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“Between Schneider’s snappy, succinct narrations and the legendary performers reliving (or, as was the case with some of the younger artists, simply living) even the most seasoned Broadway veteran could walk away with a brand new appreciation for our shared past.”- Belle Goodman, BroadwayWorld

“This book is an absolutely wonderful resource for all students of musical theatre and also for all devoted theatergoers. Well researched thoughtfully compiled it is a great addition to the study of this form that we all love.” – John Doyle, Tony Award Winning Director (Sweeney Todd, Company)

“An extraordinary resource for students of musical theatre or for any theatre-lover, Schneider’s book is a celebration of the art form and the key moments that shaped it. He wisely knows the best way to ensure its future is by understanding its past.” – Susan Stroman, Tony Award Winning Director/Choreographer (Crazy for You, The Producers)

“If you consider yourself a lover of musicals, you must read Fifty Key Musicals.” – Jerry Zaks, Four Time Tony Award Winning Director (Guys and Dolls, Hello, Dolly!)

Those are just some of the praises for new book Fifty Key Stage Musicals by Robert W. Schneider and Shannon Agnew.  Now this book, which rounds-up fifty of the musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater, is being given a one night only concert with the artists who helped create these monumental musicals.

Dreamgirls. Fun Home. Porgy and Bess.

These musicals, and many more, have changed the face of Broadway. Join us on August 17th for an evening of songs and stories that celebrate the rich tapestry of diversity woven through the American musical theater.

Author Robert W. Schneider (Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends) will be on hand to share trivia and anecdotes about the landmark musicals that changed not only the theatre, but the world.

Expect some of Broadway’s favorite artists to make an appearance and take a musical stroll down memory lane.


Daniel Assetta (The Light in the Piazza)
Bryan Austermann (Matilda)
Allison Blackwell (New York, New York)
LaDonna Burns (Rent national tour)
Mike Cefalo (New York, New York)
Nikki Renée Daniels (Porgy and Bess)
Kali Evonne (Fun Home)
Sara Jean Ford (The Phantom of the Opera)
Jack Hale (Rock of Ages)
Brian Michael Henry (Million Dollar Quartet)
Tony Award® nominee Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street)
Chris Richie (In the Heights)
Steve Rosen (Spamalot)
Eric Siegle (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical)
Richard Spitaletta (Something Rotten national tour)
Jonathan Steffins (Jersey Boys on Norwegian Cruise Line)
Jake Urban (The Nutty Professor)

Produced by Robert W. Schneider

Music direction by Michael Lavine

Live from 54 Below is a new series featuring streams of LIVE performances direct from Broadway’s Living Room! Designed to make more shows accessible to fans from across the globe and to recreate the live experience, all shows will be presented exclusively at the time of performance with an in-house audience and will not be available on demand afterwards.

Past Performances

  • Thu, Aug 17
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