Current and former stars of Hamilton are among Broadway names who will make the rainbow connection at 54 Celebrates the Muppets 7 PM May 8 at Feinstein’s/54 Below supper club in New York.
James Monroe Iglehart, who recently assumed the role of Thomas Jefferson, will join former Hamiltonians Okieriete Onaodowan and Taran Killam, along with Tony Award nominees Keala Settle (Waitress), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Anika Larsen (Beautiful), and Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), and fellow stage performers Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Rick Lyon (Avenue Q), Gerard Canonico (Groundhog Day), Lilli Cooper (The SpongeBob Musical), Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen), Monet Sabel, Natalie Walker, Joel Perez, Craig Fogel, and Julia Mattison.
Organizers are also promising “surprise puppet guests.” The event will consist of covers of songs from the Muppets’ canon. Click here to order tickets.
The concert is produced and directed by Philip Romano with music direction by Ben Caplan. The club first saluted Jim Henson’s puppet creations with a pair of sold-out shows in summer 2016. David Hern (The Play That Goes Wrong) will host this encore engagement.
Watch a clip from the summer 2016 show, including a performance by Iglehart:
The Muppets have long had a connection with Broadway. Their 1984 movie The Muppets Take Manhattan told the story of how they wanted to come to New York and put on a Broadway musical. The long-running TV series The Muppet Show was structured like a vaudeville variety show, ostensibly taking place in a live theatre, complete with backstage scenes and a pair of hecklers in the box seats.