PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Orfeh, Teal Wicks, Kate Rockwell and More Pick Favorite Performances by Rock Band Heart

Playlist   PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Orfeh, Teal Wicks, Kate Rockwell and More Pick Favorite Performances by Rock Band Heart
 
54 Sings Heart, an evening featuring songs made famous by the powerhouse band Heart, will be presented Feb. 21 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, members of the cast pick their favorite Heart performances as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.
Teal Wicks
Teal Wicks

The 9:30 PM concert will feature performances from Mary Testa (Wicked, Xanadu), Christopher Hanke (Buyer & Cellar, How to Succeed…), Tyce Green (Hands on a Hardbody, Kissless), Natalie Hall ("Pretty Little Liars," "True Blood"), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages, Bring It On), Lauren Blackman (Little Dancer, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Great American Trailer Park Musical) and Teal Wicks (Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde).

According to press notes, "Broadway is rocking out with one of the world's biggest rock bands, Heart! For over 40 years, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have topped the charts with tunes like 'Alone,' 'What About Love,' 'Barracuda,' 'Magic Man,' and more, and now we're celebrating this iconic group with songs sung by your favorite Broadway belters! If you love 70s, 80s, and in-your-face power ballads, you definitely don't wanna miss this!"

Produced and directed by Green, the evening will feature musical direction by Steven Jamail with musicians Colin Dean, Micah Burgess and Jeremy Yaddaw.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. There is a $25-$35 cover charge plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.

Orfeh: "Barracuda." I was very young and heard Ann Wilson/Heart sing "Barracuda"… and just flipped out! Even as a very young girl, I knew my voice was, shall we say, big and different, and they made that more than okay! I knew, then, chick singers could and SHOULD ROCK!!!!

Steven Jamail: "Crazy On You." Something about that song is so intensely satisfying, and it's got one of my favorite bridges ever recorded. I did an arrangement of it with Haviland Stillwell and Mike Croiter a few years back for her album, and it's my favorite cover of the tune. She's an incredible vocalist.

Teal Wicks: "Barracuda." This song was my introduction to Heart, and I think it is rock and roll perfection. It is a true classic rock gem. From the iconic guitar riff to Ann's killer vocals, this song defines the power and magic that is Heart.

Kate Rockwell: "Alone." My favorite Heart song is "Alone." I mean, of course it is, but I think it's such a well-told story!! The music perfectly fits the energy of being full of a passion you can't express, and a good primal scream belt is ALWAYS a win for me!!

Tyce Green: "These Dreams." "These Dreams" will always be my favorite Heart song. I think lyrically it's one of the most thought-provoking songs from the 80s. "Funny how your feet in dreams never touch the earth" is just a beautiful line. I also love that Nancy Wilson does lead vocals on this song, when normally Ann does lead, proving that they really are a team who create the sound together.

Lauren Blackman: "Alone." For those uncomfortable karaoke moments, you can always turn to "Alone." Been tryin' to rock that one for years. Whenever I think of Heart, that's the first song that comes to mind. FEMALE. POWER. BALLAD.

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