Feinstein’s/54 Below, the supper club located below Manhattan's Studio 54, will boast these events of interest to theatre folk the week of September 28 through October 5.
September 28: Refinery 29: Badass Women of Broadway
Sam Reece and Becky Chicoine will host this fundraiser concert by members of the Broadway community for those devastated by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They will perform “songs from some of the theatre’s most iconic heroines. We celebrate the mothers, the daughters, the lovestruck, the heartbroken, the fighters, the pacifists, and the multi dimensional female characters that motivate us to own our power.” A portion of proceeds will also go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. 7 PM Click here for details.
September 28: The Ed Sullivan Birthday Show!
Theatre performers including Maxine Linehan, Scott Coulter, Jillian Louis, Farah Alvin, and the Broadway by the Year Chorus, will salute the onetime columnist and TV host of his self-named Sunday evening variety show, Ed Sullivan. They will perform a “wide variety of entertainments” that will mirror those on the iconic TV show. 9:30 PM
September 29, 30: Rachel Tucker
Following two sold-out U.K. engagements, the actor who recently completed a record run as Elphaba in the London Wicked, makes her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut with her cabaret show. 7 PM
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September 29: Liz Byrne: The Original Vintage Millennial
The Broadway actor (Baby It’s You!) performs mashups, musical theatre, contemporary pop, and oldies that celebrate individuality and the performers who have inspired her, from Billie Holiday to Beyoncé. Guest performer: Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone). 9:30 PM
September 29: The Late Comet: Celia Mei Rubin Is #34andsingle
Rubin launches 54’s Late Comet series of appearances by actors from the recently-closed musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. She celebrates her birthday at midnight by “lamenting bitterly but endearingly on her perpetual singledom,” with guests including Scott Stangland and Reji Woods. 11:30 PM
September 30: Brittain Ashford
The actor who originated the role of Sonya in Great Comet makes her 54 Below debut with Shaina Taub, Pearl Rhein, Cathryn Wake, and Great Comet composer Dave Malloy. 9:30 PM This event is sold out. Call (646) 476-3551 to be put on waitlist.
September 30: An Evening of Cult Classics to Benefit the ACLU
”Emerging talents“ perform numbers from under-appreciated musicals, including Bat Boy, Heathers, Reefer Madness, The Rocky Horror Show, and others, as a benefit for the ACLU. 11:30 PM Click here for details.
October 1: The O’Neill Juniors Present Disco Fever: The Music of the Bee Gees
Teen performers from the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut perform hits from the 1970s disco group. 2:30 PM
October 1: 54 Sings Rufus Wainwright
Alice Ripley, Taylor Trensch, Nicholas Barasch, and other Broadway veterans will showcase music by the idiosyncratic pop songwriter. 7 PM Click here for details.
October 1: Rachel Eskenazi-Gold in I Blame You: It’s Your Fault I’m Doing This Show.
The actor who plays Christine at certain performances of Phantom of the Opera sings numbers from the show, plus Side Show, Wicked, and others; also new songs by rising New York City musical theatre writers. 9:30 PM
October 2: The Newsboys Variety Show
Dancing and special talents will be showcased in the second annual Variety Show, a reunion of cast members from the national tour of the musical Newsies, Two shows: 7 and 9:30 PM Click here for details.
October 3: 54 Salutes Frank Sinatra
Tom Wopat, Jeff Harnar, Sal Viviano, Michael Winther, and Gabrielle Stravelli will perform standards including “One For My Baby,” “Chicago,” “My Way,” and “It Was a Very Good Year,” made famous by master crooner Sinatra. 7 PM
October 3–6: Storm Large
The performer who claims to be able to sing in 17 different languages returns to the club with “a new collection of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet subversive.” 9:30 PM October 3, and 6; 7 PM October 4; 11:30 PM October 5. She promises that the October 5 show will be “extra blue.”
October 4: Danielle Porcellini: The Adventure Never Ends
This veteran of Ellen’s Stardust Diner and cruise line performances will take the audience on a journey through “the beauty and the challenges of the life of an actor” featuring songs from the composing team of Carner & Gregor. 9:30 PM
October 5: An Evening with Terrence McNally & Friends
Chita Rivera, Marin Mazzie, and Jason Danieley will salute the multiple Tony-winning playwright and librettist as a benefit for Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. 7 PM Click here for details.
Click here for a complete list of the upcoming Feinstein’s/54 Below events. Tickets for most events cost $35–$75, plus a $25 food and beverage minimum, plus $6 extra if purchased at the door. Some events are higher or lower. For tickets and other information, call (646) 476-3551. Doors open 30-45 minutes before concert time. Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan..
Chita Rivera, Alice Ripley, Marin Mazzie, and Jason Danieley have been a special guest performers on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, 2017, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky.
Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.
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