54 BELOW, New York City's new performance, venue kicks off their Summer Jazz Brunch series with RENT's Marcus Paul James, Sunday, July 29th at 1 pm (doors open 12pm). There is a $30 cover charge and a $25 food & beverage minimum or a $45 pre fixe. Reservations suggested. For tickets visit: www.54below.com or call 866.468.7619.
Marcus Paul James, currently starring in Rent at New World Stages, was also seen in Broadway's In the Heights, and in the closing cast of Rent at the Nederlander Theatre. Marcus was also featured in the Sony film Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. The singer/songwriter has released two albums: Electrik Love EP and Meant To Be, both from Silver Towers Productions. Expect a smooth, sultry afternoon of music as he serves up tunes old and new.
Accompanying Marcus Paul James on piano is Brian Whitted, who plays with greats like Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, and BeBe Winans and on percussion is Kevin Garcia who plays with the Duncan Sheik band. Rounding out the group is jazz veteran James "Chicago Fire" Cammack, who's toured with the likes of singer Nancy Wilson and tubist Howard Johnston.
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as Creative Consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as Director of Programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $5-$85.
54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.