Brooke Di Spirito to Present A Big Band Style Jazz Musical Version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Classic Novel The Beautiful and Damned
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:34 am EST 12/15/22



(New York, NY) - Writer, composer and choreographer Brooke Di Spirito, today announced a big band style jazz musical version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Beautiful and Damned. The show will perform on Tuesday, January 17th at 9:30pm at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club at 254 West 45th Street. Published one hundred years ago in 1922, Fitzgerald's second novel concerns a handsome young married couple who choose to wait for an expected inheritance rather than involve themselves in productive, meaningful lives. Tickets are available online at and range from $25-$60 ($29-$67.50 with fees). There's also a $25 food and beverage minimum. www.54Below.com

Creatively spearheaded by "the remarkable twenty-two-year-old Brooke Di Spirito" (The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review), this big band jazz musical version of The Beautiful and Damned features Sarah Anne Fernandez (Wicked National Tour, Elphaba u/s), returning to 54 Below after a high-regarded solo show last year. Vocalists also include members of the workshop cast: Mike Jubak Jr., Izzy Ochocki, and Beatrix Postley, who performed in the world premiere.

The show is accompanied by a 7-piece orchestra, featuring Jivan Ramesh, who at just five years old became the youngest string player to perform at Carnegie Hall – along with several of his orchestrations for The Beautiful and Damned, others of which have been performed by the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall.

After three pandemic cancellations (The original outbreak in 2020, again in 2021, and earlier this year when Omicron struck), the show finally premiered this past summer at the Jeanne Rimsky Theatre where it was met with high acclaim. It's a tale about status above happiness, obsession above love, and death above life. Prepare to be transported one hundred years into the past— to a time far away - yet strikingly more like today than you'd imagine.

In The Beautiful and Damned, Anthony Patch pursues and wins the beautiful and sought-after Gloria Gilbert. He decides that they can survive on his limited income until he comes into a large fortune he stands to inherit from his grandfather. Through the ensuing years, their lives deteriorate into mindless alcoholic ennui. Anthony's grandfather makes a surprise appearance at one of their wild parties and, in disgust, disinherits him. After his grandfather's death, Anthony institutes a lawsuit that takes years to settle. Although the Patches eventually win, by then Anthony's spirit is broken, he and Gloria have grown apart, and they care about nothing.

Brooke Di Spirito is the book writer, lyricist, composer, and choreographer of The Beautiful and Damned. She is a classical ballet dancer with numerous principal credits, has twice performed at the highly regarded Youth American Grand Prix, and received the Award for Artistry at the World Ballet Arts Competition. Brooke began adapting The Beautiful and Damned while in college, receiving numerous awards and grants towards the workshopping of the production. After graduating from Northeastern University (‘21) in just three years, Brooke moved to NYC to pursue her dream of bringing the show to the big stage. She worked tirelessly to navigate the production through the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually securing summer 2022 performance dates at the Jeanne Rimsky Theatre in Port Washington – Fitzgerald's "East Egg". Marking her 54 Below debut, Brooke is ecstatic to bring The Beautiful and Damned to New York City in 2023.

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. 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.

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.
Link http://54Below.com

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