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The Feinstein’s/54 Below Podcast will take you behind the scenes at the world-famous Broadway supper club. Known as “Broadway’s Living Room,” the club is a destination for acclaimed stars of the stage and music world and their fans. We invite you to join us as we sit down and chat with the performers who grace our stage – they will inspire us with stories about their journey to Broadway, share news about their upcoming shows and projects---and make us laugh with some backstage stories that you may not have heard before!

Hosted by Feinstein’s/54 Below Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, Senior Digital Associate Grace Benigni and Assistant Programming Director Kevin Ferguson and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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Dear Evan Hansen's Kristolyn Lloyd dropped by the podcast to talk with Assistant Programming Director Kevin Ferguson about turning journal entries into songs, her contemporary Christian influences, and her solo debut at Broadway's Supper Club! For information about Kristolyn’s upcoming show, visit 54Below.com Watch Kristolyn Lloyd sing "Only Girl In The World" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPmdSr_JI2E The Feinstein’s/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 22: ADAM GWON

Episode 22: ADAM GWON

2021-08-3042:26

Award-winning composer Adam Gwon chats with Assistant Programming Director Kevin Ferguson to discuss his high school origin story, the importance of mentorship in musical theatre, and the thrills of returning to the live stage. For information about Adam's upcoming show, visit 54Below.com To see Santino and Jessica Fontana's iconic performance of “Fine,” visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO4lKYgzoyk The Feinstein’s/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Theater legend André De Shields dropped into our podcast ahead of his Feinstein’s/54 Below show for a conversation about coming of age during the age of Aquarius, why he took on the monumental role of King Lear for the second time, and how destiny led him to his Tony-winning role in Hadestown.  A showstopper at the age of 75, De Shields was the triple-crown winner of the 2019 award season, garnering Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for his universally praised role as the messenger to the gods, Hermes, in Hadestown. In an illustrious career that has spanned more than half a century, he has distinguished himself as an actor, director, and educator. His notable theatrical appearances include roles in the original Broadway productions of The Full Monty (Tony Award® nomination), Play On! (Tony Award® nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and the title role in The Wiz. In 2020, he received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the 2020 AUDELCO for Lifetime Achievement and the 2020 Red Bull Theater Matador Award for Excellence in Classical Theater. 2019 honors include The Actors’ Equity Foundation Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year, the Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, and The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, among others. He was also inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. For tickets to André's show at Feinstein's/54 Below, visit: https://54below.com/events/andre-de-shields/. Photo of Mr. De Shields by Lia Chang. Credits The Feinstein’s/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Beloved musical theatre writer Bree Lowdermilk joins the podcast to discuss her star-studded new show at Feinstein's/54 Below. Bree sat down with our Senior Digital & Graphics Associate, Grace Benigni, to talk about the magic of performing to live audiences, her identity journey, and the importance of uplifting trans and non-binary artists and stories. For information about Bree's upcoming shows, visit 54Below.com To see Aaron Tveit's viral performance of "Run Away With Me," visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61EL69OZSlY The Feinstein’s/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Maria-Christina Oliveras caught the attention of NYC theater fans with an explosive, show-stopping turn in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s multiple award-winning musical Here Lies Love. On August 6, she brings her gift of storytelling and unique style to Feinstein’s/54 Below in an electrifying night of music and surprises. In this episode, she joins our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, for a chat about her career, her collaborations with renowned artists, including Tony nominee Alex Timbers, and why she’s chosen this particular time to do her first solo cabaret show. Maria-Christina has performed extensively on and off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, and in film and television. Her career is distinguished by her transformational character work in a number of world premieres, including roles in Kiss My Aztec (by John Leguizamo, Tony Taccone, David Kamp, Benjamin Velez, directed by Tony Taccone), Amélie (by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen, directed by Pam MacKinnon), Soft Power (by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, directed by Leigh Silverman), El Huracán (by Charise Castro Smith, directed by Laurie Woolery), and Pretty Filthy (by Bess Wohl and Michael Friedman, directed by Steve Cosson). She has appeared on Broadway in Amélie, Machinal, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. For information about Maria's show at Feinstein's/54 Below, visit https://54below.com/events/maria-christina-oliveras/ Learn more about Maria on her website: www.mariachristinaoliveras.com Follow Maria on Instagram: @mcoliveras Credits The Feinstein’s/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tony Award® nominee Adam Pascal joins us as we celebrate his return to Feinstein’s/54 Below. The star of RENT, Aida, Something Rotten!, Cabaret, and Pretty Woman, among others, chats with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, about life during the pandemic, recalls highlights from his career, and tells us what audiences can expect from his solo show. For information about Adam's upcoming shows, visit 54Below.com To view a video of Adam singing "One Song Glory.," visit https://youtu.be/hloIgAU6I0o. Credits The Feinstein's/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein's/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Derrick Baskin is a Grammy and Tony-nominated artist for his astounding performance in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Other noteworthy Broadway credits include Memphis The Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Film/TV credits include The Good Lord Bird starring alongside Ethan Hawke, Marshall with the late Chadwick Boseman, and three seasons on Hulu’s critically acclaimed sitcom Difficult People. Derrick joins Nella Vera, Director of Marketing at Feinstein's/54 Below, to chat about his upcoming cabaret show, meeting the real Otis Williams, and how his earlier life abroad shaped his worldview. For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/derrick-baskin/ Watch a clip of Derrick performing: https://youtu.be/OykdNdEwDZU ***** Credits The Feinstein's/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork design by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An episode for Sondheim fans! This week, we turn our focus to Sondheim Unplugged, one of the most popular and long-running series presented at Feinstein’s/54 Below. A celebrated New York event since 2010 (It’s a Hit!), the show features some of Broadway and cabaret’s most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only, delving into the musical world of Broadway’s master composer. In December 2020, Sondheim Unplugged was recorded and streamed as part of 54 Below Premieres, the club’s new streaming series. God, That's Good! We are joined by creator and host Phil Geoffrey Bond and performer Lucia Spina.   Phil Geoffrey Bond created Sondheim Unplugged, the long-running, award-winning monthly series, in 2010 and has served as its producer and host ever since. His novel, The Last Year at Low Tide, is currently available on Amazon from Chess Books as are his other titles — My Queer Youth, Small Town Confessions, The Fall of Mrs. Parsons, The Disney Diaries, and All the Sad Young Men. Phil has served as Director of Programming for The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, The Laurie Beechman Theatre as well as Feinstein’s/54 Below, where he later became Director of Original Programming. He is the recipient of seven Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets (MAC) Awards, two Backstage Bistro Awards, a Broadway World Award, and a Nightlife Award. Lucia Spina made her Broadway debut with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti) in 2006. Her Broadway credits include Kinky Boots (original cast), South Pacific, Legally Blonde (Enid), and Les Miserables. Off-Broadway, she originated roles in Silence! The Musical (Catherine/Senator Martin) and Fugitive Songs. She toured the country with Legally Blonde, and her regional work includes credits at Goodspeed Opera House, Long Wharf Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Barrington Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and The Hangar Theater, as well as Sunday in the Park With George (Nurse/Mrs./Harriett) and Anyone Can Whistle (Osgood) at the Ravinia Festival (Lonny Price, director; Paul Gemignani, musical director). She has sung with the acclaimed American Pops Orchestra and has graced cabaret stages all over New York City garnering her Best Female Vocalist for BroadwayWorld’s 2015 Cabaret Awards. www.luciaspina.com Sondheim Unplugged premiered online Saturday, December 26, 2020, and is available on-demand through January 23, 2021. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.54below.com/Sondheim.  View clips from the show: Natalie Douglas sings “Losing My Mind” https://youtu.be/j9FLx8Z4Qfg Telly Leung sings “Being Alive” https://youtu.be/viXRnxui0Uc All music clips in this episode are from Sondheim Unplugged at Feinstein’s/54 Below, filmed on December 5, 2020: “Being Alive” from Company, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, featuring Joe Goodrich on piano “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Lucia Spina “Marry Me a Little” cut from Company, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Nicholas Rodriguez  “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Lucia Spina & Nicholas Rodriguez  “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Darius de Haas  “Losing My Mind” from Follies, music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Natalie Douglas  “Being Alive” from Company, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Telly Leung  “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can Whistle, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, performed by T. Oliver Reid Instrumental from “Beautiful Girls” from Follies, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, featuring Joe Goodrich on piano   Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Original artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s our biggest and most enchanting episode ever! To celebrate the streaming debut of Broadway Princess Holiday Party, we chatted with the delightful cast, Broadway’s original princesses: Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast), and Courtney Reed (Aladdin). They are joined by special guest prince Adam J. Levy (Waitress) and musical director and Fairy Godfairy Benjamin Rauhala (Fiddler on the Roof).   They reveal the key to playing some of the most beloved and iconic characters on Broadway, talk all things Princess, and reminisce about some memorable moments on stage.   The Broadway Princess Holiday Party is available to on demand through December 26 at www.54Below.com/Princess.   See a clip of the show:  https://youtu.be/q1o2dtrYv9s   For news about the Broadway Princess Party and upcoming tour dates, visit: www.BroadwayPrincessParty.com     Credits   This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff.   Original artwork by Philip Romano.   Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Marilu Henner is a star of television, film, and the Great White Way.  On Broadway, she has appeared in Over Here!, Pal Joey, Social Security, Chicago, and most recently, Gettin’ the Band Back Together. She was also part of the National Tour casts of Grease and Annie Get Your Gun. She began her film career in 1977 with “Between the Lines,” and has since appeared in "Cannonball Run II," "Johnny Dangerously," "L.A. Story," and "Noises Off” among many others. She has also appeared in TV shows such as “Evening Shade,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Most notably she starred in the classic 80’s tv series “Taxi.” Marilu sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to talk about her multi-platform career, taking on strong female roles, and her superior memory skills. *Since this recording, Marilu has added a performance on Jun 1 at 7:00pm. For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/marilu-henner/ Watch Marilu sing “Roxy” from Chicago:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wE3bLUtZrc Watch Marilu perform on “Dancing With The Stars:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYI17r1we3c Watch Marilu discuss her Hyperthymesia on “60 Minutes Australia:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpTCZ-hO6iI Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Our guest today is Nicole Henry, Soul Train Award winner who has been described as “….a paragon of perfection… the vocal love child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan." She has performed in more than 30 music festivals worldwide and in some of the world’s most famous venues. She will be playing her show, Nicole Henry Sings Whitney Houston on March 3 and 17 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.  Nicole sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss her major inspirations, performing in venues across the world, and Whitney Houston’s lasting influence on audiences. See Nicole sing “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaVfa7H434s See Nicole perform “One Moment In Time:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM3-kblapiI Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joining us today are Matt Dahan & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo, writers of the emotional and explosive pop-rock musical Starry, about brothers Vincent and Theo van Gogh.  Matt and Kelly have written two full-length musicals together including The Count of Monte Cristo and Starry. Matt is also the Music Director for Starkid, the internet sensation behind A Very Potter Musical that helped launched Darren Criss to fame. Kelly is also a professional Dungeon Master at Wizards of the Coast and freelance television writer. Following a sold-out engagement with us in 2019 and coming off their Edinburgh Fringe Festival concert series, Matt and Kelly return to the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage with a song-cycle presentation of Starry.  Matt & Kelly sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss what draws them to stories from the 19th century, the importance of Theo van Gogh to his brother’s story, and how they found Starry’s sound.   See the cast of Starry sing “On The Threshold of Eternity:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUT7r-0xHc4 See the cast of Starry sing “The Road:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_aR5kYvlPg See Mariah Rose Faith sing “Enlightenment:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JatNSMT8n4M Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today’s guests are longtime friend of the club Alice Ripley and her frequent collaborator Christopher Schelling. Alice, who has been hailed by The New York Times as “simply astonishing,” is a consummate Broadway star, a versatile film and TV actor, and a distinguished singer-songwriter. She earned her first Tony Award nomination in 1997 with her brilliant work in the legendary Side Show, before winning the 2009 Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Musical '' for her performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. She has also originated roles in such Broadway productions as The Who’s Tommy, Sunset Boulevard, and, most recently, American Psycho. Alice is joined today by her collaborator of nearly 40 years, Christopher Schelling, who is also a founding member of Ripley, the band formed by Alice in 2001. Christopher has served as musical director and manager for a number of other pop rock/cabaret performers. Additionally, his literary agency represents such bestselling authors as Augusten Burroughs, Rainbow Rowell and Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's. Alice and Christopher sat down with our Marketing Associate, Adrian Karnani, to discuss memories from these iconic original casts, revisiting Sunset Boulevard, and creating original music for the last decade. For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/alice-ripley-crossovers/ See Alice sing “As If We Never Said Goodbye:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7nUF5yeU3A See Alice sing “I’m Alive:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJEX5t0l1Hs See Alice sing “I Dreamed A Dream:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWHpILm5PCI Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Our guest today made his Broadway debut at the age of 16 in the title role in Dear Evan Hansen. He was the winner of the Best Actor Award at the 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (known more commonly as the Jimmy Awards).  Andrew joined our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss how he related to the role of Evan, his theatre company Zneefrock Productions, and heading off to Harvard this Fall. For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/a-newsical-hope/ See Andrew sing “Only Us:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l97Nza8mtc   See Andrew’s Jimmy Awards performance of “I Love Betsy:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4HGSE2dd9Y Watch the original (8th grade) cast of Star Wars: A New(sical) Hope:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ySOIYKMyXc Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For this special live taping of the Feinstein’s/54 Below Podcast at BroadwayCon 2020, we were joined by Broadway favorites Jelani Remy and Amanda Jane Cooper. Jelani Remy is currently starring as Eddie Kendricks in Ain't Too Proud! The Life and Times of The Temptations. He was last seen in the recent off Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe  after playing Simba in Disney's The Lion King!  Amanda Jane Cooper is known to national audiences for having played Glinda on the tour of Wicked and in 2017 she made her Broadway debut as where she starred as the show’s 15th Anniversary Glinda and also opened NBC's A Very Wicked Halloween  with "One Short Day" and closed the special with "For Good" alongside Kristin Chenoweth. She took her final bow at the Gershwin on December 9th, 2018 and is now one of Wicked's longest running Glinda's.  These stars joined our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to talk touring, leading blockbuster musicals, and working with Broadway legends. For tickets and information about I Wish: The Roles That Could Have Been: https://54below.com/events/i-wish-4/ Follow Jelani Remy on Instagram at @itsjelaniremy. Follow Amanda Jane Cooper on Instagram at @amandajanecoop and on Twitter at @amandajanecoop. Watch Jelani Remy perform “Somewhere That’s Green” in I Wish: The Roles That Could Have Been: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcQ7glU_uHQ   Watch Amanda Jane Cooper perform “Notice Me Horton” in I Wish: The Roles That Could Have Been:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcvZO94sFE Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 8: JOHN HILL

Episode 8: JOHN HILL

2020-02-2038:57

John Hill is an actor, producer, TV and radio personality.  John starred as Jason McConnell in the off Broadway cult favorite, BARE: A pop opera and also performed in the original Broadway productions of Hairspray, The Boy From Oz and the National Tour of Miss Saigon. Currently, he is a producer of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and co-host of “Andy Cohen: Live” on Sirius XM. He also hosts his own show radio show, “The Feels” on SiriusXM.  On March 11, he brings his signature brand of performance to the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage for the East Coast premiere of The Feels: Live, where he will mix the high energy of his live radio show, his insider Bravo gossip, and his cabaret/musical theatre chops for a very special evening.  John sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss his journey from Broadway to Bravo! For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/john-hill-with-special-guests-andy-cohen-and-michelle-collins/   Follow John on Instagram at @johnarthurhill Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week we are joined by internationally-acclaimed singer, songwriter and recording artist Anthony Nunziata. Anthony has performed hundreds of concerts over the past few years headlining major performing arts centers, theaters, symphony concert halls and private events across the country and around the world. He recently appeared in the Netflix film "The Last Laugh" opposite Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss. This Brooklyn-born, classically trained singer is hailed by Broadwayworld as “an explosion of love and entertainment” and recently co-headlined Carnegie Hall for two sold-out concerts with the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra. ​ ​This February, he brings his soulful and lyrical tenor voice to Feinstein’s/54 Below for a show called Amore: The greatest love songs. He and his world-class band will re-imagine classics such as “Unchained Melody,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” “The Prayer,” “O Sole Mio,” “Somewhere,” and many more. Anthony sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss putting his spin on classic love songs with his twin brother, writing original compositions, and previews his special Valentine’s Day show. For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/anthony-nunziata-2/ See Anthony sing “O Sole Mio:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4H2xuBrIaM&feature=youtu.be See Anthony sing “Will You Be My Everyday?:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sunNCom1EZA&feature=youtu.be   Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Music Credits “Will You Be My Everyday?” Music & Lyrics by Anthony Nunziata, Jeff Franzel, Tom Kimmel Piano: Eugene Gwozdz Saxophone: Daniel Dickinson Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week we are joined by two-time Tony Award® nominee Christine Andreas. Our guest today is Christine Andreas, a multiple-award-winning singer, actress, and two-time Tony nominee. She most recently appeared on Broadway as Jacqueline in the recent revival of La Cage aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer, and also created the role of Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel. She captured theatergoers’ hearts as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady, as Laurey in Oklahoma! as well as her performance in On Your Toes (Tony® Nomination). Audiences across the country remember her portrayal of Margaret Johnson in the much-acclaimed national tour of The Light in the Piazza. Her concerts include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Café Carlyle & Feinstein’s/54 Below. Christine’s most recent show, PIAF-No Regrets, was recorded in London with a 36-piece orchestra and is now available both on CD and in a limited edition collectors vinyl release.   Christine sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss how Broadway has changed with modern sound systems, the process of originating a role, and how life imitated art during her time in The Light In The Piazza. For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/christine-andreas-3/ See Christine rehearsing for her Bemused show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_Bg1ftap5Y Listen to Christine sing “Fly Me To The Moon”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI0FPxCHtEc&list=OLAK5uy_lnTB-MAz4W_S3kIOKaC7KyWTPLfjZxn30   Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 5: HELEN PARK

Episode 5: HELEN PARK

2020-01-2428:42

This week we are joined by our final composer from the New Writers at 54! Series, Helen Park. Helen's recent work includes KPOP, her Off-Broadway musical debut for which she co-wrote music and lyrics. Produced by Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theatre Company and Woodshed Collective, the critically acclaimed show received a sold-out, extended run in NYC and was awarded the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Helen also composed music for Baked Goods for which she won the 2018 Samuel French Short Playwriting Contest. She is currently writing songs for a new Animated Feature musical film called Over the Moon, directed by Academy Award winner Glen Keane and produced by Pearl Studios and Netflix. The film is slated for a 2020 global release. She is the first Asian composer or lyricist to win a Lucille Lortel Award and is a three-time Drama Desk Award Nominee. Helen sat down with our Director of Marketing, Nella Vera, to discuss the evolution of KPOP, her new endeavors composing for film, and her special guests for Jan 29! For tickets and information visit: https://54below.com/events/new-writers-at-54-helen-park/ Follow Helen on Instagram at @mshelenpark and on Twitter at @HelenHjPark Watch the trailer for KPOP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WMQ1o5unhU    Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week we are joined by two more of the artists from our New Writers at 54! Series, Andrew R. Butler and Mark Sonnenblick. Andrew R. Butler is a Jonathon Larson Grant winning-composer, writer and performer. His composition credits include the Lucille Lortel Award winner for Outstanding Musical Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future, and four musicals co-written with playwright Andrew Farmer. As an actor, he has performed in productions from theaters such as Ars Nova, SoHo Rep, and Theater For A New Audience. He also writes and performs with the longstanding musical comedy group Political Subversities.  Mark Sonnenblick is a composer, lyricist and scriptwriter whose credits include Midnight at The Never Get, which was nominated for a bunch of off-Broadway awards last season, as well as Independents, Ship Show, Stompcat in Lawndale, and Dragons Love Tacos with TheatreworksUSA. He has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and received a Jonathan Larson Grant and the Harold Adamson Lyric Award. Andrew and Mark sat down with our Marketing Associate Adrian Karnani to discuss their path into musical theatre, the evolution of new works, and their upcoming solo shows. For tickets and information visit: Andrew R. Butler: https://54below.com/events/the-songs-of-andrew-r-butler/ Mark Sonnenblick: https://54below.com/events/new-writers-at-54-mark-sonnenblick/ Connect with Andrew on Twitter at @ANDREWrBUTLER and on Instagram at @andrewrbutler Keep up with Mark at http://www.marksonnenblick.com/  See Andrew R. Butler sing “100 Years of Subterranean Blues : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpzcoBVdkyQ See Mark Sonnenblick’s sing “Moving”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdFYqQ0hb3w Credits This podcast is hosted by Nella Vera and Adrian Karnani and produced by Grace Benigni, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff. Artwork by Philip Romano. Follow Nella on Twitter at @spinstripes and Adrian on Instagram at @adriankarnani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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