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by BWW News Desk
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, featuring Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin, BACKSTAGE, Tony nominee Sally Mayes and award-winning jazz singer/songwriter Mark Winkler, award-winning singer Amber Martin, Sondheim Unplugged, musical legend Darlene Love, The Broadway Boys, Broadway star Morgan James and Night of Stars!
Linda Lavin, Jan. 8, 11 & 12 at 8:30PM & Jan. 10 at 7PM:
There's a new girl in town this January when Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to our stage for four encore performances of Now, the show she debuted on our stage in September that had audiences demanding more! New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and many others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities. This January, she'll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch, John Hart on guitar, and special guest violinist, Aaron Weinstein. Cover charge $40-50. $25 food & beverage minimum.
BACKSTAGE, Jan. 8 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!" No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.
SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, Jan. 9 at 6:30PM:
A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. 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, Victoria Mallory & Donna McKechnie - 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! Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
Sally Mayes & Mark Winkler, Jan. 9 at 9:30PM:
Tony nominee Sally Mayes (She Loves Me, Steel Magnolias, Closer Than Ever), and Platinum award-winning jazz singer/songwriter Mark Winkler join forces for an evening of tunes on the swingin' side. Last year, Sally received rave notices in the off-Broadway production of Play It Cool, for which Mark contributed the lyrics. This year, Mark and Sally present an evening full of standards & originals, (including some tunes from Play It Cool!) Backed by the David Libby Trio, it's the perfect mixture of Broadway and jazz! "Cool" has never sounded so hot! Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
AMBER MARTIN, Jan. 10 at 9:30PM:
One of Time Out New York's "ten New York City women every gay man should know and be obsessed with," celebrated vocalist and comedic performance artist Amber Martin brings her award-winning chops to 54 Below for two jaw-dropping performances. Her new show, Hi!, is an arousing, if not mind-altering hour of meticulously chosen musical and comedic vignettes from Amber's strange and fascinating toy box of characters. Blending music, raunch, stories, movement and acid-capped comedy with a pristine, multi-octave solo singing voice, Amber has seasoned her previous performances with rotating celebrity collaborators Bridget Everett, Justin VivIan Bond, Casey Spooner, John Cameron Mitchell, Jake Shears and Karen Black, to name a few. See why Martin's performances have left such celebrity audience members as Joan Rivers (Ms. Rivers personally invited Amber to open her solo show run), William Hurt, Sandra Bernhard, Joyce Dewitt, Cindy Sherman, Michael Stipe, Gus Van Sant, Chuck Palanhuik, Michael Cunningham and Todd Haynes howling with delirium. Get your tickets now and put on your thinking caps for an old school downtown-style cocktail performance by one of the next sensations of thought-provoking musical comedy. Cover charge $15-25. $20 food & beverage minimum.
Darlene Love, Jan. 11 at 8:30PM:
Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the?history of rock-n-roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's?lyrics. From her first number one recording, He's a Rebel,?through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil?Spector (including Da Doo Ron Ron, He's Sure the Boy I'm?Gonna Marry and Christmas Baby, Please Come Home), to?the countless songs for which she sang backup (for artists like?Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha?Franklin), Darlene Love has blazed a trail of success in the?music industry that has recently led to her induction into the?Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. And all of this is to say nothing of?her acclaimed Broadway performances in Leader of the Pack,?Carrie, Grease and Hairspray. Join this true musical legend?when she takes 54 Below by storm! Cover charge $35-45. $25 food & beverage minimum.
The Broadway Boys, Jan. 12 at 1PM:
The Broadway Boys is a collection of the hottest singers from Broadway shows who combine elements of funk/pop/gospel/rock and traditional showtunes to redefine the musical theatre sound. At their debut concert at 54 Below, The Boys will perform their new arrangements with an acoustic band, highlighting some of the Great White Way's most exciting young voices. Come by, have brunch, grab a drink, and listen to this "Symphony of Sound!" Cover charge $10-20. $20 food & beverage minimum.
Morgan James, Jan. 12 at 11PM:
Broadway's Morgan James is delighted to bring to 54 Below her smoky and soulful renditions of songs from her debut CD as well as a sampling of tunes you've not yet heard from her. She's fast becoming one of the most sought-after multi-genre vocalists in the country. Recently seen in the Broadway revival of Godspell (who could forget her sultry rendition of Turn Back, O Man?), 2013 will see Morgan playing Teena Marie, Doris Day and others in the new Broadway show, Motown: The Musical. Her debut recording on Epic Records, Morgan James Live: A Celebration of Nina Simone, offers up a selection of songs that show off her extraordinary voice and exquisite gift for merging soul, jazz and R&B in a fresh and thrilling new way. Come see what led Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal to declare Morgan "...the most promising young vocalist to come along so far this century." Cover charge $25-35. $25 food & beverage minimum.
A NIGHT OF STARS!, Jan. 13 at 7PM:
54 Below presents a superstar evening featuring some of cabaret's finest. Very limited seats are available for this special event as five premier Broadway and recording artists take to the stage: Jarrod Spector, the longest running Frankie Valli from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Las Vegas superstar, recording artist and nightclub performer; Clint Holmes; a special pairing of Broadway and TV's Faith Prince and Jason Graae; Tony Award Winner and co-star of TBS's comedy hit Sullivan and Son, Christine Ebersole; and international concert and Broadway star Linda Eder. The evening is hosted by Judy Gold (The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom, The View). Act now! Only a few seats are available! Cover charge $30-40. $25 food & beverage minimum.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.
54 BELOW, Broadway's nightclub, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.
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.