JAMES SNYDER “A Road Most Traveled” – 8/4 at 7PM The If/Then star makes his 54 Below debut with a show that explores his own “what if?” moments, from starring in shows such as Cry-Baby, Rock of Ages and Carousel to getting married, finding out you’re going to be a dad and (of course), killing it on your very own Broadway.com video blog. Tag along on Snyder’s fun journey! GET TICKETS Dozens of stars flock to the 54 Below stage every week to show us what they got. Here are just some of the nightclub’s recently announced, sure-to-be amazing sets. Mark your calendars for these Broadway faves at the intimate supper club! 54 SINGS THE WIZ 8/10 at 7PM & 9:30PM We are so ready to ease on down the road (stairs?) to check out the latest installment of the nightclub’s “54 Sings” series. Tony nominees Vivian Reed and Adriane Lenox and Broadway alums Ken Page, Kingsley Leggs and Beautiful’s Rashidra Scott are just some of the names set to feel a brand new day. Belt it out with Dorothy and company for one night only! GET TICKETS HELENE YORKE “My Blossom Dearie” – 9/29 at 7PM The Bullets babe is trading in Olive’s hot dog-crazed shtick for something chic and subtle. Yorke’s 54 Below debut will celebrate a supper club star in her own time: jazz and blues singer Margrethe Blossom Dearie. Yorke will recreate the singer’s jazz sound with her own whimsical style and teases that there may be a few sweet surprises (bananas?). GET TICKETS CHRIS MILLER & NATHAN TYSEN “Tuck Everlasting & More” – 9/15 at 7PM & 9:30PM They’ve been heard at rock clubs, off-Broadway theaters and Sesame Street. The song-writing duo will welcome a host of Broadway talent to perform numbers from their shows, including The Burnt Part Boys and Fugitive Songs, plus a taste of their upcoming Tuck Everlasting. GET TICKETS THIS AMBITIOUS ORCHESTRA: CABARET 7/23 at 9:30PM Don’t tell mama, but while Alan Cumming and co. perform at Studio 54, another group of fishnet-clad entertainers are ready to bid you “Willkommen” downstairs. These symphonic rebels, along with some of New York’s finest nightclub singers, will present the Kander and Ebb tuner with arrangements infused with a glam rock sound. GET TICKETS PATRICK PAGE “Good to be Bad” – 8/27 at 7PM Our favorite Broadway bully is back! After a dastardly performance at the nightclub in January, Page returns to explore some of musical theater’s greatest villains and antiheroes we love to loathe—from Captain Hook to Sweeney Todd. What better man to take us on a diabolical journey than the Green Goblin/Scar/the Grinch/Henry VIII himself?! GET TICKETS LOUIS ST. LOUIS “Still Comin’ In Through the Kitchen” – 9/9 & 10 at 7PM He’s a man of many talents: composer, arranger, singer and then some. But before making a name for himself on shows like Smokey Joe’s Café, St. Louis started out in the cabaret scene. He returns to his roots to present a night of original songs that can be heard in Grease (and its infamous sequel), Disco People and more. GET TICKETS View Comments SAYCON SENGBLOH “Vintage Pop Soul” – 8/13 at 7PM & 8/29 at 11PM While her time in the electrifying Holler If Ya Hear Me may be cut short, this Broadway star, whose past credits include Motown, Fela! and Wicked, makes her debut at the supper club this summer. Expect popular tunes of past and present, hits from the Broadway stage and some originals from her EP: Southern Pin-Up. GET TICKETS
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? Find something else to do. I do 500 things before I sit down and write. When I actually have to try and write, I’ll pray. I’ll say a prayer, you know, after I smoke 500 cigarettes and check my email and whatever. Prayer helps. What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write? Unfortunately, cigarettes. I like a candle. And lately I’ve been wearing sweatpants—basketball sweatpants. I spend a lot of time at my desk when I’m not writing, and when I put the sweatpants on, that’s a reminder it’s time to go to work. Like a uniform. What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should know, do and/or see? All aspiring playwrights should see theater and also act and direct. I’ve done backstage, front stage, small parts, big parts, direct. It all helps. Get your hands dirty in the theater. Even if you’re sweeping up, you’re going to learn. You’ll learn more than you can read in a book or just focusing on your story. I try to write my plays in such a way that someone’s going to want to play every part. Between Riverside and Crazy What play that changed your life? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Was there a specific event that sparked the idea behind Between Riverside and Crazy? Yes, there were two events. The first was I moved in [to his sprawling Riverside Drive apartment] the night my mother died. I moved in to take care of my dad. The idea of him being alone just seemed impossible to me. The other event was the color of the day shooting: A white police officer shot a black undercover transit officer. It was a really sad case, and I knew I wanted to try and write about it. Though Stephen Adly Guirgis is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—he’s a writer, director, actor, educator and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company—he is best known for his visceral and engaging plays. These include the Tony-nominated The Motherf*cker with the Hat (his only Broadway credit), Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and many more. His latest work, Between Riverside and Crazy, is a semi-autobiographical piece that centers on a retired cop and the inhabitants of his Upper West Side apartment. Guirgis graciously invited Broadway.com into his writing space, answered a few questions about his process and even picked up a pen for us. Related Shows How do you stay motivated to finish a piece? Deadlines! That’s the only real motivation. It’s a motivator even to start a piece. If I had an idea that I want to try to write something, I might call you guys and be like, “Hey, I’m doing a reading in a week, can you be in it?” I haven’t written anything, but now I’m like, “All right, I have to write something!” That will get me started. I keep creating those artificial deadlines, and then the real deadlines eventually kick in. Name a playwright that influenced you. What’s your favorite line in Between Riverside and Crazy? What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing? Writing is rewriting. I agonize over the first draft. Somehow I feel it needs to be birthed perfectly, but really the trick is just get that first draft out. You can revise and rewrite, and hopefully you’re going to make it better and better. What time of day do you get your best work done? Middle of the night. Definitely. When everyone else is asleep. When there’s nothing else to do and no one else to call. What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a playwright that nobody ever told you? It’s hard. The hardest thing is doing it. It sounds like a simple answer: sit down and stay down. But if you sit down and stay down, something will happen. And you just repeat, repeat, repeat.