Olivier and two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone will open the venue June 5-16 with a two-week engagement; other Broadway stars confirmed include Ben Vereen (July 10-21), Brian d'Arcy James (June 26-30), Megan Hilty (Dec. 18-22), Linda Lavin (Sept. 17 and 23), Rebecca Luker (July 6-7), Julia Murney (Sept. 10 and 16), Jackie Hoffman (June 3-July 29), Lea DeLaria (July 23-Aug. 6), Eden Espinosa (Sept. 10 and 17), Michael Arden (Aug. 12), Tony DeSare (Oct. 2-13) and Mx Justin Vivian Bond (June 4-July 9). Andrea Martin will also perform; dates will be announced at a later time.
The new venue, according to press notes, "will offer audiences the chance to enjoy first class performers in a stunning and intimate space, enhanced by a premium dining experience."
In addition to providing a home for musical theatre entertainers, 54 Below will house a variety of other offerings, including a series celebrating well-known and rising composers. That series will launch in June and July with Hairspray Tony winner Marc Shaiman.
54 Below is designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as creative consultant, and MAC Award winner Phil Geoffrey Bond is the director of programming.
The venue will feature up to three shows nightly and will have audio and video recording capabilities. The capacity is 160. The cover charge will range from $30-$70. 54 Below will also feature “The Green Room” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 10 PM when patrons "can enjoy the ambience of a late night lounge with live music, creative cocktails, and small food plates." A schedule of live instrumental music will be announced. There will be no cover charge or drink minimum for “The Green Room.”
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.