Cabaret Hotspot Legacy Review

Blake Allen’s An Evening With…Series

by | Jan 27, 2019 | InterViews: National, New York

Photo Credit: Kai Ravelson

Sue Matsuki interviews Blake Allen of “AN EVENING WITH…” Series

Blake, I hope that you read my review on An Evening With…Peggy Lee here on Cabaret Hotspot! Needless-to-say, I was most impressed with the show, the cast and the concept. Was this series your idea or the brainchild of Producer, Danny Marin or the both of you? How did this series come to be?

“Wow! Yes, I read the review. Thank you so much for the words and the pointers!

This series was my “brainchild.” I grew up listening to the oldies being raised on  MGM Musicals, Disney, and classical music. The idea really stemmed from talking to people my age and hearing them say “Mary Martin was the original Maria in Sound of Music?” or “Della Reese was a famous singer?” and it just left an emptiness inside about how great music and great artists are being forgotten in this millennial driven society where pop music (for the most part) is about the beat drop and not the art of storytelling or true singing. I love a good screlt and belt, but give me a story with purpose and not just volume.

When I decided to do the series, I was going to start with Mary Martin, because she has had an important place in my life for as long as I can remember, but then Della Reese passed away. I noticed the press seemed to only touch upon “Touched by an Angel” or “Harlem Nights.” So, I decided to do a concert of her greatest hits mixed with songs I grew up with, or songs that are amazing people forgot about and to tell the stories of her life. “An Evening With… Series: Della Reese” ended up being the only concert in New York City (that I could find) dedicated solely to Della Reese’s memory after her passing in November 2017. And the YouTube videos we played!

As I got working, her music, and particularly her arrangements, were not available, so I started transcribing what I heard and adapting it to fit my brand as a composer / arranger / orchestrator. [This process was definitely true with “When Do I Get Mine” from The Sherman Brother’s Busker Alley where I just transcribed the melody and created basically a whole new song inspired by the original as the sheet music didn’t exist.] Basically, why not just create something new? That has been the basis of everything in this series out of a necessity.

Looking back, Della Reese was definitely a first concert. Though the audience had fun, and the music was great, I would change so much about the concert, and change some decisions I made. Every concert we learn something new about what works, what doesn’t, what is possible and impossible in the time frame and budget, etc. The big thing was I noticed a need for help if I wanted the concert series to grow – the idea was there, but it needed more.

I invited Danny Marin to my Mary Martin concert (which her goddaughter came to!) to see if it was something he wanted to help me with. I made more arrangements than transcriptions this time, and though half the concert was not available (Jordan Tyson sang “Ain’t it a Shame About Mame,” which I only could get a lead sheet mailed from London), songs from her Broadway shows were easy to find. One of my favorite parts of the concert series is the adventure to find the music. I utilize the Library of Congress and NY Performing Arts Public Library as much as possible.

Danny’s idea for medleys came after Mary Martin. The very first medley / mashup I created was the “Annette Funicello Medley“, but it really wasn’t until “Knees Up Mother Brown” that I found my true crazy passion. Now a staple of the series, every concert has at least one “mega mix” with “Latin Medley #2  and “Conquest Medley”  being some of my favorite things I’ve ever done in my career. [The biggest highlight on a personal level is giving the NY premiere of Roger Sherman’s post 9/11 lyric to “It’s a Small World” sung by my dear friend and Company Member, Josh Daniel.]”

What is your personal musical background? And Danny’s?

“I started piano at age 3. My mother majored in piano pedagogy. I wanted to be a concert pianist, but my grandmother died at age 10 and left me a violin, so I picked that up. And then I grew. When I was 16, I switched to viola, but I still kept piano up. In high school, I started composing and arranging. I went to Brigham Young University where I got my Bachelor’s of Music in Viola. I did one year of grad school at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), finished my masters at NYU (where I also studied song writing and composition), and am currently getting my PhD. I write what I call “musi-opera,” which is a blend of musical theatre voices singing operatic material that is usually extremely macabre. As a violist, I have played on Broadway, with the NY Pops, Little Orchestra Society, and continue to perform new works and commissions regularly. I am very active in both of my worlds as a writer and instrumentalist.”

So, you’re the classic “under-achiever” is see? (She says tongue-in-cheek!) WOW Blake…just WOW!

“Danny is a musical theatre actor from Los Angeles! He was recently in Naked Boys Singing and is a Broadway World Cabaret Nominee.”

How did you put the cast together? I see that you have a regular cast of about 10 performers and then you have other guests join you in the various shows. Do you audition your talent or are all of these people, people that you work with or know?

“Della Reese started with asking a couple friends of mine (Kristina Nicole Miller, Christine de Frece, Jan Sport, Andre Jordan) and then a couple Broadway stars to help lure people to show up. For Mary Martin I asked a couple other friends to do it (Kerry Conte, James Crichton, Josh Daniel, Jordan Tyson). I asked these people because I knew they would be wonderful with the material, and I want to give my friends work. It wasn’t until Danny Marin got on board with The Sherman Brothers that he had the idea to create An Evening With… Series Company Members. The founding members are: Kerry Conte, James Crichton, Emily Croft, Josh Daniel, Christine de Frece, Spencer Glass, Kristina Nicole Miller, Jack Scott, and Jordan Tyson, who all sang at The Sherman Brothers.

For every concert, I try to, at least, get people I know or have worked with before to sing because I know they are going to be great with that particular material. I then always try to sprinkle exciting talent for the audience as bait. For instance, I had to ask Bret Shuford to sing for the Sherman Brothers because he is part of the Disney Family and is obsessed with the Sherman Brothers. Even though I knew him, I had never worked with him. Other people, like Nya, I have never met and never worked with, but I saw her sing Rihanna at a concert and knew I had to have her perform Dionne Warwick’s material. (She is a guest artist in February!)

I have added to the An Evening With… Series Company. Christine DiGiallonardo and Emily Trumble both performed in the concert series and then showed interest asking if they could be a part of the Company. There was a need when they asked, and so, of course, I said yes!

Each company member is required to do at least 2 concerts a season. They can do as little, or as much as they want. This allows them to be attached to the series but still allows them to have tours and other concert work without the fear that they won’t be asked again because they weren’t able to do a concert. Emily Croft, for instance, booked Rock of Ages tour, so she won’t be back until our Doris Day concert in July, and that is fine! It’s also wonderful for me because I get to know their singing, their personalities, and what works best for their voice so I can let them shine while throwing weird curveball arrangements at them. Christine de Frece has also told me multiple times “thank you for challenging me in musical ways I am not in my daily life as a musical theatre actress.”

If there is an audition process…how does one audition for you? Cabaret Hotspot! is an on-line magazine for singers so, I’m sure our readers would love to know if there is any opportunity to be considered for this wonderful cast.

I love finding new singers that are fun, talented, easy to work with, and always excited for an adventure. The best way to sing at one of the concerts is to just email me at: aneveningwithseries@gmail.com or on Instagram: @aneveningwithseries. Show me a video of you singing your favorite song – not what you think I want to hear, but what you wish to show to the world.

An example is Chris Blem who has been asking me to sing at every concert, but he was either out of town or I felt he was just not right for the material. For Peggy Lee, he finally was PERFECT and sang one of the highlights of the evening. His friend, Jane Bruce, also asked if she could do the Peggy Lee concert as she loves Peggy Lee. I went and saw her perform a solo show (her and guitar) and knew she had to share that talent with our series, which she did, and now she has added these Peggy Lee songs to her rep.

My one advice to prospective singers is just be aware that my arrangements can be weird and tricky. We also get “archival” videos from the concerts, which the artists can use however they want. They aren’t the best audio and visual quality, but they document the history and keep the songs living on the internet.”

What is the criteria for your cast members? Clearly they have to be excellent readers. Do they need a Broadway or Off-Broadway credit? Are you looking solely for Broadway-type voices?

“No. I have typically gravitated towards Broadway voices because that is the world that I am most infused with. We’ve had Lisa Raeme, who is a sexy, smooth, jazzy-rock singer who has been on The Voice. I’m always looking for new people to highlight and showcase to the best of their abilities and with how they want to be spotlighted!”

While I’m on the subject, why a predominately Broadway type cast for shows that feature jazz, pop and standards of the featured artists’ day? Is this the “hook”…Broadway voices sing it all? Are you giving them an opportunity to show their other chops?

“This is one of the things I thought was most interesting about your Peggy Lee review – I never thought of it in this way other than I know how to work with the Broadway voices really well. Daniel Dunlow over at Green Room 42 said “Blake Allen’s hit big-band show,” and I thought that was intriguing as well. When doing Peggy Lee, I said to myself “Alison Fraser is so wonderfully eccentric and always down for everything, I have to ask her to sing “Is That All There Is?” because I know she will blow the audience away.” This is how I have thought about these concerts – what story do I want to tell, and who will sing it best. I am always curious to work with different people, so being on Broadway is not a pre-requisite, especially with this being in a cabaret house, and both Danny and me active members of Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).”

I guess it’s all relative to how the listener takes it in, but I’m intrigued at reading the above and learning it’s more about the appropriateness of the voice with the material to you. Good to know!

 So, the Peggy Lee show was very well-researched and delivered by you from the piano as the host, Musical Director and orchestra leader…do you research and write the script?

“Oh, there is SO much to this question. I become so “method” with these concerts: I become obsessed with the singer/songwriters, and it is only after I buy biographies, autobiographies, I watch hours of YouTube, and I listen to hours of their music do I feel . 70% of the time, I choose the music and then find the story, but sometimes, the autobiographies point me to songs that I never would have known that have the most amazing stories to them – particularly the post-WWII North Korea POW manipulation of “Tennessee Waltz,” “Don’t Smoke in Bed” by Willard Robison, and discovering a true gem of an art song “Clouds” by Ernest Charles. Or, you learn which songs mean most to the artist, which might be surprising, like Dionne’s “Two Ships Passing in the Night.”

This concert series would definitely not be what it is without the YouTube videos and the fun stories (like Jodi Benson on the stand at Peggy Lee v. Disney court case – thanks James Gavin for writing about it!). I also keep track… in the past year, I listened to Patti Page 704 times, 658 Peggy Lee, 508 Dionne Warwick, 321 Annette Funicello, etc. I hope that helps describe the dedication!”

Dedication and your hard work clearly paid off in the quality of the work Blake. Bravo to you on this process and PHEW man!

 This is a cast of many (16 singers) with a mini-orchestra (10 in the Peggy Lee show) so, this is a very expensive series. Who financially produces this show? Do you have sponsors? Do you get any backing from any educational organizations? 

“We are always looking for sponsors! PLEASE! If you know of any, send them our way! Or studios that want to give us a discount for advertisement, etc. We have received a couple generous donations through our website: www.aneveningwithseries.com to help keep the series running. All donations 100% go to the series, but the concert has mostly (at this point) been sustained by itself, except for Della Reese, which I paid for out-of-pocket, but it helped launch the series.

Let me be clear about it, however. I don’t get paid. But, I do fight for the performers to get what is standard for a house like GR42. Of course, we all realize the time commitment, and I strive to have a dialogue with the performers and work around singers’ schedules for rehearsals and help in any way that we can – I never want someone to feel that, in order to do these concerts, they have to sacrifice financially. Like singing first so they can get to their job, or only coming to soundcheck but having a recording of band rehearsal, etc. How ever I can help the singers and band, I do. The arrangements aren’t easy, so I let the singers have a music stand if they want. I trust the band, I trust the singers, and in the end, we always have a wonderful time sharing with the audience, which is ultimately the end goal.”

I read that your Mission Statement (if you will) is that the series’ intention is: “for musical preservation and to educate your audiences about American Music”. Tell us a more about why you are doing this series and more about your full Mission Statement.

“You are correct. The end goal is to keep the history of these singers and songwriters alive – to tell their story to the 100+ people in the audience and those who see the YouTubes.

Music isn’t preserved very well, it is forgotten about, it is put in a box and not labeled, someone else will do it, etc. These problems occur way more than people want to admit. The more concerts I do, the more I realize how lost music is and true gems fall away. Luckily sources like Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and The Library of Congress exist. Because I’m a contemporary instrumentalist, I have always felt the only way to preserve music is to perform it for a new audience. Music is a living organism, and unless it is performed and kept vibrating, it won’t survive. On the flip-side, some songs, though wonderful and beautiful, can feel outdated in a modern lens, so through intense research and absorption, I hope that the new sounds we create on stage give the originators enough credit while making the audience care about going home and listening to the celebrated singers like Peggy Lee and Della Reese. Maybe we’ll one day be on PBS. Maybe we’ll one day be on the radio. Maybe we’ll one day win an award. Who knows! But that is not the point. I do hope, and it honestly is my truest dream, that whoever spends their hard earned money to see An Evening With… Series, leaves learning something new and feels enriched having listened to music they might not have ever heard, and in turn, artists like Della Reese will live on for them and the friends they share their experience with. This is the reason we do the show. This is the reason the hundreds of hours are worth it.

By the way, and you’re hearing it first!..we are recording a small EP of some of our “acoustic” songs from our first season that we will then start selling at the shows and online to help pay for the series. All proceeds will go directly back into the series. Our first single is going to be “Tennessee Waltz” with Kerry Conte and Mike Rosengarten (Company Member and Whobethems guitarist), which will be released the day of the Dionne Warwick concert, Feb 22nd. At that concert, we’ll also be selling the EP (CD and download card) before it is released to the general public in March, so all y’all will want to be there!”

I can second that statement…y’all, and I mean all of my readers, WILL want to be there for the next and then probably all of these shows!

 How do you decide on who to feature in the series? in 2018 you honored: Della Reese, Mary Martin, Patti Page, The Sherman Brothers and Peggy Lee. It’s quite an eclectic list. (See 2019’s featured honorees and schedule below.) 

“I chose these 5 artists for our first season knowing that at any time The Green Room 42 could just say “thank you so much, but we are no longer going to be presenting this series,” so I chose artists that would fill my soul artistically as well as would be interesting for the audience. Moreover, because of the amount of time it takes for each concert (sometimes it feels like I’m writing a full-length musical), the artist has to  intrigue me enough otherwise I know I wouldn’t be able to do the best work on the concert. In the end, people are paying to see these concerts, and we want to give the best product we can to the audience.

Excitingly, we got green lit for a Season 2, and I understand how wonderful and rare an opportunity it is. I have a running list on my iPhone of potential artists. If someone talks about an artist I have never heard of, I write it down, or if a song turns on at a bar or a singer sings a song, I write it down. It is sad, but we realized that the bigger the name of the artist in today’s lens (Peggy Lee v. Patti Page, for instance), the more people will show up. We are hoping to definitely work passed this hurdle.

Danny and I combed through the options to see what would best advertise the concert series to help with longevity. If we can really sell a second season, we can add more not so well-known-today artists in the 3rd season (like Marty Robbins, Claudine Longet, or Mildred Bailey). I mean, Eartha Kitt is our “wild card” for this season, but I hope the audience comes in with a little more knowledge than just “Monotonous,” Catwoman, and Emperor’s New Groove… 

Originally, we hadn’t planned on honoring Dr. Seuss rather than Nat “King” Cole, but I learned it is Nat’s100th birthday in March! I think we are the official Green Room 42 Centennial Celebration, just like we were with Patti Page’s 90th in October! And with Natalie being one of my top-5 favorite singers of all time, it would be an injustice to do a concert on her father without touching on her. The series typically focuses on 40s-70s, but Natalie is just too special to not forgo her. Just wait for the megamix!

More specifically, Della Reese was because she passed away. Mary Martin was because I have always wanted to do a concert of Mary Martin. The Sherman Brothers was because they are the most influential songwriters in my life, and the concert coincided with my 30th birthday. Patti Page was because my grandmother suggested it, and I only knew “Old Cape Cod,” but then quickly learned she is the most selling female singer of all time and I knew half of her rep but had no idea who she was and no one else did either. Peggy Lee is because of her Christmas album and Latin-inspired albums.”

I am curious about your process, some of which you told us about above but, when writing a show, which comes first for you…the music with the script being written around the tunes or the script first with the songs being dropped in?

“It depends on which part of the process I am in, to be honest. Every show is different. For Peggy Lee, I had the entire thing mapped out and was almost done with the concert, and then a random the song “An Empty Glass” turned on, and it shocked me so much I had to add it into the program somewhere, so I rearranged “Black Coffee” to include it. Thankfully, Grammy winner Tim Young is a champ. I did not know Patti Page really at all, so I read her autobiography and chose songs she loved as well as stories I thought interesting. The great thing about megamixes is that you can cover 20 songs in 7 minutes all under one theme. With The Sherman Brothers, I knew what songs I wanted to highlight because it was highly personal, but while reading Moose by Roger, I found out about a lot of the stories and songs I had never heard of that meant something to him, like “Things that Might Have Been” being his favorite lyric he ever wrote because of his later-in-life sobriety or “Freedom” being his favorite of Richard’s music.

Because the process is so intense, and the transcriptions, arrangements, and orchestrations take weeks, I usually have a set list created a month in advance, sometimes more. For instance, I started reading the Dionne Warwick autobiography 2 days after Peggy Lee (17 Dec). A set list was sent out to the cast Jan 22 with option selections sent out Jan 2. Once the arrangements are done, then I can write the script. The books are highlighted, the YouTubes saved, there are post-its everywhere, I have a notebook with scribbles. It is a lot of work.”

What’s the best thing about doing these shows at The Green Room 42? 

 “The Green Room 42 has been absolutely wonderful. Daniel Dunlow took a chance on our little show, and I hope he is satisfied with the continued growth. His suggestions for improvement have been helpful. It is really astounding how every concert gets better, and it is half because of the help of GR42. I also have brought some interesting things to them, like that NY premiere of a Roger Sherman lyric I talked about previously. The stage size is wonderful – there are a lot of smaller stages in NY, and I like big lush sounds, so a 9-foot grand piano, with 5 strings, brass section, 2 percussionists, 1 woodwind, and 4 singers on stage, and we are all comfortable? Yes please! I also love that the shows are affordable to a younger crowd that might not be able to see things at other, more expensive venues. The fact it is also in Times Square is helpful. Just like with every concert series and every venue, we have our quirks and needs that are sometimes difficult to come by, but we have also seen a huge growth in GR42 as well – their sound has improved, their lights, their organization, their generosity, they got that beautiful screen to project onto (our first 2 concerts only had a small TV!). I cannot reiterate enough just how immensely grateful to Daniel Dunlow and Marty Gasper for all they do for this series, for being part of the family, and for having them take a chance on us!”

Thank you so much Blake for taking the time to speak with me. I think this has been a fascinating interview with incredibly insight as to why you do this and a look at just how much work goes into just one concert. You are amazing! It’s been a real pleasure! Cabaret Hotspot! wishes you all success in this year’s series.

The Green Room 42’s 2019 An Evening With… series is listed below. I strongly encourage you all to make a reservation and treat yourself to a very special night out.

February 22nd @ 7:00 – Dionne Warwick
April 25th @ 7:00 – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
July 19th @ 7:00 – Doris Day
October 18th @ 7:00 – Eartha Kitt
December 13th @ 7:00 – Shirley Bassey

For more information on this series please visit: 

www.thegreenroom42.com

The Green Room 42
@ The Yotel Hotel
570 10th Ave 4th floor
New York, New York 10036
(646) 449-7792

You can also friend Blake and An Evening With…Series on Facebook and please visit:

www.blakeallen.org

 

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the songs of a distinctive and powerful voice in British musical theatre.$35 cover charge ($40 with fees). $60 premium seating ($67.50 with fees). $25 food & beverage minimum.BILLY STRITCH: CY COLEMAN REVISITED – SEPTEMBER 23 & 24 AT 7:00 PMBilly Stritch is delighted to bring a brand new show to 54 Below, spotlighting the music of legendary tunesmith Cy Coleman. He’ll be joined this time by a swinging jazz trio (Tom Hubbard on bass and Ray Marchica on drums), all the better to perfectly celebrate one of Broadway and pop music’s jazziest composers. The show will include Cy’s biggest pop hits (“The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Witchcraft”), songs from his Broadway shows (Sweet Charity, City Of Angels), and many undiscovered and unknown gems.Cy Coleman was the composer of a dozen Broadway scores and a multitude of “stand-alone” pop songs in addition to being a world-class jazz pianist. It was Billy’s honor to meet Cy in 1991 and the two formed a friendship built on their mutual love of jazz and showbiz. Billy almost always includes one or two of Cy’s compositions in his shows and is excited to be creating an evening of this great material for the very discerning 54 Below audience!$55 cover charge ($62 with fees). $95 premium seating ($106 with fees). $25 food & beverage minimum.BEN BOECKER: 10 YEARS IN NEW YORK! – SEPTEMBER 23 AT 9:30 PMBen Boecker: 10 Years in New York! is a celebration of Ben Boecker’s 10th year in NYC, including special guest stars to be announced, appearances by Ben’s drag persona, Starr Simon, and songs from Ben’s musicals in progress, including My True Love! A Perfect Musical Fairytale, Santa VS. Amma Zon: Battle For The Soul of Christmas, Starr Simon’s Mystery Surprise Musical That’s Totally Inappropriate For Children, and Girls’ Trip: An Ayahausca Musical. Ben is a NYC-based singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and voice teacher, a member of the BMI Musical Theater Advanced Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, and Actors’ Equity. His mission is to write “Theater for Social Change,”— disruptive and paradigm shifting art that shines a light and inspires social change. www.benboecker.com.Featuring Harrison Bryan, Savannah Lobel, and Starr Simon.Joined by Elmo Zapp on bass and Kasey Blezinger on drums.$35 cover charge ($40 with fees). $65 premium seating ($73 with fees). $25 food & beverage minimum.THE FAILURE CABARET: JUSTIN BADGER & STEPHANIE DODD – SEPTEMBER 24 AT 9:30 PMThis performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.Wanna feel better about your own dysfunctional romantic relationship? The Fremonts have been married for ten years and they have the therapy bills to prove it. In this dark comedy cabaret fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Justin Badger from Fremont, California (Hair on Broadway, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Vocals/Guitar) & Stephanie Dodd from Fremont, Nebraska (59E59, Shakespeare & Company, Vocals/Accordion) perform their original music and tell their story of meeting in New York, performing on Broadway, accidentally moving to a pretentious mountain town and doing everything in their power to stay sane and married at the same time. This show was born when Executive Producer & Advertising Legend Chuck Porter declared, “Hey kids, let’s do a show!” after a few beers in a hotel bar. It has a companion piece, a full length album by the same title, which was released digitally in April 2019.$45 cover charge ($51 with fees). $75 premium seating ($84 with fees). $25 food and beverage minimum.WRITERS CELEBRATE SONDHEIM – SEPTEMBER 25 AT 7:00 PM & 9:30 PMStephen Sondheim is a bastion of the musical theatre community and a legend in his own right. He was also a mentor for many generations of writers through personal connections, his many written letters, lectures, and books. Stephen Sondheim was not only an innovative and inventive writer, but also a generous teacher. Tonight, the generations that he taught and inspired gather together to pay tribute to him through an evening of story and song. Join us as we remember our Giant in the Sky who paved the way for all of us to dream, create, and finish our own hats.The 7pm performance features Rona Siddiqui, Elizabeth Addison, Andrea Grody, Joe Iconis, Georgia Stitt, Timothy Huang, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Richard Maltby Jr., and Adam Gwon.The 9:30pm performance features Jay Adana, Ethan Carlson, Vaibu Mohan, Billy Recce, Emerson and Murphy Smith, Joriah Kwamé, Matthew McCollum, Cheeyang Ng, Michelle Rodriguez, and Helen J Shen.Produced by Alexa Spiegel and Vaibu Mohan.7pm: $60 cover charge ($67.50 with fees). $95 premium seating ($106 with fees). $25 food & beverage minimum.9:30pm: $45 cover charge ($51 with fees). $75 premium seating ($84 with fees). $25 food & beverage minimum.LIVE FROM 54 BELOW54 Below’s new series is designed to make more shows accessible to fans all over the world. “Live from 54 Below” will feature LIVE performances of current shows on the calendar, streamed directly from Broadway’s Living Room. Seven cameras will capture the excitement of being at the venue – all paired with the club’s dramatic lighting and award-winning sound design. To recreate the live experience, all shows will be presented exclusively at the time of performance with an in-house audience and will not be available on demand afterwards.The following performances will be streamed live. For tickets, visit www.54Below.com/LIVETHE FAILURE CABARET: JUSTIN BADGER & STEPHANIE DODD September 24 at 9:45 PM ET / Tickets $15SAFETY INFORMATION:54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. The new policies require that performers, production, kitchen, and dining room staff, as well as all audience members show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information on our safety protocols can be found here. 54 Below has installed improved air circulation and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change, and policies may be adjusted as is appropriate. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW:54 Below was founded as a place for the Broadway community to celebrate Broadway performers, both established and new, who sing not only the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook, but also new material intended for Broadway and off-Broadway stages. The club features fine dining and superb scenic, lighting, and sound designs entirely imagined by Broadway designers. For performers, writers, musicians, and more, 54 Below gives opportunities to advance their craft, expand their repertoires, and develop their voices in a way that is more personal, making them stronger as artists. It gives Broadway fans an opportunity to see their favorite artists in a different way, deepening their relationship and understanding of their talent. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. It is also a place for innovation in musical songwriting and performance. Collaborations born at 54 Below give rise to and help develop new theatrical projects and new musicals. In addition, its popular streaming video activities and audio recordings support these activities, helping to build a new Broadway audience worldwide, both in age and geography.54 Below is one of the most in-demand performance venues in the city, presenting over 700 shows each year. Unique in its mission, it has become an indispensable member of the Broadway ecosystem, providing a place for seasoned and emerging artists to hone their craft, try out new work, grow their fanbases, and gather as a community. The management team includes Proprietors and nine-time Tony Award winning Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel, Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and restaurant General Manager Mandisa Boxill.Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club presents live shows at 7pm and 9:30pm. Late night programming will resume in the coming months. Tickets and information at 54below.com. 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The 2022 Cabaret Convention Roster An Asterisk (*) Indicates Cabaret Convention Debut / Please Note: All Artists Subject to Availability Wednesday, October 26: Look to the Rainbow/The Songs of Yip Harburg, hosted by Andrea Marcovicci & Jeff Harnar. With Karen Akers, Ari Axelrod*, Danny Bacher, Elena Bennett, Anna Bergman, Leanne Borghesi, Michael-Demby Cain*, Clearly Now (Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone), Tovah Feldshuh, Christian Holder, Paula Dione Ingram, Ann Kittredge*, Maude Maggart, Madalynn Mathews*, Marissa Mulder, Todd Murray, Marta Sanders, Josephine Sanges, Those Girls* (Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, Wendy Russell), Andrew Walesch*.Thursday, October 27: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, hosted by Natalie Douglas. With Aaron Lee Battle, Scott Coulter, Aisha de Haas, Darius de Haas, Bryan Eng*, Eric Yves Garcia, Clint Holmes, Elias Javier*, Amanda King, Nicolas King, Marilyn Maye, Katelyn Myers*, Julia Parasram*, Valarie Pettiford*, Ken Page*, T. Oliver Reid, Gabrielle Stravelli, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan.Friday, October 28: Through the Years: Celebrating Timeless American Standards, hosted by KT Sullivan. Celia Berk, Klea Blackhurst, Carole J. Bufford, Tim Connell, Shana Farr, Meg Flather, Kim Grogg*, Hannah Jane, David LaMarr, Karen Mason, Marieann Merengolo, MOIPEI, Jillian Mustillo*, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Philip Officer, Anais Reno, Ron Russell*, Spider Saloff, Kim David Smith, Sandy Stewart, Haley Swindal*, Lennie Watts, Amra-Faye Wright.JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTERBOX OFFICE IS OPEN!(choose your own seat location) IN PERSON:Jazz At Lincoln Center Box OfficeBroadway @ 60th Street, ground floorMon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm BY PHONE:CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 ONLINE:www.jazz.orgTICKETS: www.classy.org/event/33rd-new-york-cabaret-convention-2022/e182104 ... See MoreSee Less
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The 2022 Cabaret Convention Roster An Asterisk (*) Indicates Cabaret Convention Debut / Please Note: All Artists Subject to Availability Wednesday, October 26: Look to the Rainbow/The Songs of Yip Harburg, hosted by Andrea Marcovicci & Jeff Harnar. With Karen Akers, Ari Axelrod*, Danny Bacher, Elena Bennett, Anna Bergman, Leanne Borghesi, Michael-Demby Cain*, Clearly Now (Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone), Tovah Feldshuh, Christian Holder, Paula Dione Ingram, Ann Kittredge*, Maude Maggart, Madalynn Mathews*, Marissa Mulder, Todd Murray, Marta Sanders, Josephine Sanges, Those Girls* (Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, Wendy Russell), Andrew Walesch*.Thursday, October 27: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, hosted by Natalie Douglas. With Aaron Lee Battle, Scott Coulter, Aisha de Haas, Darius de Haas, Bryan Eng*, Eric Yves Garcia, Clint Holmes, Elias Javier*, Amanda King, Nicolas King, Marilyn Maye, Katelyn Myers*, Julia Parasram*, Valarie Pettiford*, Ken Page*, T. Oliver Reid, Gabrielle Stravelli, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan.Friday, October 28: Through the Years: Celebrating Timeless American Standards, hosted by KT Sullivan. Celia Berk, Klea Blackhurst, Carole J. Bufford, Tim Connell, Shana Farr, Meg Flather, Kim Grogg*, Hannah Jane, David LaMarr, Karen Mason, Marieann Merengolo, MOIPEI, Jillian Mustillo*, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Philip Officer, Anais Reno, Ron Russell*, Spider Saloff, Kim David Smith, Sandy Stewart, Haley Swindal*, Lennie Watts, Amra-Faye Wright.JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTERBOX OFFICE IS OPEN!(choose your own seat location) IN PERSON:Jazz At Lincoln Center Box OfficeBroadway @ 60th Street, ground floorMon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm BY PHONE:CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 ONLINE:www.jazz.orgTICKETS: www.classy.org/event/33rd-new-york-cabaret-convention-2022/e182104 ... See MoreSee Less
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Peter Calo and Dawn Derow Cotuit Center For The artsTWO Concerts celebrating the Artists & Music fromLA’s The Troubadour West atCotuit Center For The ArtsIn the John Weltman Outdoor Performance PavilionSaturday, September 17 at 7:30pmSunday, September 18 at 4:00pm (Pre show Bourbon tasting compliments of Cape Cod Package Store!)Tickets $35$5 discount for members, $2 discount for seniors/veteransartsonthecape.org/explore/backyard-troubadoursBACKYARD TROUBADOURS will be performing the songs by the artists that made The TROUBADOUR WEST, musical shrine shine!with...Peter Calo - Dawn Derow withMarty Richards on drums Joe Santere on bass Featuring music byCarly Simon, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, Van Morison, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Gun’s N Roses, Johnny Cash, Eagles,Carole King, Leonard Cohen Little Feat Tom Waits Billy Joel Kris Kristofferson Sheryl Crow Neil Young and more... TICKETSci.ovationtix.com/31005/production/1112365 BACKYARD TROUBADOURSwww.youtube.com/watch?v=bhUUAdOqr2Qwww.petercalo.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Peter Calo and Dawn Derow Cotuit Center For The artsTWO Concerts celebrating the Artists & Music fromLA’s The Troubadour West atCotuit Center For The ArtsIn the John Weltman Outdoor Performance PavilionSaturday, September 17 at 7:30pmSunday, September 18 at 4:00pm (Pre show Bourbon tasting compliments of Cape Cod Package Store!)Tickets $35$5 discount for members, $2 discount for seniors/veteransartsonthecape.org/explore/backyard-troubadoursBACKYARD TROUBADOURS will be performing the songs by the artists that made The TROUBADOUR WEST, musical shrine shine!with...Peter Calo - Dawn Derow withMarty Richards on drums Joe Santere on bass Featuring music byCarly Simon, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, Van Morison, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Gun’s N Roses, Johnny Cash, Eagles,Carole King, Leonard Cohen Little Feat Tom Waits Billy Joel Kris Kristofferson Sheryl Crow Neil Young and more... TICKETSci.ovationtix.com/31005/production/1112365 BACKYARD TROUBADOURSwww.youtube.com/watch?v=bhUUAdOqr2Qwww.petercalo.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Jeff Harnar TODAY @4pmTune in at 4 PM today. It's free, it's fun and it's none other than delightful Jeff Harnar, having a conversation about his past, present and future.Just click on this link. See you at 4:00. ... See MoreSee Less
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NEXT WEEK AT 54 BELOW ANN TALMANJACKIE EVANCHOELISA GALINDEZTHE FLAME SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED…AND MORE!www,54Below.comNext week, 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.FREE LIVESTREAM | A NIGHT IN WITH ABCD FEATURING KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ – SEPTEMBER 12 AT 8:00 PM ETJoin us virtually as accomplished singer and actress Krysta Rodriguez performs a variety of songs and shares stories about her breast cancer experience exclusively for ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis.Krysta Rodriguez, breast cancer survivor and award-winning performer, is best known for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the Netflix series “Halston” and Ana Vargas in the NBC series “Smash,” Krysta will be singing a variety of songs and sharing personal stories about her breast cancer experience. Exclusively for ABCD.Register now for FREE to watch it broadcast live from the famous 54 Below in New York City!Presented by: Lily Oncology | Forge PR | Grewal Family Foundation | Kesslers Diamonds | Luddy & Komisar Family | Plum MediaABCD: After Breast Cancer DiagnosisAnyone, anywhere, any stage. ABCD’s customized emotional support services are free to breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Learn more about ABCD’s services at abcdbreastcancersupport.orgDonations will be accepted on the ticketing page.ANN TALMAN: ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND THE SHADOW OF HER SMILE – SEPTEMBER 13 & 14 AT 7:00 PMThis performance on September 14 will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.Award-winning, four-time Broadway veteran, Ann Talman returns to 54 Below with a special encore engagement!Talman portrayed Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter on Broadway in The Little Foxes, beginning their lifelong friendship that lasted for the rest of Taylor’s life. The Shadow of Her Smile is an evening of story and song about Ann and Elizabeth’s amazing bond, filled with hilarious and touching stories that only Ann can tell, and woven with classic Broadway and Great American Songbook gems.The show is directed by Bistro and MAC Award winner Lina Koutrakos with musical direction by multi-award-winning Alex Rybeck, a 54 Below favorite.“Talman is nothing short of amazing in telling her own tale. This is a master class in acting.” –BroadwayWorld$55 cover charge. $90 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.JACKIE EVANCHO SINGS JONI MITCHELL – SEPTEMBER 14 AT 9:30 PMA worldwide sensation when she was only ten years old, Jackie Evancho has moved past the exuberant promise of a child prodigy, becoming a mature young adult who has released a string of platinum and gold albums, racking up millions of sales and accolades around the world. Billboard twice (in 2010 and 2012) named Jackie Evancho one of their “music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21.” Now a veteran of the concert stage, Ms. Evancho performs to sold out audiences around the world. Jackie Evancho has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Boston Pops.In support of her new album honoring the timeless music of Joni Mitchell, Jackie Evancho will take her audience on a musical panegyric from Joni’s earliest classics “Both Sides Now” to her iconic 1971 hits, “A Case of You” and “Blue” to her enduring all season standard, “River” Jackie Evancho brings superb lyrical interpretation to everything she sings, Joni Mitchell being no exception.$65 cover charge. $100 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.NEW MUSICAL! THE FLAME, AN LGBTQ ROMANTIC COMEDY MUSICAL IN CONCERT, FEAT. JENN COLELLA, JJ NIEMANN, & MORE! – SEPTEMBER 15 AT 7:00 PMThis performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.Join us at 54 Below for a joyous evening featuring the songs of The Flame from the Broadway Podcast Network! In an unforgettable celebration of the hit podcast musical, experience The Flame like never before! Featuring an all-star cast, this concert is produced and directed by Lez Hang Out Productions. Join us as the cast of The Flame performs together live and in person! With songs like “Maybe Today,” “Car Ride From Hell,” “Hey Daddy,” “You’ve Got Me,” “Always That Girl,” and “Keep It Lit,” we’ll never let the Flame go out!The Flame, An LGBTQ Romantic Comedy MusicalFeaturing Ellie Brigida as Jamie, Jenn Colella as Jo, Mackenzie Dade as Rachel/Female Swing, Leigh Holmes Foster as Heather, Tiffany Francès as Sam, Valerie Rose Lohman as Mel, JJ Niemann as Harold, and Jamari Johnson Williams as Narrator.Story by Ellie Brigida and Leigh Holmes Foster.Book by Caitlyn Clear.Music and lyrics by Leigh Holmes Foster, with additional lyrics by Caitlyn Clear.Directed by Caitlyn Clear and Valerie Rose Lohman.Live produced by Meghan Gunther with Sasha Cohen as live show production assistant.$55 cover charge. $90 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.THE SEVENTH ANNUAL HARVARD-YALE CANTATA: A NEW CHAPTER – SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9:30 PMThis performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.Come join us as The Harvard-Yale Cantata takes on a new path! Most years, the Cantata, like the Regatta, is a competition. We’ve pitted Harvard songs and performers against Yale songs and performers. Yale leads the series, 5 to 1, but some of those victories have happened with razor-thin margins, owing to the high quality of everyone’s work. This year, the victorious Yale team, headed by music director and team captain Farrah Rothman, will oversee a departure from the competitive format. This just feels like a time we should all be working together.Farrah (Yale ’20) and producer Tom Toce (Yale ’78) are planning a program featuring alumni performers and songs from Yale, Harvard, and lots of other Ivy and non-Ivy League colleges. Keep your eye on this space for updated information about all the special songs and performers we add to the mix.The Harvard and Yale songwriters will include perennial Cantata favorite John Forster (“Entering Marion”), Matt Corriel (Moss Hart Award winner for Intervention), and Tom Toce (MAC Award winner for “Shalom, Santa”). Past judges (and Princeton alums) Bob Stillman (Tony Award® nominations as a performer for Dirty Blonde and as a songwriter for Urban Cowboy) and Cheryl Davis (winner of a Writers’ Guild Award and a Kleban Award) will also contribute songs. Joining us as songwriters and/or performers will also be Serena Feniger (Yale), Chloe E. W. Levine (Harvard), Julia Riew (Harvard), Natalie Brown (Yale), Jason Kisare (Yale), and Ian Chan (Harvard).$40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.EISA GALINDEZ: EVERYTHING I KNOW – SEPTEMBER 16 AT 7:00 PMThis performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.Multi-hyphenate artist Elisa Galindez (Queen Anne: A New Musical) returns to 54 Below for her New York City solo concert debut, Everything I Know!After years of performing regionally and throughout New York City and a pandemic that shook the world, this bright and promising artist steps back into the spotlight. Everything I Know is a love letter to the ancestors that came before her and an honoring of the village who helped guide her back to purpose with selections from Sondheim, Webber, Streisand, and beyond. Joined by Director Jillian Carucci, Music Director Drew Wutke, and an exquisite, kickass NYC band, Elisa Galindez is sure to take you on a journey through joy, laughter, and her thrilling, unique story.Featuring Angel Lozada, Grace McCarney, Erika Xiomara Reyes, and Kaila Wooten.Joined by Dave D’aranjo on bass, Amy Griffiths, on sax/clarinet/flute, Arei Sekiguchi on drums, and Hajime Yoshida on guitar. $40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.MARIEANN MERINGOLO: SHADES OF LOVE – SEPTEMBER 16 AT 9:30 PM“Marieann Meringolo a singer who bears some physical and vocal resemblance to Barbra Streisand…delivers songs about love lost and strength found…Sung in Grand Style.” – The New York TimesJoin award-winning songstress Marieann Meringolo in the New York premiere of her brand new show Shades of Love as she takes you on a journey through the ebbs and flows and highs and lows of life and love. Presenting fresh interpretations of songs written by Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, Billy Joel, Marsha Malamet, Neil Sedaka, Christina Perri and more!An evening not to be missed!Marieann received two standing ovations at the Provincetown performance of Shades of Love this past fall.Music direction by Doyle Newmyer.Directed by Will Nunziata.$45 cover charge. $80 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.WOMEN SING BROADWAY’S LEADING MEN SONGS, FEAT. HALEY SWINDAL, JANA ROBBINS, & MORE! – SEPTEMBER 17 AT 7:00 PM54 Below is proud to present an exciting reimagining of Broadway’s great hits, when today’s female stars hit the soaring notes once reserved only for the great tenors and baritones of the past. How thrilling to hear these songs performed as written, but with an entirely different sound! This brand-new show, created for 54 Below by NYC impresario Scott Siegel, will feature a cast brimming with talented women from Broadway, opera, and nightclubs who will dazzle and delight.You won’t want to miss the historic moment when a massive genre of songs suddenly, and finally, opens up for the female voice!Mr. Siegel has created nearly 500 major concert events, including producing, writing, and directing shows for Michael Feinstein, but he is perhaps best known as the creator, writer, director and host of Town Hall’s legendary series, Broadway by the Year, which is currently celebrating its 21st season. Always an innovator, Mr. Siegel pioneered the use of both dance and unplugged performances in one-night only concerts. And he is breaking new ground once again with the creation of Women Sing Broadway’s Leading Men Songs! Music direction by Ron Abel.Featuring Rose Chamblee, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Kylie Heyman, Jillian Louis, Kelli Rabke, Sophie Rapeijko, Julie Reyburn, Jana Robbins, Kelsey Smith, and Haley Swindal$50 cover charge. $90 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.54 SINGS BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS! FEAT. BEN JONES, JILLIAN LOUIS, & MORE – SEPTEMBER 17 AT 9:30 PMPrevious volumes of this Scott Siegel concert event hit 54 Below like lightning! This was the show that every musical theater-lover had been waiting for… and now we’re going to do it again, with a brand new line-up of 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!If you skip through cast albums just to hear the very best songs in each show, this is the nightclub concert event for you. If you love the classics of the Great White Way, come and hear the songs that made Broadway great, that made your heart soar, that you used to sing (maybe still do) in the shower! But at 54 Below, you will hear the greatest Broadway songs of all time performed by today’s greatest stars, singing them straight up, the way you want to hear them!And who better to produce/direct/host this show than the creator of Town Hall’s critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year series, Scott Siegel, creator of more than 200 major concert events centered on Broadway music! 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits! will be a thrilling night that you won’t forget. Music direction by Ron Abel.Featuring Alex Getlin, Luke Hawkins, Ben Jones, Jillian Louis, Marques Stewart, and Benjamin T. Swanson.$55 cover charge. $90 premium seating. $25 food & beverge minimum.SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, FEAT. DANIELLE FERLAND, SARAH RICE, & MORE! – SEPTEMBER 18 AT 7:00 PMThis performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.We’re Still Here and Back in Business for SEASON THIRTEEN! A celebrated New York event since 2010, the BroadwayWorld and Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret’s most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only, delving into the musical world of Broadway’s master composer. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy, and more.Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Jim Walton, Donna McKechnie, Chip Zien, & more – so you never know who might drop in. Sondheim Unplugged is hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore! Come join the party! Music direction by John Fischer.Special Guests: Danielle Ferland, Eric Michael Gillet, Albert Guerzon, Sarah Rice, and Lucia Spina. Starring: Jim Brochu, Evan Harrington, Rob Maitner, and Kelli Rabke.$45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.CHRIS URQUIAGA & BROADWAY FRIENDS: LATIN MUSIC NIGHT, FEAT. CAROLINA RIAL & MORE! – SEPTEMBER 18 AT 9:30 PMThis performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.Come enjoy a night of Latin music presented by urban Latin artist Chris Urquiaga (aka JChris) and an all-star cast from Broadway and TV! Latin music is embedded into NYC’s culture, so it’s only fitting that we pay homage by dedicating a night to the genre and all of its eclectic subgenres. You will hear selections from the Broadway repertoire, Latin pop standards and original urban Latin tunes penned by Chris and co-songwriters. For each of Chris’ guest artists, Latin music & Latin identity means something different to them and they will express what it means to them through their performances.Chris is known for a smooth voice and high energy Spanish-English performances. His music transcends boundaries, infusing Latin, Afro and Brazilian influences and exploring themes of gender fluidity and queer culture.Ven a disfrutar de una noche de música latina presentada por el artista latino urbano Chris Urquiaga (también conocido como JChris) y un elenco estelar de Broadway y televisión! La música latina está incrustada en la cultura de la ciudad de Nueva York, por lo que es lógico que rindamos homenaje dedicando una noche al género y todos sus subgéneros eclécticos. Escuchará selecciones del repertorio de Broadway, estándares del pop latino y melodías latinas urbanas originales escritas por Chris y sus coautores. Para cada uno de los artistas invitados de Chris, la música latina y la identidad latina significan algo diferente para ellos y expresarán lo que significa para ellos a través de sus presentaciones musicales.Chris es conocido por una voz suave y actuaciones en español e inglés de alta energía. Su música trasciende fronteras, infundiendo influencias latinas, afro y brasileñas y explorando temas de fluidez de género y cultura queer.Featuring/Apareciendo Keren Abreu, Isa Antonetti, Carmen Ezcurra, Anna Paloma, and Carolina Rial.Joined by/Acompañado por Jesús Anduz on trumpet, Mike Craig on drums, Nick Trautmann on bass, and Mike Verselli on piano.$40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimumLIVE FROM 54 BELOW54 Below’s new series is designed to make more shows accessible to fans all over the world. “Live from 54 Below” will feature LIVE performances of current shows on the calendar, streamed directly from Broadway’s Living Room. Seven cameras will capture the excitement of being at the venue – all paired with the club’s dramatic lighting and award-winning sound design. To recreate the live experience, all shows will be presented exclusively at the time of performance with an in-house audience and will not be available on demand afterwards.The following performances will be streamed live. For tickets, visit www.54Below.com/LIVEANN TALMAN: ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND THE SHADOW OF HER SMILE September 14 at 7:00 PM ET / Tickets $25NEW MUSICAL! THE FLAME, AN LGBTQ ROMANTIC COMEDY MUSICAL IN CONCERT September 15 at 7:00 PM ET / Tickets $25THE SEVENTH ANNUAL HARVARD-YALE CANTATA: A NEW CHAPTER September 15 at 9:45 PM ET / Tickets $15SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED FEAT. DANIELLE FERLAND, SARAH RICE, & MORE! September 18 at 7:00 PM ET / Tickets $25ELISA GALINDEZ: EVERYTHING I KNOW September 19 at 7:00 PM ET / Tickets $25CHRIS URQUIAGA & BROADWAY FRIENDS: LATIN MUSIC NIGHT, FEAT. CAROLINA RIAL & MORE! September 18 at 9:45 PM ET / Tickets $15SAFETY INFORMATION:54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. The new policies require that performers, production, kitchen, and dining room staff, as well as all audience members show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information on our safety protocols can be found here. 54 Below has installed improved air circulation and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change, and policies may be adjusted as is appropriate. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW:54 Below was founded as a place for the Broadway community to celebrate Broadway performers, both established and new, who sing not only the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook, but also new material intended for Broadway and off-Broadway stages. The club features fine dining and superb scenic, lighting, and sound designs entirely imagined by Broadway designers. For performers, writers, musicians, and more, 54 Below gives opportunities to advance their craft, expand their repertoires, and develop their voices in a way that is more personal, making them stronger as artists. It gives Broadway fans an opportunity to see their favorite artists in a different way, deepening their relationship and understanding of their talent. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. It is also a place for innovation in musical songwriting and performance. Collaborations born at 54 Below give rise to and help develop new theatrical projects and new musicals. In addition, its popular streaming video activities and audio recordings support these activities, helping to build a new Broadway audience worldwide, both in age and geography.54 Below is one of the most in-demand performance venues in the city, presenting over 700 shows each year. Unique in its mission, it has become an indispensable member of the Broadway ecosystem, providing a place for seasoned and emerging artists to hone their craft, try out new work, grow their fanbases, and gather as a community. The management team includes Proprietors and nine-time Tony Award winning Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel, Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and restaurant General Manager Mandisa Boxill.Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club presents live shows at 7pm and 9:30pm. Late night programming will resume in the coming months. Tickets and information at 54below.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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