PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Jason Robert Brown, Nick Blaemire and Charlie Rosen's Big Band Pick Favorite Show Tune Classics

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22 May 2013

Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown

Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, Nick Blaemire and Zak Resnick are among the performers who are set for the 54 Below return of Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band. In anticipation of the May 24 concert, Brown, Blaemire, Resnick and Rosen pick their favorite classic show tunes as part of's Playbill Playlist series.

The 11 PM concert, co-produced and directed by Max Friedman, will feature guest vocalists Blaemire (Godspell, Dogfight), Tony winner Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), Ariana DeBose (Motown, Bring It On), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Dogfight), Resnick (Mamma Mia!) and the band's resident vocalist, Monet Julia Sabel.

Here's how the evening is billed: "Join Broadway bandleader Charlie Rosen (One Man, Two Guvnors) for an evening that puts both modern and classic showtunes on display, sung by the best and brightest of Broadway's young generation of leading performers, in the timeless tradition of Big Band. A full sized Jazz orchestra composed of 17 musicians play Rosen's re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway's past, present, and beyond!"

In anticipation of the concert, asked a few members of the Big Band lineup to pick their favorite classic show tunes and tell us why they made the list.

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band made its sold-out 54 Below debut in March. Click here to watch performances from the evening, which included Tony-nominated Cinderella stars Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, among others.

Rosen composed the score for the Roundabout Theater Company's Cyrano de Bergerac and served as musical director and bassist for the onstage band in One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and 13. His debut EP, "Monet Sabel & The Charlie Rosen Big Band," is now available on iTunes.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets are $20-$30 plus a $25 food/beverage minimum. Visit


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