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Betty Buckley

A master class... The main attraction at any of her performances is the voice and sensibility

of an injterpreter who, at her best, can take you to the center of the earth all by herlsef!

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BETTY BUCKLEY: Dark Blue-Eyed Blues

Joe's Pub

May 28 - 31

Shows at 7 & 9PM

May 30: Show at 7PM

 

After her sold out engagement last fall, Betty Buckley returns with a quartet of musicians headed by pianist Christian Jacob, at the end of May for seven shows with a new show specifically tailored for Joe's Pub called Dark Blue-Eyed Blues. Her new collection of songs include standards and songs by contemporary writers featuring glamour, torch and comedy. 

Last October Stephen Holden of the NY Times wrote about her GHOSTLIGHT show for Joe's Pub: "The show amounted to a master class in song selection and interpretation by a voice whose true grit and trembling sensitivity suggest a Texan version of Tennessee William’s Blanche DuBois. With material as powerful as the songs on the record…The main attraction at any of her performances is the voice and sensibility of an interpreter who, at her best, can take you to the center of the earth all by herself."

Betty Buckley, who has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” is one of theater’s most respected and legendary leading ladies.  She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world.  She most recently was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for 2012.

"Buckley seemed to inhabit the character once more, extending a hand to the audience she had already won over through sheer grace. French pianist Christian Jacob, her musical director who writes many of her arrangements, had a light but essential touch."  -James Reed, Boston Globe (March 14, 2015)

"Betty Buckley just released an album, “Ghostlight, a collaboration with the great producer T Bone Burnett, an old friend form Texas, that captures more dimensions of her complex musical personality than anything she has recorded before...In uncovering the truths in song lyrics, Ms. Buckley might be described as a heart surgeon." -Stephen Holden, The New York Times (October 8, 2014)

About her recent star turn in the "Follies" concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 85th birthday, at London's Royal Albert Hall: 

In the case of Betty Buckley as Carlotta, the casting was inspired. Gracious and worldly, star power effortless in every gesture, every phrase, Buckley was the quintessential diva, the real deal. Rightly so, her powerful and joyful rendition of   I’m Still Here  stopped the show and saw audience members leap to their feet. There was something truly astonishing about hearing the orchestra change key while watching Buckley’s eyes dazzle with the expectancy of the notes to come, her whole body immersed in the task of selling the song. I have never heard this song sung better in live performance. Buckley alone was worth the price of admission.” -Stephen Collins, BritishTheatre.com (April 29, 2015)

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Kane Alexander

ONE NIGHT ONLY! 
 
JUNE 1 at 7:00
 
With very special guests: John Bucchino & Silvie Paladino (Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Passion)
 
Musical Direction: Alex Rybeck 
 
54 Below  

“Armed with undeniable star – power… One of the entertainment events of the year”  New York Cabaret Scenes

“A magnificent voice – he captures your heart and takes you with him on a journey through song”Sunday Telegraph

“A natural on stage. Handsomely chiselled features, a fine voice, good taste in songs and and open hearted delight in performing….The most impressive, spirit – lifting act of the year”  New York Post

“He commands immediate attention and excitement” New York Cabaret Scenes

“A smashing debut! Heartfelt and riveting….Totally captivating” Backstage (New York)

“… A polished vocal delivery that slides comfortably between theatrical belting and intimate pop crooning. He is poised and charming… His interpretations intelligently conceived… Performed with delicacy and insight”  Stephen Holden, New York Times

“A perfect New York debut! A sensitivity and eloquence unsurpassed in this critics experience… Incredible”  Theatre Reviews Limited (USA)

“Exceptional… Alexander exhibits the talent and training of the future star”  Showbusiness Weekly (USA)

“Kane Alexander has it all – personality, appearance and a marvellous voice… This is a name to write down”  Alan Jones, Radio 2GB

“A strong voiced, expressive performer who can even serve up a rock ‘n’ roll storm”  Sydney Morning Herald

“(Alexander possesses) a thrilling, multi-range voice”  New York Cabaret Scenes

“I would pay just about anything to see him… Catch him now while he’s still affordable”  Sunday Telegraph

“Extraordinary” Daily Variety (USA)

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THIS WEEK AT 54 BELOW...

SALLY KELLERMAN  CHRISTINE EBERSOLE FRANKIE J. GRANDE  

MITCHELL JARVIS  SCOTT ALAN & FRIEND ... & MUCH MORE !

 

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.

SCOTT ALAN & FRIENDS, January 19 at 7PM:

SIMPLY SCOTT ALAN - An intimate concert with composer Scott Alan and today's brightest stars. Acclaimed songwriter Scott Alan will make his concert debut at 54 Below in an evening of songs featured from his five successful albums including Dreaming Wide Awake, Keys, What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up, LIVE and Anything Worth Holding on To as well as songs from his musicals, Home & ifi. After sold out concerts around the world, Alan will be returning to the New York City stage after over a year and a half away. With Alan at the piano and some of today's brightest Broadway stars and recording artists, this will be an intimate night of storytelling and supreme vocalists. Alan has written songs for a long list of Broadway and recording stars, including Lea Salonga, Sutton Foster, Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, Jane Monheit, Pentatonix, Marc Broussard, Megan Hilty, Diana DeGarmo, Jonathan Groff, Liz Callaway, Jeremy Jordan, Taylor Dayne, Randy Graff, and many more. His song "It's Good to See You Again" was featured on the season nine premiere of So You Think You Can Dance and was the number one downloaded song on iTunes & Amazon the evening of its debut. His musical HOME with Christy Hall will open in London's West End in September 2015. His musical ifi opened to rave reviews in Tokyo, Japan in September 2014. Scheduled to appear at the 7pm concert are 2014 Tony Award Winners James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) and Jessie Mueller (Beautiful). Also set to appear are Tony Nominees Joshua Henry, (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet) and Chad Kimball (Memphis) as well as Lilla Crawford (Little Red Riding Hood in Disney's upcoming film adaptation of Into the Woods). Iglehart, Mueller, Henry, Kimball and Crawford will be joined by Erin Davie (Side Show), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), David Burtka (upcoming It Shoulda Been You), Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Natalie Weiss (Wicked), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Katie Thompson (Giant), Julian Cihi (The Classic Stage Company production of Romeo and Juliet), Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Abby Mueller (Kinky Boots), Jessica Phillips (Next to Normal), Lisa Brescia, Ashley Brown, Eden Espinosa, Marcus Paul James, Julia Murney, and Marty Thomas's DIVAs: Marissa Rosen, Christina Cataldo and Galyana Castillo. $40-50 cover charge. $80 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.

LAUREN ELDER, January 19 at 9:30PM: 

Lauren Elder, who recently appeared in Side Show on Broadway, brings together a night of music, fun, and friends in her 54 Below solo debut. Backed by her band of misfits and outcasts, she'll be singing songs you know, songs you don't, songs you thought you knew, and songs she wrote. A world class whistler as well, you can be sure she'll be puckering her lips a lot! Special Broadway guests will be announced soon. Lauren is an actress, singer-songwriter and whistler living in New York City. She has been seen on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and in the Broadway and West End revivals of Hair, and is currently on Broadway in the musical Side Show. Lauren blends the sweet sounds of the ukulele with influences of folk, jazz and pop to create her unique, whimsical sound, which she then records in her closet, huddled between her vintage dresses. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum. 

FRANKIE J. GRANDE, January 20 at 7PM & January 21 at 9:30PM: 

Frankie J. Grande fresh out of Rock of Ages on Broadway, after spending a season in the "Big Brother" house! He is a performer, producer, host, YouTube star and social media mogul. Frankie has a rich history in the theater as he has performed in Mamma Mia! on Broadway, produced Hamlet starring Jude Law, and produced and co-directed Brooke Shields' one woman show at Feinstein's. He was honored with the title of "Mr. Broadway" in 2007. In his return to 54 Below Frankie performs his favorite pop hits and Broadway show tunes, dishes about his time in the "Big Brother" house, and makes audiences laugh with his incredible impersonations. $25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE, January 21, 22, 23 & 24 at 7PM:

54 Below is proud to present the return engagement of two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole following a sold out 2 week run of her new show "Big Noise From Winnetka." Christine's "stirring new show" as described by The New York Times' Stephen Holden, returns for 8 performances, with Musical Director Bette Sussman (Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler) leading Christine's 4 piece band and vocalist Tabitha Fair. The concert features both classic and re-imagined Broadway hits, pop and jazz classics and anecdotes about growing up. Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (42nd Street and Grey Gardens), Christine co-stars on the hit TBS series "Sullivan & Son" (now in its 3rd season). Christine has starred in film (Wolf of Wall Street), television ("Royal Pains") and has performed concerts in theaters and concert halls across the country, from The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to The Pasadena and Boston Pops This past fall, Christine appeared in the PBS Television special "Michael Feinstein: Live from The Rainbow Room." $60-70 cover charge for 1/21 & 1/22. $70-80 cover charge for 1/23 & 1/24. $110 premium seating for 1/21 & 1/22. $125 premium seating for 1/23 & 1/24. $30 food & beverage minimum.

MITCHELL JARVIS, January 22 at 9:30PM: 

Mitchell Jarvis makes his solo concert debut with a show about a man who believes he is Jacques Brel - not a reincarnation but the man himself. Told entirely in Brel songs with surprising contemporary arrangements and actual Brel quotes woven throughout, it's an examination of Love, Death and Hope. Backed by a four-piece band, Jarvis channels Brel for a new generation - living everywhere. Jarvis originated the role of Lonny in Rock of Ages, and is co-creator and star of the web series, It Could Be Worse. He played Keith Stone, spokesperson for Keystone Light beer, and is a frequent guest with the Skivvies. $30-40 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.

SALLY KELLERMAN, January 23 at 9:30PM:

54 Below is proud to present film and TV star Sally Kellerman in A Little Jazz, a Little Blues, a Little Rock and Roll-an eclectic celebration of her 40-year cabaret career-from her early years at Reno Sweeney in Greenwich Village up to recent performances in Hollywood and San Francisco. Rex Reed, reviewing her previous NY appearance at Feinstein's, noted "she has a lusty, suggestive way with both lyrics and words that defies the passing of time. She hasn't changed a bit since her giddy role as 'Hot Lips' in Robert Altman's MASH made the world drool back in 1970. She is still, to put it bluntly, a goddamn knockout...she sings with so much self-assurance and such a passion for music that she can switch effortlessly in style and tempo from the raucous pop-rock of the Pointer Sisters to the navy-blue-jazz phrasing of Billie Holiday with the snap of a finger. Doing what she loves and loving what she's doing, Sally Kellerman is a blast of West Coast vitamin C." Since earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for MASH, Kellerman has starred in more than 50 films and countless TV shows and even hosted Saturday Night Live. She can currently be seen on the CBS-TV daytime drama The Young and the Restless and in a recurring role with comic Marc Maron on his popular Maron comedy series. Her distinctive, husky voice has been heard on hundreds of commercials and she recorded a duet with Ella Fitzgerald's son, Ray Brown Jr., for his album Friends and Family. Her own classic album Roll With the Feelin' was recently reissued by Geffen Records and was followed by a critically-acclaimed new CD, Sally. Her saucy memoir Read My Lips is currently in bookstores. $30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum. 

THE SONGS OF F. MICHAEL HAYNIE, January 23 at 11:30PM: 

After ten long years, F. Michael Haynie is finally moving his singer/songwriter alter ego out of the Village and LES. So if you missed his unique blend of country-folk-jazz-pop at the Bitter End, Rockwood, the West 4th Street Subway Station, or that time he was on MTV's "Made", this is the concert you never knew you were waiting for: F. Michael Haynie LIVE at 54 Below! A night of all-original music written by F., with guest stars from stage, screen, and Washington Square Park, at Broadway's premier Supper Club. Don't expect to hear the story of F.'s life, or a teary wander down ex-girlfriend lane-just an evening of music and merriment. So Holler if you wanna have a Wicked good time, but Dogfight for your tickets before they get Carrie'd away. Be there or be "Peter Pan Live" on NBC! (Believe it or not, F.'s credits include Holler If Ya Hear Me, Wicked, Dogfight, Carrie, and "Peter Pan LIVE!" on NBC.) F. will be joined on stage by Andy Mientus (Les Miserables, "Smash"), Taylor Louderman (Bring It On, "Peter Pan LIVE!"), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Jason Gotay (Bring It On, "Peter Pan LIVE!"), Alex Brightman (Matilda, Big Fish), Andrew Kober (Les Miserables, Hair), Drew Gasparini (Crazy, Just Like Me), Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Janet Krupin (If/Then, Bring It On), Emily Rogers (Sweeney Todd), Ephie Aardema (Bridges of Madison County), and Charlie Franklin (The Book of Mormon). The evening will feature music direction by Justin Goldner and is produced by Erica Rotstein. $20 cover charge. $40 premium seating. $20 food & beverage minimum or two drinks. 

GEORGIA STITT, January 24 at 9:30PM: 

Presenting the show in concert form, composer/lyricist Georgia Stitt will be joined by Broadway powerhouse performers Kate Baldwin, Derrick Baskin, Ta'Rea Campbell, Jeremy Jordan, Caitlin Kinnunen, Zak Resnick, Elena Shaddow, Jessica Vosk, EJ Zimmerman, and a few more special guests still to be announced. Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, this score is being presented publicly in New York City for the first time after a successful West End debut last fall at London's Garrick Theatre. Stitt serves as pianist and music director for a band that includes Randy Landau on bass, Simon Kafka on guitar, Shannon Ford on drums, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf on cello and Victoria Paterson on violin. Cast includes: Kate Baldwin, Derrick Baskin, Ta'Rea Campbell, Jeremy Jordan, Caitlin Kinnunen, Zak Resnick, Elena Shaddow, Jessica Vosk and EJ Zimmerman. "Stitt's songs are a rich tapestry of stories and emotions in classical art song tradition, where new wonders, musical layers and voices, nuances, and indeed lyrics will be enjoyed, discovered and re-discovered on every hearing. Songs which will endure." - Catherine Françoise, Musical Theatre Review, London. "Georgia Stitt manages to be both mature and youthful in her writing; she sounds contemporary and fresh but always with a solid assurance that she knows exactly what she's doing. THE DANGER YEAR is pacy and engaging, and will become even more exciting as it is developed." - Ava Eldred, The Public Reviews, London. "As a songwriter Georgia Stitt can be described in one very simple word: honest. Within a few short bars of music she captures and creates amazing emotional energy which can be both raw and poetic all at once. In fact, she invokes the sort of emotion which is distinctively real and personal: some moments can be about the smallest feeling, others can be thrillingly large in their journey and delivery." - Bryce Ives, StageNotes (Australia). "Georgia Stitt is a musical theatre phenom whose star is rising fast." - Josh Getlin, The Huffington Post. $30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum. 

SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, January 25 at 7PM: 

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 & Chip Zien - 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! Come join the party! $30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.

CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS, January 25 at 9:30PM: 

Cutting-Edge Composers will present their sixth concert at 54 Below! Cutting-Edge Composers is a platform for new musical theatre writers featuring top Broadway performers and musicians. With an exclusive video spotlight on Broadwayworld.com, Cutting-Edge Composers is committed to showcasing songs by writers whose work has not yet been produced on Broadway. Cutting-Edge Composers is presented at no cost to the artists. The concert will be helmed by director-producer Laura Pietropinto (assistant director of Next to Normal) and associate producer Allie Glickman, with Musical Direction by Julie McBride and Benjamin Rauhala. Stars slated to perform include Lilla Crawford (Into the Woods), Taylor Louderman (NBC's "Peter Pan Live"), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Ruthie Ann Miles (Here Lies Love), Nick Blaemire (Found), Lilli Cooper (Wicked), Liz McCartney (Taboo), Zach Prince (Honeymoon in Vegas), Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia), Kacie Sheik (Hair), Tamika Lawrence (If/Then), and Ryann Redmond (If/Then) singing songs by Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell, Alexander Sage Oyen, Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen, Carmel Dean and Jenny Stafford, Georgia Stitt and Lisa Diana Shapiro, Rachel Griffin, Zack Zadek, Zoe Sarnak, Eric Dietz, Kevin Fogarty, Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal, Nick Luckenbaugh and Amy Molewski, Michael Patrick Walker, Eric Price and Joel Waggoner, and Lisa DeSpain and OSCAR-winner Kristen Anderson Lopez (Frozen)! After five sold-out concerts at venues throughout NYC, Cutting-Edge Composers has created a community of new musical theatre artists and supporters. They have worked to build a bridge between the Broadway community and up-and-coming writers. Successful songwriters of past concerts include Eli Bolin, Peter Lerman, Kooman and Diamond, Heisler and Goldrich, and Joe Iconis. Eli Bolin's musical Volleygirls recently had a successful run at the NY Musical Theatre Festival and won the "Audience Choice" Award! His critically-acclaimed musical Found recently premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company! Peter Lerman's musical Brooklynite will open at the Vineyard Theatre this month and will be directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). Both of these composers featured songs from these shows at our previous concerts!$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.

 

 

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