COMING TO 54 BELOW ARE: REX SMITH IN ‘CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL’ ON AUGUST 26TH FOLLOWED BY THE SHAPIRO SISTERS (MILLY & ABIGAIL SHAPIRO) ON AUGUST 28TH IN “LIVE OUT LOUD.”
SEPT. 9 & 10 SEE LOUIS ST. LOUIS IN ‘STILL COMIN’ IN FROM THE KITCHEN’.
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER CHRISTINE EBERSOLE HAS ‘BIG NEWS FROM WINNETKA’ SEPT. 8 THRU 20. (sneak peek videos soon available)
About REX SMITH: So how did a crazy Teen Idol rocker end up a respected entertainer on television and Broadway? Every song has a story. Like a rock and roll Mark Twain, Rex Smith takes you on a wild and fascinating, sometimes dramatic, yet very hilarious, musical story-telling journey.
From the crazy antics of rock and roll, his excitement and pressures behind a six-album deal as a number one platinum recording artist with Columbia Records, his two years opening for Ted Nugent, his last concert with Lynard Skynard before their plane crash (and what really happened), what lead Rex to become an overnight sensation as Teen Idol that took him around the world, and the despair that came with the title; his television roles on Sooner Or Later, Street Hawk, Solid Gold, As The World Turns, and The Daredevil; and most notable, his sudden rise to Broadway, including antics with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt during The Pirates of Penzance and receiving the coveted Theatre World Award, leading to Broadway shows with Grease, Grand Hotel, Annie Get Your Gun, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, and Sunset Boulevard… to where he met his 16 year old son, Brandon, for the first time… a son he never knew he had.
Join Rex Smith for a musical evening full of rock and Broadway songs, and if you haven’t heard “the stories behind the stories” from a celebrity dishing on other celebrities, then this is your show. Stories and anecdotes of Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andy Warhol, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith… to Michael Jackson, Andy Gibb, Tatum O’Neal, Dorothy Hamill, Diahann Carroll… And that is only the beginning…
Returning to 54 Below is Tony Winner/Grammy Award Nominee Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Matilda the Musical) and triple threat sister Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas) in their unstoppable sister act “THE SHAPIRO SISTERS: LIVE OUT LOUD!”
For this encore performance, the Shapiro Sisters will be joined by fellow Broadway stars Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Anything Goes) and Ben Thompson (Matilda, Holler If Ya Hear Me). The Sisters delight you with a variety of songs from their repertoire of Broadway favorites. This concert is to benefit a cause for which they are most passionate: No Bully, a non-profit that brings innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying and harassment in schools.
With original arrangements of these beloved classics by Musical Director, Michael Moritz, and direction by Deborah Kym, these powerhouse young sisters promise to both entertain and touch the heart of your world!
“Matilda and Cindy Lou Who will always be in our hearts, but it’s time to take our next steps.” say Milly and Abigail. “We are so excited to have an opportunity to perform as sisters fun songs by characters we love for the cause closest to our hearts: No Bully!”
54 Below – 254 W 54th St, Cellar – New York, NY 10019
Video: Miriam Spritzer
Interviews/Photos: Sandi Durell