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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Since he was a child, award-winning musical theater composer Joriah Kwamé has struggled with his voice. Is it too high? Does it say the right things? Is it too loud? Before writing the now-viral MT stand-alone, “Little Miss Perfect,” (which won the inaugural 2019 Write Out Loud Contest), Joriah had to find his voice through the many worlds he created to escape his stark reality as a neurodivergent black man in the midwest.  After a sold-out 54 Below debut last summer and fresh off the Sony Pictures film LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE, Joriah takes the stage once again to bring you his original music, with stripped-back arrangements, soaring vocals and some of Broadway’s most exciting names. Join him as he makes a [Black Boy Joy]ful Noise.

Tiffany Francès (Ain’t Too Proud)
Troy Iwata
(Be More Chill, Netflix’s “Dash & Lily”)
J. Quinton Johnson 
(Hamilton, Choir Boy)
Taylor Iman Jones (Six, Hamilton, Head Over Heels)
Shereen Pimentel (West Side Story, “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”)
Daniel Quadrino (Wicked, Newsies, Waitress)
Carolina Rial (“The Voice”)
Brynn Williams (Spongebob SquarepantsCharlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Alyssa Wray (“American Idol”)

Produced by Jen Sandler

Joriah Kwamé is a playwright/composer/lyricist based in NYC. In 2019, his career was launched when he won Tony Nominee Taylor Louderman’s WRITE OUT LOUD competition, for, “Little Miss Perfect”, which since has grossed over 15 million views online. He is a recipient of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award and was one of six ASCAP writers featured in the ASCAP Songwriters: Next Generation showcase. He participated in the 2020 Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. He was enlisted by Andrew Lippa to write a piece for San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ premiere song cycle Songs Of The Pheonix, alongside the likes of Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, and Ingrid Michaelson. Alongside Pasek and Paul, he wrote the song, “Top Of The World Tonight” for Shawn Mendes in the 2022 Sony Pictures film, “LYLE LYLE, CROCODILE.” He is a 2021 Jonathan Larson finalist.

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

Past Performances

  • Mon, Feb 27 :9:30 pm
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