area productions and has just completed two terms as president of the Vienna Theatre Company in Northern Virginia. She is a recovering attorney who used to put bad guys in jail. Harriet is a native New Orleanian who arrived in the Washington area to go to school and forgot to go home. She is a member of the Authors Guild.
Compositions for theatre include: score to musical "A House of Glass", "Le Roman d'un Tricheur" by Sacha Guitry, JL Cochet, Theatre Montparnasse, multiple commissions and several film scores. His choral performed by the NYC Master Chorale among others, in concert venues such as Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center. Cecelia Porter, contributing critic for the Washington Post said, "Paul Leavitt's Requiem should belong in every chorus's repertoire." Début as a concert pianist at 15 with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. MM Juilliard School, laureate of the International Steinway Competition (1989) in Paris. Frequent recitalist as pianist, organist & conductor.
SHELLEY HERMAN GILLON
In addition to A HOUSE of GLASS, Shelley Herman Gillon's works include Bulletins from FATLAND, produced by Horizons Theater, and Crawling from the Ashes, an adaptation of Julia Caswell Daitch's 9/11 memoir, which debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Podcasts of her play, Raised by the Radio, are due to launch in in 2017. While in her twenties, Gillon founded an Off-Off Broadway company and several of her early plays were commissioned by theaters in her native New Orleans. She's a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW
Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the 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. 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. 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. 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-$155. www.54Below.com/Feinsteins