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My View: Mandy Gonzalez Raises The Roof & Raises The Bar at Feinstein’s/54 Below

My View: Mandy Gonzalez Raises The Roof & Raises The Bar at Feinstein’s/54 Below

It was a cold night above Feinstein’s/54 Below last night, but Mandy Gonzalez sure turned up the heat as she thrilled the audience on her “off night” from Hamilton.  It’s too bad some of the greatest cabaret shows cannot satisfy the public and have a longer run due to the performers Broadway commitments. if Mandy can fit in some more shows, do not miss them…. she raises the roof, the floor, and the bar with this side trip from the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Eric Michael Gillett once again displays his expertise in supervising a super talent’s cabaret show and musical director Brian J. Nash was superb in his enthusiastic conducting of the band from his piano bench.  Brian also happens to be a first rate singer and the back up vocals were exceptional.   I went from the cold, to the heat, and then got those chilling goose bumps from Mandy’s rendition of “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard.

Mandy, on the heels of starring in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler, returned to Broadway’s Supper Club with this encore performance of her unforgettable solo concert. Star of Broadway, television, and film, Mandy is best known for her portrayal of Nina Rosario in In the Heights, for which she received a Drama Desk Award after originating the role Off-Broadway at 37 Arts. Mandy won an OBIE Award in the Off-Broadway production of Eli’s Comin’, subsequently appearing on Broadway in Tim Rice and Elton John’s Aida, Dance of the Vampires, Lennon, and as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. On screen, Mandy is known for her recent recurring role on ABC’s Quantico, as well as on the CBS hit Madam Secretary.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Mandy’s show press the link to

Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez & Eric Michael Gillett

Jamie deRoy & Mandy Gonzalez

Eda Sorokoff, Robert Diamond, Jennifer Diamond

Jack Gindi, Eda Sorokoff, Eric Michael Gillett

Feinstein’s/54 Below

Mandy Gonzalez & Brian J. Nash


(Complete photos of Mandy’s show at


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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