Jay Alan Zimmerman to Bring NAUGHTY & NICE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK to Feinstein's/54 Below

By: Nov. 17, 2015
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Feinstein's/54 Below, "Broadway's Supper Club", presents JAY ALAN ZIMMERMAN'S NAUGHTY & NICE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK on Thursday, December 17th, 9:30pm.

Known as "Broadway's Beethoven" and creator/subject of the award-winning Incredibly Deaf Musical seen at the Duke on 42nd Street, this unique songwriter has been creating new holiday music every year since his teens -- and is celebrating his 8th year of debuting original festive songs at the renowned Broadway's Future Holiday Songbook at Lincoln Center.

This year he follows his December 14th Lincoln Center appearance by hopping on the Feinstein's/54 Below piano to reveal the best of his complete Naughty & Nice Holiday Songbook -- a heartfelt and hilarious collection crafted over more than twenty Decembers with each song originally composed for a different vocalist, including Kevin Massey (Gentleman's Guide, Memphis), Kara Lindsay (Wicked, Newsies), Matt Lutz (Bonnie & Clyde), Kelly Ellenwood (Phantom of the Opera), and jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli.

During this special one-night event, he will not only bring back Songbook favorites Casey Erin Clark, Tiffan Borelli, Tony Ramos and bassist Ritt Henn to reprise their Lincoln Center performances, but will also introduce New York to the remarkable deaf jazz vocalist Mandy Harvey, recently featured on NBC news. Ms. Harvey, like Mr. Zimmerman, has become profoundly deaf -- yet sings pitch perfect using muscle memory and a visual tuner. With Mr. Zimmerman at the piano, they'll unveil his newest holiday song, "Time To Find Home" while making the show accessible to people with hearing loss through live wireless captions by Globetitles.

Joined by several special guests yet to be announced, the cast will cover a diverse collection ranging from twists on the traditional ("Carol Loves The Bells"), to the touching ("Whispering To Me"), the comical ("Happy Jolly Merry Headache"), and the completely irreverent ("Holiday Zombie"). Published copies of the full Naughty & Nice Holiday Songbook will be available for purchase and cast autographs, so that the audience can create keepsakes and share these funky & festive songs with their own family & friends.

Jay Alan Zimmerman's Naughty & Nice Holiday Songbook plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on December 17th, 2015, 9:30pm. There is a $30-$65 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4pm are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.


JAY ALAN ZIMMERMAN frequently appears at Lincoln Center, Times Square, off-Broadway, and his musicals, visual music installations, and scores have been featured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival and Paris Pompidou. After losing both home and hearing in the 9/11 tragedy he created JAY ALAN ZIMMERMAN'S INCREDIBLY DEAF MUSICAL which was featured in the New York Times, a Washington Post Pick of the Fringe, won a Theater League Award & Anna Sosenko Grant, and seen in New York at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater and The Duke on 42nd Street (NYMF Grand Jury Selection). Other shows include ROBOTICUS in development via New York Theatre Barn and chashama, A ROYAL SOAP OPERA at The Clurman (Prospect Theatre Lab), MY CAFÉ CINDERELLA (Arts & Artists). Installations include WINDOW MUSIC at the New York Academy of Medicine, ART/SONG at chashama Times Square, and a multimedia symphony for the LEMUR musical robots. Jay was a 2013 New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio resident, a 2014 NY Theater Workshop Fellowship finalist, a graduate of NYU/Tisch, and current member of the Tony honored BMI Musical Theater Workshop. www.JayAlanZimmerman.com

MANDY HARVEY is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who performs around the United States and was recently featured on NBC Nightly News, Katie Couric, Canada AM, The Steve Harvey Show, and the Los Angeles Times. After losing her residual hearing at age eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder while she was a vocal music education major at Colorado State University, she left the program and pursued several other career options. But she returned to her passion for music in 2008, quickly becoming a regular performer at various venues and winning VSA's Top Young Soloist Award in 2011 -- as well as living a personal dream of performing at the Kennedy Center in DC. In addition to performing and speaking, Mandy has become an ambassador to both No Barriers USA and Invisible Disabilities with a mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing and pitch are perfect, her passion is tremendous, and she has released three albums thus far. www.MandyHarveyMusic.com

TIFFAN BORELLI reunites with Jay after portraying 'Artsy' in his Incredibly Deaf Musical at The Duke on 42nd Street (NYMF 2010). New York credits include: Two By Two (Goldie) at The York, Martin Charnin's Something Funny's Going On at 54 Below, The Sound Of Music Asia Tour (Elsa Schraeder), Emma: The Musical (NYMF) and the 2014 Best Overall Musical Urban Momfare (Ellen) in the NYC Fringe Festival. Regional: The Kennedy Center, Mt. Gretna Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, & Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Tiffan is a founding member of Core Artist Ensemble Theatre Company. www.TiffanBorelli.com

CASEY ERIN CLARK's credits include the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Miserables (Factory Girl/us Fantine), the 2013 Oscars Telecast with the Les Miserables ensemble and movie cast, the Off-Broadway shows Frankenstein (Agatha, original cast album) and Shout! the mod musical (Red Girl), plus Jay's Incredibly Deaf Musical (Lisa, The Duke On 42nd Street, NYMF 2010), The Hatpin (Marianne, NYMF 2008), and concerts like Her Song at world-famous Birdland Jazz Club and the Broadway Loves the 80's series at Joe's Pub. Regional favorites: Spitfire Grill (Percy), City of Angels (Donna/Oolie), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma), The Sound of Music (Maria, STL Post Best Actress Award) and Little Women (Jo, Kevin Kline Award nomination). www.CaseyErinClark.com

RITT HENN (Bass/Musical Direction) plays bass, writes songs, and lives in New York City. He's toured the U.S. and Europe, released four CDs of original music and a DVD of his short films (available at iTunes and CDbaby.com), produced over 200 episodes of ManBassBoxTV, garnered Bistro and MAC Awards, worked Off-Broadway as a bassist and band leader, and accompanied boatloads of cabaret singers, always as a bassist, sometimes as a musical director, ukulele plucker, and artistic whistler. He's also played with Tom Jones, Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves, and Buddy Rich, though unfortunately not at the same time. www.RittHenn.com

RENÉE LYNETTE (Associate Producer) is the proud recipient of a Drama Desk Award. Favorite credits include Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Berenstain Bears Live!, Platanos Y Collard Greens, Rock of Ages, The Incredibly Deaf Musical, Rentboy-The Musical, Foodplay! The National Tour and The Odella Williams Show. She was also the director of the Off Broadway smash, Fuhgeddaboutit. She is a performing arts graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Film Studies from the College of Staten Island.

GLOBETITLES is a multilingual captioning and electronic playbill system. It displays multiple channels of subtitles on an audience's phones. A proud supporter of expanding accessibility for all live events, Globetitles helps small and large productions reach all audience members, no matter their hearing ability or preferred language. Globetitles is thrilled to be assisting Jay again, having previously provided wireless captions for his ROBOTICUS in the Times Square performance space Anita's Way, the HI NY Ballroom, and the Daryl Roth Theatre D-Lounge. Globetitles' patented system also has been used by the HBO/Bryant Park film festival, the Flying Karamazov Brothers' 4PLAY at the Minetta Lane Theater, and various productions by the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Summer Garden Opera in Virginia. www.Globetitles.com

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.


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