The 9:30 PM concert features Wendi Bergamini, Catherine Brunell, Paula Leggett Chase, Margot de La Barre, Joy Hermalyn, Leah Horowitz, Autumn Hurlbert, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Jessica Molaskey, Sydney Morton, Elena Shaddow, Laura Shoop, Georgia Stitt and Rema Webb.
Gina Rattan directs with music direction by Georgia Stitt.
According to press notes, "It's been one year since you saw them on national TV in The Sound of Music Live!, but these sisters have reunited and are hosting the season’s best and most irreverent Christmas party! Celebrate the season at 54 Below with an evening of holiday spirit, majestic choral singing and hilarious storytelling from some of the finest female voices on Broadway."
In August 2013, these 14 women (along with Audra McDonald, Christiane Noll, Linda Mugleston, Gina Ferrall, Nikki Reneé Daniels, Stowe Brown, Ashley Brown, Cameron Adams, Rayanne Gonzales and Adrienne Danrich) performed as nuns alongside Carrie Underwood in the live NBC broadcast of The Sound Of Music.
As part of the rehearsal process for the televised event, the women were invited to visit The Benedictine Sisters of The St. Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, NJ. The convent had previously hosted a visit in 1959 from Richard Rodgers and Mary Martin, who were conducting research for the original Broadway production of The Sound Of Music. Upon leaving, Rodgers commented, "We try to entertain, but you Sisters have the real art." All proceeds from this event will be donated as a Christmas gift to The St. Walburga Monastery to support the nuns' modest daily life and further their efforts to deepen community, hospitality and service in education, health care and spirituality in Elizabeth, NJ.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $30-$40 cover charge plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com.