Annaleigh Ashford, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Matt Doyle and Preston Sadleir Are Chasing the Day Tonight at 54 Below

News   Annaleigh Ashford, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Matt Doyle and Preston Sadleir Are Chasing the Day Tonight at 54 Below
Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford and The Book of Mormon star Matt Doyle headline Chasing The Day, a new song cycle by songwriter and Kinky Boots associate music director Will Van Dyke, Nov. 17 at 54 Below. 

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Concerts are offered at 7 PM and 9:30 PM and also feature If/Then actress Tamika Sonja Lawrence and Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal).

Originally released as an album on Sh-K-Boom Records in October 2010, Van Dyke's "Chasing the Day" has been re-imagined as a song cycle about breaking up, breaking down and breaking through, and it will soon be available for theatrical licensing.

Directed by Kerry Whigham with musical direction by Dominick Amendum, Chasing the Day explores Van Dyke's collaboration with co-lyricist Josh Halloway ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!") as well as additional work with Randy Blair and Rick Elice. The evening will include all of the original tracks from the album as well as all-new, original material penned for the theatrical piece.

Here's how the song cycle is billed: "Written on the road, aboard planes, across time zones, between sets, in hotel lobbies, at 24-hour coffee shops, miles apart, when the thought of home is your only companion — Chasing the Day is about the places life takes us and the people who bring us back."

In anticipation of the evening, Van Dyke and members of the cast picked songs about distance, reconnecting and relationships as part of's Playbill Playlist. Van Dyke is the composer of Pages (CAP 21), Winnie The Pooh, Kids (Disney), The Lion King Jr. & Kids (Disney) and The Girls I've Like Liked (Ars Nova). His upcoming works include Magnificent Climb (with Elice), Imagine Harry (with Jeff Talbott) and Writing Kevin Taylor (with Halloway). Read more about his work in's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

Halloway is an Emmy-nominated writer whose work has been seen at Lincoln Center, The Duplex, Upright Citizens Brigade, Comedy Central Stage, The P.I.T. and Naked Angels. His stage shows include The Girls I've Like Liked (Ars Nova), LOST: How a Certain TV Mega-Hunk Stole My Identity (New York Fringe Festival) and The Gospel According to Stevie B (Ars Nova).

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