Shankel will be joined onstage by Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked, The Light in the Piazza), Derek Klena (Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight), 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!), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Barbara Walsh (Company, Hairspray, Falsettos) and Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots, We Will Rock You).
The evening promises a "fun-filled set of her blend of pop, R&B, swing and musical theatre." Shanktunes will feature songs written for the 2012 Off-Broadway production of Bare as well as premieres of brand-new songs.
Shankel (on piano) will be 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.