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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

From the team that brought Onward Victoria: In Concert to Feinstein’s/54 Below, comes another wonderful musical with a rarely-heard score. Based on a beloved novel, Charlie and Algernon features a score by Charles Strouse, the Tony Award-winning composer of Annie, Applause and Bye, Bye, Birdie with book and lyrics by David Rogers. The short-lived musical opened on Broadway at The Helen Hayes Theatre on September 14th, 1980 and closed on September 28th, only 17 performances later. The musical traces the mental and emotional development of Charlie Gordon, a disabled young man who becomes the first human test-subject for an ambitious experiment. Through his friendship with a white mouse named Algernon, we watch Charlie tackle the highs and lows of life. The evening will feature an all-star cast, including three different actors playing the title character at various stages of his development.

Produced and Directed by Steven Carl McCasland 
Musical Direction by James Horan (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Producers)
Narrated by the show’s original Broadway star, Sandy Faison.

PJ Benjamin
(Original Broadway Star of Charlie and Algernon, Wicked) as Charlie
Adam Cantor as Charlie
Stearns Matthews (2-time MAC Award-winner) as Charlie
Jeanine Robinson as Lita
Vanessa Spica (Onward Victoria) as Alice Kinnian
Thia Stephan as Charlie’s Mom
Bruce Ward as Charlie’s Dad
Shawn Verrier as Frank
Paul Thomas Ryan as Dr. Strauss
Daniel Walstad as Dr. Nemur
Kristen Gehling as Mrs. Donner 
Lucas Schultz (Pippin, Marry Poppins) as Little Charlie

With special guests Louisa Flaningam (The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls, The Magic Show) and Madelyn Murphy

Past Performances

  • Fri, Sep 16 :7:00 pm
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