By Michael Gioia
05 Nov 2013
The 9 PM concert will feature over a dozen world-premiere songs by established and emerging musical theatre writers, performed by a roster of Broadway stars.
Performers include Lewis Grosso (Newsies), Jordan (Newsies, "Smash"), Dennis Michael Keefe, Lauren Marcus, Chris Miller, Bonnie Milligan, Chelsea Packard (Hands on a Hardbody), Rob Rokicki, Mike Rosengarten, Salazar (Godspell, Here Lies Love), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda The Musical), Jahn Sood, Louis St. Louis, Sam Tedaldi, Thompson, Nathan Tysen and more.
Writers contributing new songs to the concert include Dan Acquisto and Sammy Buck (Like You Like It), Scotty Arnold and Alana Jacoby, Jeff Bowen ([title of show], Now. Here. This.), Carmel Dean (Johnny & The Sprites, Songs of Innocence & Experience) and Jenny Stafford, David Kirshenbaum (Vanities, Summer of '42), Lauren Marcus (singer-songwriter, "Magpie"), Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting, The Burnt Part Boys), Eric Price (Hello Out There) and Will Reynolds (The Greenwood Tree), Rob Rokicki (Love, NY; Strange Tails), Louis St. Louis ("Grease 2," Truckload) and James Racheff, and Katie Thompson ("So You Think You Can Dance," R.R.R.E.D.), among others.
According to press notes, "Listen as [songwriters] tell their tales of the City both in song and in story; share in the ups and downs of city life, from the day they moved to Manhattan to their favorite spot on the island."
The concert is produced and hosted by Jennifer Ashley Tepper and will benefit The Actors Fund. Musical direction is by Joshua Zecher-Ross.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. For more information and tickets, priced $30-$40, call (866) 468-7619 or visit 54Below.com.