PHOTO CALL: A Birthday Surprise for Brian d'Arcy James at 54 Below
02 Jul 2012
Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James received a special surprise during his June 29 concert at 54 Below, when he was joined onstage by wife Jennifer Prescott, daughter Grace and chef André J. Marrero. The audience serenaded the birthday boy before he delivered his final encore.
Directed by Carl Forsman with musical direction and arrangements by Dan Lipton, James' show, Under The Influence, played through June 30.
Brian d'Arcy James, Jennifer Prescott and daughter Grace
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for 54 Below
"This is something that I've never done on stage," said James in a statement. "I am going to sing the pop songs I grew up with, that live inside me and that I love to sing. There will be some Steve Winwood, Billy Joel, Squeeze and Genesis."
He added, "This doesn't mean that I don't acknowledge the music that is happening now. There will be an Adele cover, and I will include a few I've written. I hope I can pass on the joy I feel from this music to the people that hear them. This music is where my heart is, so I am taking the liberty of singing these songs for my week at 54 Below."
James was backed by Dan Lipton at the piano, Damien Bassman on drums, Greg Joseph on percussion, Nicholas D'Amato on bass, Erik Della Penna on guitar, Paul Vercesi on saxophone and Bob Millikan on trumpet. Clarke Thorell, who will be seen in the upcoming production of Annie, and Haven Burton, who has been seen on Broadway in Shrek, Legally Blonde and Rent, provided background vocals.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.