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David Alpher & Jennie Litt: Cabaret HotTrax Featured Artists

by | Apr 18, 2021 | InterViews: National

Cabaret HotTrax Featured Artists – Alpher & Litt

David Alpher and Jennie Litt are prolific writers, and esteemed members of the New York Cabaret Community. Together, they have performed (or had their songs performed) at 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, The Metropolitan Room, The Triad, The Duplex, Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms Festival, and other venues in NYC. They have headlined at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, The Chamber Arts Festival of Marbletown, Harvard University, Vassar College, Cleveland’s Nighttown, and been featured performers on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s “Dancing On The Air” with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

As educators, they have presented master classes in cabaret performance to the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, the New York Singing Teachers Association, and comprise the cabaret faculty at SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine. They co-direct an annual student cabaret at Vassar College as part of the ModFest celebration of the arts and hold an annual cabaret retreat in upstate New York called Cabin In The Sky. Litt also teaches cabaret performance as part of the Singnasium faculty.

As a composer, pianist, and recording artist, Alpher cofounded the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (RCMF) in Massachusetts, now in its fourth decade and recently received a special citation for “enriching the cultural life of New England.” He has collaborated with distinguished artists as Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell, and Christopheren Nomura. And, an extended collaboration with Thomas Hampson, Jay Ungar, and Molly Mason produced, American Dreamer: Songs of Stephen Foster (1992, Angel), as well as a series of concerts and broadcasts at venues such as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and New York’s Town Hall.

Alpher’s classical compositions have had multiple performances worldwide – notably his multimedia work Las Meninas: Variations, inspired by Velázquez and Picasso paintings, and The Walrus and the Carpenter, a jazz-influenced setting of the Lewis Carroll poem. And, his “listener-friendly” music has been compared to Leonard Bernstein’s for its melody and “jazzy bite.”

Learning more about this musical power-couple was inspiring. And, one thing is sure, with Alpher’s erudite music and Litt’s engaging lyrics, you’re sure to have a great time at their shows, and singing their music.

David and Jennie, thank you so much for taking the time to share your expertise with us. Let’s start at the beginning. What drew you to become a songwriter? Did you know as a young child that you wanted to do this? And if so, did your parents or family support your artistic desires?

David: I was drawn to the piano in our house and was composing before I knew how to play it. Yes, my parents were totally supportive.

Jennie: All my life I’ve been torn between theatre and singing on the one hand and writing on the other hand. I sang, acted, and directed in college, but only as an extracurricular; my major was creative writing, and I went on to get a graduate degree in fiction writing as well. Some years later, the urge to sing reasserted itself, and I cast about for a way to incorporate singing into my life—which is how I found cabaret. Making music together is something David and I have been doing since we met at The MacDowell Colony. Not long after David and I got together, I became stuck on the novel I was writing; our musical work together filled that creative void. After a few years of reinventing myself as a cabaret singer and creating and performing several Great American Songbook shows with David, then writing began to reassert itself. I wanted to write songs with David for years before we collaborated on our first song; it took time for me to retool my mind to create on the scale of a song lyric as opposed to the scale of a novel. Once the first olive was out of the jar (as Richard Rodgers used to say), I felt the two warring halves of my creative-self come together, the song lyrics came fast and furious, and the catalog of Alpher & Litt was born. And yes, my parents have always been emotionally supportive of my art, although they would have preferred if I’d also perfected the art of supporting myself.

What was the first song you ever wrote, and how old were you when you wrote it?

Jennie: David and I have two “first” songs. We collaborated on our first song in 1999 a couple of weeks after we met, when we were creating a cabaret show to present to our fellow MacDowell Colonists. I wrote a lyric called “The New Hampshire Black Bear Blues” (I had been followed by a bear as I walked to my cabin in the New Hampshire woods one dark October). David brought it to life by playing a mean blues. Our second “first” song came about in 2005, when I’d been contemplating writing lyrics but couldn’t get started. At the time, I’d just lost 70 pounds (sadly, I have since found them again), and one day found myself writing a lyric called “Where Did It Go?”

How big was I? I’ll tell you straight:
I was as big as a sovereign state;
I wore a size three hundred and eight.
Where did it go?

I’d start each day with Captain Crunch,
His ship, and crew; I’d scoff the bunch.
I’d eat the Sandwich Isles for lunch.
Where did it go?

Each knee was like a dumpling in a giant’s bowl of soup.
I signed up for group therapy; I was the group., etc.

It was way too long, but David worked me to revise it to a manageable length in a recognizable song form, then set it to music and we had our first fully original Alpher & Litt cabaret song!

Who are you musical influencers, both writing, and performing?

David: Robert Schumann, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Bill Evans

Jennie: As a lyricist, I am inspired by the work of Michael Flanders (of the British cabaret team Flanders & Swann, active in the 1950s/60s), Allan Sherman, and Tom Lehrer; Cole Porter, Allan Jay Lerner, and Stephen Sondheim; more recently, Marcy Heisler and Steven Lutvak. I also admire Brecht, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and (early to mid-career) Paul Simon as lyricists.

My performing influences are diverse. I adore the combination of exquisite vocal technique and conversational, lyric-driven delivery of such artists as Barbara Cook, Judy Garland, Steven Lutvak, and Julie Andrews. I love the sui generis performing personas of artists such as Louis Armstrong, Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell. I could listen to Ella Fitzgerald for days. I am as inspired by Michael Flanders, Allan Sherman and Tom Lehrer as performers as I am by their work as lyricists. But as a performer, I aspire to be as present as possible onstage simply as myself and hope not to have to watch the post-mortem on video.

Do you have a favorite song or a project?

Jennie: I have a few favorite songs: “The Things That Make Us Sing” is a big song, a power anthem, which we put on our second CD; “Lovers Growing Old,” another song on that CD, for which I fit a lyric to one of David’s melodies (the opposite of our usual way of working); and “A Dream Or A Dream Come True,” from The Mitfords At War, a duet from the musical we are writing.

David: whatever I am working on at the moment.

Tell us about your process, even your daily schedule when working. Do you write every day? Are you inspired by current events or things around you?

Jennie: David and I wrote only stand-alone cabaret songs for the first 14 years of our collaboration. During that time, when one of us became inspired (usually me), we would write a lyric or a melody and present it to the other. We’d work privately on our piece of the action, and then present it to the other for the long process of massaging it into a finished product we could both get behind. We didn’t always get there. Since we started working on The Mitfords At War, we’ve worked lyrics-first exclusively, but the essential process hasn’t changed.

We certainly don’t write every day (what bliss that would be!). When we were writing stand-alone songs, I was inspired by all sorts of things: climate change, a high school reunion, my father’s slow decline, pregnancy, a news story about a manatee sighted, swimming up the Hudson River, or the Bush Administration’s plan to build a power plant on the moon, cars that recognize their drivers, our daughter swinging on our gate, etc. Now that we’re working on a musical, my lyrics are story/character-driven.

David: I don’t have the luxury of writing every day, and my schedule is irregular when I have a project. Deadlines inspire me, as do excellent lyrics or poetry. Current events tend to make me want to stay in bed. Once at work, I just let the music flow, and if it’s any good I edit days later when I can be objective. Most of my work winds up in the trash can, and I celebrate that fact: it means my standards remain high.

What has been the hardest song or project to finish, and why? And, how did you finally get out of this song-writers block?

David: If I have a deadline, I always meet it. I don’t get writer’s block. Being completely satisfied with the final product, however, is another story.

Jennie: I wrote a lyric called “Nothing But A Highway” which was a sort of anti-highway highway song in a sort of country-pop idiom. David, whose background is in classical music and classic musical theatre, was game to set it, but found himself frustrated because he just didn’t get the genre. He made several attempts which were far too simplistic. Then he wanted me to cut some of my favorite lines. It took well over a year for us both to come to terms with what the song demanded of us, but I wouldn’t let him give up (and I did take out those lines) but it ended up being one of our most-favorite songs of all, and the “single” from our second CD—a driving pop song with emotional and intellectual content, backing vocals, and pedal-steel guitar. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmytcZgU18k

What are you currently offering on Cabaret HotTrax and What can we expect in the future?

Jennie: We are offering the collected and some uncollected stand-alone cabaret songs, both as mp3s and in sheet music form. We may eventually offer songs from our musical The Mitfords At War as well.

What’s next? Are you currently working on a new project?

Jennie: Our current project, as mentioned, The Mitfords At War, is a musical set in the 1930s and ‘40s, about a real-life family of aristocratic British sisters whose extreme politics and passionate love lives brought them into the inner circles of the powerful men who waged World War II—and tore their family apart. We’ve got a complete score and too much script at the moment and look forward to developing the project collaboratively once live theatre recommences.

We certainly look forward to hearing (and seeing) The Mitfords At War. Until then, please enjoy some of these YouTube selections. And be sure to listen to and buy Alpher & Litt’s songs on their Cabaret HotTrax Featured Artist Page  

Drew Minter singing Alpher & Litt’s Luv Schmuv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id_xORtsnfo
Matt Walker singing Alpher & Litt’s A Prime Little Number: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpL3prmxb9U
Jennie singing Alpher & Litt’s “Our Common Ground,” written for Braver Angels, an organization dedicated to fostering dialogue between blue and red Americans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrV3XEwfMd8
Drew Minter singing Alpher & Litt’s Who Cares: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtM8bhh9lfI
Adam Shapiro singing Alpher & Litt’s The Voyage of the Manatee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkDM_Y5j9aI
Alpher & Litt performing Alpher & Litt’s The Cosmic Perspective at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdAO9ABbQqk

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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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