Nightlife Performer Tori Scott Rocks 54 Below Aug. 17
By Michael Gioia
Nightlife performer Tori Scott offers a special late-night concert on Aug. 17 at 54 Below. The performer, who promises an irreverent evening of pop-rock tunes and tales of her misadventures with the gay community, takes the stage at 11:00 PM.
Scott's 54 Below appearance follows five acclaimed Joe's Pub performances this past year. She last appeared at 54 Below with Bridget Everett, Amber Martin, Lance Horne and more, as part of the new Thursday night late-night series 15:54.
Created by Scott and Adam Hetrick, the concert promises an eclectic set of material including songs by Ke$ha, Beyonce, Cyndi Lauper, Donna Summer, Bette Midler, Alanis Morrissette, Whitney Houston, Judy Garland, Robyn, Britney Spears, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, and more.
Phantom of the Opera and Evita associate director Seth Sklar-Heyn directs the concert that has musical direction and arrangements by Jesse Kissel (The Scottsboro Boys, The Visit, Leap of Faith). Scott is backed by a three-piece band, led by Kissel, which includes Mat Fieldes (Matilda The Musical) and Mike Lunoe.
Here's how the night of song and story is billed: "Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott, a Garland for the Grindr era, makes her solo show debut at 54 Below with a special late-night celebration of all things gay (and lesbian, if there's time). Tori, her three-piece band, and her three-decade love/hate relationship with the gay community (she loves them, they hate her hair), will offer a 70-minute salute to all things sodomite. From the moment a wide-eyed preteen girl first learned what 'poppers' were backstage during a Texas community theatre production of Evita, Tori and gays have gone together like brunch and cheap champagne. Now that she's at the absolute peak of her career, having opened for a stripper who went through all six Village People outfits in two minutes, she is giving back to the gay community with this musical celebration of personal shame, brunch confessions and belt notes only Beyoncé can hear."
Scott has also appeared in the Ars Nova presentation of the new musical Taking Step Three13 and has also been a performer at Justin Sayre's The Meeting*. She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.
Tickets are priced $20. There is a two-drink minimum. Use code TORILIVE5 for $5 off the cover charge in the main dining room. Tickets and additional information are available at 54Below.com.
View highlights of the show here:
Zing Went the Strings of My Heart/The Trolley Song":
"Come To My Window/Call your Girlfriend/You Oughta Know/Why":
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