Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:23 pm EDT 10/14/19





FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents 54 Loves Cast Albums! on Saturday, November 16th at 9:30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street). Join us as we celebrate musical theater with an evening of songs sung by the very artists who recorded them for the cast albums we adore. This event is presented in conjunction with the official launch of castalbumreviews.com, a website featuring reviews of thousands of recordings of hundreds of musicals from the dawn of the art form to the latest entries.

Our company thus far includes Anita Gillette (All American, Mr. President, etc.), Penny Fuller (Applause, Rex), Bill Hutton (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Martin Vidnovic (Oklahoma! 1979, Baby, etc.), and Robbie Rozelle (A&R director, Broadway Records), with more to come! The show is produced and hosted by journalist/author/theater historian Michael Portantiere, with musical director Michael Lavine at the piano.

54 Loves Cast Albums! plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Saturday, November 16th at 9:30pm. There is a $30-$40 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum; premium tickets are also available at $70. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.54Below.com. (After 4:00pm on the day of performance, tickets are only available by calling 646-476-3551.)

Michael Portantiere (producer/host) is a panelist for BroadwayRadio’s popular “This Week on Broadway” podcasts, presented by BroadwayStars.com. He has worked as an editor and writer for InTheater magazine and Back Stage, and he is a past Editor in Chief of TheaterMania.com. Michael has written for Playbill, The Sondheim Review, Everything Sondheim, W42ST magazine, and NPR.com. He is also a theater photographer whose photos have been published in The New York Times and other major publications.

Michael Lavine (musical director/pianist) has worked all over the world as a musical director, pianist, vocal coach and singer. He musically directed a concert of the works of Stephen Schwartz, featuring Stephen himself and a star-studded cast, and he produced and musically directed Rediscovered Hamlisch, a CD of previously unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, featuring Kelli O’Hara and other Broadway stars. Michael conducted The Little Mermaid at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (starring Emily Skinner), and was musical director for the York Theatre Company's Billion Dollar Baby (starring Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte) and Carmelina. At the Kennedy Center, he shared the stage with Mimi Hines and Peter Howard (his mentor) in the Rodgers & Hart revue This Funny World. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael owns one of the largest privately held sheet music collections in the world. In addition, he gives master classes on song performance and auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Switzerland, Bangkok, Australia, Singapore, Manila, and other locations. For more information, visit www.michaellavine.net, email Broadwaymhl@aol.com.


Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. In their description of the venue, The New York Times writes, “Feinstein’s/54 Below has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat in the house. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.”

Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein’s/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $5-$105. 54Below.com/Feinsteins

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