Ariana DeBose Will Join Andy Mientus, Daniel Breaker, Rebecca Naomi Jones and More for Upcoming Broadway Big Band
By Michael Gioia
Motown and Bring It On actress Ariana DeBose has joined the lineup for the 54 Below return of Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, which will be held Feb. 1.
The 11 PM concert, co-produced and directed by Max Friedman, will also feature guest vocalists Nick Blaemire (Godspell, Dogfight), Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange, Shrek), Hannah Elless (Godspell, The Other Josh Cohen), Jason Gotay (Bring It On, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange, American Idiot), Julia Mattison (Godspell) and Andy Mientus (Les Misérables).
Returning vocalists Breaker, DeBose, Elless and Gotay will perform songs they have never previously sung with Rosen's Broadway Big Band. Jones, Mattison and Mientus will make their debut appearances with the band.
Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band was previously seen at 54 Below in March, May and September 2013.
Here's how the evening is billed: "Join Broadway bandleader Charlie Rosen (One Man, Two Guvnors) for an evening that puts both modern and classic showtunes on display, sung by the best and brightest of Broadway's young generation of leading performers, in the timeless tradition of Big Band. A full sized Jazz orchestra composed of 17 musicians play Rosen's re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway's past, present, and beyond!"
Rosen previously composed the score for the Roundabout Theater Company's Cyrano de Bergerac and served as musical director and bassist for the onstage band in One Man, Two Guvnors. His other Broadway credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and 13.
With Friedman, Rosen co-created the original Sondheim jazz revue, The Bluest Ink. His debut EP, "Monet Sabel & The Charlie Rosen Big Band," is now available on iTunes. A single version of Rosen's Broadway Big Band arrangement of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" (featuring Elless, Sabel and Alysha Umpress) is available as a free download on SoundCloud.
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets are $25-$35 plus a $25 food/beverage minimum. Visit 54Below.com.
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