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Address: 254 W 54th Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Apr-28-17 09:30 PM Barn Theatre – A Celebration

Join us in celebrating the history of the Barn Theatre, one of the oldest Equity Summer Stock Theatres in the country, as they prepare for their 71st season. This will be a very special Feinstein’s/54 Below show, featurnig everyone from “Barnies” from seasons past to the theater’s 2016 Equity Resident Company to some some extra special guests! The Barn Theatre was founded by Jack Ragotzy and Betty Ebert in 1946 as “The Village Players.” Now, seventy years later, the Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training is the only remaining summer stock of it’s kind: employing actors for a summer and an experience of a lifetime. Help us show our gratitude to the current owners of the Barn, Brendan Ragotzy and Penelope Alex, for their commitment to inspiring young performers and their dedication to keeping the family tradition alive. Join us for this spectacular evening of entertainment as we sing some of Broadway’s favorites!!

Apr-28-17 11:30 PM FRIENDS the Musical in Concert: I Was There For You

Welcome back to your favorite rent controlled Greenwich apartment with the six friends you still can’t get over. Join the famous gang from Friends in the parody, I Was There for You. The fan-favorite, 90s sitcom pivots back into your lives in this original musical comedy. Hear beloved moments from the show musicalized with songs like, “Unagi,” “When Were You Under Me?”, “The Chandler Bing Job Interlude,” and of course, “I Was There for You!” If you would love to hear Joey rap, Phoebe riff, or a caffeinated six part harmony, could this be a better show for you?

Music & Lyrics by: Rachel Lind
Book by: Rachel Goddard
Orchestrations by: Steven Esposito

The cast includes:
Rachel Goddard as Rachel
Nathan Goodrich as Chandler
Rachel Lind as Monica
Michael Pigliavento as Joey
Emily Kay Shrader as Phoebe
Jordan Weagraff as Ross

Apr-29-17 07:00 PM Jay Armstrong Johnson

Join us for a Halloween themed album release party!

“Jay Armstrong Johnson’s cabaret show at Feinstein’s/54 Below [was] a sprawling musical potpourri that involved well over a dozen musicians, backup vocalists and guests. Mr. Johnson’s engaging performance was a getting-to-know-you event…  It’s a giant leap from Rascal Flatts’s “Banjo” to Stephen Sondheim’s “Johanna” from “Sweeney Todd,” in which Mr. Johnson unfurled the full power of his voice in one of the most persuasive renditions of that song I can recall. Leading into “Johanna” was an impassioned rendition of Jeff Buckley’s ballad “Everybody Here Wants You,” a hyper-romantic plea to a woman with “a singing smile, coffee smell and lilac skin.” Equally impressive was his perfectly pitched duet with Amanda Williams Ware on the Alanis Morissette’s hit “Thank U.” The more passion he poured into such ballads, the better he sounded; he has the gift.” -Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Now, Jay Armstrong Johnson‘s hit concert returns in an encore, with a Halloween twist. Expect Hocus Pocus to make an appearance, a stage full of artists in Halloween costumes, and even a prize for the audience member with the best “Studio 54 celebrity” Halloween costume!

Jay Armstrong Johnson has wowed Broadway audiences in On The Town (Chip), Hands on a Hardbody (Greg), Hair (Claude), and Catch Me If You Can. The New York Times called his performance as Anthony Hope in the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd “affecting and ardent”, and his performance as Herman in Encores’ Most Happy Fella “a standout”.

Known for his thrilling vocal prowess in modern projects like Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM (Galapagos Art Space, itunes) and for his skill and charm at old-school song and dance in projects like Pirates! (The MUNY), Johnson premiered his personal, eclectic solo show at Feinstein’s/54 Below this past spring. Now join him for his live album release concert, featuring songs from Broadway to radio pop to gospel, with fresh arrangements and a full all-star band. Expect everything from Sondheim to Dixie Chicks!

Apr-30-17 07:00 PM Jay Armstrong Johnson

Join us for a Halloween themed album release party!

“Jay Armstrong Johnson’s cabaret show at Feinstein’s/54 Below [was] a sprawling musical potpourri that involved well over a dozen musicians, backup vocalists and guests. Mr. Johnson’s engaging performance was a getting-to-know-you event…  It’s a giant leap from Rascal Flatts’s “Banjo” to Stephen Sondheim’s “Johanna” from “Sweeney Todd,” in which Mr. Johnson unfurled the full power of his voice in one of the most persuasive renditions of that song I can recall. Leading into “Johanna” was an impassioned rendition of Jeff Buckley’s ballad “Everybody Here Wants You,” a hyper-romantic plea to a woman with “a singing smile, coffee smell and lilac skin.” Equally impressive was his perfectly pitched duet with Amanda Williams Ware on the Alanis Morissette’s hit “Thank U.” The more passion he poured into such ballads, the better he sounded; he has the gift.” -Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Now, Jay Armstrong Johnson‘s hit concert returns in an encore, with a Halloween twist. Expect Hocus Pocus to make an appearance, a stage full of artists in Halloween costumes, and even a prize for the audience member with the best “Studio 54 celebrity” Halloween costume!

Jay Armstrong Johnson has wowed Broadway audiences in On The Town (Chip), Hands on a Hardbody (Greg), Hair (Claude), and Catch Me If You Can. The New York Times called his performance as Anthony Hope in the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd “affecting and ardent”, and his performance as Herman in Encores’ Most Happy Fella “a standout”.

Known for his thrilling vocal prowess in modern projects like Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM (Galapagos Art Space, itunes) and for his skill and charm at old-school song and dance in projects like Pirates! (The MUNY), Johnson premiered his personal, eclectic solo show at Feinstein’s/54 Below this past spring. Now join him for his live album release concert, featuring songs from Broadway to radio pop to gospel, with fresh arrangements and a full all-star band. Expect everything from Sondheim to Dixie Chicks!

Apr-30-17 09:30 PM Cabaret & More at Feinstein's/54 Below Cabaret & More at Feinstein's/54 Below: New York's Top Talent Shines

The newest and brightest stars from Broadway, off-Broadway and beyond come to shine on the coveted cabaret stage at New York's favorite supper club and theater-insider hot spot, co-owned by platinum-selling recording artist and impresario Michael Feinstein. With legendary names like Charles Busch, Ben Vereen, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and the very latest musical-theater talent from shows including American Psycho, Beautiful, Wicked, Next to Normal and more making appearances, Feinstein's/54 Below offers exciting entertainment that boasts everything from solo debuts, straight jazz shows, tribute artists and composer showcases to new musicals in concert, cast reunions from all-time favorites and salutes to pop-music genres -- including recent faves like Sonny & Cher, Prince, David Bowie, Kelly Clarkson and even The Muppets. Come see the city's best cabaret in the club that's been called "Broadway's living room" -- or maybe dining room, as you can enjoy a delicious three-course prix fixe meal, including a glass of wine, if you wish.
Apr-30-17 11:30 PM Late Night Comedy at 54 with Brandon Scott Wolf and Sam Morill

Comedians Brandon Scott Wolf (Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Saturday Night Live), Sam Morill (Inside Amy Schumer, Conan)and David De Almo (Occasionally Employed at The PIT) join host Tyler Fischer for a night of uproarious fun.

Producer David De Almo (Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes, Chris Gethard: Career Suicide) and host Tyler Fischer (America’s Got Talent, Younger) are proud to bring downtown comedy uptown to Feinstein’s/54 Below!  Late Night Comedy at 54: Three Day Weekend is a standup comedy showcase featuring some of the best comics New York has to offer!  This bi-weekly late-night show will feature established standups, up-and-coming stars to know, and even a familiar Broadway face or two trying something a bit out of their comfort zone.  Join us for laughs, drinks, and the perfect way to cap off your weekend!

Praise for Tyler Fischer:

“Hilarious.” –Today

“Brooklyn’s real-world version of Nathan for You.” –Brokelyn

Watch Tyler on The Today Show: http://www.today.com/home/ikea-comedian-tyler-fischer-pretends-be-store-s-couples-therapist-t74086

May-01-17 06:45 PM Club 54 Member Event
The Untold Stories of Broadway with Jennifer Ashley Tepper

With special guests
Steven Baruch and Richard Frankel

Feinstein’s/54 Below Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper will reveal backstage tales and share stories from her recently published third book, The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 3. For the book series, published by Dress Circle, Ms. Tepper has interviewed over 250 theatre professionals – including the Feinstein’s/54 Below proprietors!- about the Broadway theaters themselves and their stories of working in each house. NBC New York has called the books an ‘inspiring Must-Read’. Tepper was recently named one of the 10 professionals on Backstage Magazine‘s “1st Annual Broadway Future Power List.” According to the article: “Proving herself both a zeitgeist predictor and theatrical historian with her eclectic programming, Tepper is leading the conversation on contemporary musical theatre.”

Ms. Tepper will interview Feinstein’s/54 Below owners Steven Baruch and Richard Frankel, who will reminisce about their own Broadway stories found in her book. Along with partner Tom Viertel, they have produced and managed a wide range of productions, including The Encounter, The Producers, Hairspray, Gypsy, Young Frankenstein, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Penn & Teller, Driving Miss Daisy, Angels in America, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Sound of Music, and Little Shop of Horrors, among many others. Their productions have been awarded 36 Tony Awards, 47 Drama Desk Awards, 38 Outer Critics Awards, four Grammys, eight Olivier Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour featuring food by Executive Chef Lynn Bound and the star of our new Spring cocktail menu, “The Brooklyn Bees Knees,” featuring Brooklyn Gin. The live interview will be followed by a brief Q&A session and a book signing by Ms. Tepper.

All Gold Members will receive a complimentary copy of The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 3.

Please RSVP to rsvp@54below.com with your name and the names of your guests by Thursday, April 27th.

THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT FOR FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW MEMBERS. To join Club 54, click here.

May-01-17 09:30 PM Lisa Jason: Another Hundred People

Starting over. Again.

Following her evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below celebrating Judy Garland, Lisa Jason is back with a more personal show. Having relocated to NYC in the midst of a divorce, Lisa Jason is trying to get to Broadway through acting/voice/dance/improv classes, building a business, creating one woman shows, networking and meeting lots of people while living alone in a one bedroom apartment in the Village amidst daily hotflashes.

A singer and songwriter, Lisa’s song “Beautiful Child” was adopted by The March Of Dimes organization for their national campaign, and was performed by Lisa and the Cape Cod Symphony at their Pops in the Park concert. She has been a guest artist with such legendary groups as Huey Lewis and the News, KC and the Sunshine Band, Otis Day and the Nights, The Hooters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the original cast of the Jersey Boys. She has also performed at the special request of Aerosmith and sung The National Anthem at Fenway Park. Lisa has had the privilege of singing with Alan Menken and has appeared as a guest on Dr. Oz.

Another Hundred People pairs Lisa alongside some of the greats from the Great White Way singing some of the most loved songs that have inspired her throughout her life.

Her heart has been through the ringer, her life has been turned upside down, but she’s still here.

Featuring special guests:
Lucia Giannetta (A Bronx Tale)
Erika Hennigsen (Les Miserables)
Lala (South Pacific)
Melissa Mitchell (Les Miserables)
Joshua Morgan (Les Miserables)
Jelani Remy (The Lion King)

www.lisajason.com

May-02-17 07:00 PM Nick & Nora Reunion Concert

In the 1930’s, radio mystery theatre was the talk of the town. And so were Nick and Nora Charles! Join Feinstein’s/54 Below for a tribute to the short-lived musical, and the radio plays of the 1930’s. W54B Mystery Radio Players will gather to present a broadcast of the latest chapter in Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles series. Inspired by the original 1934 broadcast of Hammett’s The Thin Man, the concert evening will feature songs by Charles Strouse and Richard Maltby, Jr.. Complete with commercial breaks (featuring jingles by Strouse), surprise guests, a celebrity narrator and sound effects create live, before your eyes — and ears — Nick and Nora Charles will take over the Feinstien’s/54 Below stage for one night only.

In 1934, Dashiell Hammett published his final novel and introduced two of the most beloved couple in literature to the world. In 1991, Arthur Laurents (Gypsy, Do I Hear A Waltz?), Richard Maltby, Jr. (Closer Than Ever), and Charles Strouse (AnnieRagsBye, Bye Birdie) brought the extraordinary pair to Broadway. Despite an all-star ensemble, the short-lived musical failed to find an audience and closed after only nine performances. The musical has lived on through a cast recording and twenty-five years of Broadway legend.

Now, members of the original ensemble will reunite for two concerts to bring the notorious Nick & Nora to Feinstein’s/54 Below in a special “radio play” presentation of the musical. Fans of the short-lived musical can expect to hear songs featured on the Original Cast Recording, as well as numbers cut in workshops and previews. 

Nick & Nora is presented as part of the Second Act Series, produced by Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan. Each evening revisits a short-lived musical, highlighting its neglected score and inviting audiences to rediscover a forgotten gem. Previous evenings include: Onward Victoria, Charlie and Algernon and Eating Raoul.

Featuring:
Barry Bostwick (The Robber Bridegroom, Scandal, Spin City)
Marcus Choi (Allegiance, Wicked, Sweet Charity)
Timothy Connell (Nick & Nora)
Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
Cady Huffman (The Producers)
Yvette Lawrence (Falsettos, Beauty and the Beast)
Christine Pedi (Newsical, Spamilton)
Carly Sakolove (Mamma Mia!, Newsical)
Chris Sarandon (Dog Day Afternoon, The Light In The Piazza)
Daniel Walstad (Charlie and Algernon).

Also Featuring:
Lianne Marie Dobbs (Himself & Nora, White Christmas)

and The W54B Radio singers: Suzanne Dressler (Oh, Brother!, Mademoiselle Colombe), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (One Night With Fanny Brice), Paul Thomas Ryan (Onward Victoria), and Thia Stephan (Charlie and Algernon).

Nick & Nora will be narrated by Robert W. Schneider (Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends).

May-03-17 07:00 PM Christine Pedi Sings Comden & Green

Celebrate Betty Comden’s Centennial on May 3, 2017 at Feinstein’s/54 Below!

“Pedi is a musical theater lead with the heart and soul of a comedienne, and the combination creates more effervescence than a glass of good champagne.” – Cabaret Scenes Magazine

Christine Pedi, Drama Desk nominee, star of NEWSical the musical, and SiriusXM radio personality returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in her one night engagement of Wonderful Songs – An Evening of Comden & Green.  Christine will sing the colorful characters created by Betty Comden & Adolph Green – lyricists, librettists, and performers – who helped create the Broadway musicals Bells are Ringing, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and On the 20th Century, as well as hit songs including “Just in Time,” “New York, New York,” “The Party’s Over,” and countless other classics!  Join us for an evening of hilarity, storytelling, and brassy belting as this diva takes center stage.