Don't Quit Your Night Job Returns Nov. 21 With Hunter Foster, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Levi, Jackie Hoffman and More
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award nominees Hunter Foster (Hands on a Hardbody) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie) are among the artists performing in the Nov. 21 return of Don't Quit Your Night Job, the popular variety show series of comedy, music and offbeat performances, at 54 Below.
The series, which returns to New York City for a three-month engagement, offers 11:30 PM shows Nov. 21, Dec. 19 and Jan. 16, 2014.
Hosted by Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg and music director Dan Lipton — with a visit from David Rossmer, plus DJs Andrew and Andrew — Don't Quit promises an "array of special guests each month" where "Broadway and improv meet… and make out!"
Joining Rosen, Saltzberg and Lipton at the Nov. 21 installment are Jordan Gelber (Elf), Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Jennifer Cody ("The Princess and the Frog"), Lea DeLaria ("Orange Is The New Black"), Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael (The Book of Mormon), Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu), Keenan-Bolger, Jason Kravits (Relatively Speaking), Zachary Levi (First Date), Caleb Mclaughlin (The Lion King), Maurice Murphy (Motown), Brynn O'Malley (Annie, Honeymoon in Vegas) and Emily Rosenfeld (Annie).
Sean McDaniel is featured on drums, and Rachel Maier stage manages.
Proceeds from the shows — presented with Shoshana Feinstein — benefit Open Doors, TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students.
Don't Quit Your Night Job began in 2006 at Joe's Pub. The one-off benefit grew into a ten-month, sold-out run, and a commercial Off-Broadway production followed in 2007. Subsequently, Don't Quit Your Night Job has played the Zipper Factory, The Julia Miles Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge.
Don't Quit guests have included Huey Lewis, Hank Azaria, Julianna Margulies, Michael McKean, Marc Shaiman, Alicia Witt, Marvin Hamlisch, Anthony Rapp, Sara Ramirez, George Wendt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Julie White, Patrick Wilson, Andrea Martin, Kelli O’Hara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mo Rocca and Josh Gad.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for premium seating plus a meet and greet with the cast. For tickets, visit 54Below.com. For more information, visit DontQuitNYC.com.
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