Tony Yazbeck, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below This Week
Coming up this week, 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.
TONY YAZBECK, March 23 at 7PM:
"In the words of legendary tap dancer Maurice Hines, 'Class is like pornography. You know it when you see it.' Tony Yazbeck brings this elusive essence of old-timey Broadway class to his 54 Below debut, representing a dying breed of showmen that keeps the word debonair from falling into complete extinction."-Theatermania. The acclaimed star of this season's On the Town revival, perennial song and dance man Tony Yazbeck heats up the stage with the return of his 54 Below tour de force performance in The Floor Above Me, a thrilling evening of tenor melodies and tenacious tap dancing! The beloved Broadway vet-Gypsy (Tulsa), Little Me at Encores!, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Phil Davis), A Chorus Line (Al),Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance and NBC's Smash-will be joined by fellow Broadway hoofer and On The Town co-star Clyde Alves and tap dance sensation Melinda Sullivan ("So You Think You Can Dance," "Glee"). In this not-to-be-missed evening, with tunes spanning from MGM to Coldplay, Tony will weave tales from his first Broadway gig at age 11 (as a Newsboy in Tyne Daly's Gypsy) to his recent turn as Tulsa in the Patti LuPone revival, as well as share anecdotes from the professional and personal journey that has established him as a stalwart New York song and dance man. Please join Tony Yazbeck at 54 Below for The Floor Above Me (with musical direction and arrangements by Jerome Korman, evening co-written and co-directed by Howard Emanuel & Tony Yazbeck) for an unforgettable evening of story, song and dance! $35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
54 SINGS CHILDREN OF EDEN, March 24 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
Children of Eden is one of the world's most performed musicals despite its never having been on Broadway. The story and score are among the most beloved of all time. 54 Below invites to you experience the glory of this incredible musical in a presentation produced and directed by Scott Coulter that features composer Stephen Schwartz and members of the original cast, including Kelli Rabke and Darius de Haas, performing songs including "Stranger to the Rain," "Spark of Creation," "Lost in the Wilderness," "In Whatever Time We Have," and more. The all-star cast will be backed by a chorus of rising stars singing the songs and telling the stories of us all - the Children of Eden. Featuring Stephen Schwartz, Ashley Brown, Kelli Rabke, Darius De Haas, Trent Armand Kendall, Kyle Scatliffe, Scott Coulter and Broadway by the Year Chorus: Emma Gannon Salomon, Samantha Owen, Meredith Lesley, Allison Posner, Trevor James, Felipe Tavolaro, Antonio Addeo, Morgan Smith, Stephen Orr, Katie O'Neill, Alexander Parrish, Amalia Tollas, Kyle Motsinger, Jenna Dallas, Ryan Scoble, Jacob Carll, Dominique Solano, Emily Iaquinta, Madeline Hamlet, Amy Wheeler, Ricky Saunders, Hannah Solow, Sean Buhr and Elijah Caldwell. $35-45 cover charge. $70- 75 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MARK NADLER, March 25 at 7PM:
"New York City may be crawling with contenders for the coveted imaginary title Mr. Show Business, but my vote would go to Mark Nadler, the hyperkinetic piano man and pop nostalgist who displays such voracious exuberance... he's an immensely talented latter-day Al Jolson." -Stephen Holden, The New York Times. $35-45 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
SAMMY CORTINO, March 25 at 9:30PM:
Sammy Cortino will change the way you think about magic and show how the world's oldest art form can not only be amazing, but also rock. Hard. Part magic show, part rock concert; Sammy Cortino has been described as "Jimmy Page meets David Blaine." In his 75-minute exploration of magic's edge, Cortino stuns audiences with never-before-seen feats, like cutting and restoring a cable on a working guitar before jamming to bluesy rock tunes. He attempts a russian roulette with four Oreos and a razor blade. Delving into the minds of his audience, Cortino also showcases his mastery of mindreading and will even draw a spectator's thoughts on a sketch pad. This act is turning heads all across the country and now available to witness live. On March 12, you can see Sammy on SyFy's "Wizard Wars" with Penn & Teller, and on March 25, you can see Sammy in NYC at 54 Below! $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
MELISSA MANCHESTER, March 26 & 27 at 7PM & March 28 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
In this intimate evening highlighting her newly-released 20th album, You Gotta Love the Life, Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years as a Grammy Award-winning performer and songwriter, but also a renewed independence and vitality. Join Manchester in her 54 Below debut to hear all-new originals, covers of enduring classics, and her own hits. "This ... is my testimony of what I know to be true. Not anybody else's version of telling me what a good idea it would be, but my own hard won sense of who I am and what I have been through and what I have learned," she says. With You Gotta Love the Life, Manchester embraces the sum total of her multi-faceted career with verve and vibrancy. And while she may have more experience than she did when she got her start, her passion and drive remain undiminished. "My hunger is the same hunger I had when I was 17," she says. Manchester's career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler's Harlettes, Manchester's tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. The "Midnight Blue" singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager-penned "Don't Cry Out Loud," winning the Grammy in that category in 1979 then again for four years later for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You." Two songs she performed, "Through The Eyes Of Love" and "The Promise," were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has appeared on both the large screen in movies (For The Boys) and small screen in television (Blossom), as well as the stage, including co-creating the Ovation-nominated ballroom dance extravaganza Fascinating Rhythms. $50-70 cover charge. $100-110 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
OUT OF THE BLUE: THE ALL-MALE A CAPPELLA GROUP, March 26 at 9:30PM:
Out Of The Blue comes to the big apple from Oxford University. This student-run all-male a cappella group sings an eclectic mix of songs, focusing on covers of modern rock and pop hits. A sensation in England, they were semi-finalists in "Britain's Got Talent," have won numerous competitions and to date have produced 14 studio albums, three live albums and one compilation album. As part of their mission they regularly donate and create charity singles to benefit Helen & Douglas House, the world's first children's hospice. They are all accomplished in both academics and music and these talented young men will leave you wanting more. With millions of fans including many well known celebrities, there is no doubt you will want to join the group or start your own. A cappella is hot! $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
ELON UNIVERSITY: ... AND THE JOURNEY GOES ON, March 26 at 11:30PM:
Join us for an intimate evening with Elon University's graduating Musical Theatre majors as they make their NYC debut at 54 Below! Joined by fellow Journeymen and Alumni who have conquered National Tours, Broadway and More, they come together to tell the tale of where they've come from, how they got there and where they're headed! Featuring: The Elon MT Class of 15, Sean Ronayne (Cinderella), Matt Shingledecker (Wicked, West Side Story, Rent, Spring Awakening), Lindsay Northen (Wicked, Sound of Music), Adam Kaplan (Newsies), with original performance and song by Alicia Varcoe and produced by Sabrina Marlene & Sumi Yu. ...And The Journey Goes On will feature contemporary songs and new works by Ethan Anderson, Alicia Varcoe, Chris Miller (Tuck Everlasting, Burnt Part Boys) as well as some favorite showstoppers. $15 cover charge. $30 premium seating. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
WELL-STRUNG, March 27 at 9:30PM:
"A talented quartet of men who sing and play instruments - got its start in Provincetown and brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven."- The New York Times. The all-male string quartet Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews at 54 Below and all over the world, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. Well-Strung's brand new show Popssical, directed by Donna Drake, is written by the quartet. It includes musical arrangements by David Levinson, Well-Strung and Bruce Carter with videos by Randy Rainbow. The foursome features classical musicians who sing and in Popssical the group puts their own spin on the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, U2, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Madonna and more. Highlights include U-2's With or Without You, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, One Direction's That's What Makes You Beautiful, one of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets and the Ravel string quartet in F major. $35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.
A NIGHT WITH KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, March 27 at 11:30PM:
A Night with Kent State University, celebrating the Kent State Musical Theatre program. This one night only concert features Kent State University undergrads as well as alumni Elizabeth Casper (Rock of Ages, Hair, Grease), Justin Gentry (Saturday Night Fever), Danny Caraballo (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Colleen Longshaw (Kiss Me, Kate) and Sarah Roussos (Hairspray). The performance will be directed by John Moauro (Hair) with music direction by Vincent Ester. $15 cover charge. $30 premium seating. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.
ILANA GABRIELLE & LINDSAY LAVIN, March 28 at 11:30PM:
Why do girls always sing songs about boys while guys sing about fun things like death, ambition, success, and dreams? Why are songs for ladies all "Where is my man?" "I love my man," "Stand by your man", etc? These are the questions Ilana Gabrielle and Lindsay Lavin lamented over while brunching one cold Sunday morning-and they decided to do something about it. Join these two itty-bitty brunettes with big voices and a killer band as they get you grooving in a rocking concert featuring the music of MEN: Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Sam Smith, Rascal Flatts, and more. Music Direction by Drew Wutke. Featuring: DJ Bucciarelli, Elliot Aguilar and Saum Eskandani. $15 cover charge. $35 premium seating. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks.