Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet, will present Victor Garber, Natalie Joy Johnson and more.
Victor Garber, August 13 at 7PM:
Before Eli Stone, there was Sweeney Todd, before Titanic, there was Lend Me a Tenor, before First Wives Club, there wasAssassins, before Alias, there was Arcadia and before Legally Blonde, there was Damn Yankees. The New York stage is thrilled to welcome back Victor Garber as he makes his cabaret debut. Two special performances only are all audiences will have to catch a glimpse of this masterful actor of stage and screen up close and personal. Doors open at 6PM. Cover charge: $35-45. $25 food and beverage minimum.
AN EVENING OF CLASS WITH Natalie Joy Johnson, August 13 at 9:30PM:
Last year, Natalie Joy Johnson took New York by storm with Relentless, which was cause for Time Out New York to proclaim her “one of the top ten downtown divas,” and hershow, “one of the top ten best cabaret shows of 2011.” Now,she’s taking her brand of acerbic insight and electric performance style to 54 Below, where she’ll face her audience head-on with an onslaught of new stories, songs and confrontational humor. Directed by John Hill, with Musical Direction by Brian Nash. Doors open at 9PM. Cover charge: $15-25. $25 food and beverage minimum.
Hilary Kole, August 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8:30PM and August 17, 18 at 11PM:
New York-based singing sensation Hilary Kole has been hailed as a “musical marvel” by Rex Reed, and having “a glowing voice with something to say” from The New York Times. You may know her from her starring role in the critically acclaimed, off-Broadway hit, Our Sinatra, or as the youngest singer to ever grace the stage of the Rainbow Room. In the last few years, Ms. Kole has debuted at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has steady engagements at some of New York’s leading cabaret venues, in addition to appearances with the New York Pops and Michael Feinstein. Hilary has recorded and concertized with music legends Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck and Michel Legrand and has recorded with Hank Jones, John Pizzarelli, David Frishberg, Monty Alexander, Benny Green, Freddy Cole, Alan Broadbent, Cedar Walton and Mike Renzi. Her debut recording, Haunted Heart, was released to critical acclaim in 2009 (winning the Gold Disc Award in Japan and receiving 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine) and her newest recording, You Are There, was named as record of the year in USA Today(2010), as well as winning the 2010 Bistro Award for record of the year. Cover charge: $30 -40. $25 food and beverage minimum.
THE GREEN ROOM, August 14, 15 and 16 after 9:30PM:
Join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9:30PM when 54 Below becomes a post-theatre lounge with live music, creative cocktails, and small food plates. Tuesday, August 14, The Green Room is thrilled to welcome esteemed musical theatre composer John Bucchino to 54 Below. The man behind Grateful, It's Only Life and Broadway's A Catered Affair will be at the piano playing an array of standards, classics and maybe an original tune or two in his own unique style. Wednesday, August 15 features John Miller, who has played bass and recorded with, among others, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Tommy Flanagan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Ray Charles, Mose Allison, BB King, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Cy Coleman, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Smashing Pumpkins, Burt Bacharach, Aerosmith, James Brown, John Pizzarelli, Lea Salonga, Kelli O’Hara, Betty Buckley, Pete Seeger and the NY Philharmonic. John has served as Music Coordinator for over 100 Broadway shows including: Jesus Christ Superstar, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Once, Porgy and Bess, Jersey Boys, Priscilla, Rock of Ages, Follies and Godspell. No cover charge. No minimum.