By Michael Gioia
14 Apr 2014
The 9:30 PM concert showcases original music from Lyons and Pakchar's pop/R&B catalogue.
Performers include White (The Life, Fela), Platt ("Pitch Perfect," The Book of Mormon), Naughton (3LW, "Notorious," "Fame"), Thompson (Giant), De Jesus (In the Heights), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Felicia Boswell (Memphis), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (If/Then), Daniel Torres (Evita), John Brink (Les Misérables), Nik Alexander (Priscilla Queen of the Desert national tour), Bradley Greer (Altar Boyz national tour), Melody Madarasz (Mr. Chickees Funny Money), J. Hoard and more.
Backup vocals are provided by Rashidra Scott (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Olithea Anglin (Something Major) and Darius Harper (The Book of Mormon national tour).
Lyons and Pakchar began collaborating while touring with The Book of Mormon. Lyons, who handles lyrics and music, is a Broadway actor who currently appears in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and has performed in Rent and Dreamgirls. Pakchar, a guitarist and composer who has played for the Broadway productions of Wicked, Book of Mormon and Newsies, provides orchestration and additional music. The two are developing a musical entitled '79, inspired by the score of "#LOVE."
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com.
Watch the Playbill Video Exclusive, featuring Katie Thompson performing Lyons and Pakchar's "Free," below: