Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond, including award-winning vocalist Eric Michael Gillett, Broadway star Chester Gregory, Grammy Award winner Joni Mitchell, BACKSTAGE, Broadway star T. Olvier Reid, Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli, Toni Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh and SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED.
ERIC Michael GillETT, Feb. 4 at 7PM, Feb. 7 at 9:30PM:
Award-winning vocalist, director and Broadway actor (The Frogs, Sweet Smell of Success, Kiss Me, Kate) Eric Michael Gillett uses the wit and wisdom of Lorenz Hart to remind us all that, though love can be experienced with abandon, to be careless with the heart can also have a price. George Balanchine called Lorenz Hart the "Shelley of America," his lyrics rank with the greatest romantic poetry of all time. Though he, himself, was unlucky in love, his writing casts a spell that will always survive the test of time, inspiring generations of lovers to come to follow their hearts. Cover charge: $30-40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Chester Gregory, Feb. 4 at 9:30PM:
Broadway knows him from his roles in Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry Baby, Shrek the Musical and many others, but this February, get up close and personal with Chester Gregory as he brings The Eve of Jackie to 54 Below. Directed by Ghost's Da'Vine Joy Randolph, The Eve of Jackie explores and celebrates the life of "Mr. Excitement," the late great entertainer Jackie Wilson. With Musical Direction by Rob Lewis, the show is co-written by Crystal Lucas-Perry and Chester himself. Also, look for a special appearance by the phenomenal Lillias White! Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
TALES OF JONI, Feb. 5 at 7:30PM:
54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell. Whether it's "Both Sides Now," "Chelsea Morning," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," or "A Case of You," the work of Mitchell, one of the world's most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below, look for a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries singing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway's Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway's Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nicholas Rodriguez (Broadway's Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), and Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammys called Joni's music "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity." For four special performances only at 54 Below, come see why! Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BACKSTAGE, Feb. 5 at 10:30PM:
Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform and answer the question on everyone's minds, "what happened in each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim." You might even get up and sing yourself if you're feeling brave, or brave, or relax with a cocktail and some sliders - the night belongs to you! NPR had this to say "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it's two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" At this weeks Backstage is, Russell Fischer (from Broadway's Jersey Boys), Alex Wyse (from Broadway's Lysistrada Jones & Bare), Eric Michael Krop (from Broadway's Godspell), Jamie Cepero ("Smash"), Marissa Rosen (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Siren (The Sassy Inventive Girl Group). No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.