Tony Award nominee David Yazbek, composer of the hit Off-Broadway musical The Band’s Visit and the soon-to-be-workshopped Tootsie, returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below June 12 for his last show of his season there, with special guest, two-time Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris.
Together with a band of New York City musicians, they will perform songs from Yazbek’s albums and shows—“old, new and upcoming.” Yazbek recently completed primary work for a new stage project TBA.
Yazbek is the composer-lyricist of The Band’s Visit, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as Best Musical of 2017 and is headed for a Broadway transfer this fall. His previous credits include The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Boardwalk Empire, and the theme to TV’s Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego.
Yazbek told Playbill that what he admires most about Cerveris is ”mostly...that he's a musician. He's got time. This serves you as a singer and an actor. I liked him in Sweeney and in Fun Home but he’s always good.”
Asked about his artistic chemistry with Cerveris, Yazbek said, “We're both extremely handsome bald guys. We both enjoy a nice bowl of soup.”
As for his future projects, the composer said he has completed songs for a forthcoming solo album, but hasn't had time to record them. As for the The Band’s Visit transfer, he said, “I’m sure there will be enhancements made for Broadway [but] nothing that hurts the spirit and nature of the show.”
Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street, below th Broadway theatre Studio 54. Tickets to the 7 PM performance cost $55–$105, plus a $25 food/beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.