Photo Flash: In Concert with THE ME NOBODY KNOWS at 54 Below
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presented a first-time ever NYC concert event featuring the songs of The Me Nobody Knows!
The score from the beloved Obie and Drama Desk-winning, Tony-nominated show was celebrated in an unforgettable evening. The concert featured Emerson Davis(Once On This Island), Ashley de la Rosa (Mean Girls) Zach Kessel, Simon Longnight, Jelani Remy (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda), Shuyan Yang, and Daniel Yearwood (Once On This Island). Conceived by Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman, the concert was directed by Laura Pietropinto, with music direction by Deniz Cordell.
The Me Nobody Knows is a musical with music by Gary William Friedman and lyrics by Will Holt. The adaptation by director Robert H. Livingston and additional lyricist Herb Schapiro was inspired by the anthologized writings of nearly 200 New York City students, aged 7 through 18. Stephen M. Joseph, a teacher, edited the collection, which was first published in 1969. The show explores the world of children in low-income neighborhoods. It opened off-Broadway in 1970 and played 208 performances, winning Obie and Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. It then transferred to Broadway where it played a total of 378 more performances and received five 1971 Tony nominations.
The Me Nobody Knows spawned pop and R&B hits with "This World", and "Light Sings", by The Staple Singers and The Fifth Dimension. The musical has been performed throughout the world in cities including Tel Aviv, London, Paris, Hamburg, and Paris. The Me continues to receive steady praise for the triumph of the human spirit that the show inspires.
Cast with Gary William Friedman Cast Cast Daniel Yearwood Daniel Yearwood and Ashley de la Rosa Deniz Cordell, Gary William Friedman and Laura Pietropinto Emerson Davis Gary William Friedman and Deniz Cordell Shuyan Yang Simon Longnight Stevie Holland, Emerson Davis, Analise Scarpaci and Gary William Friedman Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman Terrah Bennet Smith, Gary William Friedman Walter Russell III
Photo Credit: Devon Nicole Austin and Maryann Lopinto