Dear Evan Hansen’s Will Roland will premiere a never-before-heard cut song from the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen at 54 Celebrates The Music Box Theatre.
The celebration of the Music Box's 97-year history will be presented at Feinstein’s/54 Below February 19 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. Roland will only appear in the 9:30 PM concert.
The 7 PM concert will feature Charlotte d’Amboise (Pippin), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, soon to star in Summer), Seth Eliser (Once), Brian Flores (Pippin), Sara Jean Ford (The Phantom of the Opera), Jessica Hendy (Cats), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Paris Alexander Nesbitt (The Book of Mormon), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Bryonha Marie Parham (The Prince of Broadway), Alex Prakken (Newsies), Tony Roberts (Play It Again, Sam), Arbender Robinson (Shuffle Along), Charlie Rosen (Charlie Rosen’s Big Band), and Steve Rosen (Spamalot).
The 9:30 PM concert will feature Roland, Debose, Hendy, and Lloyd, as well as Courtney Balan (In My Life), Kristy Cates (Wicked), Nancy Dussault (Bajour), Tovah Feldshuh (Pippin), Elmore James (Big River), Laura Jordan (In My Life), Kilty Reidy (In My Life), Arbender Robinson (Shuffle Along), Dan Rosales (Spamilton), Michael Rupert (On the Town), Rebecca Spigelman (Hairspray), Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along), and Alan Wiggins (Beautiful).
Having been in operation since 1921, Broadway’s Music Box Theatre first introduced New York audiences to such musicals as Of Thee I Sing!, As Thousands Cheer, Lost in the Stars, and, currently, Dear Evan Hansen, among many others. The theatre’s rich legacy will be celebrated through song and stories, performed by many of the artists who graced the Music Box stage.
54 Celebrates The Music Box Theatre will be music-directed by Joshua Zecher Ross with Benjamin Nissen serving as projections designer.
Both performances will feature an original composition by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair (Murder for Two) and appearances by Elizabeth Matson and Emily Fletcher, representing the estate of Irving Berlin.
Feinstein’s/54 Below Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper (The Untold Stories of Broadway) and Behind the Curtain’s Robert W. Schneider will also be on hand to share trivia and anecdotes about the theatre that has been home to Ben Platt, Audra McDonald, Irving Berlin, Wendy Wasserstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Kaufman and Hart, among many others.
In a statement Schneider said, “We are so honored that all aspects of the Music Box’s rich storytelling history will be represented at this theatrical homecoming. Jen and I feel that our theatres should be celebrated in the same we celebrate national landmarks; taking a moment to recognize the great moments that have happened in one location make us appreciate their worth even more.”
Tickets, starting at $35, are still available at 54below.com. In addition to the ticket price, there is a food and beverage minimum of $25.