Linda Lavin, 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' & More Set for 54 Below This Week
This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.
KANE ALEXANDER, June 1 at 7PM:
"Kane Alexander has a polished vocal delivery that slides comfortably between theatrical belting and intimate pop crooning. He is poised and charming, his interpretations intelligently conceived. His show is performed with delicacy and insight." - New York Times. "Armed with undeniable star - power... One of the entertainment events of the year." -New York Cabaret Scenes. For his NYC debut cabaret season, Kane Alexander was named "Best New Voice" in the Theatermania Cabaret List and won both the BISTRO and MAC Awards for "Most Outstanding Debut". Now, the Australian theatre star & Sony recording artist returns to New York for his debut performance at 54 Below. He is perhaps best known for the lead roles he has performed on the musical stage: Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Helpmann Award nomination), Claude in the Australian production of Hair, Willard in Footloose (MO Award nomination), the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. He also performed in the 10th Anniversary production of Les Miserables, South Pacific, Angry Penguins, and Only Heaven Knows, and toured nationally with Lisa McCune in Love ...and all that follows. In the USA, Kane appeared in Elegies and An Evening with Jerry Herman. Most recently, Kane performed the lead role in Stephen Sondheim's Passion at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and starred in his own show - More Than This - at Chapel Off Chapel. Although celebrated in Australia for his lead roles on the musical stage, and concert performances with opera stars Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins, Kane's first love is cabaret. Delighting in the wit of a Porter lyric, or the soul-bearing honesty of a Mercer torch song, Kane is at home on the cabaret stage. This performance, an elegant and sophisticated evening for the cabaret connoisseur, will feature highlights from Kane's career over the last decade. $30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
CHRIS MCCARRELL, June 1 at 9:30PM:
Marius by night. Manhattan lost boy by day. A concert exploration of Chris McCarrell. You've seen him storm the barricade as the leading man in Broadway's Les Miserables and journey through Neverland in NBC's Peter Pan Live!... Now, see Chris McCarrell in his 54 Below solo debut! Expect anything and everything from Top 40 to unplugged folk songs to new takes on Sondheim... and even some audience interaction and special Broadway guests. Don't miss what is sure to be an exciting and eventful night! $35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', June 2 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Join us as 54 Sings the Best Musical Tony Award winner of 1978... Ain't Misbehavin'! It will be an evening celebrating Black Broadway and the Harlem Renaissance, featuring Broadway's best. This musical revue with book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr. features glorious music by various composers of the 1920s and 1930s, from "Honeysuckle Rose" to "The Joint Is Jumping." And this joint will be jumpin' to the sounds of "Squeeze Me," "The Viper's Drag," "Fat and Greasy," "Black And Blue," and many more brilliant tunes! Featuring: Aisha de Haas (Fame Becomes Her, Caroline Or Change, One Mo' Time, Rent), Melvin Abston (Sister Act, Fox's "Gotham"), Kenneth Green, Nikki Stephenson, J. Bernard Calloway (Memphis, All The Way), Nicolette Robinson ("The Affair" with special appearance by Tony award winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt). $35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND: 54 BELOW CELEBRATES STUDIO 54, June 3 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
54 Below is Broadway's Super Club - and the hottest venue in town - but long before that it was home to nightlife legend. 54 Below invites you to remember the glory - and the decadence - that was STUDIO 54. In the legendary club's heyday the guest list was a who's who from the world of entertainment - Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Halston, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, John Travolta, Michael Jackson - and the music played kept them dancing all through the night. Come "Turn the Beat Around" as we "Celebrate, Good Times" and salute Studio 54 from its opening night to the "Last Dance." This is one party you won't want to miss. 54 Below is even rolling out their dance floor for the occasion! Produced and directed by Scott Coulter. Featuring: Cheryl Freeman (The Who's Tommy), Donna Vivino (Wicked, Saturday Night Fever), Mike Schwitter (Pippin), Blaine Krauss (The Lion King), Devin L. Roberts (Venice, The Lion King), Jessica Hendy (Radio City Spring Spectacular), Lennie Watts (MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award winner), Willam Blake (Echoes of Etta), Tyce Green (54 Sings Chess), Blair Goldberg (Carrie, Kinky Boots), Mary Lane Haskell (54 Shares Cher), Brian Charles Rooney (Bedbugs, The Three Penny Opera), Susan Agin (Anything Goes: The Concert), Kelli Rabke (Les Miserables, Children of Eden), Will Porter (54 Sings The Act), Justin Talkington (54 Sings Chess) and more! $35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
LINDA LAVIN, June 4, 5 & 6 at 7PM:
"A sizzling, electric connection... a human tornado!" - Stephen Holden, The New York Times. Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes the 54 Below stage this June, performing Broadway favorites, standards, jazz, and even some songs she learned from the great girl singers. New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and many others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities. This June, she'll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch, Ron Affif on guitar, Steve Doyle on bass, Steve Bakunas on drums and special guest violinist, Aaron Weinstein. $40-50 cover charge. $85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
TONY BATTLES: THE LION KING VS RAGTIME EDITION, June 4 & 5 at 9:30PM:
The Tony Award is Broadway's mark of excellence - and the Best Musical Tony is a highly sought prize. Often the winner is obvious to those in the know, but SOMETIMES there is a fight to the finish. With that in mind TONY BATTLES honors those historic match-ups between iconic musicals who duked it out to receive the crown. For the first outing we look at 1998's contest: The Lion King vs. Ragtime - with Side Show and The Scarlet Pimpernel ready to swoop in and steal the whole thing. What a doozy of a battle that was! So many questions flying through the theatre district in the weeks before the Awards. Hey, Elton John and Julie Taymor, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" Will "Ragtime" ride "The Wheels of a Dream" to victory? Oh, "Who Will Love Me As I Am?" Journey "Into the Fire" to see how it all played out. Featuring original cast members! Produced and directed by Scott Coulter. Come see how it all played out, with songs, stories, and even some Tony Awards-themed specials! Featuring: Patrick Page (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, The Lion King), Kyle Scatliffe (Olivier Award nominee and star of Les Miserables), Lisa Brescia (Mamma Mia!), Todd Buonopane (Cinderella), Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You), Julie James (Sirius XM Radio Star), Kristy Cates (Wicked), F. Michael Haynie (Dogfight, "Peter Pan: LIVE"), Julian Decker (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Jason Robinson (Cinderella), The Broadway By The Year chorus: Graham Bailey, Ally Bonino, Oakley Boycott, Paula Buresh, Mark Cajigao, Elijah Caldwell, Madeline Hamlet, Matthew Hill, Charlie Jhaye, John Moser, Ricky Alan Saunders, Ryan Scoble, Courtney Simmons, Carlton Terrence Taylor, Jr., Matt Weinstein and more. $35-45 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
BROADWAY TRIVIA NIGHT: 2ND ANNUAL TONY AWARDS EDITION, June 5 at 11:30PM:
Are you counting down the days until the Tony Awards? Can you list nominees from the 1960' s and quote acceptance speeches on command? Do you enjoy friendly competition, late-night snacks, drinks, and WINNING PRIZES? If you answered 'YES' to any of the above questions, clear your schedule and gear up for Broadway's Biggest Night at 54 Below's 2nd Annual Broadway Trivia Night: Tony Awards Edition. Hosted by Laura Heywood, aka @BroadwayGirlNYC, the pub-quiz style night will feature Tony-themed trivia, Tony-themed food and drink specials, prizes awarded throughout the night, and a grand prize TBA! Only a moderate Broadway nerd? With audience participation and raffle prizes, anyone can be a winner. Start studying now! $5 cover charge. $25 premium seating. $20 food and beverage minimum or two drinks.
JOHN & JEN ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT, June 6 at 9:30PM:
Celebrate the release of the new John & Jen cast recording with its composer, Andrew Lippa, at the piano, and its stars, Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as Jen and Conor Ryan as John. John & Jen is a truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990. It is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies. It is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart. The New Yorker recently called it "a powerful, moving portrayal of how deeply family members can love and hurt one another." This rare revival, presented by Keen Company, stars Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow, Big Fish) and Conor Ryan (most recently seen in The Fortress of Solitude at The Public Theater and the Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella). John & Jen features music by Andrew Lippa and lyrics by Tom Greenwald. $30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
TONY AWARDS AT 54 BELOW FOR BROADWAY CARES, June 7 at 6:30PM:
If you're not among those experiencing the excitement and glamour of the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, then join us at 54 Below for the best Tony Awards viewing party this side of Broadway. Join other theatre lovers to watch the Tonys the way you want to watch them: on big screens with food and an open bar close-at-hand, surrounded by fans who are just as excited by Broadway's most anticipated night as you are. Space extremely limited for this event.