In an open letter to theatre and cabaretgoers, composer Friedman writes, "Closing notice has been posted, and unless we sell 600 tickets by the weekend, my revue Listen to My Heart—The Songs of David Friedman will close Upstairs at Studio 54 this Sunday. We finally have our marketing program in place, but it will take a month to implement, and unless we are sustained by ticket sales or a surprise infusion of cash, we will not make it past this week." Listen to My Heart officially opened Oct. 23 after two weeks of previews. The show features a mix of familiar and new tunes by the acclaimed New York-based composer, whose works were championed by the late Nancy LaMott. Many of LaMott's signature tunes are included in the revue, including "We Can Be Kind," "Help Is on the Way" and the title tune.
Broadway favorite Alix Korey, a long-time friend and interpreter of Friedman's tunes, performs the bulk of the show's comic material — including "I'm Not My Mother" and "My Simple Wish" — and recently told Playbill On-Line, "I have a preference for great lyrics, that's all. As it happens, I think it's a lot harder to write a funny song, so I'm always impressed when it is actually [funny], when a funny lyric is funny as opposed to me having to kill myself to make it funny." The cast also includes Allison Briner, Joe Cassidy, Michael Hunsaker and Anne Runolfsson; Mark Waldrop directs.
Upstairs at Studio 54 is located in Manhattan at 254 West 54th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The revue will play Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 7 and 10 PM with matinees on Wednesdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Tickets are priced at $60, although $25 seats are available by calling (212) 947-8844 and mentioning the code LHDFEM9.