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At the Drama Book Shop on Monday September 24th at 5pm  a book launch event for the second edition of Susan L. Schulman’s memoir “Backstage Pass To Broadway: More True Tales from A Theatre Press Agent.”  Washington Post chief theatre critic Peter Marks will join Susan in a discussion about Broadway, now and then.  (And it is free!)  45 minute talk followed by book signing.


Jamie deRoy and Friends
On October 14th Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret initiative where the proceeds benefit The Actors Fund. We love that Joan Ryan is performing.
Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham Photo by Bradford Rogne Photography










Nathan Lee Graham, the singular Grammy Award winning performer from Zoolander, HBO’s “The Comeback,” Broadway’s Priscilla and more, in the world premiere of his first evening of all theater music “All Things Bright and Beautiful: A Sondheim Salon” on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 PM at The Green Room 42. From the dramatic ballads of Follies to the comedic highlights of Forum, Graham will perform a vividly creative cross-section of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s most beloved creations. After a whirlwind year in which Graham was nominated for a Lucile Lortel Award for the hit Off Broadway musical The View UpStairs to starring in the Fox TV series “LA to Vegas” opposite Dylan McDermott, Graham will present a romantic, 19th Century-style evening featuring songs such as “Loving You,” “Bounce” and “Being Alive.” He will be joined by musical director Tracy Stark on piano with Peter Calo on guitar.
 Tonya & Nancy

Tonya & Nancy









Tonya & Nancy (Highlights from the Rock Opera) – Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, September 28, 2018. The album is currently available for pre-order at

Based on the Tonya Harding/ Nancy Kerrigan Olympic skating scandal, Elizabeth Searle’s and Michael Teoli’s rock opera Tonya & Nancy has drawn national and international media coverage, playing in Boston, Chicago and LA as well as enjoying a sold-out run at NYMF. Tony-nominated Broadway star Lauren Worsham (A Genleman’s Guide To Love and Murder) headlines as Nancy, alongside Ashley Spencer (Rock of Ages, Grease)as Tonya. Tonya’s and Nancy’s ‘Mom’ embodied by Nancy Opel (Urinetown) plays emcee — and occasionally referee — as Tonya, Nancy and knee-attack conspirator ‘Gillooly,’ portrayed by Tony LePage (Rock of Ages), belt out songs including Tonya’s “Watch Your Back” and Nancy’s aria, “Why Me?” Recorded live at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Tonya & Nancy has been hailed by critics on both coasts as “brilliant.” Let the games begin. Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr, Michael Teoli and Brandon Loewit.










David Sisco and Laura Josepher, owners of, will present a free masterclass, followed by signing copies of their book, “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for Students, Teachers, and Parents” at Drama Book Shop’s Arthur Seelen Theatre (250 W. 40th Street) on Saturday, September 22 from 2-4 PM.

The book, which has been vetted by musical theatre educators, parents, teachers, and industry professionals, is the most comprehensive resource for high school students wanting to give successful college auditions. Each chapter focuses on a question central to the audition process, with special sections for the student, teacher, and parent. A robust Appendix features up-to-date rosters of overdone audition material, recommended songs and monologues, and information on how to properly learn new material and make intelligent cuts.

Laura explained, “College auditions are hard. There’s so much information to assimilate and everyone has to be on the same page if the auditioning student is to be successful. Our book will walk readers through every step of the process, from figuring out where to audition and choosing audition material to deciding where to attend.”

Debra Greschner of the Journal of Singing highly praised the book, stating: “The college application process has grown highly competitive, and students look for any edge to make themselves stand out in the audition pool. “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions” contains useful tools for prospective music theater majors, particularly when consulted in conjunction with the advice of parents and teachers. Students who are contemplating a college degree in music theater should investigate this volume.”

Sisco and Josepher will publicly coach a small handful of juniors and seniors first come, first served. Interested students should email Laura Josepher at for more information.

Founded in 2012, is the largest online database of contemporary musical theatre writers and songs, representing over 180 writers and 600 songs, searchable by voice and song type. The site allows subscribers to research specific details about each song (including range, tessitura, accompaniment difficulty, etc…) and listen to a full performance before purchasing and downloading up to three watermarked copies of the score. Because the resource is a subscription site, writers get 100% of the sale price of their songs. Business owners David Sisco and Laura Josepher are the authors of “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions” (available on Amazon) and frequently teach masterclasses and workshops through their company. Together, they have taught at Broadwy Workshop, Hoff-Barthelson School of Music, Lucy Moses School, Marymount Manhattan College, NYSTEA (New York Theatre Educators’ Association), NYU Steinhardt, Rider College, Riverdale Country School, and Den Danske Scenekunstskole in Denmark.

Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, the Drama Book Shop became an independent store in 1923. It has moved several times, but since 2001 it has been located in a 5,000-square-foot space on West 40th Street in Manhattan. The basement houses a 60-seat black-box theater, and a staff of about 20, many of whom are actors or have theater-related interests, assists the thousands of students, theater professionals, and award-winning artists who pass through the shop’s doors. In 2011 the Drama Book Shop received a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. Given since 1990, these awards are bestowed on individuals, organizations, and institutions that have demonstrated profound achievement in theater but are ineligible in any of the established Tony categories.


Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents 54 Celebrates Dame Julie Andrews on Sunday, September 16. What do “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” have in common? Why Dame Julie Andrews of course! Over the course of her practically perfect seven-decade career, Julie has entertained and inspired audiences across the globe with her performances in My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Camelot, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music to name just “a few of our favorite things.”

Join a cast of Broadway’s biggest stars as Feinstein’s/54 Below wishes “Happy Birthday” to everyone’s favorite singing postulant with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show that will be one loverly night!

54 Celebrates Dame Julie Andrews will feature Kathryn Boswell (Anastasia), Eden Eernissee, Ellie Fishman (Finding Neverland First National Tour), Danyel Fulton, Jason Gotay (Bring It On, Freaky Friday), Michael Hartung (Hello, Dolly!), Storm Lever (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof), Isabelle McCalla (The Prom, Aladdin), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), and Michael Williams (Bullets Over Broadway). The show was conceived and is directed by Michael Fling, with music direction by Jonathan Brenner.

54 Celebrates Dame Julie Andrews plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Sunday, September 16 @ 9:30 PM. Doors open at 8:45 PM. Tickets start at $35, with Premiums available for $75. Food and beverage minimum of $25. Tickets and information are available at Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Julie Andrews is an Oscar-winning actress and singer famous for her prolific Broadway and film career in such classics as My Fair Lady, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Camelot, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor/Victoria and The Princess Diaries. Julie Andrews was born on October 1, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. She was a hit on the English stage before duplicating that success on Broadway, where she received Tony Award nominations for her roles in My Fair Lady, Camelot and Victor/Victoria. She won an Academy Award for playing the title role in Mary Poppins and was also nominated for her performance in The Sound of Music. Andrews later worked on a number acclaimed films with husband Blake Edwards, and was made an English dame in 2000.


John Mulaney (Oh, Hello on Broadway, Kid Gorgeous) has just been announced and will be making a special appearance at a Feinstein’s/54 Below concert, “Eli Bolin & Allison Posner: Together Again For The First Time” on September 25th at 9:30pm.

Eli  Bolin (Found, Volleygirls, Skippyjon Jones: Snow What) and Allison Posner (Volleygirls, The Last Song of Eddie Scourge) are a husband and wife duo, who are teaming up to perform original songs and some of their favorites  with friends from Broadway, off-Broadway and beyond.

We have some exciting guests including Ethan Slater (Spongebob Squarepants), Nick Blaemire (tick, tick…BOOM!, Godspell), Alysha Deslorieux (Once on This Island, Hamilton), Juwan Crawley (Aladdin, Spamilton), Richard Kind (The Big Knife, The Producers), and Veronica Reyes-How (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).


Linda Eder, enduring star and Theatre World Award winner for Jekyll & Hyde, gloriously returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a showcase of her celebrated and versatile talent. This beloved vocalist has sold out stages worldwide, including our own. By popular demand, Linda will bring her powerhouse voice back to our intimate venue for a very special engagement, singing from her latest solo album If You See Me. Featuring highlights from her eighteen albums, musical theatre career, and beyond, this is a night of lush melodies and sensational songs like you’ve never heard them before, interpreted by a once in a generation talent.

September 12, 13, and 14th at  Feinstein’s/54 Below at 7pm


Lindsay Mendez & RRyan Scott Olive’s Actor Therapy, September 15 at 11:30PM

Actor Therapy goes Feinstein’s/54 Below! Hosted by award-winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver (35mm, Darling) and Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Significant Other, Wicked), Actor Therapy is a series of masterclasses for performers looking to improve their auditions, build a better book, and expand their understanding of what it means to be an actor and song interpreter in New York today.

Join Ryan Scott Oliver, Lindsay Mendez, and their cast of talented performers as they celebrate the alumni of this memorable program!

Featuring: Abigail Ackley, Mariel Blatt, Ethan Carlson, Emily Sarah Cohn, Dee Danis, Samantha Ferrara, Emily Durand, Alina Fontanilla, Alden Gagnon, Kaitlyn Gill, Joe Hornberger, Noa Miranda, Chelsea Moss, Alex Perez Pagnozzi, Brendan Paine, Jacob Rienstra, Nathan David Smith, Molly Spain, Mari Uchida, Wilson Ward, Holly Wasson, and Mathieu Whitman.


Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell










From November 27-December 31, Grammy Award-winner and two time Emmy nominee Steve Tyrell celebrates his 14th anniversary performing in Café Carlyle’s revered holiday slot with an all-new show, Holidays at the Carlyle.



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Santino Fontana Brings Voice, Comedy and Showmanship To 54 Below



Tony Award® winner Santino Fontana brings his tremendous talent to 54 Below and it is a show that wraps you up in his humor, charm, vocal prowess, laid back demeanor, jeopardy style musical choices and over all entertaining. By the end of the show you feel as if you know him or at least a part of him. Starting off with Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s “Stick Around,” the night turned into a Russian roulette of material.  The audience picked numbers and as Santino put it “if you don’t like the show, it’s your fault.” First up for my show was the naughty but amusing  “Making Love Alone” followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella‘s “Do I Love You,” which made for an amusing combination of songs. During Cinderella Mr. Fontana had shoes that were built up 2 inches inside and 2 inches outside, which cause a tremendous amount of pain, so the song told the story of his plight, which made the song take on a much different meaning. Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle,” was sung for a Carol Burnett tribute, that luckily we were treated to.


His guest for the evening was Sarah Steele (“The Good Wife,” The HumansThe Country House) who sang “out There On My Own” from Fame. On the 14th it will be Greg Hildreth (Company, Disney’s FrozenRodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella). Click on the name and you can hear that version.

Showing off his baritone side with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “If I Loved You.” We almost got to see Santino in Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields”s Sweet Charity, instead we got hint of what that would be like with “Too Many Tomorrows.” A hilarious version of “I feel Pretty” from West Side Story lightened the mood and had the room in tears. Recreating his duet “Love Is An Open Door” from Frozen, Santino channeled Dorothy Michaels from Tootsie. Again the room was laughing with the sheer comedic genius that won Mr. Fontana a Tony Award. Bringing the energy to a calmer state was the emotional Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s “Who Can I Turn To?”

Vocally the most impressive song of the night was “Joey, Joey, Joey” from Most Happy Fellow. Mr. Fontana’s voice was glorious in the tones and the subtle texturing. Keeping in the ballad mode and honoring Marilyn Bergman he launched into the iconic “Where Do You Start,”while accompany himself on the piano, which was highly impressive. Back to the uptempo mode “I Met A Girl” from Bells Are Ringing, was given a rigorous, amusing take. This was his original audition song. Lerner and Loewe’s “How to Handle a Woman,” from the recent Camelot, showed how Santino would have made an excellent King Arthur.

Another favorite moment of the night was “Buddy’s Blues” from Follies. Already a personal favorite, this made me want to see Santino play this role at a later date, though personally I would cast him as Ben.

For the finale songs “The Music In You” from Cinderella, told how he and the cast loved watching the magnificent Victoria Clark perform. “This Can’t Be Love” from 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse, ended up in an encore, of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’s “They Were You” from The Fantasticks, which made my guest producer Pat Addiss extremely happy.

Cody Owen Stine

Santino was backed by his musical director and accompanist Cody Owen Stine, who played flawlessly.

Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana opened September 10th at 54 Below and you can still catch this marvelous show tonight September 14th.

This is a do not miss!


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Talking With Mauricio Martínez About His New Show 5’11, Based in NYC and More



I met Emmy Award winner Mauricio Martínez when he was performing in Children of Salt and have watched him ever since. He then became known for the Broadway musical On Your Feet!, but before that he appeared in the Emmy Winning TV Show El Vato NBC, the hit Señora Acero Telemundo and several Mexican telenovela. T2C talked to this prolific actor/ singer to learn more.

His new show at 54 Below talks about all the self-tape sides filling up his Dropbox. In his new show, 5’11, Based in NYC, Mauricio is putting those to good use in a musical “What If…,” sorting through what might have been. Pushing aside the ring light, you will lean more about this uber talented Mexican American.

His show on October 5 and 6 at 7pm is at 54 Below. The show feature Linedy Genao (Bad CinderellaOn Your Feet!) and Alexis Michelle (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and is written by Mauricio Martínez & Robbie Rozelle, with musical direction and arrangements by Brian J. Nash. Directed by Robbie Rozelle.

Video by Magda Katz

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Linda Purl Not Just An Actress



Last night Linda Purl took the audience at The Green Room 42 on a magical journey.

Linda Purl and Ryan Spahn


In 2020 Linda Purl starred as Ryan Spahn mother in Vivian Neuwirth’s Mr. Toole at 59E59 Theaters.

Ms Purl just released her fourth album of standards, This Could Be the Start. If the CD is anything like the concert this s a must have,


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Linda Purl Had The Room In Her Hand at The Green Room 42



You know Linda Purl, for her work on Movies of the Week, Happy Days, The Bold and the Beautiful, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, The Office and more. Recently she released her fourth album of standards, This Could Be the Start, and she celebrated its debut with a special concert Monday, September 11th at The Green Room 42.

Standards such as “This Could Be The Start,” I’ve Gotta Lot of Living,””Shall We Dance,” “Caravan,“Blue Moon,” “Let’s Get Lost,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Here’s To Life” and more were given a sultry, laid back, come hither approach. You can tell Ms. Purl is an actress first, as these song, all told stories that wrapped you in their spell. The lyrics become front and center, but are thrown away with a knowing that surpasses time. Part of the magic is the alternating rhythms to the originals that make these versions stand out and draw you in.

Penny Fuller, Lorna Dallas, Linda Purl

Part of this intoxication is her musical director Ted Firth, who is a musical genius. Purl has been working with him for 15 years. When ever I fall in love with an arrangement, inevitably it is always Ted Firth at the helm. Firth was on piano with David Finck on bass and Ray Marchica on drums. Purl smartly uses the best of the best.

Linda and Ted Firth

During Ms. Purl’s patter we learned about her love of hiking, she hails from Colorado, her partner, Patrick Duffy, and their sourdough starter company, as well as painting old trees with paint and glitter.

Kevin Spiritus, Jamie deRoy, Linda and Pat Addiss

Purl knows how to keep her audience in the palm of her hand and wanting more. She is warm, engaging and a song stylist, that will keep you coming back for more.

Pat Addiss, Dan Lauria, Linda Purl, Kevin Spiritus

Penny Fuller, Lorna Dallas, Linda Purl, Richard Hillman, Ted Firth

Linda Purl, Richard Hillman, Ted Firth

All photo’s and video are Magda Katz

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Daisy Jopling and Frank Shiner Raise Money To Give Kids The Gift 0f Music



Classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling, vocalist Frank Shiner and her fabulous band performed at Chelsea Table + Stage Saturday, September 9 at 9:30 PM. The duo perform an eclectic mix of music from blues and standards to classical. The magical band that accompanied them included Ray DeTone on guitar, Sofia Gould on saxophone, Jeff Miller on piano, Lavondo Thomas on bass and Dan Weiner on drums.

17 year old, Sofia Gould was a Daisy Jopling student and one of the reasons this foundation is so needed.

For a special treat 17 year old Melisa Muñoz played a mean trumpet.

Daisy tours the world with her own band, and also runs a music mentorship foundation.

The Daisy Jopling Foundation has given 6,810 children world class music performances for free.
4,500 hours of time volunteered.
1,000 residents given free tickets to our concerts.
920 children served in their mentoring programs.
Partnered with over 50 non-ройt organizations to.
transform their student’s lives.

Daisy was the first international violinist to perform a major concert at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on November 4, 2022, collaborating with Egyptian stars Hany Adel, Wust El Balad and Noha Fekry.

Daisy started off by playing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14, the opening of the Vienna Festival, 53 stunning concert halls in China, creating “Illuminance” on Bannerman Island, NY which aired on PBS in 2021 and 2022, and performing her own “Awakening” Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

Daisy Jopling, Frank Shiner

Frank Shiner released his debut album, The Real Me, in 2014, A second LP, Lonely Town, Lonely Street, he released on his own Bakerson Records label. He is now writing a musical about his dad, in which he debuted one of the songs.

They ending the concert with  “Joy To The World.” This was a great night of raising funding for children and music.

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