Tony Award nominee Anika Larsen (Beautiful, Avenue Q, Xanadu) and her husband, jazz trumpet player Freddie Maxwell, will premiere their new nightclub act, Make You Feel My Love: The Musical Romance of a Jazz Cat and a Broadway Baby, at Feinstein’s/54 Below on October 19 at 9:30 PM.
The couple will share the musical story of how their worlds came together, while taking audiences through memorable moments in their careers through a collection of songs that have been pivotal in their lives. Expect a “jazzy, sexy spin on Broadway, pop and Latin tunes” as well as songs from Larsen’s album Sing You To Sleep.
“Over the years I’ve thought about doing my own show at 54 Below, but it never felt right until I started performing with my incredibly talented and handsome husband,” Larsen says. “Not only is it wicked romantic to be performing with the man I love, but we raise each other up as musicians and performers, making for a better show than either of us could do on our own. Freddie is a jazz man, and he doesn’t like to rehearse or perform anything the same way twice. He lives for onstage improvisation and musical conversation among the band. I am little Miss Broadway who likes to rehearse everything for weeks until I have it perfectly plotted out. Freddie's forcing me out of my comfort zone, and it’s thrilling slash terrifying.”
Maxwell adds, “Coming together musically, I bring styles like jazz and Latin, Anika brings Broadway and pop, and we end up with a show that's unique and personal to us, but I think will appeal to a wide variety of people.”
Larsen and Maxwell will be joined by Mark Sganga on guitar, Bill Moring on bass, and Larry Eagle on drums. Dan Watt produces the concert.
Tickets range $30–$40, plus a $70 premium option. Visit 54Below.com.