Bebe Neuwirth’s “Stories… in NYC: Live At 54 BELOW” will be released digitally on November 15th and on CD on November 19th, 2013. The CD is now available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00G9AO1HI. The track listing and cover art were unveiled today by Broadway Records.
Television audiences adore her for her multiple Emmy Award-winning role as Lilith Crane on Cheers, but it’s the Broadway stage that Tony Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth truly calls home. Stories… in NYC was recorded live at 54 BELOW and consists of a collection of story songs by the likes of Kurt Weill, Tom Waits and, of course, some Broadway standards as well. Neuwirth won Tonys for her work in Sweet Charity and Chicago, and also dazzled New York audiences in A Chorus Line, Little Me, Damn Yankees, Here Lies Jenny, and, of course, The Addams Family.
“I’m honored to have our show recorded live at 54 BELOW, and absolutely thrilled by the way it sounds. It takes me right back to that beautiful room, the great audience, Scott Cady’s masterful piano; I had a fantastic time!” said Neuwirth.
Neuwirth’s album is the latest addition to an ever-expanding series of albums recorded Live at 54 BELOW. “Bebe Neuwirth’s album is the perfect addition to our series,” said Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records. “She is a Broadway legend and this is a wonderful opportunity for her fans to experience this very intimate concert.”
Ms. Neuwirth’s new album is produced by Michael Moritz and executive produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium and Christopher Calkins. “Stories… In NYC” is the latest in the “Live at 54 BELOW” series that started earlier this year with albums by Patti LuPone, Norbert Leo Butz, Christiane Noll, Andrea McArdle, Aaron Tveit, Laura Benanti and the just announced Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle. More albums in the series will be announced shortly.
1. I Love A Piano
2. Intro: Welcome to Stories with Piano #4
3. Ring Them Bells
4. Susan’s Dream
5. Intro: Dance Songs
6. The Bilbao Song
7. Simply A Waltz / It Only Happens When I Dance With You
8. Mr. Bojangles
9. Intro: Are those Cookies?
10. Surabaya Johnny
11. Intro: Here’s a story…
12. On A Slow Boat To China
13. Intro: What I listen to
14. Invitation to the Blues
15. But the World Goes ‘Round
16. Intro: One more song
17. Shiver Me Timbers
18. Intro: Thank you; here’s our encore
19. I’ll Be Seeing You
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch.
More “Live at 54 BELOW” titles will be announced shortly.
BEBE NEUWIRTH starred as Velma in the Broadway production of Chicago, for which she won a Tony® Award, Drama Desk Award, Astaire Award, and Distinguished Performance of the Year Award. A few years later she returned to the show, this time portraying Roxie, making her the only triple-threat to have starred in both leading roles on Broadway. She received her first Tony Award for her portrayal of Nickie in Sweet Charity. Other Broadway credits include Fosse, Damn Yankees, The Addams Family, Dancin’, Little Me, and A Chorus Line. She has performed in regional productions, including Anita in West Side Story, Jenny in The Three Penny Opera, the title role in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (London’s West End), and Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Off-Broadway credits include a Woody Allen play (directed by Mr. Allen) at the Atlantic Theatre Company, a Terrence McNally play at MTC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Classic Stage Company, and singing and dancing an evening of Kurt Weill music in Here Lies Jenny at the Zipper Theatre. She has also played in comedy revues such as Upstairs At O’neal’s. Concert work includes appearing with symphony orchestras around the country, singing the music of Kander & Ebb and Kurt Weill, and also a more intimate show called Stories With Piano.
On television Bebe is well known for her role of Lilith on “Cheers”, for which she received two Emmy® Awards. Other TV appearances include her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Dorothy Parker in “Dash” and “Lily”, and a starring role in the series “Law & Order: Trial By Jury”.
Film work includes “Liberty Heights”, “Summer Of Sam”, “Celebrity”, “Jumanji”, “Malice”, “Green Card”, “The Faculty”, “Bugsy” and “Tadpole”.
Bebe has also provided cartoon voices for several characters in both television and the movies.
Ms. Neuwirth is a recipient of the 2007 Dance Magazine Award, The CTFD Rolex Dance Award, and is proud to be an Honorary Ziegfeld Girl. As a vice-chair of The Actors Fund, she founded The Dancers’ Resource, a program committed to addressing the needs – emotional, financial, physical, etc. – of professional dancers across the country.
BROADWAY RECORDS is a new label dedicated to Broadway and Off Broadway-related recordings and is a division of the theatrical production and investment company, The Broadway Consortium. The Broadway Consortium (winner of Best Revival of a Musical Tony® Award in 2012) was co-founded by Van Dean and Kenny Howard. Broadway Records releases include the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Matilda The Musical, Bonnie & Clyde and Lysistrata Jones, “Nick Jonas: Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “Laura Osnes: Dream A Little Dream – Live at the Café Carlyle” and Jekyll & Hyde 2012 Concept Recording and its new series of “Live at 54 BELOW” recordings. The Broadway Consortium’s Broadway producing credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Big Fish, Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Evita (2012). West End: Master Class (2012). The Broadway Consortium was also the lead producer of January’s From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook which recently aired on NY area PBS stations. Together, Kenny and Van executive produced the Grammy® nominated 2011 Broadway Cast Recording of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. The general counsel for Broadway Records and The Broadway Consortium is Barry Miller.
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new 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, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. 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, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.