Sherie Rene Scott Explores Personal Struggle With Piece of Meat, Beginning Oct. 16 at 54 Below
By Michael Gioia
Three-time Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott, last seen on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, begins a two-week engagement of her cabaret show, Piece of Meat, Oct. 16 at the Manhattan nightspot 54 Below.
The New York premiere of Piece of Meat, which features music direction by Todd Almond (Melancholy Play, We Always Have Lived In The Castle, On The Levee, Girlfriend), is offered Oct. 16-20 and Oct. 23-27 at 8:30 PM and Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 at 11 PM.
In Piece of Meat, Scott explores her personal struggle through song. "After over 26 years of the happy, healthy vegetarian [lifestyle] — never having been tempted — I suddenly found myself faced with the overwhelming desire for meat," she told Playbill.com. "This was obviously something I wanted to keep very private, and I was having a big internal struggle with, and so I wrote about it. And, as Todd and I worked together, just wanting to put a show together of songs that we loved and enjoyed playing, Todd noticed how much the songs reflected [my struggle]…
"This show is basically about all the investigating I did over this one piece of meat and how I felt like I had been a piece of meat at certain parts of my life. I identified with the meat. I identified with the animal and the prey, and I had compassion for that. To find myself on the other side, it was mind-blowing."
Scott was Tony-nominated for her performances in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Everyday Rapture and also received a nomination for the Best Book of Rapture. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Aida, Rent, Grease and The Who's Tommy.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $60 cover charge plus a $30 food/beverage minimum. For more information, visit 54Below.com.
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