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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Before the shutdown, Deon’te Goodman had never seen the streets of New York City so quiet or deserted. Not long after this discontented silence, those same streets would soon fill with the resounding calls of protests, violence, and hatred, for which there seemed to be no escape. Deon’te, overcome with anxiety and desperate for a moment of relief, decided that the best way to calm his nerves was to sleep. And dream. Dream of a world that could be. His utopian society. Using a wide array of music, from your favorite songs to reimagined classics (and MAYBE even an original or two), Dream A Little Dream is an envelope-pushing, powerful journey of what it means for art to truly imitate life. Let’s unpack this God-forsaken year together! Music director: Justin P. Cowan

Deon’te Goodman (he/him) was most recently seen in the Broadway cast of Hamilton. His credits include: Hamilton: An American Musical where he performs in the ensemble and understudies Aaron Burr, George Washington, and Mulligan/Madison. Regionally, Deon’te has performed roles in In The Heights, Songbird, Freedom Riders, and many others. As an activist, Deon’te works with Broadway for Racial Justice as the director of Education and outreach. As a vocal coach, he works with several performers in NYC and has acted as vocal supervisor in studio sessions with artists such as Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”).

Justin P. Cowan (Music Director/Accompanist) is an accomplished musical director, accompanist, and conductor based in the CT/NYC region. Credits include: NY Regional: West Side Story, The Producers, Hairspray, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun. Other Regional: Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George (North Carolina Summer Rep).  Damn Yankees, Avenue Q, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, How To Succeed… (Ocean State Theatre Company).  South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Dirty Blonde, A Christmas Carol (Triad Stage).  [Title of Show], The Fantasticks (Florida Repertory Theatre). The Drowsy Chaperone (Maples Repertory Theatre).  Always…Patsy Cline, Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow (Florida Studio Theatre).  Little Shop Of Horrors, Something’s Afoot, A Grand Night For Singing (The Schoolhouse Theatre).  Caroline, or Change, Heathers, Hairspray, Into the Woods, Monty Python’s: Spamalot, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, A Year With Frog And Toad, Dani Girl, Cabaret (UNCG School of Theatre).  Church Basement Ladies, Are We There Yet?. The Winter Wonderettes (Prather Entertainment Group).  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Das Barbecü, Songs For A New World, The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theatre).

Justin holds both masters and doctoral degrees in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, Justin is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Western Connecticut State University where he also serves as the Associate Chair of the department of Theatre Arts.

Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.

Past Performances

  • Wed, Jul 7 :9:45 pm
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