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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Confessions of a Young Character Actress
September 5, 2014

Cover charge: $25/$55

Cover charge $5 more at the door

Food & Beverage Minimum: $25


Fri, Sept 5 9:30pm Doors 8:45pm Buy Tickets

*Tickets on the day of performance after 2:00 are only available by calling 646.476.3551.

Born in the wrong era, Catherine LeFrere was a character actress by the time she was 3 years old with inspirations that include Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Rosalind Russell, Ethel Merman, and Mary Martin. With her knock-out looks and old-school sensibilities, Catherine redefines what it is to be a working character actress on the stage and small screen and will explore this sentiment in her 54 Below debut. In addition to personal anecdotes, Catherine can be expected to sing fresh arrangements of songs written by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, Sara Bareilles, Sheldon Harnick, and Kander & Ebb (to name a few).

Catherine was recently seen at The Gateway Playhouse playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner. Other favorite credits include the off-Broadway musical Unlock’d, the New York Stage & Film Festival’s production of For Worse(directed by Mark Linn-Baker), and the television show Running Wilde (opposite Will Arnett). A proud graduate of Northwestern University, more on Catherine can be found at

Direction by Will Nunziata
Musical Direction By Brian Nash

For her role in 42nd Street, from The New York Times:

“…as rich [a voice] as that of Catherine LeFrere, who plays Dorothy Brock, the disagreeable diva who has been hired to star in ‘Pretty Lady.’ Ms. LeFrere, who wholeheartedly embraces her bad-girl role to good comic effect, softens considerably in “About a Quarter to Nine,” her duet with Ms. O’Bryan. In that song, the seasoned star teaches the rising one how to deliver a beautiful ballad by quietly drawing the audience in, and that is what Ms. LeFrere does. There’s no dancing, but this is one of the highlights of the evening.”