Star-Studded 54 Below Week: Lee Roy Reams, Christiane Noll,
Marilyn Maye, Larry Gatlin, and Liliane MontevecchI By: Ellis Nassour
The stories he could tell just about working with Lauren Bacall (Applause), Carol Channing (1978 revival, Hello, Dolly!), and Jerry Orbach, Tammy Grimes, (original 42nd Street), could fill a book. And bet Tony and Drama Desk nominee Lee Roy Reams would make it vastly entertaining and juicy. In Song and Dance Man, at 54 Below at 7 P.M. tomorrow, April 3, Reams will surely dish some memories about show biz legends he’s appeared (including Gwen Verdon [he made his Broadway debut in the original Sweet Charity’s ensemble]) and worked with [Gower Champion, Comden/Green/Strouse, Jerry Herman, Fosse, Merrick, Richard Rodgers]. There’ll be some fancy foot work from this tap master and tunes from his 10 Broadway shows, which also include Beauty and the Beast, La Cage aux Folles, Lorelei, Sweet Charity, and The Producers. The cover charge is $30-40.
Golden-voiced Tony and Drama Desk nominee Christiane Noll [Ragtime] returns April 4 at 7 P.M. to the supper club to again celebrate her recently-released CD, Gifts, [Broadway/Live at 54 Below records]. Show tunes, movie themes, operetta, jazz, she can do it all. Songs will include "In His Life," her showstopper in the original Jekyll and Hyde, "Waiting for Life" from Once on This Island, and songs from A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and The World Goes ‘Round. Cover is $25-35.
Following her smash two week run, much-acclaimed Grammy nominee and Nightlife Awards Legend, the unstoppable and brilliant Marilyn Maye, soon to celebrate her 85th birthday, but sounding like a 40-year-old, returns at 7 P.M. on April 5 to conclude her MAYE-den Voyage engagement. She runs the gamut of the American songbook [Arlen, Caesar, Gershwin, Mercer, Porter, Youmans, Weill) and jazz to show tunes she introduced on record. Super elegant and devilishly funny. Cover charge $40-50.
Country and pop recording artist and song writer Larry Gatlin will be joined by his brothers Steve and Rudy at 54 Below on April 6 at 8:30 for a rousing concert of multiple award-winning family harmonies that go back to their gospel roots. Songs will include hits, the Grammy-winning Broken Lady, the top-charted "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love," country classics "All the Gold in California" and "Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You), " and Gatlin’s first solo Top 20 hit "Sweet Becky Walker." Gatlin’s solo career segued from back-up vocals for Kris Kristofferson and country and pop tunes to an acclaimed run on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies. The Gatlins will be joined by multiple MAC and Bistro Award-winner, Jamie DeRoy. Cover is $30-40.
She’s divinely, exquisitely French, and incomparable. Tony and Drama Desk-winning Liliane Montevecchi, who put the chan in chanteuse, will pop the cork on her musical bottle of finest vintage champagne on April 7 at 9:30 P.M. and April 8 at 7 P.M. with songs from her autobiographical show of her years as a prima ballerina, working at M-G-M (where she co-starred opposite Elvis!), headlining the legendary Folies Bergere, and starring on Broadway in the smash revue La Plume de Ma Tante. A few years later, she was back on Broadway in her celebrated role as Lilaine La Fleur in the original Nine with her showstopping "Folies Bergere" and as fading ballerina Grushinskaya in the Grand Hotel. Tunes will include French and world standards, such as "La Vie En Rose" and "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "My Man," and "You Don’t Know Paree." Cover charge $30-40.
All shows have a $25 food or beverage minimum. To purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.