Broadway fans looking to watch the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 9 with fellow theater lovers can cheer for their favorites at “Celebrate the Tonys,” 54 Below’s Tony Awards viewing party. The venue will broadcast the Tony ceremony, which airs from 8:00-11:00pm, live on large screen TVs.
Located at 254 West 54th in the bustling theater district, 54 Below has become “Broadway’s nightclub,” a place where many of the finest and most famous theater singers and musicians love to perform. Given its Broadway-friendly reputation, it seems an ideal venue for theater fans to gather on Broadway’s most celebrated night.
There is no cover charge to attend 54 Below’s Tony viewing party, but there is a $30 food/drink minimum. Reservations are recommended, and can be obtained by calling 646-476-3551. Walk-ins will be allowed in, too, if the event hasn’t filled to capacity. Arrival time is 6:15 to 6:30pm for those who have made reservations, and the festivities start at 7pm. Find more information at www.54below.com.
Fans of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Once now have a chance to see its cast play off of the Broadway stage. On February 17 at 7pm, the cast of Once will perform in a concert at the new club 54 Below, which has quickly become a hotspot for Broadway singers and musicians looking for an opportunity to perform in a more intimate venue.
Once‘s cast — which includes actors Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, Elizabeth A. Davis, Anne L. Nathan, and David Patrick Kelly — is made up of talented singers and actors who are also excellent musicians. The show requires its cast to play instruments onstage, providing their own accompaniment, which gives the musical a special energy. At the 54 Below concert, they will play a mix of original music and cover songs, as well as a few numbers that were cut from Once.
To see the cast of the Broadway musical Once at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street), there is a $20-$30 cover charge, plus a $25 food/beverage minimum. Find out more at 54Below.com.
It hasn’t been open long, but 54 Below has already become a second home to Broadway stars. You could call it a nightclub, a supper club, a cabaret, or even “Broadway’s living room” (to borrow the venue’s own phrase), but whatever you call it, 54 Below is attracting top names from the New York theater scene. Ben Vereen (Jesus Christ Superstar), Victor Garber (Sweeney Todd), Faith Prince (Guys & Dolls), Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can), Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family), Andrea McArdle (Annie), Michael Arden (Big River), and Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins) are among the many respected Broadway performers who are performing there this summer.
Located at the uppermost part of the theater district, on West 54th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Ave.), 54 Below also offers fine dining in the form of small plates, usually featuring seasonal ingredients, and classic cocktails. Needless to say, though, most people will be going there for the music and a chance to see favorite performers in a more casual setting. The many 7 and 8pm show times conflict with Broadway show schedules, but there are also often 11pm sets for people who want to take in both a play and an evening at the cabaret.
The truth is that many promising cabaret venues have come and gone in New York City, so it’s hard to say which ones will survive. But 54 Below has a better shot than most given its prime location.