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54 Sings DUDE: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:05 pm EDT 10/01/22

RALPH CARTER, ALLAN NICHOLLS, KALONJEE GALLIMORE
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54 SINGS "DUDE": A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

GALT MACDERMOT AND GEROME RAGNI'S LEGENDARY FLOP WILL BE REVIVED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1972

OCTOBER 16 AT 7:00 PM
AT 54 BELOW , BROADWAY'S SUPPER CLUB,

www.54Below.com


54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 54 Sings DUDE: A 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 16. Dubbed "the most incomprehensible show ever presented on a Broadway stage" this Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot musical was the spiritual follow up to their cultural megahit, HAIR. Gods and men clash in this coming of age musical that attempted to redefine the American theatre as a boundless, conceptual form. Thanks to the MacDermot estate, this concert will be the first time the music from DUDE has been presented in New York City since the megaflop closed in 1972.

The concert is produced and directed by musical theatre historian Margaret Hall, and will star Ralph Carter (Original DUDE cast member, Raisin, Good Times), Allan Nicholls (Original DUDE cast member, Hair), Kalonjee Gallimore (A Beautiful Noise), Analise Rios (RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour), Nic Mains (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tour), Tymothee Harrell, Mia Williams, Ali Regan, Rachel Lloyd, and Joshua Kukafka. Additional surprise guests will be present.

Ben Covello will serve as music director. The band will be Ben Covello (Piano, Music Director), Nate Repasz (Drums), Gene Taylor (Bass), and Eitan Prouser (Guitar).

54 Sings DUDE plays 54 Below (254 West 54 th Street) on October 16. There is a $45-$55 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com . Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

MORE ABOUT THE COMPANY

Margaret Hall (She/Her) is a musical theatre historian, writer, and teacher. Her debut biography of Paul Gemignani, GEMIGNANI: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond, is available now. Ms. Hall is the Night and Weekend Editor for Playbill, and a correspondent for TheaterMania.

Ralph Carter (He/Him) is an original cast member of "DUDE", having originated the role of Young Dude. Mr. Carter also originated the role of Travis Younger in "Raisin", for which he was Tony nominated, and Michael Evans on the hit sitcom "Good Times".

Allan Nicholls (He/Him) is an original cast member of "DUDE", having originated the role of #33 (God). Mr. Nicholls is an elder statesman of the entertainment world with numerous credits in film, television, concerts, and Broadway, including the original Broadway production of "Hair".

Kalonjee Gallimore (He/Him) is a multi-hyphenate storyteller who will make his Broadway debut this fall in "A Beautiful Noise", and feature film debut in "Girls Getaway Gone Wrong 2." Kalonjee.com

Analise Rios (She/Her) recently returned from the "RENT" 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour (Swing, U/S Mimi, Maureen). Regional: Green Day's "American Idiot" (Whatsername), "In the Heights" (Nina). Represented by The Roster Agency. AnaliseRios.com.

Mia Williams (She/They) has recently performed at Don't Tell Mama and is currently a member of the cast of a new NY show, "CHOICES - A Rock Opera".

Nic Mains (He/Him) recently returned from the national tour of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (Augustus Gloop). His favorite credits include "Les Misérables" (Jean Valjean); "Promises, Promises" (Vanderhof); "Sunday in the Park with George" (Mr.). www.nicmains.com, IG: @nicmaaaains.

Tymothee Harrell (He/Him) a singer, actor, and dancer; as well as a creative content producer, songwriter, and recording artist under the brand name Tshadez.

Ali Regan (She/Her) is thrilled to be making her 54 Below debut! Original Charlene in "Grand Ole Country" (The Little Theatre on The Square), recent background work on "Gossip Girl" and "Claire". Broadway Covid Manager.

Rachel Lloyd (She/Her) is a multidisciplinary musician with degrees from the University of Ottawa, and New York University.

Joshua Kukafka (He/Him) is a proud member of Soft Brain Theatre Company, NYC's newest Commedia acting troupe. You can catch him in the workshop production of Owen O'leary's "Theatre Sequence Initiated", coming this December.

SAFETY INFORMATION
54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. The new policies require that performers, production, kitchen, and dining room staff, as well as all audience members show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information on our safety protocols can be found here. 54 Below has installed improved air circulation and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change, and policies may be adjusted as is appropriate.

MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW
54 Below was founded as a place for the Broadway community to celebrate Broadway performers, both established and new, who sing not only the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook, but also new material intended for Broadway and off-Broadway stages. The club features fine dining and superb scenic, lighting, and sound designs entirely imagined by Broadway designers. For performers, writers, musicians, and more, 54 Below gives opportunities to advance their craft, expand their repertoires, and develop their voices in a way that is more personal, making them stronger as artists. It gives Broadway fans an opportunity to see their favorite artists in a different way, deepening their relationship and understanding of their talent.

A recipient of the 2022 TONY AWARDS ® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. It is also a place for innovation in musical songwriting and performance. Collaborations born at 54 Below give rise to and help develop new theatrical projects and new musicals. In addition, its popular streaming video activities and audio recordings support these activities, helping to build a new Broadway audience worldwide, both in age and geography.

54 Below is one of the most in-demand performance venues in the city, presenting over 700 shows each year. Unique in its mission, it has become an indispensable member of the Broadway ecosystem, providing a place for seasoned and emerging artists to hone their craft, try out new work, grow their fanbases, and gather as a community. The management team includes Proprietors and nine-time Tony Award winning Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel, Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and restaurant General Manager Mandisa Boxill.

Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club presents live shows at 7pm and 9:30pm. Late night programming will resume in the coming months. Tickets and information at 54below.com.
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