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Sondheim Unplugged at 54Below. PHoto: 54Below.com
Cabaret
Victoria L. Dammer

54 Below Presents Sondheim Unplugged

Rejoicing in the life and musical talent of Stephen Sondheim one year after his passing, 54 Below presented Sondheim Unplugged, a tribute beyond compare that has played repeatedly since 2010.

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David Jackson. From 54Below.com
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

David Jackson at 54 Below

Jackson’s keenly personal anecdotes segued into music that defined moments of his life, with storytelling characterizing Broadway history.

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Debbie Gibson at 54 Below. Photo credit: Nick Spano
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Debbie Gibson at 54 Below

She’s charming, self-deprecating, and pulled out all the stops tonight to celebrate and honor a career and life on stage. She proved she could both reminisce on her teenage stardom and deliver the American songbook to us.

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Cyclic Journey by Marshall Gilkes
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

Trombonist/Composer Marshall Gilkes Presents: Cyclic Journey

Gilkes’s new album Cyclic Journey touches anyone who appreciates and enjoys world-class artistry and virtuosity in classical and jazz idioms. Cyclic Journey is a musical adventure where the listener can experience the sounds of a team of musicians at the top of their game. At the same time, Gilkes shares his biographical virtual journey that emerged from his creative imagination. As you listen, close your eyes, and permit yourself to be transported through his ephemeral, beautiful sonic world.

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Isaac Mizhrahi. Photo credit: Gregg Richards
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Isaac Mizrahi at 54 Below

Misrahi is a boyish, lovable character who is bawdy, irreverent, clever, and entertaining with repartee and humor as delightful as his singing. His selection of songs seems to spring from biographical sentiment, and while he can sing to be funny, he can also touch hearts with the intense pathos, sadness, and beauty he expresses in songs like Sondheim’s “One More Kiss” from Follies. The song ended with a whisper, silence, and thunderous applause.

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Kate Baldwin and Aaron Lazar All For You. From 54Below.com
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Kate Baldwin and Aaron Lazar: All For You

Kate Baldwin and Aaron Lazar presented a sentimental, delightful journey through the American Songbook of the best of musical theater. Each song and setting was perfectly characterized, rapturously sung, and sparkling.

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Bille Recce. Photo from 54Below.com
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Now More Than Ever: The Songs of Billy Recce

Recce is a prolific composer and lyricist who knows his audience. His banter, sarcasm, wit, and humor are well received. He’s fresh, relevant, irreverent, and quick to lampoon those whose actions he reproves. He is rebellious and reflects his views through an evolution of personal expressions through song. His abilities are diverse. He expresses himself in a mode of his choice best suited to empower his message.

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Banner for Broadway's Next Hit Musical. Courtesy 54 Below
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

The audience gaped in wonderment and amusement at the singing, clever gestures, affectations, jokes, and exploitation of the hilarious, sometimes disjointed clues that inspired the scenes. The performers complete these tasks on the fly.

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