Joe Iconis Hosts 22@54, Evening of New Work Featuring Remy Zaken, Katie Thompson, Max Crumm and More, May 22
By Michael Gioia
Musical theatre composer Joe Iconis, whose music has been heard on the NBC musical series "Smash," hosts 22@54, featuring original songs by emerging writers from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program's class cycle 22, May 22 at 54 Below.
The concert, which begins at 11 PM, benefits Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP).
Performers at 22@54 include Max Crumm (Grease, F#%king Up Everything), Daniel J. Edwards (Anything Goes), Sevan Greene, Adam Halpin (Dogfight, Glory Days), Patty Nieman, Eileen Patterson, Aaron Riesebeck, Katie Thompson (Giant, Big Fish), Carrington Vilmont (Phantom of the Opera), Benjamin Eakeley (On a Clear Day..., Sweeney Todd), Jenny Fellner (Wicked, Pal Joey), Sara Jean Ford (How to Succeed…, Phantom of the Opera), Karl Josef Co (Allegiance), Megan McGinnis (Les Misérables, Little Women), Curtis Wiley (Jersey Boys national tour), Jason "SweetTooth" Williams (Joe Iconis & Family) and Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening).
Contributing writers include Danny Abosch, Avi Amon, Nikko Benson, Landon Braverman, John Carden, Jason Carlson, Ashley Chapman, Thirza Defoe, Nolan Doran, Jesse Goldman, John Grimmett, Kiran Gupta, Julia Gytri, Benjamin Halstead, Derek P. Hassler, Jiyoung Kim, KiYun Kim, Sujin Kim, Yan Li, Teresa Lotz, Daphny Maman, Collin Martin, Naomi Matlow, Helen Park, Shane Parks, Kendell Pinkney, Jason Purdy, Aden Kent Ramsey, Sarah Rebell, Janine Robledo, Tidtaya Sinotuke, Clare Tran and Patty Weinstein.
22@54 was conceived by Sarah Rebell and is produced by Rebell and Landon Braverman. Jen Wineman (F$%king Up Everything) directs with musical direction by Max Mamon (Marie Christine).
Producer Rebell said in a statement, "We believe it is essential to raise awareness of the importance of arts education and to pay it forward. ASTEP is a wonderful organization that does incredible things for impoverished children all over the world; we are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with ASTEP on this event."
54 Below is located at 54 West 54th Street. There is a $20 food-drink minimum as well as a suggested $15 ASTEP donation. For tickets, click here.
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