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Welcome Back Julie Reyburn!

by | Oct 9, 2019 | InterViews: National, Interviews: New York, New York

Photo Credit: Matt Baker

Julie Reyburn
“Anywhere We Are”
Don’t Tell Mama

Sat, Oct 12th @ 7:00 pm
Thur, Nov 7th @ 7:00 pm
Sun, Dec 15th @ 4:00 pm
Tues, Dec 17th @ 7:00 pm

Multi-award winner Julie Reyburn takes the stage in a triumphant return to Cabaret after a taking several years off to raise her family. I had the pleasure of attending her opening night at Don’t Tell Mama and interview her on her long awaited return.

Julie, I saw your show, Anywhere We Are, opening night and I have to say, it is one of the bests shows that I have seen all year. It was smart, funny, poignant, beautifully sung and man, what great charts!

Thanks so much Sue!  It was so special to have you in the audience that night to share it with us.  We have known each other for so long and I felt very blessed to have you and many other singer friends there.

I know our mutual, beloved mentor Julie Wilson told you years ago to take the time to enjoy raising your children and that you can always come back…so why now? What prompted this triumphant return with a new solo show?

I think the easiest answer is  I have something to say.  The idea for this show has been floating around in my head for over three years and the universe and schedules finally aligned to allow space for it to come together.

Since you’ve been on this “extended maternity leave,” how are your children? And, how is motherhood? Have the kids enriched your life in terms of bringing new “stuff” to your singing?

The children are thriving.  They are each unique and amazing in their own way.  Being their parent is the greatest gift because they are teaching me what I need to learn.  What I learn I then bring to my art.  It affects my art without me even realizing it sometimes.

Tell us about this title? There is a political theme to the show but not what people might think. The theme of generational unconventional woman is fascinating. What made you choose this theme as your comeback show?

We are living through a unique and challenging time.  Women are leading, they are breadwinners, politicians, activists, advocates and what interests me is looking back at how generations of women before us were also leading but within the social context of their time.  The women I talk about in the show shaped who I am, who my mother is…it’s all cyclical.  I turned 50 this year and the goal was to do what I love with a journey that spoke to my heart and mind, with the hope that the journey is universal enough for an audience to identify with. Anywhere We Are (Nichole Nordeman) is the title of one of the songs in the show.  Mark brought this song to me late in the process and we loved it.  His friend James Eden played it for him and said, “I think Julie would sound great on this”.  For me it sums up life itself.  Anywhere I am I am good because I am alive and showing up for my life.  Some days that is the best any of us can do and it’s important to speak up and speak out.

While I know that you have been singing over these past years, how have you kept that incredible instrument of yours in such shape? Do you study weekly?

Bill Zeffiro has been my voice teacher for the past 10 years.  I go to him every two weeks.  My voice is the one constant in my life.  It has been with me since I was very young.  It’s a blessing and it’s my responsibility to keep it in shape and to keep learning.  Bill’s lessons are my vocal workout.  A gift I give to myself.  I have gratitude and love for Bill.  I also have special people in my life who give me opportunities to perform and keep my skills in shape like Phil Geoffrey Bond, Stephen Hanks, Marquee Five and Lennie Watts who let me perform days after I gave birth to my son Jude! LOL

You, Mark Janas and Ritt Henn were a team prior to your sabbatical but you’ve added 2 marvelous people to “Team Julie” – David Ballard on vocals and flute and the incredible Billie Roe in her directorial debut. Tell us about this.

Mark was very patient with me all these years! LOL.  He went off and did amazing projects with Kathleen Turner and Len Cariou and those two experiences have brought a new dimension to his arrangements and music directing that I am benefiting from.  It’s awesome.  Ritt has been my bass player since 2002.  It was a given that he would be a part of this. Ritt has been with us since the beginning.  I approached Billie in January of this year because instinctively I knew I needed a woman director. Luckily, she was looking to direct so I caught her at the right time!  I knew I needed a fellow female who understood where I was coming from.  Who lived it.  She is a mother; she is a dynamic amazing performer and she speaks truth to power.  I knew she would elevate my vision to where it needed to be and hold me accountable to that vision.  I wanted to take some risks and challenge myself.  I wanted to grow with this show.  David was a late addition to the show.  The original person, Jarrod Cafaro was no longer available and Mark and I both thought of David at the same time.  The plus was that he also played flute…I had no idea he played flute!  It is such a beautiful texture and addition to the show! We are lucky to have him.

Talk to us about your process…when you and Billie and Mark met, how did your team work?  Did you have a general idea of what this show would be and the tunes you would sing or was it a different process? Did the show “morph” in any way that was surprising to you?

Each show comes together differently. This time I deliberately took my time.  It meant we were a bit crunched at the end, but this show needed to be authentic and each song had to fit organically into the theme.  We were scheduled to do this show in April, but Mark was busy, my family was busy, and I just knew we needed to wait. Tanya (Moberly) was lovely and she helped me book the show for October.  If we had done this in April, it wouldn’t be the show we have now.  Funny how that works sometimes.  I had a bit more living to do to get to where we are now.  Some of the songs came quickly.  Some didn’t come till late August.  What surprised me was the addition of David’s flute playing and how we were able to bring elements of theatricality to the show that I didn’t originally envision.  It was so exciting because it became the show I always wanted to do.  Like a culmination of my twenty years in cabaret.  Mark and I would work on chunks of the show and then meet with Billie who would help shape it. The three of us worked to put the songs in the right order and then with Billie I crafted the patter to support the journey. Billie is a dramaturg and her eye for character, through line and arc is amazing.

Mark’s arrangements are another “star” of the show. How did some of these wonderful ideas come to be? Your version of Blackbird is astounding…who thought of this?

Mark knows my voice and the limits of my voice very well.  He knows what keys work best.  Knows what I can handle.  Mark and I have a blast putting arrangements together.  Very often we will have the same thought and then turn to one another and BAM.  It’s uncanny.  Blackbird is a rework of an arrangement we did back in 2002.  Originally it was in response to the one-year anniversary of 9/11.  Hence the chant like sound.  This time Mark made some specific edits and streamlined the overall arrangement to where it’s a totally different experience.  Very often Mark will take some ideas we have in rehearsal and then spin gold and bring an arrangement back to the next rehearsal that blows my mind.  That happened a lot with this show! Mark is quick to point out that most of the songs in this show are played with the original arrangement, but he added bass, flute and backup vocals in such a creative way that it brings new life to the song.

Who are some of your vocal influences and how have they shaped your singing history and process?

My parents are big influences on me.  They were my first music teachers.  We sang together and then during school; my Father and I sang all the time.  I love all types of singers.  The more authentic the better, like Bonnie Raitt, Audra MacDonald, Linda Ronstadt, Rosemary Clooney, Marin Mazzie, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Patti LuPone.  I could go on and on.  I have learned so much from this list of singers; being true to yourself, be bold, take risks with your art, be yourself, don’t let the world define who you are as an artist…I will always remember Julie Wilson telling me to keep singing no matter what and to always say yes.

How did it feel to step back on that stage and sing again in a show of your own creation? 

For the first time in my performing career, when I hit the stage last Saturday night, I let go.  I had no judgments, no control, no preconceived notions.  I allowed myself to be me.  It was thrilling and  healing.  Very healing.  I just trusted my process, my musicians and my ability.  Having all that love in the room though was so amazing.  I felt lifted. As I left the room, I looked at Sidney Meyer and said, “I just totally surprised myself”.  Thank Goodness I can still surprise myself.  After all this time.

Talk to us about your career off-stage, and how that very important work effected this show (if it did).

I am the Director of Risk Management for the American Jewish World Service (AJWS).  I’ve been here a little over a year coming from Planned Parenthood Federation of America where I was the Senior Director of Enterprise Risk Management.  AJWS is a nonprofit working internationally on human rights issues.  From land, water climate justice to LGBTQ rights, civil political rights, and ending child marriage, AJWS partners with grantees in 19 different countries around the world.  I’ve worked in the nonprofit world for almost 20 years now from AIDS vaccine research to reproductive health care to international human rights.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Africa, Europe and Latin America to see the work on the ground and the people doing that work.  It gives you a different perspective that you bring to every part of your life.  And yes, often the leaders of this work are unconventional women who despite all challenges; economic, political, health, or education, still manage to change the world.

What would you like the Cabaret industry and community to know about you now?

I’m still here! LOL.  I’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to jump back in and get reacquainted with the community that has made my life richer in so many ways.

Is there anything else that you would like to say that I may not have asked you?

We added another performance date! For those who can’t make it this Saturday and don’t want to wait until December, please come on Thursday November 7th at 7:00 pm in the Original Room!

Here is the rest of Julie’s show run…DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! Welcome back Julie! 

Saturday, October 12th @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 7th @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 15th @ 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 17th @ 7:00 pm

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th Street (Between 8th & 9th)
Reservations: 212-757-0788 (Call after 4:00 pm) or on line at:

www.DontTellMamanyc.com –  (NOTE: Mama’s only takes cash!)

 

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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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