Rising-star musical theater writer Adam Gwon will play 54 Below for a one-night-only concert extravaganza on Monday April 8, 2013 at 9:30pm. Heading up a five-piece band, Gwon will premiere brand-new songs and share tunes from his musicals Ordinary Days, Cloudlands, The Boy Detective Fails, and String.
Gwon's concert will include performances by Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Anne L. Nathan (Once), Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight, Godspell), Kate Wetherhead (Ordinary Days, Legally Blonde), Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening), John Bolton (A Christmas Story), Colin Hanlon (Rent), Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones, Bare), Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights), Jill Abramovitz (Cinderella), Jessica Hershberg (Baby It's You), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Will Reynolds (Passion), Olli Haaskivi, Mallory Hawks and Bonnie Milligan, with additional casting to be announced shortly. The concert is being directed by Drama Desk nominee Ed Iskandar (These Seven Sicknesses) and produced by Katie Riegel.
Upon the announcement of the concert, Gwon said: "It's been two-and-a-half years since my last big concert in NYC, when the Ordinary Days cast album was released. I'm thrilled to be back, and can't think of a better way to celebrate than by stuffing this evening full of the great new friends and music I've made over the past few years. There'll be some old favorite songs and people, too, and, of course, a surprise or two along the way!"
Adam Gwon is a rising musical theater writer, named one of "50 to Watch" by The Dramatist magazine and hailed "a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater" by The New York Times. His musicals include Ordinary Days (cast album on Ghostlight Records), The Boy Detective Fails (with Joe Meno), Cloudlands (with Octavio Solis), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with Julia Jordan), and String (with Sarah Hammond), which have been produced at Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and many other theaters around the globe, including in London's West End. Adam has also contributed songs to the off-Broadway show Old Jews Telling Jokes and the webseries Submissions Only. Adam is the proud recipient of the Kleban Award, the Fred Ebb Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Second Stage Theatre Donna Perret Rosen Award, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre (Arlington), South Coast Repertory, Broadway Across America, and the EST/Sloan Project. His songs have been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, and more, and performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, Liz Callaway, and Brian d'Arcy James. Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the O'Neill Music Theater Conference, and the Dramatists Guild, is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. For more: adamgwon.com