Rory O'Malley, Julia Murney Perform For Daniel, Celebrating Life of Playwright Killed in High-Rise Fire

Always for Daniel, a celebration of late playwright Daniel James McClung, who tragically lost his life in a Jan. 5 fire in a midtown Manhattan high-rise apartment building, is presented June 2 at 7 PM at 54 Below.

Rory O'Malley
Rory O'Malley

The evening, which includes passages from McClung's collected works alongside the music of Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald, re-imagined, was created by Mr. McClung's friend Michael Zahler.

Performers include Rory O'Malley
, Julia Murney
, Jenni Barber
, Chelsea Packard
, Jason Michael Snow
, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, 
Bonnie Milligan
, Joelle Lurie
, Michael Zahler
 and The Skivvies. Music director Will Van Dyke leads an on-stage band that includes Alec Berlin on guitar, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf on cello, Steve Gilewski on bass and Mason Ingram on drums.

Proceeds benefit Muhlenberg College Theatre and Dance, where a scholarship will be established in McClung's name.

Mr. McClung's Paper Nautilus was staged by Josh Hecht for AliveWire Theatrics. His plays were also developed at Rattlestick and PS 122.

There is a $45-$55 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. 54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information visit