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A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

This event is being streamed online through BroadwayWorld Events. To purchase tickets for the in-person event, click here.

“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.

Join us on September 11th, for an evening of songs and stories, performed by the legends themselves who had a front row to history.

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.


André De Shields (The Wiz, Hadestown) representing The Wiz
Richard Holmes (New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players) representing HMS Pinafore
Rupert Holmes(The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) representing HMS Pinafore
Arbender J. Robinson 
(Shuffle Along) representing Shuffle Along
Mary Callanan 
(Bandstand, My Fair Lady) representing Gypsy
Lee Roy Reams 
(Tony® nominee for 42nd Street, Hello, Dolly!) representing Hello, Dolly!
Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller 
(OBC Cabaret) representing Cabaret
Ed Dixon 
(No, No, Nanette, Les Miserables) representing No, No, Nanette
Amy Jo Jackson (Kinky Boots) representing The Threepenny Opera
Michael McElroy representing Rent
Heather MacRae (Hair) and Natalie Mosco (Hair) representing Hair

Special Video Message from Michael McElroy (Rent, Big River)

Music Direction by Michael Lavine

Produced by Robert W. Schneider

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

  • Sun, Sep 11
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