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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

KIM MARESCA RETURNS TO FEINSTEIN'S 54 BELOW

Kim Maresca




Feinstein’s/54 Below will present the triumphant return of Kim Maresca in her all new show IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BELT IF I WANT TO! next Wednesday, September 21st at 7 PM. Kim exploded onto the New York theatre scene last season with her starring debut as Judy Denmark in the Off-Broadway smash RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL.



Fresh from that “auspicious Off-Broadway debut” (Entertainment Weekly) in RUTHLESS!, Kim Maresca returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below to celebrate her birthday with IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BELT IF I WANT TO! Come get to know the gal that has “all the makings of a great big Broadway star!” (Gay City News) in this buoyant evening of songs that make her giddy, songs that make her dream…and songs that scare the sh*t out of her!



With the aid of a top-notch, seven-piece band of Broadway musicians led by music director Jon Balcourt (THE BOOK OF MORMON), this evening of some of Kimmy’s favorite standards and Broadway showstoppers features sparkling new orchestrations & arrangements by Larry Moore (FINIAN’S RAINBOW) and Joshua Clayton (GYPSY with Patti LuPone, ON THE TOWN).



Join one of New York’s brightest new stars on this musical journey of love, laughter, (maybe a coupla tears), and a special appearance by Broadway legend Betty Buckley, as Kim prepares herself for the exciting next stage!



IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BELT IF I WANT TO! is being presented by Evan Sacks as a benefit for Broadway Dreams. Tickets are $40 - $50 (including open bar) and are available at www.54Below.com or by calling 646-476-3551.



Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54 Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly.


Photo Courtesy Of: Michael Stever

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

THE YOUNGEST SOLO PERFORMER TORI MURRAY

Tori Murray



Feinstein’s/54 Below will present the youngest solo performer in cabaret history, 11-year-old Tori Murray, in READY OR NOT, HERE I COME! tonight at 7 PM. Tori Murray has received unanimous critical acclaim for her current starring role as Tina Denmark in the award-winning musical smash RUTHLESS!



In a genuine star turn, Tori Murray has the most powerful set of pipes

currently exhibited Off-Broadway. Murray has a big future in showbiz!

— Theatermania



“Special praise goes to scene stealer Tori Murray, who

looks like Shirley Temple and belts like Ethel Merman!”

— Rex Reed, The New York Observer



“The remarkably talented Tori Murray sends shivers up and down your spine!”

— Curtain Up



“Tori Murray, who’s sassy, funny and well sung as

tawdry Tina, taps and slays with equal aplomb!”

— Michael Musto, Out



READY OR NOT, HERE I COME! is a mini-musical blending a tale of growing up through an eclectic collection of songs from contemporary Broadway musicals, movie and TV favorites, as well as popular music. Under the direction of Dan Foster and written by Tom and Tori Murray, the evening will feature musical direction by Jason Wetzel and vocal arrangements by Thomas & Linda Smargiassi. Tickets are $40 - $50 (including open bar) and are available at www.54Below.com or by calling 646-476-3551.



Tori Murray: READY OR NOT, HERE I COME! is being produced by Evan Sacks and Ken Schur. All ticket proceeds will go to The Broadway Dreams Foundation.



Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54 Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly.


 Photo Courtesy Of: Jim Randolph

Monday, December 14, 2015

ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY RETURNS TO FEINSTEIN'S

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BROADWAY'S BEST
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Rita McKenzie's Award Winning Ethel Merman




Feinstein’s/54 Below is presenting the triumphant return of Rita McKenzie’s award-winning ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, the country’s longest-running one woman musical, this Saturday, December 12th at 7 PM. Rita McKenzie has performed her critically acclaimed show throughout the world – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Pasadena Playhouse – from Canada to Europe and Asia.



ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY is a love letter to the life and times of Ethel Merman, the Queen of Broadway’s Golden Age. Ms. McKenzie brings to life more than 16 of the greatest hits of Broadway in this thrilling show which recalls the glorious days of the Great White Way and its brightest Star. Written by Christopher Powich and Ms. McKenzie and directed by Mr. Powich, McKenzie triumphs in a role in which she recreates the excitement of La Merm. A night to remember!



“Bold and Brassy. A Don’t Miss!”

- The New York Times



“Showstopping at its best!”

- Los Angeles Times



“Remarkable!”

- San Francisco Chronicle



Ms. McKenzie is currently co-starring Off-Broadway in the smash hit musical RUTHLESS! She's performed in the national tour of Neil Simon’s female version of THE ODD COUPLE, co-starring with Barbara Eden, in which he was honored for her outstanding portrayal of Olive Madison with a National Broadway Theatre nomination as Best Actress in a Touring Play. She also recently toured with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna in their production of BERMUDA AVENUE TRIANGLE. Ms. McKenzie created the role of Phoebe Farber in Sam Harris’ production of HURRY! HURRY! HOLLYWOOD! in Los Angeles, and she played Maggie Jones in the 42nd STREET tour with Mariette Hartley. She also toured the U.S. in Merman’s signature role as Annie Oakley in the 50th anniversary production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN opposite Glenn Yarbrough. Ms. McKenzie has had the privilege of opening for stars such as Steve Allen, Don Knotts, Norm Crosby and Milton Berle and she has been an acclaimed Pops guest artist with virtually every major symphony across the country. An accomplished TV and film actress, Ms. McKenzie played Alice, the housekeeper, on Fox’s “Unauthorized Brady Bunch: The Final Days,” has guest-starred on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” Mrs. Littlejohn on NBC’s “Frasier,” Rita Marcus on the Family Channel’s “Big Brother Jake” and her recurring role on “Daddy Dearest,” starring Richard Lewis and Don Rickles.



Produced by Evan Sacks, the return of ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY features a seven-piece orchestra, with musical direction by David Snyder. Tickets are available at www.54Below.com or by calling 646-476-3551. For more information about ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, visit www.EthelMermansBroadway.com.



Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54 Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

MICKY DOLENZ LIVE AT NYC 54 BELOW ALBUM RELEASE

A Little Bit Of Broadway



Broadway Records has announced that the newest addition to its Live at 54 BELOW series, “Micky Dolenz: A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock & Roll – LIVE at 54 BELOW” will be released on September 25, 2015. The album is now available for pre-order



In early July, Micky Dolenz performed several sold-out evenings at 54 BELOW, the famed performance venue in New York City. This charming Broadway performer and legendary rock ‘n’ roll star will be back to 54 BELOW September 25th and 26th by popular demand to celebrate the launch of his album.



This brand new show was a way for Dolenz to combine his love of Broadway with his love for rock ‘n’ roll into one exuberant concert. The album consists of The Monkees greatest hits and some rarities, along with songs from the musical roles he has performed and the shows he loves. Dolenz framed each song with personal anecdotes and behind the scenes intel, such as his friendship with the Beatles, how he met his wife and the fact that stalwarts Neil Young and Ry Cooder played on the original recording session for “As We Go Along.” The compilation of songs and stories creates a joyous and nostalgic atmosphere for both Dolenz and the audience.



“It was a little bit out of my usual comfort zone, but each show was better than the last and I guess our original concept worked. If the truth be known, the original TV-series was a lot like a half-hour Marx Brothers musical on TV. It’s great that we’ll have the live recording as a permanent record,” said Dolenz. 



Van Dean, founder of Broadway Records adds, “I grew up on the Monkees re-runs and having the opportunity to create this show and resulting album with one of my idols is definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment. It’s thrilling to see how much his fans have embraced this new show. We anticipated they would sing along with some of the Monkees songs at the concerts but to also hear them sing along with his rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’, was pure magic.”


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MICKY DOLENZ'S FINAL NIGHT AT FAMED 54 BELOW

Peter Asher With Bruce Grakal, Micky Dolenz, Jim Kerr And Carol Miller



Micky Dolenz’s final night at New York’s 54 Below brought out a bunch of special friends; including Q104.3’s Jim Kerr and Carol Miller, as well as superstar-producer/artist Peter Asher.



Kerr, who had previously introduced Dolenz for two shows at B. B. King’s, did the same this night, referencing his work in his earlier TV-show Circus Boy, as well as the fact that the three-shows were all being recorded for a live album -to be released in September- which will share the title of the show, A Little Bit Broadway; A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll, on Broadway Records.



Dolenz blazed through the show with stellar support from his bad, led by Michael Moritz, Jr.



Plans are afoot for Dolenz to return to the club in late-September.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

MONKEE MICKY DOLENZ KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK

Micky Dolenz



Monkee-Micky Dolenz knocked it out of the park at his cabaret opening this week at 54 Below.




Titled A Little Bit Broadway; A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll, Dolenz neatly segued his Broadway-chops with several Monkee-hits, including the Carole King/Toni Stern (from HEAD) “As We Go Along,” which this writer just marveled at (fact: Neil Young and Ry Cooder were in on the original recording session).




Watching him do “Don’t Be The Bunny” from the show Urinetown, and, “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago was just marvelous; as he wrapped his golden-glove of a voice lusciously around these songs. “Cellophane” was preceded by a very home-spun story, as are all of these numbers. As always, Dolenz is a succinct and funny raconteur. I'm prompted to say that a book of these vintage anecdotes would be most welcome.




Of course the Monkee-hits flowed, including “Last Train to Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer," the latter of which was followed by Dolenz's joking reminder to a child in the audience, "I sang that song long before Shrek."




It’s terrific to note that for the 70-year old Dolenz, his voice remains as strong and vibrant as ever; a welcomed mix of Roy Orbison and Freddie Mercury. The emotion that he can draw with each song is mesmerizing and admirable.




Also performed was the Lieber/Stoller standout, D. W. Washburn. That song, neatly bridged both of the show's themes, being both a hit for the Monkees and later prominently featured in the Broadway play Smokey Joe's Café.




After his musical director Michael J. Moritz Jr. explained that "I'm a Believer" would be performed in a Broadway manner more suitable for the 54 Below’s intimate, classy setting, Dolenz launched into a slowed-down, jazzy version which was quickly stopped.




"What's scary is that there's probably someone out there doing it like that," he said before the band reverted to the familiar rocking arrangement.




The youthful band was truly inspired; most likely because they were backing such a star, but were spot on.




Playing tribute to the songwriters whose efforts made the Monkees so successful, including Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka, Dolenz seemed more comfortable than ever with his original band's musical legacy (next year is their 50th anniversary).




The evening ended with the rousing "Goin' Down" from their psychedelically tinged album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd., sending the baby boomer audience out in a blissful wave of nostalgia.


Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor


Friday, July 03, 2015

MONKEE MICKY DOLENZ AT 54 BELOW IN NEW YORK CITY

Micky Dolenz



Next week in NYC, at cabaret-club 54 Below, Monkee-Micky Dolenz, debuts a new show called A Little Bit Broadway; A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll, and we have an exclusive peak into his rehearsal sessions held last week.



Working with a new band, with music director Michael J. Moritz, Dolenz performs several Broadway-numbers that are simply sensational.



Watch him do “Don’t Be The Bunny” from the show Urinetown, and, “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago.



He also does several Monkee-numbers, including a rare performance of the Carole King/Toni Stern song from Head, “As We Go Along.”



The shows are July, 7, 10, and 11, and we’ll be on hand for a closer review. A lived-album will be recorded and released on Broadway Records in September.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

A LITTLE BIT OF BROADWAY A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK N ROLL

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Micky Dolenz




MAGIC MICKY --- We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but we were at a super-secret rehearsal last night for Micky Dolenz’s upcoming three-play at 54 Below on July 7, 10, and 11. The show is called A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is a nice riff on Mr. Dolenz’s Broadway experiences (Aida; Grease; Pippin’; and Hairspray) then meshed seamlessly with his rock ’n roll music we all know so well.



Working with a different band than usual—fronted by the astounding Michael Moritz (Matilda; Beautiful)—the show is an amazing revelation from a gentleman with one of the best voices in rock ’n roll ever.



Micky’s stories, with which he explains and introduces each song, are hilarious and informative. Suffice to say that if you were a fan of Dolenz before, then this show is a must-see. I will exclusively add that’s there a song from the way-ahead-of-its-time 1968 Monkees feature film classic Head (hint: Carole King wrote it) that is not only one of my all-time personal favorites, but is also a major show stopper.




This month, by the way, is the 50th anniversary of that famous Variety ad that sought “four insane boys” to audition for a new music-based TV show. This is the ad that introduced the world to Micky, Davy, Peter, and Mike. Great pop history, indeed!

This new show from Micky will be recorded for a live album on Broadway Records, set to be released this September.



At the final Saturday night performance (July 11), Q104.3’s DJ Jim Kerr will introduce Micky from the stage. You’ve heard it here first: Do not miss this show.



TRUMPED --- Univision says it is severing all business ties to Donald Trump.



Univision is the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, so its decision is a blow to the Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture of Trump and Comcast’s NBC/Universal division.



Last week, in his speech announcing his run for President of the United States, Trump deplored immigrants from Mexico who "have lots of problems" and are "bringing those problems to us."



"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists," he said, adding, "and some, I assume, are good people."



Trump went on Fox News Thursday to say, "Of course I'm standing by the statement." He added, "I love Mexico, I love the Mexican people."



Trump also said he intends to sue Univision for refusing to carry the pageant.



"I'm going to have to sue Univision now . . . They have a signed contract," he said. At another point, Trump said, "They'll have to pay me a lot of money."



This morning, there are unconfirmed reports that NBC is distancing itself from Trump–which, if one reads between the lines, may mean Adios to The Apprentice.



While I knew Trump’s inflammatory speech would have a polarizing effect, I didn’t think it would happen this quickly.



Mr. Trump—a.k.a., Mr. Arrogant—is in trouble . . . again!



JOURNEY’S JOURNEY --- Journey has announced that their special guest on their Canadian tour will be none other than Neal "Vortex" Schon.



Of course, Schon is a founding member of Journey and will be playing with them on their section of the show, but he will also open as a solo performer, playing songs from his new all-instrumental album Vortex. Joining Schon will be Omar Hakim on drums, Rachel Z Hakim on keyboards and Jerry Brooks on bass.



Vortex was released on Tuesday via the Mascot Music Group.



Schon will then join his former Journey bandmates Jonathan Cain (keyboards and backing vocals), co-founder Ross Valory (bass and backing vocals), and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda (who was discovered by Schon) for a hit-filled set from the classic rockers.



Omar Hakim will also be doing double duty, filling in for Deen Castronovo who was recently arrested for assault.



If you ask me, I think things would get really interesting out there on the road if Schon were to reunite with one-time Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar (who remains teamed up with his fellow ex-VH bandmate and bassist Michael Anthony in the super-group Chickenfoot, also featuring master guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith on drums) and they put together a reunion tour of their short-lived but dynamic early ’80s band HSAS (which stood for Hagar, Schon, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Michael Shrieve). You never know—these kinds can happen.





CLOSING NOTES-- Fred Goodman, who I knew for years when he was with music industry rag Cash Box, is out with his new book Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Fred is a somewhat cantankerous individual, but a brilliant writer whose knack for getting to the meat of the matter remains essentially unparalleled in the biz. His previous book, The Mansion on the Hill (Vintage), remains one of the definitive books about rock-artist management in our time.



Klein, for those five of you who don’t know, was the business manager for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and many more. Simply cannot wait to read this one . . .



Which major NYC-based charity is being looked into for possible violations? Well, they just celebrated with a major gala this week—but the wolves are at the door. Stay tuned on this one.


Photo Courtesy Of: Brad Balfour/BMB Media

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

54 BELOW PRESENTS ALEXA GREEN ON BROADWAY

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Diamond Star Willie Nelson





GO GREEN --- 54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club (and, the old Studio 54 basement!), will present Alexa Green in A Shining Hour on September 11th, 2014 at 9:30PM.



A Shining Hour is the solo debut of one of the most exciting new voices to come to NYC, soaring through a catalog of songs ranging from Harold Arlen to Mariah Carey. With a jazz ensemble backing her, Alexa successfully bridges the genres providing a vitality and freshness and making her mark on these timeless classics.



Mitchell Walker is the Director/ Creator of A Shining Hour. Mitchell made his directorial debut last year at 54 Below with A Brass Act starring Broadway's Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray). This year he brought Once In Love with Amy Toporek to the 54 Below stage. Joining him will be Dylan Glatthorn (Republic, A Brass Act) as musical director/ arranger and on piano as part of a four piece jazz ensemble featuring Daniel Bailen (Bass), Andy Rinn Martinek (Drums), and Syberen Van Munster (Guitar). 



Green is a Manhattan- based singer, actor, dancer and recording artist best known for her turn as Glinda in the Los Angeles and San Francisco companies of the hit Broadway musical Wicked.



After playing to sold out audiences for nearly two years, she went on to appear alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone in the international cinematic release of Stephen Sondheim's Company with The New York Philharmonic live from Lincoln Center. She has also toured both nationally and internationally as an actor and singer, known for her wide vocal range and expressive musical flexibility.



LYNCH AND DURAN --- David Lynch's 2011 concert film on Duran Duran will be hitting the big screen for the first time next week, appearing in more than 300 theaters for one night only on Wednesday, September 10th.



The film, shot at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre and featuring guest appearances by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, the Gossip's Beth Ditto, Mark Ronson and Kelis, utilizes Lynch's singular style, as the director superimposes images of his interpretation of the band's lyrics over footage of the group onstage.



Lynch and the band released a new, predictably eerie, trailer to celebrate the upcoming screening, which found the director re cutting the film after watching the footage again (The band also remixed the audio for the upcoming release). In the trailer, screening info is projected over a nebulous, round object. In the background, a low, throbbing hum blends with a high-pitched squeal before giving way to a snippet of the group's 1982 hit "Hungry Like the Wolf."



"David is a visionary artist, his work is always surprising and beautifully strange - so it was a surreal dream collaboration for us to work with him and to become the subjects of one of his films," keyboardist Nick Rhodes said in a statement. "When we first discussed the notion of working together, we bonded over a shared desire to create a truly unique live film. I felt confident we could rely upon David to conjure up something stylish, experimental, handmade and innovative. He surpassed all of our wildest expectations."



Filmed in conjunction with the band's 2011 album All You Need Is Now, the movie is part of American Express Unstaged, the series that pairs musicians with filmmakers including Pharrell/Spike Lee, the Killers/Werner Herzog and Maroon 5/Gary Oldman.



The two-hour, 19-song set blended Eighties hits with the new album, as the core quartet of vocalist Simon Le Bon, Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor were joined by four other musicians and a four-piece string section. While the show itself relied on minimal lighting effects, the online concert featured Lynch's flourishes, including wisps of smoke and fire and dead animals superimposed over the band.



As a huge Lynch and Duran Duran fan, cannot wait for this one. Should be superb!



A SURVIVOR PASSES --- Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, died on Sunday night from a heart attack. He was 63.



Although born in Mississippi, he and his mother moved to Memphis the day after he was born and he considered that city his home. He learned how to sing and play guitar and piano at a young age and was already in a band in middle school.



Starting in the late 70's, he fronted a number of bands including Target and Cobra along with doing studio work as a background vocalist for the likes of ZZ Top and Joe Walsh.



In 1984, after the breakup of Cobra, he joined Survivor who were already international stars based on their hit Eye of the Tiger. The lead singer for that hit, Dave Bickler, had suffered from vocal problems and was forced to leave the band, opening up the position for Jamison.



Survivor had a number of hits with Jamison in front including “I Can't Hold Back (1984 / #13),” “High On You (1985 / #8),” “The Search is Over (1985 / #4),” “Burning Heart (1985 / #2)” and “Is This Love (1986 / #9).”



Late in the 80's, the band's success started to fade leading to the members going on an indefinite hiatus. Jamison began recording solo, including the 1991 album When Love Comes Down. It was that album, which didn't chart, that kept him from accepting an offer to become the lead singer of Deep Purple when Ian Gillan was let go from the band. The record company forced him to pass on the offer to promote the new record.



Jamison would later write and sing “I'm Always Here,” the theme from the TV show Baywatch, and release another album under the name Jimi Jamison's Survivor, Empires.



Survivor reformed in 1993 but with Dave Bickler back on lead. When he was fired from the band in 2000, Jamison returned and stayed with the group for the next six years. After once again leaving in 2006, he rejoined in 2011 and, in 2013, Survivor became a two-lead band with the return of Bickler. 



CLOSING NOTES --- So, the so-called maverick- Malkin Brothers who own The Empire State Building and several others units (including the great Fisk Building on West 57th Street and Broadway) didn't let their any of their buildings go gold for last night’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, with the caveat that the request didn't come from a group, but, rather from an individual. Take it from me, this wild cap pair have done more harm than good … all over. I've been privy to several of the so-called innovations at several of their rentals and it ain’t fair or good. I'm not going to call them crooks ... but, a second or third look into their operations needs to be done here. Shame on them … 



Larry David to Broadway? A Fish In The Dark, starring David, will premiere in February. Curb it Larry! …



If you missed Rolling Stone's recent interview with iconic legend Willie Nelson; go back and find it. Writer Patrick Doyle did a superb job on perhaps the most original artist of them all. Required reading for sure ...



Just started the new book from Idea of March-er-Jim Peterik (Through The Eye Of The Tiger), written with Lisa Torem. Am loving it so far ...



SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor at Wo Hop in Chinatown; WOR's Tom Cuddy hustling in Tribeca; Jack Nicholson and Barry Diller at Sandy Gallin's end-of-summer fete in Amagansett; and, Chris Martin wandering the beach, also in Amagansett.





Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BROADWAY'S BEST FOR HUNTER RYAN HERDLICKA

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WALTER MCBRIDE
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BROADWAY
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Phyllis Newman And Hunter Ryan Herdlicka



Judy Katz With Hunter Ryan Herdlicka



Elaine Stritch And  Bernadette Peters



Jason Berrent With Hunter Ryan Herdicka And Richard Ridge



Julie Wilson With Hunter Ryan Herdlicka




The stars of Broadway attended a reception celebrating Hunter Ryan Herdlicka's 54 Below debut with 'You Make Me Feel So Young' in New York City.




Thursday, January 31, 2013

JAMIE DEROY AND AWARD WINNING SHOW TO 54

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JAMIE DEROY IN CONCERT
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Jamie deRoy





Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she hosts an evening of her Multi MAC Award-Winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, on Monday, March 4th (7PM) at Manhattan’s newest Broadway nightclub, “Broadway’s living room,” 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street ~ btw. 7th & 8th Avenues).



Joining Jamie this evening will be: Lewis Cleale (Book Of Mormon); actor, Grammy Award-winning songwriter & country music star Larry Gatlin (The Will Rogers Follies); international classical/rock violinist, Daisy Jopling; MAC Award-winning comedian Cory Kahaney; and Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, Or Change, Jelly’s Last Jam). Ron Abel will serve as musical director and Barry Kleinbort will direct. Tom Hubbard joins Jamie on Bass.



Kicking off its 23rd year, the colorful cabaret series has been thrilling New York City audiences and serves as the basis for deRoy's award-winning cable television show also entitled, “Jamie deRoy & friends.” Jamie has pioneered a distinctive show format that spotlights a wide variety of well-known entertainers and newcomers lighting up the cabaret, theater, and comedy worlds.



Monday, January 28, 2013

CHESTER GREGORY STARS IN THE EVE OF JACKIE

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TIMES SQUARE PICKS
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Chester Gregory




Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Hairspray) reprises his award winning interpretation of Jackie Wilson in the world premiere of his one man show, "The Eve of Jackie" at 54 Below on February 4th at 9:30PM.



Gregory portrays Jackie Wilson, live in concert during his final days, revealing another side to the man "who truly gave his all and left it on the stage."



Starring Chester Gregory as Jackie Wilson, with special guest Lillias White as LaVern Baker Directed by Da'Vine Joy Randolph Musically Directed by Rob Lewis Written by Crystal Lucas-Perry & Chester Gregory.



CHESTER GREGORY Broadway credits include Sister Act (Eddie Souther), Hairspray (Seaweed), Cry-Baby (Dupree) and Tarzan (Terk). Other credits include The Jackie Wilson Story (Jeff, AUDELCO, BTAA and Black Excellence Awards), Shrek (Donkey), Dreamgirls (Jimmy Early), Scapin, Hairspray the Move and performing for Michael Jackson. Chester has a BFA from Columbia Chicago.


Wednesday, August 08, 2012

SING HARLEM SING 54 BELOW PRESS PREVIEW

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WALTER MCBRIDE
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54 BELOW
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Hilary Cole


Sarah Rice


Sing Harlem Sing And Vy Higginsen



The Musical Group SING, HARLEM, SING! along with Hilary Kole, Sarah Rice and Vy Higginsen performed at the 54 Below press preview in New York City.