Feinstein’s/54 Below, the supper club located below Manhattan's Studio 54, will boast these events of interest to theatre folk the week of October 26–November 2:
October 26: The Broadway Tenors
To celebrate the release of their self-titled CD, The Broadway Tenors will sing a selection of hits from Broadway musicals. Among those taking part: Brent Barrett, Matt Cavenaugh, Telly Leung, Norm Lewis, Kyle Dean Massey, and Max Von Essen. 7 PM Click here for details.
October 26: New Musical: A Scythe of Time
Lesli Margherita (Matilda) will star in a showcase version of this original new musical with a book by Alan Harris and music and lyrics by Mark Alan Swanson, based on two stories by Edgar Allan Poe, about writers who record their experiences with taking their own lives. Also featured in the cast: Danny Rutigliano (The Lion King, Fiorello!), PJ Griffith, Brandon Brune, Bair Alexis Brown, Emily Claire Hughes, Matt Denglar, Jesse Schuff, and Lance Olds. 9:30 PM
October 27–28: Linda and Laura Benanti: The Story Goes On
Tony Award-winning actor Laura Benanti brings her Broadway actor mother back to the stage in this encore duo engagement. 7 PM Click here for details.
October 27: The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Concert
Heath Saunders (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) plays Jack and Natalie Walker (Puffs) plays Sally in a concert performance of Danny Elfman’s score from the animated film about what happens when the creatures of Halloween invade Christmas. Featuring Broadway veterans, including Bonnie Milligan, Kathryn Allison, and Julia Mattison. 11:30 PM
October 28: Robbie Rozelle: Songs From Inside My Locker
The performer, writer, and graphic artist who “would often find himself shoved in a locker for singing from The Rink too loudly” will perform a trove of showtunes “ranging from Kander & Ebb to Carrie.” 9:30 PM Click here for details.
October 28: Taking the Wheel: Ari Axelrod
Axelrod recounts his own coming-of-age story using the music of Cole Porter, Carole King, Leonard Bernstein, and John Bucchino. Directed by Faith Prince. 11:30 PM
October 29: Vocal Ease Annual Benefit Performance: Songs From the Heart
Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker hosts this fundraiser for the organization that provides professional and cabaret-style shows for New York City senior citizens at hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, and senior residences. 2 PM
October 29: Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods
Phil Geoffrey Bond hosts a concert of music from Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, sung by Victoria Elizabeth Cook, Marquee Five, Jacob Hoffman, Charlie Levy, Rob Maitner, T. Oliver Reid, Julie Reyburn, and Lucia Spina. With special guests Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd‘s original Tobias) and Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd‘s original Johanna) 7 PM Click here for details.
October 30: Christine Ebersole
The two-time Tony Award winner, currently starring on Broadway in War Paint through November 5, sings standards by Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, and the Gershwins. 7 PM Click here for details.
October 30: Blame Canada! Celebrating Broadway’s Canadian Talent
Canadian-born stage talent including Chilina Kennedy, Astrid Van Wieren, Liam Tobin, Ryan Silverman, Susan Dunstan, Nicholas Dromard, and others will perform music by members of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective as a benefit for UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program. 9:30 PM
October 31: Jay Armstrong Johnson’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Co-star of Broadway’s On the Town presents his Hocus Pocus-themed Halloween party with special guests Alysha Umphress, Daniel Quadrino, and Major Attaway. Two performances: 7 PM and 9:30 PM Click here for details.
October 31: Swingin’ With the Mouse: Villains
Late-night concert of songs written for the bad guys and gals in Disney films. 11:30 PM
November 1: Bring Back Birdie in Concert
Concert of songs from the rarely heard sequel to Bye Bye Birdie, starring Leonora Nemetz, Michael Walters, and Loni Ackerman. 7 PM Click here for details.
November 1: Tamar of the River Reunion Concert
Four-year anniversary reunion concert of Marisa Michelson’s and Joshua H. Cohen’s musical, featuring performances by Margo Seibert, Andrew Mayer, and others. 9:30 PM
November 2: A Benefit for the Jessica Rekos Foundation
Tony Award winner Cady Huffman, plus Kristy Cates, Lori Hammel, and other stage veterans will sing to raise money for the Jennifer Rekos Foundation, named for one of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. 7 PM
November 2: Conor Wayne Milam
The actor who appeared earlier this year in Dare to Dream: Benefiting the Broadway Dreams Foundation, performs a solo show of pop tunes and Broadway songs. 9:30 PM
Click here for a complete list of the upcoming Feinstein’s/54 Below events. Tickets for most events cost $35–$75, plus a $25 food and beverage minimum, plus $6 extra if purchased at the door. Some events are higher or lower. For tickets and other information, call (646) 476-3551. Doors open 30–45 minutes before concert time. Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan..
Christine Ebersole, Norm Lewis and Rebecca Luker have been special guest performers on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Laura Osnes, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Uranowitz, and Rudetsky.
Ebersole, is also scheduled to return for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.