by Matt Smith
There’s no doubt Feinstein’s/54 Below was the place to be this past Tuesday night, when, at 9:30pm, it was “time to match the stars,” and the intimate hotspot kicked off the inaugural edition of the supposed new series, Broadway Match Game.
Produced jointly by panel member (and frequent Feinstein’s/54 Below producer) Robbie Rozelle, and the game’s standup host, Robert W. Schneider (“Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends”), the evening, a mash-up of both the 1970s stalwart and its RuPaul revamp Snatch Game, mixed commonfolk contestants with a bevy of Broadway’s best to fill in the missing word from a slew of topical phrases and questions… with the inevitable Main Stem twist. The result, as you can imagine, was a ROFL rollicking spectacle to end them all!
But with such an eclectic panel, boasting names like George Salazar, Jen Cody, Julia Murney, Lee Roy Reams, the aforementioned Rozelle, and drag legend Alexis Michelle, would you expect anything less than a _____-in’ good time?!
Well, that’s exactly what you got, as the motley cast of characters divulged backstage secrets, traded insider barbs and zingers, and jabbed everyone from Oprah and Harvey Weinstein to Jay Binder and Patti LuPone.
And no Match Game tribute is complete without a few nods to its 1970s namesake; as such, the panel came complete with staples like flashy jewelry, elongated cigarettes, and of course, the iconic skinny mic. To boot, there were even commercials from the original Match Game era interspersed between rounds of the game!!
Everyone came out a winner in the end, as the quick-witted contestants, whether they won or lost, went home with their fair share of generous prizes at night’s end. (Obviously, the winners were favored more than those who lost, but it’s nice to know the “losers” didn’t go home completely empty-handed!)
Check out our photos from the raucous romp throughout, and make your way to Feinstein’s/54 Below when and if Broadway Match Game returns… to see if you have the (you know what) to match the stars yourself!! It’s sure to be a night you will never forget!
Photo Credit: Maryann Lopinto
The inaugural Broadway Match Game debuted at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street) on February 6th.
For more information, including a potential return to the venue, visit www.54below.com.