The evening, which will be recorded live, is entitled The Next Best Thing to Love and begins at 8:30 PM. The two artists will be joined by Tony winner Tonya Pinkins and Mx Justin Vivian Bond, who will share a few love poems. Simmons, who is also featured on piano, penned the arrangements. Songs include "Let's Wait Awhile" (Janet Jackson), "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel),"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (Tears for Fears), "Love Me Still" (Chaka Khan), "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt), "Money Changes Everything" ( Cyndi Lauper), "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green) and "Get Here" (Oleta Adams), among others.
Stovall's play, Immediate Family, is currently running at Chicago's Goodman; Phylicia Rashad directs. He and Simmons plan to take their concert act to Europe and South America this winter.
There is a $10-$20 cover charge plus a $15 food/drink minimum. 54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.