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54 Below Cabaret Club

Maye Her Force Be With You: Marilyn Maye at 54 Below

Glen Roven | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Glen Roven

These days, you can't mention Marilyn Maye's name without bringing up her age: 88! But just like the number of keys on a piano, each of her 88 years only adds to the musicality of this great artist and makes for an essential part of the whole.

A Heartfelt Tribute To Judy Garland On Her 93rd Birthday

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Over the past year, Seth Sikes has channeled Judy Garland in three memorable, sold out performances focused exclusively on the Hollywood legend's fabl...

Viva La Diva! Melba Moore Is Back On Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Pop and Broadway songstress Melba Moore is back on the New York stage. The 69-year-old Tony Award-winning singer-actress, best known for the radio...

With The Help Of Modern Technology, This Star Will Face Off With His Drag Persona In New Musical

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Joshua Warr will showcase two distinct sides of his personality when he takes the stage of New York's 54 Below on April 10. One sure-to-be-memorab...

Curtis M. Wong

After Years Backstage, This Man's Love Of Judy Garland Is Putting Him In The Spotlight

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If Seth Sikes is truly “a piano bar addict,” his new cabaret act could very well be the equivalent of a 90-minute bender. With that in mind, ...

Mack, Mable, Phil and Jerry: A Weird and Wonderful Quartet

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Kelli Rabke was pertly blue collar in Look What Happened to Mabel. Lee Roy Reams archly punched out Hundreds of Girls, Donna Vivino aptly expressed her fury in Wherever He Ain't. Emily Skinner tore my heart out with Time Heals Everything, the quintessential smoldering torch song.

Maureen McGovern Celebrates Female Singer-Songwriters At New York's 54 Below

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts

Audiences hoping for Maureen McGovern to perform her signature hit, "The Morning After," when she takes the stage of New York's 54 Below might be surp...

Curtis M. Wong

Paul Iacono Promises Tears, Laughs And Plenty Of (Emotional) Nudity In His NYC Cabaret Debut

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A pre-pubescent brush with mortality turned out to be a positive, and ultimately triumphant, experience for Paul Iacono. The star of “The Hard T...

Curtis M. Wong

Here's Why You Need To Know Broadway And TV Star Andy Mientus

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In many respects, Andy Mientus became a Broadway star in spite of himself. Although he can be seen as Marius in the current revival of "Les Misérable...

Curtis M. Wong

Meet The 'Twisted, Genius' Composer Who Wants To Bring Darkness To Musical Theater

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ryan Scott Oliver could very well be musical theater’s answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist, and for good reason: the 30-year-old comp...

Curtis M. Wong

Judy Garland's Legacy Is 'A Gift' And 'Very, Very Cool,' Says Daughter Lorna Luft

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Lorna Luft loves a good Christmas celebration, and for good reason. She's been associated with the holiday season since she was 11 years old, when she...

A Peek At The 'Off-The-Cuff, Goofball' Side Of One Of Broadway's Sexiest Men

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts

James Snyder has been wowing the masses as the hunky love interest of Idina Menzel in “If/Then” on Broadway since March, but the actor hopes audie...

Diva Plans A 'Musical Feast' Which Celebrates Joy, Sorrow, And Competing Truths

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

As her 2014 winds to a close, Ann Hampton Callaway has much to celebrate. Earlier this month, the actress and singer-songwriter surprised fans when sh...

A Musical Look At 'Chasing' Long Distance Love Comes To The Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Broadway stars Annaleigh Ashford and Matt Doyle will bring a poignant four-actor song cycle about "breaking up, breaking down and breaking through" to...

The Year's Hottest Gay Short Film Comes To The Stage For One Night Only

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The pleasures and pitfalls of gay hookup apps are explored in "Grind: The Movie," Zachary Halley's short musical film which has been sweeping the fest...

Curtis M. Wong

A Peek At The Vulnerable Side Of A Stage And Screen 'Funny Lady'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts

Katie Finneran may be best known for her comedic chops, but the two-time Tony Award winner really hopes her new cabaret show, “It Might Be You: A Fu...

Beloved Gay Playwright To Be Remembered With Musical Tribute

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Brilliant. Gentle. Intuitive. A kind soul and a true man of words. That's how close friends and loved ones say they'll remember playwright Daniel ...

Leslie's Lesson in Laughing

Steve Schonberg | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

(Photo Credit: Joseph Moran) Just type "Leslie Uggams" into YouTube and it auto-fills with an infamous moment in her career, singing, "June Is Bustin...

Crossing An Ocean For Love...And Tying The Knot On Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Newlyweds David Usdan and Howard ("Howie") Brenner say New York's 54 Below was a natural choice as a wedding venue given that musical theater featured...

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway Diva On The Rebound

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts

After a challenging 2013, Melissa Errico is a star on the rebound. The stage and screen veteran has a lot to bounce back from, as her run in last year...

Curtis M. Wong

The Self-Professed 'Broad From Brooklyn' Who Became A Broadway Diva

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts

Randy Graff brought standing-room-only audiences to tears as Broadway’s original Fantine in “Les Misérables” and nabbed a Tony Award for her ro...

Curtis M. Wong

After Personal Struggles, 'Dreamgirls' Diva Is Back With A New Album And Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Jennifer Holliday has a few, very simple resolutions in mind as she prepares for the new year. “I want to laugh more; I want to live more,” t...

Curtis M. Wong

'Smash' Musical Gets New Life In NYC

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.09.2013 | TV

NBC's Broadway-centric musical drama "Smash," which premiered amid dynamite buzz last year but struggled to find an audience, is getting a second life...

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway And 'Camp' Star Reveals His U.S. Olympic Crush

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Robin De Jesús has Olympic dreams, at least when it comes to harboring crushes. “I’ve always had a thing for [U.S. speed skater] Apolo Anton ...

Curtis M. Wong

Can A Rock Star Also Write Broadway Musicals?

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.11.2013 | Arts

Duncan Sheik could very well be the consummate musical multitasker. The singer-songwriter, who shot to fame in 1996 with the sterling single "Barely B...