Jeremy Jordan, Wesley Taylor and Michael James Scott Join #SOBLESSED LIVE! at 54 Below Tonight
Hosted by Lesli Margherita (Matilda), #SOBLESSED Live! will feature performances by Jeremy Jordan ("The Last Five Years", "Smash"), Wesley Taylor (The Addams Family, "It Could Be Worse"), Michael James Scott (Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon), Keala Settle (Les Miserables), Adam Kaplan (Newsies), Megan Sikora (Like A Million Broadway Shows), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Ellyn Marie Marsh (Kinky Boots) and MORE AWESOME PEOPLE WHO MAY JUST SHOW UP. The evening will be music directed by Drew Wutke.
Presented like a drinking game set within an audition room, #SOBLESSED Live! tells the story of the modern day working (or non-working) actor living in New York. From college and pounding the pavement, all the way to Broadway and back on Funemployment, several actors will share their unique stories from their experiences in the business, paired with songs. It's like A Chorus Line, without the serious stuff or the 1970's. There's also literally an interactive drinking game with prizes.
Parody Internet personality Annoying Actor Friend rose to notoriety on Twitter by spoofing the social media behavior of actors. It soon spun-off into a blog, then (because @Actor_Friend would never be in a show without legs) become a best selling book called, #SOBLESSED: the Annoying Actor Friend's Guide to Werking in Show Business. The book, which satirizes the life of a Broadway actor, has been called, "passionately dedicated to the theatre -- [An] irreverent supplement to more staid but perhaps equally inspiring books in theatre," by The Huffington Post.
#SOBLESSED Live! plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on February 7th at 11:30 p.m. There is a $35 - $55 cover charge and $20 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at 54Below.com/artist/actor_friend-54below. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
Annoying Actor Friend (@Actor_Friend) is known for satirizing the Broadway community, and got its start on Twitter in 2012. Backstage Magazine recently placed @Actor_Friend on its Future Broadway Power List alongside 54 Below's Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Tony nominated director, Alex Timbers. #SOBLESSED debuted as the #1 Theater book on Amazon.com. #SOBLESSED: the audiobook, a project benefiting BC/EFA, features the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Lesli Margherita, Megan Hilty, Julia Murney, Will Swenson, Keala Settle, Krysta Rordriguez, Tituss Burgess, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and Brian Dennehy. @Actor_Friend has also been credited with inspiring a movement to evoke change to Actors' Equity Association touring contracts and launched the trending hashtag, #Dim4Joan, that pushed the Broadway League to reverse their decision not to dim the lights of Broadway for Joan Rivers.
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.