Manhattan's newest nightclub & restaurant adds to roster of upcoming greats

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54 BELOW, the theatre district nightclub and restaurant announced earlier this year, has just confirmed additional bookings at the new space located at 254 West 54th Street. 54 BELOW will offer audiences the chance to enjoy first class performers in a stunning and intimate space, enhanced by a premium dining experience.

 

Taking the 54 BELOW stage will be world famous Tony Award winners, recording artists, as well as new talent from the New York and Broadway stage. Following are the newly confirmed acts:

 Joe Iconis & Family: July 16 at 9:30pm
Andra McArdle: July 23 & 30 at 7pm
Jenifer Lewis: July 24-28
Victor Garber: August 13 & 20 at 7pm
Laura Benanti: September 18-22
Christine Andreas: October 8 & 15 at 7pm
Sherie Rene Scott: October 16-27
Liz Callaway: November 7-11
Leslie Uggams: November 13 – 17

 54 Below will also feature the “Green Room” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm when patrons can enjoy the ambiance of a late night with live music, creative cocktails and small food plates.

 GREEN ROOM:

The Sean Harkness Duo: June 12, 19, 26 at 10:30pm
The John Miller Quartet: June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30pm
The Barry Levitt Trio: June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:30pm

 On select Sunday afternoons, 54 BELOW will present some of the city's most acclaimed jazz vocalists and their instrumentalists for a smooth hour of sultry tunes. Doors for brunch open at 2pm, the performance begins at 3pm.

 

JAZZ BRUNCH ~

Hilary Kole: June 3 at 3pm
Natalie Douglas: June 17 at 3pm
Alysha Umphress: July 1 at 3pm

 

54 Below opens in June with Tony winner Patti LuPone for a two-week engagement.

More Star Bookings Announced for 54 Below

 

Manhattan's newest nightclub & restaurant adds to roster of upcoming greats

 

54 BELOW, the theatre district nightclub and restaurant announced earlier this year, has just confirmed additional bookings at the new space located at 254 West 54th Street. 54 BELOW will offer audiences the chance to enjoy first class performers in a stunning and intimate space, enhanced by a premium dining experience.

 

Taking the 54 BELOW stage will be world famous Tony Award winners, recording artists, as well as new talent from the New York and Broadway stage. Following are the newly confirmed acts:

 

Joe Iconis & Family: July 16 at 9:30pm

Andra McArdle: July 23 & 30 at 7pm

Jenifer Lewis: July 24-28

Victor Garber: August 13 & 20 at 7pm

Laura Benanti: September 18-22

Christine Andreas: October 8 & 15 at 7pm

Sherie Rene Scott: October 16-27

Liz Callaway: November 7-11

Leslie Uggams: November 13 – 17

 

54 Below will also feature the “Green Room” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm when patrons can enjoy the ambiance of a late night with live music, creative cocktails and small food plates.

 

GREEN ROOM:

The Sean Harkness Duo: June 12, 19, 26 at 10:30pm

The John Miller Quartet: June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30pm

The Barry Levitt Trio: June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:30pm

 

On select Sunday afternoons, 54 BELOW will present some of the city's most acclaimed jazz vocalists and their instrumentalists for a smooth hour of sultry tunes. Doors for brunch open at 2pm, the performance begins at 3pm.

 

JAZZ BRUNCH ~

Hilary Kole: June 3 at 3pm

Natalie Douglas: June 17 at 3pm

Alysha Umphress: July 1 at 3pm

 

54 Below opens in June with Tony winner Patti LuPone for a two-week engagement.

 

PBS to broadcast New York Philharmonic staged

production of Carousel in 2012-13 season


Just announced: The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel will be presented in a staged production in the 2012-13 season of the NY Philharmonic it was announced on February 22. It was also announced that PBS will broadcast the event.

The production will be directed by James Brennan and conducted by Rob Fisher which was the team behind the NY Philharmonic's 2007 acclaimed production of My Fair Lady. Casting will be announced at a later date. Performances are scheduled February 27 – March 2, 2013.

Carousel is the second work from the acclaimed Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein lll partnership. It premiered in 1945, two years after Oklahoma! and is based on Ferenec Molnár’s 1909 play, Liliom.

The beloved musical, according to production notes, … revolves around the tragic romance between carousel barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan and includes some landmark numbers including “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” 

 

Jim Parsons
Jessica Hecht Charles Kimbrough
in


Harvey


By Mary Chase
with
Larry Bryggman

Harvey

Peter Benson, Tracee Chimo, Holley Fain,
Angela Paton, Rich Sommer, Morgan Spector
and
Carol Kane

Directed by Scott Ellis

Previews begin May 18th, 2012 with the official opening set for June 14th, 2012
on Broadway at Studio 54

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) in association with Don Gregory, is thrilled to announce the full company for the new Broadway production of Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons (Elwood P. Dowd), Jessica Hecht (Veta Louise Simmons), Charles Kimbrough (William R. Chumley, M.D.), Larry Bryggman (Judge Omar Gaffney), Carol Kane (Betty Chumley), Peter Benson (E.J. Lofgren), Tracee Chimo (Myrtle Mae Simmons), Holley Fain (Ruth Kelly, R.N.), Angela Paton (Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet), Rich Sommer (Duane Wilson), Morgan Spector (Lyman Sanderson, M.D.) and directed by Scott Ellis.

Performances of Harvey will begin on May 18th, 2012 on Broadway at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) with the official opening set for June 14th, 2012. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through August 5th, 2012.

The design team includes David Rockwell (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights), Obadiah Eaves (Sound).

Two-time Emmy winner and Golden Globe® Award winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) returns to Broadway after his extremely successful debut in Larry Kramer’s 2011 Tony Award winning play The Normal Heart and received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back many alumni including Jessica Hecht, having last been seen on their stage in After the Fall (2004) and Howard Katz (2006). Larry Bryggman returns after appearing in Twelve Angry Men (2004) and Picnic (1994). Peter Benson returns after the 2006 Tony winning production of The Pajama Game. Holley Fain returns after the 2010 production of Present Laughter.

Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company. For Roundabout Theatre Company he has directed Twelve Angry Men, The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me, Picnic, Company and A Month in the Country.

Harvey was first brought to the Broadway stage in 1944 and was directed by Antoinette Perry. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1944, and its initial run lasted for four years—1,775 performances. James Stewart assumed the role of “Elwood” from Frank Fay in the 1944 production and originated the role in the 1970 production as well as the film adaptation in 1950. Helen Hayes played “Veta” opposite Mr. Stewart in the 1970 production.

Parsons stars as one of modern theatre’s most lovable characters, Elwood P. Dowd. Charming and kind, Elwood has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family’s social reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta (Jessica Hecht) takes Elwood to the local sanatorium. But when the doctors mistakenly commit his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood — and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

Ticket Information:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

Beginning Monday, April 2nd tickets can be purchased at the Studio 54 box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $37.00-122.00

Performance Schedule Information:
Harvey will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.


Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at four theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season features Athol Fugard’s The Road To Mecca starring Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino & Jim Dale, directed by Gordon Edelstein; John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Sam Gold; Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner starring Ben Daniels, Melora Hardin, Adam James and Jennifer Tilly, adapted by Robin Hawdon, directed by John Tillinger; Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit, directed by Moisés Kaufman; Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht & Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis. Roundabout’s Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goes will set sail on a National Tour at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in October 2012. Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

S I L E N C E ! T H E M U S I C A L

Announces New Spring Playing Schedule

SILENCE THE MUSICAL

 

TO PLAY NEW SPRING SCHEDULE BEGINNING MARCH 4 AT NEW WORLD STAGES

 

SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, will add Sunday evenings to the new spring playing schedule beginning March 4th at The 9th Space Theatre at Performance Space 122, 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.)

This season’s smash hit, SILENCE! The Musical, has a book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli. After opening on July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews, the show immediately became a sold-out phenomenon and was recently selected by Time Magazine as one of the year’s Top 5 Musicals.

Originally announced as an eight-week limited engagement, the show’s producers have extended the run five times to accommodate the whopping demand for tickets.

In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill.Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edge of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and of course “It places the lotion in the basket.” At long last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be – as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

There have been an unusually high number of recent celebrity sightings at SILENCE! The Musical, including such luminaries as Jodie Foster, Chita Rivera, James Earl Jones, Joan Rivers, Josh Groban, Kelly Ripa, Jonathan Demme, Matt Bomer, Stephen Schwartz, John Kander, Jonathan Groff, Mario Cantone, Justin Kirk, T.R. Knight, Lea DeLaria, Steven Pasquale, and Christian Campbell.

David Garrison (Hannibal Lecter), Jenn Harris (Clarice Starling) and Stephen Bienskie (Buffalo Bill) head the cast of SILENCE! The Musical, which also features Callan Bergmann, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Annie Funke, Deidre Goodwin, Howard Kaye, Topher Nuccio, Pamela Bob, and Doug Trapp. Music Supervisor is Mark Hartman, with orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.

Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, SILENCE! began as a collection of songs on the internet which immediately attracted a staggering number of fans. The Kaplans' subsequent screenplay SILENCE! The Musical was adapted by Hunter Bell into a live stage show, which also featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by a rabid cult following, SILENCE! shattered every box office record at the 2005 Fringe NYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. SILENCE! The Musical met with further success in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre.

Book writer Hunter Bell co-wrote and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] as well as Now. Here. This. at the Vineyard. Hunter is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show, and he recently co-created and wrote a television pilot which has been sold to ABC. Composer/lyricists Jon and Al Kaplan composed the music for two seasons of the animated series Code Monkeys and scored the Syfy Channel film Dinocroc vs. Supergator. They have also written comedy for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and the 2011 Academy Awards. The Kaplan brothers recently launched a series of viral internet musicals led by their Arnold Schwarzenegger cycle, featuring Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Commando, and more. Director/choreographer Christopher Gattelli choreographed the hit Broadway revival of South Pacific, Godspell, Sunday in the Park With George, 13, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Ritz, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Newsies (upcoming). West End: South Pacific, Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, Bat Boy: The Musical and tick, tick… BOOM!

Set design for SILENCE! The Musical is by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask, with costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Carl Casella.

SILENCE! The Musical is produced Off-Broadway by Theater Mogul.

The new playing schedule beginning March 4th will be Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 & 7 PM. There will be a special added late nite performance on Saturday, February 25th at 10:30 PM. Running time is 87 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $25 - $79 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.

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