Kate Baldwin, Lindsay Mendez and More Lead the Week at 54 Below
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
BEST IN SHOWS: BROADWAY LEGENDS HONOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW YORK,
OCTOBER 15 AT 7:00PM
Expect the unexpected at Best in Shows, a one-night-only cabaret featuring Broadway stars serenading cute dogs. The evening benefits and honors The Humane Society of New York, loving and protecting New York City's animals since 1904.
This year, Dorothy and Bill Berloni's Best in Shows will honor the best friend that Broadway ever had, Seth Rudetsky. Mr. Rudetsky will be awarded the Humane Society of New York's Sandy Award in recognition of his deep concern and support of the needs of rescued animals. The multi-talented Seth will also be the musical director for this magical evening. Please join us!
Best in Shows 2018 will feature performances by: Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), Kevin Chamberlin (Wicked, The Addams Family), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, "Saturday Night Live"), Joanna Gleason (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into the Woods), Adam Kantor (The Band's Visit, Fiddler on the Roof), Andrea McArdle (Annie, Beauty and the Beast), Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Significant Other), Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera, Lestat), Christine Pedi (Host, Sirius XM Radio, Spamilton), Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, "Smash"), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, The Last Five Years), Karen Ziemba (Contact, Bullets Over Broadway) with more Broadway stars to be announced...
Program and performers subject to change.
The Sandy Fund
In 1976, Bill Berloni rescued the first "Sandy" dog, just hours before he was slated to be put to sleep. The once abused and abandoned dog went on to become a star in the debut of Broadway's "Annie". It was the first time that a dog was cast to perform in a live show, and Sandy became known as "the longest running dog on Broadway," never missing a performance in over seven years. Bill and Sandy began a life and career together. It was an adventure that lasted until Sandy's passing sixteen years later.
In his memory, Bill and his wife, Dorothy, established the Sandy Fund of The Humane Society of New York. The Fund helps the Society underwrite lifesaving care for the needs of homeless dogs and cats.
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$225 main dining room seating. $350 premium seating. All tickets include open bar and small plates. Premium tickets include a post-performance reception with cast members.
Kate Baldwin HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER? OCT 16, 18, 19 AT 7:00PM OCT 30 AT 9:30
Kate Baldwin returns to Feinstein's/54 Below direct from the hit Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! Hailed as "the redheaded firecracker" (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Kate was nominated for the 2017 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Irene Molloy.
Kate's new show titled How Did You Get This Number? features signature songs from her acclaimed performances in Finian's Rainbow, Giant, Big Fish, and Hello Dolly! She tells the story of how each song became a part of her life and what it means to her. More from writers like Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty, and long-time friend and collaborator Georgia Stitt fill the program with gorgeous music and expert storytelling. "We suppose there are some things that Baldwin cannot do, but over the past decade we have yet to see her be anything but superb," says Steven Suskin of Playbill.
Kate starred opposite both Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters in the 2017 Tony-winning revival of Hello Dolly!, garnering accolades for her sparkling humor and soaring voice. Her starring role in the 2009 Broadway revival of Yip Harburg's and Burton Lane's hit classic musical Finian's Rainbow drew Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and put her on the map as "a real musical theatre star" (New York Post). She received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role as Jen in Keen Company's 20th Anniversary revival of Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald's John & Jen. She starred as Sandra Bloom in Big Fish on Broadway, and earned accolades and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work as Leslie Lynton Benedict in Giant at The Public Theater.
$45-$65 cover charge. $65-$75 VIP seating. $90-$105 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
NEW MUSICAL! FREEFALL FROSTBITE, OCTOBER 16 AT 9:30PM
Returning to the stage after a successful run at Theatre 80 at St. Marks, Freefall Frostbite will showcase the songs of this new musical that is like nothing the stage has ever seen before. Freefall Frostbite has a libretto that has been described as "Beat-Shakespearean," and a unique score influenced by Ben Folds and Fleetwood Mac. As Steven and Sharon spend their New Year's Eve waiting in line at the hottest club, they begin to discover what it is they truly want in life. Along with the music, audiences will get a sneak peek at the intricate, full-bodied movement of the show, colored by genuine human connection.
Produced by JFix Productions and Choreography, Freefall Frostbite is a resonant show about betrayal and disappointment, hope and liberation, and new beginnings. The show has book and lyrics by Michael Fixel, music by David Oberst, and is created and produced by Juliet Fixel.
Band: David Oberst, Spencer Lutvak, Magda Kress, Adam Kiefer
Director/Choreographer: Juliet Fixel
Directorial Consultant: Kordell Draper
Musical Director: David Oberst
Assistant Musical Director: Jon Aisenberg
Production Manager: Shelley Halman
Company Manager: Xylina Golding
Video Editor: Ellen Brown
Join us and be forever changed.
$30-$40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ELLIE MACPHERSON: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT!, OCTOBER 17 AT 9:30PM
Ellie MacPherson, your standard hustlin' NYC actress, is oddly obsessed with the Presidents of the United States. She is making her Feinstein's/54 Below debut with Happy Birthday Mr. President! a journey through the lives of the men (ugh, yes, all men) who have held our highest office. Join Ellie as she chronicles the weird and human sides of our commanders in chiefs. Featuring music from Sondheim, Radiohead, Kander and Ebb ,and classic Americana, Ellie creates a fun and funny cabaret classroom about what it means to be American. Because if Hamilton proved anything, it's that history is way more fun with songs!
$25-$35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BRANDEN & JAMES: THE BROADWAY COVERS PROJECT, OCTOBER 18 AT 9:30PM
BRANDEN & JAMES team up for their Feinstein's/54 Below debut in The Broadway Covers Project.
Branden James, known as a Season 8 finalist from "America's Got Talent" and James Clark, featured cellist for Idina Menzel, Olivia Newton John, Shoshana Bean, and Scott Evan Davis have been crisscrossing the globe as a duo performing their popular, homegrown productions of At The Corner of Symphony and Soul, From Bach to Bieber, and The Broadway Covers Project.
Now join them at Feinstein's/54 Below as Broadway gets reinvented in classical music form complete with operatic tenor vocals and cello in this thrilling performance featuring music from Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and West Side Story.
In addition to his tenure at The Met, Branden has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. He has sung with Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago (Oklahoma and Show Boat), toured with The Twelve Tenors, co-hosted for Afterbuzz TV and has recorded three albums to date. Together they've performed alongside Rita Moreno, Loretta Divine, Sally Struthers, and Pia Toscano.
$30-$40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH Morgan Reilly & FRIENDS, OCTOBER 18 AT 11:30PM
Morgan Reilly devoted the first two decades of her life to musical theatre, starring in musicals like Spring Awakening, Urinetown, Avenue Q, and Footloose. Almost three years after going into indefinite retirement, she's breaking out her LaDucas and dusting off her book for an evening of songs from shows she (almost) booked back in the day, and shows she could (hopefully) book in the future. Featuring some stellar special guests, a killer band, and all the riffing one can tastefully fit in an almost entirely MT set.
Morgan Reilly has been seen onstage at Feinstein's/54 Below in shows like The Songs Of Thomson & Desmon, The Songs Of Silver And Stein, and 54 Sings P!NK.
Featuring: John Battagliese, Will Callahan, Tyler Conroy, Cody Craven, Meredith Doyle, Peter Dunn, Kathryn Francisco, Kirsten Heirbert, Adelaide James, Kaylee MacKnight, Jacob McKenna, Daniel Mertzlufft, Melissa Modifer, Shannon Molly Flynn, Taylor Pearlstein, Daniel Youngelman
$25 cover charge. $45 premium seating. 2 drink or $20 food & beverage minimum.
ANIKA LARSEN & Freddie Maxwell, OCTOBER 19 AT 9:30PM
Tony Award nominee Anika Larsen teams up with her husband and jazz trumpet player Freddie Maxwell for their Feinstein's/54 Below and New York City debut of The Larsen/Maxwell Quintet.
Best known for her role as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Anika also performed on Broadway in Avenue Q, Xanadu, All Shook Up, and Rent. Freddie toured with luminaries such as Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Recounting memorable moments in their careers, this show is the musical story of their worlds coming together. It's a jazzy, sexy spin on Broadway, pop, and Latin tunes that were pivotal in their lives, featuring songs from Anika's album Sing You To Sleep.
Produced by Dan Watt and DancinDan Productions
$30-$40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Lindsay Mendez, OCTOBER 21, 27, AND 29 AT 7:00PM
Newly minted Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez, recent star of the Broadway revival of Carousel, brings an encore engagement of her solo cabaret show to the Feinstein's/54 Below stage. Known for her tremendous, roof-raising voice and searing stage energy, Lindsay will share golden age Broadway favorites you've never heard her sing, beloved tunes from her collaborations with current musical theatre writers, and more!
The gifted singer and actress won the 2018 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Lindsay has appeared in numerous Broadway shows including Significant Other, Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture, and Grease. Lindsay is celebrated for her star turn in Pasek & Paul's Dogfight, which premiered at Second Stage Theater in 2012, where she earned Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards nominations. Join Lindsay in another unforgettable evening of stories and songs as she is welcomed back to the Feinstein's/54 Below stage.
$60-$90 cover charge. $90-$110 VIP seating. $115-$140 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
LET ME TRY THAT AGAIN: TAKE 6, OCTOBER 21 AT 9:30PM
Broadway's Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls), Isaac Powell (Once On This Island), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress), and Jennifer Simard (Mean Girls) relive their terrible performances and last year's belt winner Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening) joins them for a special appearance in Let Me Try That Again: Take 6, a benefit for The Performing Arts Project at Feinstein's/54 Below on October 21st. Broadway.com's Susan Blackwell ([title of show]) hosts this evening during which fabulous performers share their most embarrassing moments onstage and then redeem themselves by recreating that moment live. At the end of the evening, the audience will vote on the star performer who most redeemed themselves through their efforts that night.
"This benefit is to remind us all that we all have failed. And failed miserably; in my case in particular," says event co-founder Steven Pasquale. "But it's also to remind us about persistence, and focus, and moving forward. And about recognizing how important it is to not take ourselves too seriously. It will be a crazy fun night." More performers will be added in the coming weeks.
Let Me Try That Again: Take 6 is an annual benefit for The Performing Arts Project: a not-for-profit organization that provides vibrant theatrical training to a generation of young performers. The Performing Arts Project offers dynamic and constantly evolving annual programming, the cornerstone of which are their summer intensives. Funds raised during this benefit will go directly towards scholarships and student programming.
$50-$75 cover charge. $100 VIP seating. $150 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
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