Marc Shaiman, Krysta Rodriguez, Nick Blaemire and More Are Part of Joe Iconis & Family, Beginning Oct. 12 at 54 Below
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award-winning songwriter Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, "Smash"); Krysta Rodriguez, who stars in the new Broadway musical First Date; and Nick Blaemire (Godspell, Dogfight) are among the artists taking part in the October engagement of Joe Iconis & Family at 54 Below.
Performances of Joe Iconis & Family are offered Oct. 12 at 11 PM and Oct. 18 at 8 PM.
The cast features Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Seth Eliser, Alexandra Ferrara, Molly Hager, Ian Kagey (Oct. 18 only), Dennis Michael Keefe, MK Lawson (Oct. 18 only), Rachel Lee, Lauren Marcus, Jeremy Morse, Rodriguez (Oct. 12 only), Rob Rokicki, Charlie Rosen, Lance Rubin, Rachel Sussman, Jared Weiss, Jason SweetTooth Williams, among others.
Shaiman, whose Broadway credits include Catch Me If You Can and Hairspray, among others, will be the special guest at the Oct. 18 show.
According to press notes, "Musical theatre writer Joe Iconis is about to journey to the West Coast for the world premiere of his musical The Black Suits in sunny Los Angeles. But first, he's proudly bringing his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree back to 54 Below, just in time for Halloween! Join Mr. Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of Joe's incendiary songs, along with a few seasonally-appropriate spooky classics. The huge cast of brilliant actor/singers, lunatic musicians and legendary special guests will offer you an evening where searing character studies meet drunken back room sing-alongs. This is no mere concert. This is a great, big, howling love-letter to passionate musical theater at its best and bloodiest. Grease up your kazoo, fill your whiskey glass and stay for a while. It's going to be a helluva night."
Jennifer Ashley Tepper produces.
Iconis penned the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin. His songs have also appeared on the second season of the NBC musical drama "Smash." For more on his work, read the Playbill.com Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.
His musical The Black Suits will run Oct. 27–Nov. 24 at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theater in L.A.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (866) 468-7619 or visit 54Below.com.
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