PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Once Upon a Time in New York City Songwriters Pick Songs that Define "City Livin'"

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19 Nov 2013

Once Upon A Time In New York City, the concert series featuring a slate of brand-new songs about the Big Apple, makes its 54 Below debut Nov. 19. In celebration of the concert, the songwriters of the series pick songs that define "City Livin'" as part of's Playbill Playlist.

The 9 PM concert features over a dozen world-premiere songs by established and emerging musical theatre writers, performed by a roster of Broadway stars.

Performers include Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Alexander Sage Oyen, Lewis Grosso (Newsies), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, "Smash"), Dennis Michael Keefe, Lauren Marcus, Chris Miller, Bonnie Milligan, Chelsea Packard (Hands on a Hardbody), Rob Rokicki, George Salazar (Godspell, Here Lies Love), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda The Musical), Jahn Sood, Sam Tedaldi, Katie Thompson, Nathan Tysen, Micah Burgess, Amanda Flynn, Rachel Lee and more.

Writers contributing new songs to the concert include Dan Acquisto and Sammy Buck (Like You Like It), Anna Ty Bergman and Alexander Sage Oyen, Jeff Bowen ([title of show], Now. Here. This.), Carmel Dean (Johnny & The Sprites, Songs of Innocence & Experience) and Jenny Stafford, Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody, Bring It On), David Kirshenbaum (Vanities, Summer of '42), Lauren Marcus (singer-songwriter, "Magpie"), Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting, The Burnt Part Boys), Eric Price (Hello Out There) and Will Reynolds (The Greenwood Tree), Rob Rokicki (Love, NY; Strange Tails), Jahn Sood, and Katie Thompson ("So You Think You Can Dance," R.R.R.E.D.), among others.

In celebration of the evening — which spotlights New York City — the songwriters, via email, share their favorite song that defines what it's like to live in the Big Apple and tell us why it made the list.

According to press notes, "Listen as [songwriters] tell their tales of the City both in song and in story; share in the ups and downs of city life, from the day they moved to Manhattan to their favorite spot on the island."

The concert is produced and hosted by Jennifer Ashley Tepper and benefits The Actors Fund. Musical direction is by Joshua Zecher-Ross.

54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. For more information and tickets, priced $30-$40, call (866) 468-7619 or visit


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