at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Call To Reserve Your Seats: 646-476-3551
An amazing array of theater stars have been assembled by producer/writer/host Scott Siegel with the express purpose of singing the songs that they performed in their original Broadway productions. Decade upon decade of Broadway history — more than 60 years! — will be on glorious display on the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage on January 12th at 9:30 pm, when stars from the 20th and 21st centuries return to sing the songs that made (and make) the Great White Way great.
In this special, nightclub concert event, the history of Broadway will be re-lived when the actors from the original casts of musicals from 1954 to the present once again return to the songs that thrilled audiences when they were first performed on the New York stage. And oh the nostalgia! As the announcer for the Lone Ranger might say, “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” and hear not only the great songs of Broadway, but hear them sung by the actors and actresses who made them famous in the first place.
Scott Siegel created/wrote/hosted Broadway Originals for The Town Hall where it was that legendary institution’s gala annual concert for half-a-dozen years. Now, for the first time, Mr. Siegel is bringing this much-beloved and famous concert series from a theater that seats 1,500 people to the intimate surroundings of Feinstein’s/54 Below. The opportunity to witness the glory of Broadway, up close and personal, has never been more reachable.
January 12th will feature:
Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony Nominee, Avenue Q, 2003)
Joan Copeland (Drama Desk Award, Pal Joey, 1977 revival)
Tricia Paoluccio (Fiddler on the Roof revival, 2004)
T. Oliver Reid (After Midnight, 2013)
Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd, 1979)
Special Guest Star: Sondra Lee – (Peter Pan, 1954; Hello, Dolly!, 1964)
at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St., NYC)
We are bringing back America’s great protest songs to inspire a new generation to create popular art out of anger, defiance, and the fight for liberty. Songs like Barry McGuire’s “The Eve of Destruction,” plus the classic protest songs of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, U2, and, of course, protest songs from musical theater! This special concert on Inauguration Day will feature a “A Great Wall…of Sound” by a wide variety of extraordinarily talented stars gathered by impresario Scott Siegel who will produce, write, and host this night when we come together in song, as we once did in the past…
This show is intended as an upbeat, inspirational evening — on the night of Donald Trump’s Inauguration — that sets the tone (and a high bar) for effective, entertaining, convincing, and artful protest songs. It’s a reminder of what the art form has been and what it can be again, hopefully inspiring a means and manner by which today’s songwriters and singers can literally add their voices toward the direction of a better, more humane future.
As Phil Ochs said in “Power and the Glory” –
“We’re only as strong as our love for this land/only as strong as we stand.”
The Return of the Classic Protest Song stars (so far)…
Tony Award Winner CHUCK COOPER (The Life, Amazing Grace)
Tony Award Nominee STEPHANIE D’ABRUZZO (Avenue Q)
2X Drama Desk Nominee KENITA MILLER (The Color Purple)
Broadway/Concert Star BRIAN CHARLES ROONEY (The Three-Penny Opera)
Nightclub/Concert Star MAXINE LINEHAN (“Fiercely Talented” – NY Times)
Broadway/Concert Star DOUGLAS LADNIER (Jekyll & Hyde)
Broadway star ANN HARADA (Avenue Q, Cinderella, etc.)
Broadway star TRISHA PAOLUCCIO (Fiddler on the Roof, 2004 Revival)
Broadway Rising Star ASHTON COREY (“54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits”)
Theater and Film Star MICHAEL ROMEO RUOCCO (The Town Hall)
PLUS: The Broadway by the Year Chorus! (The Town Hall)
And More Stars to Be Announced!
Musicians: Ross Patterson at the piano. Sean Harkness on guitar.
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street, NYC
Tickets are $25 with a $25 food/beverage minimum
To Purchase Tickets Call: 212-206-0440
This show is sponsored, in part, by Margot Astrachan, David Kaufman, Marge Manger, Steve Phillips, Alec Stais, James Wilson, and Anonymous.
Check out the Theater Pizzazz Review of 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits Vol. 8:
by Matt Smith
“Can I just say, Scott and Barbara Siegel, thank you so much for letting us do this?” says character actor Eddie Korbich, upon arriving onstage and launching into his set. “It’s just great. You let us do stuff that nobody else would let us do.”
While there’s no exact confirmation to the validity of Korbich’s statement — it’s certainly true that those in attendance at Scott Siegel’s Broadway’s Greatest Hits Vol. 8 — performed last Saturday at Feinstein’s/54 Below — were in for an unforgettable, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime treat, as Siegel assembled the best of the best Broadway alums to perform a selection of the groundbreaking showstoppers you know and love from shows new, old, and in-between — and even some of the lesser-known staples from shows that have flopped, or stars that have yet to get their big break. All in all, an incredible evening out — Scott Siegel has done it again!
With Ryan Shirar on piano as musical director, the evening kicked off with a bang, with Farah Alvin (Fame, Nine) delivering the quintessential greatest hit if there ever was one: Funny Girl’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade” — which Siegel quipped was fitting, considering it began to downpour as the last few audience members trickled in from the outside. A slew of equally fantastic performances followed, including the tongue-twisting “Getting Married Today” (effortlessly delivered by Avenue Q’s Stephanie D’Abruzzo), the cheery and uplifting “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” (which, to this theatre buff’s delight, included a full-out tap dance break, performed by Dames at Sea standout Ian Knauer), and “Not Your Grandma’s Matchmaker,” a completely unique take on the Fiddler favorite, performed entirely as a tap number (because, as Siegel says “no show devoted to the great music of Broadway is complete without at least one, full-on tap number,” by the incomparable Michela Marino Lerman, a current faculty member within Broadway Dance Center, who more than fills the quotient with her unmatched (see what I did there? Ha!) performance (No, seriously… the end of the number left me speechless).
Equally praiseworthy was Pepe Nufrio’s performance of Ragtime’s “Make Them Hear You.” One of the acclaimed performers as Broadway’s Rising Stars, it’s safe to say the golden-voiced AMDA graduate got his message across — we definitely heard him, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear him again soon. (To that end, as Nufrio left the stage, Siegel advises, “Remember that name.”) And of course, I’d be remiss to not mention D’Abruzzo’s second offering of the evening, everyone’s favorite Les Miz ballad, “I Dreamed A Dream,” which, sung with passion and power, also left me without words at its conclusion (I’m a sucker… it gets me every time!!!)
Having been to my fair share of Scott Siegel’s brilliant Broadway variety shows, I knew going in that one of the most exciting elements of the evening is the “backstage stories” the performers tell about their time in a particular show. As a diehard musical theatre buff, and a budding Broadway insider, it’s a great way for me to feel connected with the performers on a deeper level — especially, too, if I know the performer and the show to which they’re referring within their stories. So, naturally when Korbich took the stage to perform his Little Mermaid showstopper, “Positoovity,” and recalled an instance wherein he was forced to perform the number during tech rehearsals, having indulged in copious amounts of Indian food just hours before… it had me in stitches!! (It didn’t hurt that he said, wryly, “You know where this is going,” as the details of the story unfolded). I also giggled when Alvin mouthed “Cover your ears” to a young patron on her father’s lap before deadpanning the lyric, “I’m tired of being your bitch.”
But while the evening was mostly fun and games, in light of recent events, it was brilliantly capped off with a song of hope — which we all know we could use right now — that iconic Annie anthem of looking toward to a brighter day, “Tomorrow,” sung with flair and panache, once again by Alvin.
A great ending to a greater evening — proving you can’t get any better than Broadway… especially when the best of the best are singing Broadway’s greatest hits!!