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Feinstein’s/54 Below To Reopen June 17

Feinstein’s/54 Below To Reopen June 17

(NEW YORK, NY) -- After a 15-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, proprietors Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel have announced that “Broadway’s Supper Club” Feinstein’s/54 Below will reopen its iconic red door for live performance on June 17, 2021.

The opening weekend includes opening night shows from Joe Iconis & George Salazar (June 17 & 18, 20, 22, 23, 24 at 7 PM) and Shakina Nayfack (June 17 at 9:45 PM), followed by Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Winner Larry Owens (June 19, July 9 & 31 at 9:45 PM) and a celebration of our city, Our New York Renaissance! A Celebration in Song! (June 20 at 9:45 PM) from impresario Scott Siegel.

Feinstein said, "As we all start to reconnect our lives, it is a genuine joy to celebrate the reopening of our nightclub. Personally, I have deeply missed our family of performers, staff, patrons and friends and feel so grateful that we will soon be reunited!"

For Covid-19 safety reasons, all acts playing this summer are limited to a maximum of 6 persons on stage, subject to changes in social distancing guidelines. This temporary limit on the number of artists may be lifted as regulations allow.

Feinstein’s/54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. The new policies require that performers, production, kitchen, and dining room staff, as well as all audience members show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additionally, the safety protocols, which will include social distancing, temperature checks, and wearing masks when not dining, will be adhered to until such time as official guidance changes. 

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Capacity will currently be limited to only 80 guests. Tickets for all shows will be sold in pods of 2, 3, or 4 tickets. Unaffiliated parties will not be seated at the same table. Feinstein’s/54 Below has installed improved air circulation and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables.

Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change and policies may be adjusted as is appropriate. 

Feinstein’s/54 Below, which set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues when it opened 9 years ago in 2012 will continue to offer elevated classic American cuisine but with a brand new menu created by Consulting Chef Harold Dieterle, best known to foodies everywhere as the Season 1 winner of Top Chef. Chef Dieterle’s prior restaurants include Perilla, The Marrow, and Kin Shop, which received a two-star rating from the New York Times.

Presiding over the kitchen and leading the culinary team on a nightly basis will be Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Mecca, who formerly served as Executive Sous Chef at One If by Land and La Grenouille, among others. Although the new menu will retain some beloved guest favorites, it will feature mostly new dishes designed to delight and inspire diners at both the 7:00pm and 9:45pm shows.

Here's what is scheduled for June 2021:

JOE ICONIS & GEORGE SALAZAR: TWO-PLAYER GAME – JUNE 17, 18 20, 22, 23, 24 AT 7:00pm. George Salazar and Joe Iconis reunite to reopen Feinstein’s/54 Below with a revamped sequel to their cabaret act, Two-Player Game! Following the Broadway run of Be More Chill and the release of Two-Player Game as a live album, George Salazar and Joe Iconis return to Feinstein’s/54 Below by popular demand. Salazar, the Lortel Award-winning actor known for Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, Godspell, tick tick BOOM, and most recently the Pasadena Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors joins with Iconis, the Tony-Award nominated musical theatre writer known for Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Love In Hate Nation, The Black Suits, and his songs for “Smash”… for an intimate yet mind-melding concert you’ll never forget!


SHAKINA NAYFACK – JUNE 17 AT 9:45pm. You’ve seen her crack jokes on NBC’s “Connecting”... and Hulu’s “Difficult People,” and watched her melt hearts in Amazon’s “Transparent Musicale Finale.” Time Out New York calls Shakina Nayfack “indomitable” and BroadwayWorld praises her “overwhelming generosity of spirit” as a “trailblazer on the nightclub stages of New York.” Continuing the tradition of her previous solo cabarets One Woman Show, Post-Op, and Manifest Pussy, join Shakina as she shares (mostly) unheard songs and stories that honor the heart’s hard work of keeping faith and reawakening relationships, including a sneak peek at her new musical collaboration with Ashley Robinson (Brokeback Mountain) and Dan Gillespie Sells (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie). Music directed by Jacob Yates, with special guest Lauren Marcus.


LARRY OWENS’ SONDHEIMIA – JUNE 19 AT 9:45pm, JULY 9 & 31 AT 9:45pm. “[Larry Owens] has the most virtuosic voice...a powerful, nimble instrument...with the kind of gravitas that could make you weep. A dynamo...well versed in Stephen Sondheim.” —Jason Zinoman, The New York Times. Sondheimia: it’s a state of mind. In this intimately curated cabaret, multi-award-winning musical theatre actor Larry Owens explores time, love, and ambition through the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Music Direction and Supervision by Josh Kight. Owens was most recently seen in the Pulitzer Prize Winning musical A Strange Loop for which he received a Drama League Nomination and the Obie, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards. His television credits include “High Maintenance” (HBO), “Betty” (HBO), “Dash and Lily” (Netflix) and the upcoming seasons of “Modern Love” (Amazon), “Life and Beth” (Hulu) and animated voices for “Fairfax” (Amazon) and “Harley Quinn” (HBO Max).


OUR NEW YORK RENAISSANCE: A CELEBRATION IN SONG! – JUNE 20 AT 9:45pm. The culmination of our re-opening weekend is brought to us by New York City impresario Scott Siegel, who has been responsible for more than 100 sold-out shows at Feinstein's/54 Below. With Scott's handpicked cast of Broadway and nightclub stars, we will celebrate, in music, all things New York, putting a punctuation mark on our highly emotional return. The weekend will end with an evening of exciting performances of famous songs that reflect the resilience of New Yorkers, the greatness of this City, and the power of music to move and inspire. Written, produced, and directed by Scott Siegel, this will be a sensational concert event that will leave you cheering!

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BETH MALONE – JUNE 21 AT 7 :00pm. Tony nominee Beth Malone makes her Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut in an intimate new concert celebrating Pride Month. Best known for originating the role of (Big) Alison in the groundbreaking and celebrated Tony winning musical Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name, Malone now brings her music and personal stories to the stage. Beth made her Broadway debut in Ring of Fire and has gone on to star in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center, MUNY), and off-Broadway in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Bingo. In 2018, she played the Angel in the Broadway run of the star-studded production of Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliot and starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield. She has performed her one-woman show, Beth Malone: So Far, to great acclaim in venues across the country.


ALEXIS MICHELLE: PRIDE AT 54 – JUNE 21 AT 9:45pm. This summer, live performances are back and so is Alexis Michelle! The star of TLC’s “Dragnificent” and one of the last queens left standing on Season 9 of VH1’s “Drag Race” makes a long-anticipated return to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a very special PRIDE show! Manhattan’s favorite Jewish drag chanteuse’s over 6’2” serves up her signature blend of comedy and musical interpretation in this one-of-a-kind show featuring songs ranging from the the 60s to present day! Brandon James Gwinn returns as Alexis’s music director, comedic foil, and onstage eye candy. Start your Pride celebrations right with Alexis Michelle on this colorful night!


BRITTON & THE STING: SUMMER OF LOVE – JUNE 22 & 23 AT 9:45pm. Britton Smith, front man of NYC’s funk-liberation band, Britton & The Sting make their Feinstein’s/54 Below debut with a 2-night engagement entitled Summer of Love. Waves of funk and mesmerizing melodies carry their journey-driven music deep into your soul, reminding you of the healing properties of music and intentional gatherings. Britton & The Sting concerts are containers of joy and liberation. You’ll leave invigorated, sweaty and feeling closer to yourself and others. The talented pack of musicians lead their congregation with an electric passion for funk, gospel, soul and testimony. Their shows feel like church in all of the best ways. Recently featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Fault Magazine, and The New Yorker, Britton & The Sting was also featured in Paper Magazine’s “Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Right” list, as well as a featured 2020 NPR “Tiny Desk” Submission Top Pick. Come to this show if you’re eager to connect to other seekers of light.


ROBBIE ROZELLE: BACK IN THE BASEMENT – JUNE 24 AT 9:45pm. After a very brief hiatus (and practically one year to the date of the release of his debut album), Robbie Rozelle returns to the basement with an all-new show just for PRIDE. And after a year and a half of binging all of Netflix, the acclaimed entertainer has some things to say. Join Robbie and his teeny-tiny band as they celebrate life, love and living out loud in a new hilarious romp from the creator of Songs From Inside My Locker and Tuesdays at 54 that is sure to be full of his signature medleys, razor-sharp wit, and just a soupçon of snark. He just hopes his suit jacket still fits. And if it doesn’t, who cares? It’s a celebration! Written and performed by Robbie Rozelle, musical direction and arrangements by Yasuhiko Fukuoka.


NICOLE HENRY: FEELING GOOD! – JUNE 27 AT 7:00pm. Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry follows up her Cabaret Award nominated show I Wanna Dance with Somebody with a fresh and reviving line up of tunes to celebrate her new single release, Feeling Good. Songs from Broadway, jazz standards and 1980s and 90s pop take you on a journey through life, love, self-discovery and acceptance - it’s a new dawn, a new day, a new world, a bold world...!


SCOTT COULTER & FRIENDS: FROM DOLLY PARTON TO DAVID BOWIE! – JUNE 27 AT 9:45pm. Scott Coulter & Friends have brought many memorable music-filled tributes to Feinstein's/54 Below over the last seven years. To celebrate the club's long-awaited reopening, the gang is going to reprise highlights from their shows honoring iconic artists (Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Prince, David Bowie), beloved musicals (Chess, The Lion King) and of course, disco!


LEE ROY REAMS: REMEMBERING JERRY HERMAN – JUNE 28 AT 7:00pm. In honor of PRIDE Month, Broadway royalty Lee Roy Reams returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a brand-new show celebrating his collaboration with the late great legend Jerry Herman. Lee Roy will regale audiences with glorious songs and outrageous stories from shows including La Cage Aux Folles and Hello, Dolly! Don’t miss Broadway’s “song & dance man nonpareil” (New York Times) as he comes back to the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage! Lee Roy’s ten Broadway credits run the gamut from Sweet Charity, Applause, Lorelei, Hello, Dolly!, and 42nd Street to La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, and The Producers. Come get the theatrical dish from a fellow who was there to see it all, from Dolly’s lashes to Billy Lawlor’s well-worn tap shoes.


I WISH: THE ROLES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN – JUNE 28 AT 9:45pm. Everyone has dreams that they fear will pass them by. For actors, those come in the shape and form of roles -- whether they’ve outgrown that child-star turn, or are the soprano never being considered for the baritone lead. No matter who you are, everyone has a song in their heart that they’ll likely never get to see come to fruition center stage, with a crowd, and in lights. Until tonight. I Wish: The Roles That Could Have Been — is more than just a chance for an audience to bear witness to actors’ dreams manifesting. Our world and community have been viscerally reminded that life is precious, and that theatre has the possibility to do extraordinary things—it can heal, educate, celebrate and amplify. As we welcome you back to Feinstein's/54 Below, I Wish is also about including wishes for a welcoming, imaginative, equitable, and celebratory vision and revision of the stage!


DERRICK BASKIN – JUNE 29& 30, JULY 1, 2, 3 AT 7:00pm. Many of life's moments can only be expressed and understood through music. In his Feinstein’s/54 Below headliner debut, Derrick Baskin journeys through cherished moments of love, sorrow, hope, and joy, and extends to you an invitation to live lighter than you ever have before. Baskin is a Grammy and Tony nominated artist for his astounding performance in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Other noteworthy Broadway credits include Memphis The Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Film/TV credits include The Good Lord Bird starring alongside Ethan Hawke, Marshall with the late Chadwick Boseman, and three seasons on HULU’s critically acclaimed sitcom Difficult People.


MICHAEL KUSHER SINGS HIS HITS FOR PRIDE – JUNE 30 AT 9:45pm. Join Broadway legend (in his mind) Michael Kushner as he regales his glory days on Broadway (again, in his mind) while singing the tunes that made him famous (once again... in his mind). This vaudevillian, gay romp is the perfect musical theatre comedy way to celebrate PRIDE as we collectively recover from a global pandemic. This show was reviewed by The Jewish Journal as "not to be believed, mainly because we haven't seen it yet!" Enjoy personal and hysterical stories complete with tunes from musicals such as The Producers, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Gypsy, and more.


Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club presents live shows at 7:00pm and 9:45pm. Late night programming will resume in the coming months. The club’s streaming series, 54 Below Premieres, a series of concerts that feature cinematic, five-camera HD shoots to bring the glamour and intimacy of Broadway’s Living Room directly to in-home screens, continues through mid-June with shows from Jeremy Jordan and Marilyn Maye. Additional information can be found at www.54BelowPremieres. Ticketing and streaming services for the series are provided by BroadwayWorld Events.

originally published: 05/17/2021

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