"Nothing Ever Happens on Mars", but a lot happens on 54th Street.
Robert Schneider was working on a show called "Broadway Goes To The Movies" at 54 Below when someone in the cast said Parker Posey's famous line from Waiting for Guffman: "It's the day of the show, ya'll!". Other cast members started warming up with songs from Christopher Guest movies and Schneider realized that everyone loves these movies and knows these songs, but they don't get the credit the deserve for their genius musical composition and lyrics. There was a production of the musical-within-a-movie Red, White, and Blaine from Waiting For Guffman in Chicago in 2014, but the songs have never been showcased in a musical revue like you'd see for other composers like Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, or Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen).
So, he gathered a bunch of Broadway stars and will present "From Guffman To Spinal Tap: 54 Sings Christopher Guest Movies" at Feinsteins/54 Below on January 22 with both an early and a late show. Hosted by the hilarious Ben Rimalower, the night will include songs from Waiting For Guffman, A Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap, For Your Consideration, and Best In Show. Rimalower has hosted Broadway trivia nights at 54 Below before, but will graciously let Jane Lynch do the trivia portion of this night via questions she pre-recorded specially for this event.
Performers include Broadway megastar Annie Golden, and favorites George Salazar, Stephen Bogardus, Allison Guinn, and Lauren Molina (one half of 54 Below celebrities The Skivvies), among many others. Schneider says there are solos, duets, trios, and even an epic 9-person number. Guffman and Christopher Guest fans will not want to miss this celebration. Buy Bonnie a new pantsuit and head on over to 54 Below on January 22!
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