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This Week at 54 Below: PRINCE & GRAAE, GARBER, BURGESS, EVERETT, SING HARLEM SING! and more

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

COMING UP THIS WEEK AT 54 BELOW

FAITH PRINCE AND JASON GRAAE    VICTOR GARBER

TITUSS BURGESS        BRIDGET EVERETT      SING HARLEM, SING!  

THE GREEN ROOM, POST-THEATRE LOUNGE WITH LIVE MUSIC BY

JOHN BUCCHINO       JOHN MILLER  

JAZZ BRUNCH WITH ALEX BUGNON & MORE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of Broadway’s brightest stars …

VICTOR GARBER, August 20 at 7PM:

Before Eli Stone, there was Sweeney Todd, before Titanic, there was Lend Me a Tenor, before First Wives Club, there was Assassins, before Alias, there was Arcadia and before Legally Blonde, there was Damn Yankees. The New York stage is thrilled to welcome back Victor Garber as he makes his cabaret debut. There’s only one more chance to catch a glimpse of this masterful actor of stage and screen up close and personal. THIS PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT.

BRIDGET EVERETT, August 20 at 9:30PM:

For one night only, one of downtown’s most notorious heads up to the theatre district for a night of fun and debauchery. In this new show, Bridget will explore the songbook of the legendary Barry Manilow. An event for Fanilows, lovers and curious onlookers alike. Could it bemagic? Be there to find out. Musical Direction by the incomparable Lance Horne.Doors open at 9PM.  Cover charge: $15 - 25.  $25 food and beverage minimum.

FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE – “THE PRINCE & THE SHOW BOY,” August 21, 22, 23, 24. 25 at 8:30PM and August 24, 25 at 11PM:

"The Prince and the Showboy" unites Tony Award winner Faith Prince and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Jason Graae in a delightful evening of music and hijinks. Veterans of thirteen Broadway shows between them, this pair takes to the cabaret stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway tunes. The show features a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on each of them, both personally and professionally. Join Prince and Graae, two of Broadway’s finest (and funniest) performers, and see why The San Francisco Chronicle recently called them “the Steve and Edie of the 21st Century.” Doors open at 7PM for 8:30PM shows and 10PM for 11PM shows.  Cover charge: $30-40.  $25 food and beverage minimum.

THE GREEN ROOM, August 21, 22, and 23 after 9:30PM:

Join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9:30PM when 54 Below becomes a post-theatre lounge with live music, creative cocktails, and small food plates. Tuesday, August 14, The Green Room is thrilled to welcome esteemed musical theatre composer John Bucchino to 54 Below. The man behind Grateful, It's Only Life and Broadway's A Catered Affair will be at the piano playing an array of standards, classics and maybe an original tune or two in his own unique style.  Wednesday, August 15 features John Miller, who has played bass and recorded with, among others, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Tommy Flanagan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Ray Charles, Mose Allison, BB King, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Cy Coleman, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Smashing Pumpkins, Burt Bacharach, Aerosmith, James Brown, John Pizzarelli, Lea Salonga, Kelli O’Hara, Betty Buckley, Pete Seeger and the NY Philharmonic. John has served as Music Coordinator for over 100 Broadway shows including: Jesus Christ Superstar, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Once, Porgy and Bess, Jersey Boys, Priscilla, Rock of Ages, Follies and GodspellNo cover charge. No minimum.

SING, HARLEM, SING! GOSPEL/R&B BRUNCH, August 25 at 1PM

Sing, Harlem, Sing! created by Vy Higginsen and directed by Ken Wydro, comes to 54 Below with a soulful score filled with classic R&B, jazz, gospel and rock n’ roll hits from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Higginsen and Wydro, the creative team behind the award-winning 1983 gospel musical, Mama, I Want To Sing, Sing Harlem Sing! celebrates African-American music, urban radio, and the energy of one of the world’s most legendary neighborhoods.  Performances begin at 1PM.  Doors open at Noon.  $30 cover charge.  $25 food and beverage minimum or a $45 prefix menu including entrée, dessert, and unlimited coffee and mimosas.

JAZZ BRUNCH at 54 BELOW with ALEX BUGNON, August 26 at 1PM:

Jazz Brunch at 54 Below brings some of the brightest jazz artists in town to the stage of 54 Below for a terrific Sunday afternoon of music, food, and drink.  On August 26, Jazz Brunch features Alex Bugnon. The Bugnon sound is a white hot, slow burning mixture of contemporary jazz, funk and R&B with a dash of gospel thrown in for good measure. Alex grew up in Montreux, Festival, and has gone on to delight audiences worldwide as both pianist and composer with his sophisticated musical style - an exotic blend or rhythms with haunting, soulful refrains. His many recordings have graced the Top 40 R&B charts many times over, and he is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards. Join Alex and his swingin’ trio for an afternoon of smooth tunes and sultry melodies.  Performance begins at 1PM. Doors open at noon.  $20-30 cover charge. $25 food and beverage minimum or a $45 prefix menu.

BACKSTAGE, Broadway’s Sunday night cocktail party and songfest, August 26 at 5PM:

On Sundays at 5pm, the theatre district is alive and abuzz with scores of hardworking actors who’ve just finished their workweeks with that final matinee before their day off. “Backstage” is a weekly Sunday evening event, from 5 – 7 p.m., where the theatre community can convene to relax and unwind - have a cocktail, enjoy the food of Chef Andre Marrero, and maybe get up and sing. This casual, social evening is a chance for us to welcome the theatre community for a few hours of fun and frolic at the end of an 8-show week. “Backstage” is hosted by two of Broadway’s funniest talents - Ann Harada (Smash, Avenue Q, Seussical, 9 to 5) and Susie Mosher (Hairspray), who’ll keep the evening rolling along with wise and witty repartee from the world of The Great White Way. No Cover charge.  Food and beverage minimum:  $15.  Doors open at 4:45PM.

TITUSS BURGESS – “BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT,” August 26 at 9:PM:

Broadway knows him from his starring roles in The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, Jersey Boys and Good Vibrations, television audiences recognize him from “30 Rock,” and cabaret audiences applaud him for his soaring tenor voice. This summer, look for Tituss Burgess in Because I Feel Like It, a brand new show at 54 Below for one night only because, well,he feels like it! Doors open at 8:30PM.  Cover charge: $20 - 30.  $25 food and beverage minimum.

To purchase tickets or for more information,visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.

SCHEDULE CHANGE:Dinner service at 54 BELOW now begins at 5PM for guests wishing to have dinner at 54 Below before attending shows at other theatres. 54 BELOW shows have been pushed back to 8:30PM, and 54 BELOW ticketholders are invited to arrive between 6:30pm and 7PM for pre-show dining.

 

MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW

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.

In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.”  The New York Post calls the venue "a gorgeous new cabaret space.  With its heavy lineup of moonlighting Broadway stars, 54 Below has the congenial feel of a theater hangout where stars go to unwind and sing the songs that really matter to them. It’s a pleasure to share their joy."

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.

54 BELOW is not affiliated with or connected to the Roundabout Theatre Company in any way. 

Piano furnished by Steinway & Sons.