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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

By Georgia Stitt and John Jiler
January 19, 2016

Cover charge: $30-$40
Premiums: $65

Cover charge an additional $5 at the door

Food & Beverage Minimum: $25

Tue, Jan 19 7pm Doors 5:15pm Tickets
Tue, Jan 19 9:30pm Doors 8:45pm Tickets

New Musicals at 54 is a series produced by Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today’s most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops… now’s your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts!

Click here to learn more about the New Musicals at 54 series. Use code NEW20 when purchasing tickets to three or more shows in the series in a single order and receive 20% off tickets in the Main Dining Room or Bar Rail sections.

After years of development at institutions such as The York Theatre, ASCAP, The National Alliance for Musical Theater, and TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Composer Georgia Stitt and Playwright/Lyricist John Jiler are thrilled to present the score to their Harold Arlen Award-winning musical. Featuring a cast of six and a band of five, Big Red Sun tells the story of a family of musicians. Eddie and Helen Daimler were great swing musicians in the 1940s, but now in the early 1960s their teenage son Harry, a budding songwriter himself, lives alone with his mother and writes songs about his great war-hero father. In an effort to write more truthfully, Harry unearths a dark family secret. World War II carved a silent divide between those who fought and those who waited – a truth unshared. In a few short years, the simple melodies of Kern and Berlin were replaced by the dizzying energy of jazz and the beginnings of rock and roll. This is the story of a family that changed as much as their music did.

Georgia Stitt is known for her popular albums featuring Broadway artists: This Ordinary Thursday and My Lifelong Love, as well as musicals including Alphabet City Cycle, Mosaic (Off-Broadway, 2010), and The Danger Year. Her other credits include music supervision, music direction, and/or vocal coaching on The Last 5 Years film, America’s Got Talent, and Grease: You’re The One That I Want. John Jiler was the recipient of both the Rodgers and Kleban Awards for his musical Avenue X, which ran at Playwrights Horizons. His work has also been seen at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference and the Kennedy Center.

Jill Abramovitz
Adam Cochran
David Josefsberg
Betsy Morgan
Maurice Murphy
Michael Philip O’Brien

Georgia Stitt (Piano)
Randy Landau (Bass)
Shannon Ford (Drums)
Alec Berlin (Guitar)
Rob DeBellis (Flute, Clarinet, Sax)

Directed by Hunter Foster.