THE JONATHAN LARSON PROJECT, MUSEMATCH XII, and STRANGER SINGS This Week at 54 Below
This 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.
THE Jonathan Larson PROJECT, OCTOBER 9 - 14 7:00PM & 9:30PM
Jonathan Larson wrote RENT and tick tick BOOM, the former a landmark Broadway game-changer and the latter a beloved musical gem. He was a brilliant, groundbreaking creator of musical theatre who died tragically at the age of 35, before seeing the worldwide acclaim his work would receive. Jonathan was posthumously awarded Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, and his songs have come to be treasured and performed in 25 languages, from Mexico to Japan to Italy, from summer camps to the silver screen to Broadway.
But what about all of Jonathan's songs we've never heard?
The Jonathan Larson Project is an evening of Jonathan's unheard work. Songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia. Songs that were cut from RENT and tick tick BOOM. Songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio. Songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Songs about politics and love and New York City.
Starring Nick Blaemire (tick tick BOOM, Found, Godspell), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill, Beatsville, Company), Andy Mientus (NBC's "Smash," Spring Awakening, Les Misérables), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening, First Date, The Addams Family), and George Salazar (Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, tick tick BOOM).
Directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Assistant produced by Alexa Spiegel.
Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen (Be More Chill, Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band). Featuring a five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls with Danielle Gimbal as copyist. Annastasia Victory serves as the associate musical director. Cast subject to change.
Each performance will feature a different special guest sharing a unique unheard Jonathan Larson song:
Tuesday October 9 at 7pm: Harrison Chad
Tuesday October 9 at 9:30pm: Jonathan Larson Grant Award winners including Paul Scott Goodman, Joe Iconis, Emily Kaczmarek, Kait Kerrigan, Brian Lowdermilk, Chris Miller, Sam Salmond, Zoe Sarnak and Shaina Taub
Wednesday October 10 at 7pm: Daphne Rubin-Vega
Thursday October 11 at 7pm: Adam Chanler-Berat
Thursday October 11 at 9:30pm: Caissie Levy
Friday October 12 at 7pm: Amy Spanger
Friday October 12 at 9:30pm: Matthew McCollum
Saturday October 13 at 7pm: Anthony Rapp
Saturday October 13 at 9:30pm: Dylan McCollum
Sunday October 14 at 7pm: TBA
The Jonathan Larson Project wishes to thank the Larson Family, Jonathan Mills, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress for their support of this event.
In the spirit of RENT, which offered groundbreaking $20 rush tickets, Feinstein's/54 Below will be making a limited number of $20 tickets available for each performance via a special lottery. Details will be announced at a later date.
$45-$80 cover charge. $85-$105 VIP seating. $80-$120 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MUSEMATCH XII: A MUSICAL THEATER BLIND DATE, OCTOBER 12 11:30PM
MuseMatch XII is the twelfth installment of the musical theater blind date collaboration!
In MuseMatch, composers and singers are paired on a blind date and asked to follow a series of prompts, designed to connect them immediately and authentically. The composers then write a song inspired by their singer, culminating in an evening of entirely original work. The MuseMatch series is committed to celebrating diversity and advancing the musical theater form.
A portion of ticket proceeds will go to charity.
More to be announced!
$20 cover charge. $45 premium seating. 2 drink or $20 food & beverage minimum.
STRANGER SINGS! AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODY MUSICAL, OCTOBER 13 AT 11:30PM
Take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana: 1983 -when times were simpler, hair was bigger, and unsupervised children were getting snatched by interdimensional creatures.
Stranger Sings! is a parody musical that lovingly riffs on the first two seasons of that one 80's-themed Netflix show and all its campy nostalgic glory. Join Mike, Eleven, Lucas, Dustin, and the whole Hawkins gang for a night of adventure, thrills, indulgent pop culture references, pubescent angst, heavy synth, poor parenting, convoluted love triangles, cheap effects, singing monsters, and maybe, just maybe, justice for everyone's favorite frumpy ginger, Barb Holland. Featuring an exciting cast of NYC Theatre and Feinstein's/54 Below favorites, prepare to go Upside Down with Stranger Sings! An Unauthorized Parody Musical!
Featuring: Hopper: Hunter Brown (FAME National Tour), Will: Dean Cestari (Here and Now; Mamma Mia at ACT), Dustin: Patrick Howard (NYTF; The Timekeeper), Steve: Peter LaPrade (This Ain't No Disco; The Lightning Thief), Joyce: Rachel Lind (I'm An Only Child; FRIENDS: I Was There For You), Eleven: Blair Medina (Heist! The Musical), Barb: Savannah-Lee Mumford (PITS!; Into the Woods), Demagorgon: Michael Pigliavento (FRIENDS: I Was There for You), Nancy: Emily Kay Schrader (Sister Act National Tour), Jonathan: Nathan David Smith (Thousand Faced Theatre; METRO), Mike: Jackson Walker (Hello Dolly! at Lyric Theatre), Lucas: Eric Willingham