Wicked's Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena and Katie Rose Clarke Reunite Tonight for Shanktunes Encore

News   Wicked's Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena and Katie Rose Clarke Reunite Tonight for Shanktunes Encore
 
Shanktunes, a night of original songs by Drama Desk-nominated arranger/orchestrator Lynne Shankel, returns to 54 Below March 22 at 9:30 PM.

Shankel is joined onstage by Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked, The Light in the Piazza), Derek Klena (Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight), Gregory Haney (Bring It On), Jared Loftin (Saturday Night), Telly Leung (Allegiance, Godspell, Wicked, "Glee"), Alyse Alan Louis (Pretty Filthy, Mamma Mia!), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell), Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, The Little Mermaid), Eric William Morris (Coram Boy, Mamma Mia!), Rachel Stern (Shrek, High Fidelity), Barbara Walsh (Company, Hairspray, Falsettos) and Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots, We Will Rock You).

Rounding out the cast are Andi Alhadeff, Kerri George, Kay Trinidad, Helen White and members of the Broadway Dreams Foundation.

The evening promises a "fun-filled set of her blend of pop, R&B, swing and musical theatre." Shanktunes features songs written for the 2012 Off-Broadway production of Bare as well as premieres of brand-new songs.

Directed by Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, Carrie, Bare, Allegiance), the concert features lyrics by Shankel, Jon Hartmere and David Goldsmith.

Shankel (on piano) is joined onstage by musicians Frank Pagano (drums), Steve Count (bass) and Michael Aarons (guitars). Shankel is known as an arranger, orchestrator and music supervisor. She has written arrangements for dozens of artists, including Lea Salonga, Chita Rivera, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, Telly Leung, Lindsay Mendez and Chester Gregory. Orchestrations/arrangements of shows include Altar Boyz, Allegiance, Bare, Beaches, Cry-Baby, Chasing The Song, The Memory Show, Once On This Island (Paper Mill), Summer Of '42 and Vanities.

54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $20 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at 54Below.com or by calling (646) 476-3551.

Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez
Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez
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