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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

This year, 2024, marks the centenary of the birth of Sheldon Harnick, one of the country’s finest lyricists for the American musical. Sheldon, along with his writing partner, Jerry Bock, have contributed some of the greatest musicals written for the Broadway stage, including Fiddler on the Roof, The Apple Tree, and The Rothschilds, to name a few. But long before his Pulitzer Prize and many Tony® Awards, Sheldon was hard at work writing for the Northwestern University WAA-MU shows. And those early revue songs make the basis for our Sheldon centenary event at 54 Below.

Our revue, Young Sheldon (Harnick), features some of Sheldon’s earliest compositions. They’re full of wit, emotion and silliness. We’ve got a cast of singers from the worlds of Broadway and cabaret to deliver a rousing evening that is guaranteed to make us forget the troubles outside the doors of 54 Below. All of which will be accompanied by an actual live pianist! No expense is being spared.

Sheldon’s career started writing in fifth grade with this surprisingly mature piece of the poet’s art:

The turkey has my sympathy

Why must we be so mean

What has the turkey done

That he deserves the guillotine?

Nevertheless, Sheldon went on to the heights of the lyricist’s art.

Young Sheldon (Harnick) guarantees laughs. No sad songs, no lessons, no grand pronouncements. Just guffaws, howls, and roars of delight. Oh, and don’t forget to bring lots of tissues. Not because you’ll be emotionally laid bare. But because you’ll be crying with laughter.

Produced by Grammy Award winner Ken Bloom, acclaimed for his work as a theater historian, author/playwright, director, and record producer.


Eric Comstock (acclaimed recording artist and American Songbook performer)
Barbara Fasano (acclaimed recording artist and American Songbook performer)
Kenneth Kantor (The Phantom of the OperaChitty Chitty Bang BangA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
Ellen Mittenthal (Fiddler on the Roof national tour)
Sara Zahn (Both Sides of Bernstein)

Photo credit: Robert Armin

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


  • $51 (includes $6 in fees) – $62 (includes $7 in fees)
  • VIP Seating: $78.50 (includes $8.50 in fees)
  • Premiums: $100.50 (includes $10.50 in fees)
  • Prices shown are only valid for online purchases. Additional $6 in fees for all seating sections if purchased at the box office.
  • $25 Food & Beverage Minimum

Times(show / doors open)

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