The 9:30 PM concert will also feature performances from Ben Crawford (Big Fish, Shrek), Brandon Ellis (Once), Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Preston Sadleir (Next To Normal), Kasie Gasparini (Mamma Mia!), Chloe Gasparini, Louis Sacco (Silence! The Musical), Hannah Kloepfer, Lauren T. Mack, Troy Iwata, Jennifer Haining and The (M)orons: Alex Brightman (Matilda, Wicked), Andrew Kober (Les Misérables, Hair) and F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Peter Pan Live!).
They will be accompanied by Gasparini (piano), Justin Goldner (bass), Adam Stoler (guitar) and Jeremy Yaddaw (drums).
According to press notes, "Over the years Drew Gasparini has perfected the formula for an incredible concert: move them to tears, make them laugh 'til it hurts, then blow the roof off the place. They leave a little happier, a little drunker, and with slightly wetter panties. But why settle for perfection?! On January 5th Drew Gasparini will ring in 2015 with a brand new show. New lineup, new music, new structure. Same heart, same humor, same Drew. It will be unexpected and surprising in all of the best ways. And — dare we be so bold — it will be a next step in the revolution. Drew and his cohorts are composing a new sound for musical theatre, a new prism for pop, and a new definition of fun. They're changing the rules of the game, and keepin' the party going."
The concert is produced by Erica Rotstein.
Gasparini is the winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriter's award. His musical Make Me Bad (book by Alex Brightman) will premiere at The Bloomington Playwrights Project in January 2015. He has also written the music and lyrics for Crazy, Just Like Me (winner of Best Of Fest and runner up for Best Book in the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival), Turn of the Screw (commissioned by Fordham University, 2012 workshop at Lincoln Center; book by Michael Kimmel), and #UntitledPopMusical (book by Michael Kimmel). His music has also been heard on "Smash" and on Oxygen's "The Next Big Thing." He is developing a TV show he wrote and created with "The (M)orons." 54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets start at $40, and there is a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com.