By Michael Gioia
15 Oct 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
All proceeds from the 9:30 PM concert benefit Operation Smile. Levi is a longtime supporter and Smile Ambassador for the organization, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.
Executive-produced by Altar Identity Studios, the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, is available in stores beginning Oct. 15. With a book by Austin Winsberg, First Date is directed by Bill Berry, with musical staging by Josh Rhodes, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum.
First Date began performances July 9 and opened Aug. 8 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre.
Here's how it's billed: "When tightly wound Aaron (Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines."
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at 54Below.com.