Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert and Jenn Colella Join Lineup for Maltby & Shire: What Could Be Better? at 54 Below

News   Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert and Jenn Colella Join Lineup for Maltby & Shire: What Could Be Better? at 54 Below
Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello, Tony Award winner Michael Rupert and Jenn Colella are among the artists who will be part of Maltby & Shire: What Could Be Better?, a concert celebrating the work of Tony-nominated Big and Baby songwriters Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, Dec. 17 at 54 Below.

Michael Rupert
Michael Rupert

The 9 PM concert will feature performances from Loni Ackerman (Starting Here, Starting Now; Cats), George Lee Andrews (The Phantom of the Opera, The Fantasticks), Carmello (Scandalous, Sister Act), Allison Case (Hands on a Hardbody, Hair), Margery Cohen (Starting Here, Starting Now), Colella (If/Then, Chaplin), Marya Grandy (Les Miserables, Closer Than Ever), Molly Hager (Fat Camp, Joe Iconis & Family), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody, The Last Goodbye), Jose Llana (Here Lies Love, Spelling Bee), Stacey Logan (Sweet Smell of Success, Beauty and the Beast), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon, "Pitch Perfect"), Steve Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rupert (Falsettos, Legally Blonde), Donna Vivino (Stars of David, Wicked), Frank Vlastnik (Big, Sweet Smell of Success) and Barbara Walsh (Big, Company).

The evening will also feature performances from Maltby and Shire themselves.

Jeremy Robin Lyons is the musical director of the concert, which is produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. The band includes Mike Rosengarten on guitar, Christopher Bastian on bass and Jeff Roberts on drums.

According to press notes, "Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire are among the top songwriting teams working in the musical theatre today. Their shows written together, including Starting Here Starting Now, Baby, Closer Than Ever, Big, Take Flight, Love Match and How Do You Do I Love You will be celebrated by Broadway’s best in story and song. Expect original cast performances recreated, as well as brand new interpretations, and even a world premiere song!"

54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets are $30-$40. For more information and tickets, call (866) 468-7619 or visit

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