THE BOYS OF SYRACUSE In concert
For one night only at FEINSTEIN’S / 54 BELOW
Wednesday December 29 at 9.45 p.m.
Concert featuring John Drinkwater and Matthew Drinkwater (aka The Drinkwater Brothers)
Feinstein’s / 54 below, the beloved Broadway Supper Club, will present the classic Rodgers & Hart musical “THE BOYS OF SYRACUSE” In concert for one night only on Wednesday December 29 at 9.45 p.m. at Feinstein’s / 54 below (254 West 54th Street). The male lead roles of twin Antiphons will be played by identical twin brothers John and Matthew Drinkwater, the singer / songwriter musical duo. The Drinkwater brothers who have become cabaret favorites, have many highly acclaimed original songs (including a new EP called Smiling and Weeping and an original Christmas song called It’s Christmas!) and are Instagram stars with a worldwide following. John and Matthew have received critical acclaim at such major New York venues as Birdland, Feinstein’s / 54 Below, The Green Room 42, The Town Hall, and Don’t Tell Mama. The BOYS FROM SYRACUSE concert will also feature Broadway talents such as Leah Horowitz (FOLLIES, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE MISERABLES), Jay Aubrey Jones (CATS, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) and Paula Leggett Chase (TOOTSIE, CURTAINS, A CHORUS LINE). Actress / singer Katie Dixon will also be featured as Luciana, Kenny Rahtz as Dromio, Janet Fanale as Luce and Sara DiPasquale as courtesan. There will also be special appearances by famous cabaret Steve Ross and BROADWAY FORBIDDEN Christine Pedi, former radio star / Sirius XM. The show will be presented and hosted by theater journalist Michael Portantiere, with acclaimed pianist, vocal coach and archivist Michael Lavine as musical director.
Listen to the Drinkwater Brothers’ new Christmas single on Spotify HERE.
There is a general cover charge of $ 30 to $ 40. Online ticks for Premium seats are $ 65 and VIP seats are $ 50. There is also a minimum of $ 25 for food and drink. Tickets on site cost an additional $ 6. All guests will be required to present proof of vaccination prior to entering the club. Tickets and more information are available HERE.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOYS OF SYRACUSE
THE BOYS OF SYRACUSE has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, is based on William Shakespeare The comedy of mistakes, adapted by George Abbott. Identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse were separated in a shipwreck as children. Their servants, both named Dromio, are also identical twins who have been separated for a long time. The show was the first musical based on a play by Shakespeare. WSome of the most famous songs are “This Can’t Be Love”, “Sing For Your Supper” and “Falling In Love With Love”. The Broadway Show premiered in 1938 and Off-Broadway in 1963. Subsequent productions were a West End broadcast in 1963 and a Broadway revival in 2002, and a movie in 1940. George Abbott directed and George Balanchine choreographed the original production, which debuted at the Alvin Theater after trials in New Haven, Connecticut and Boston.
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE – PRODUCER / HOT – ORGANIC
Michael Portantiere (Producer / Host) is a theater critic and essayist and panelist for BroadwayRadio’s “This Week on Broadway” podcast, presented by BroadwayStars.com. He is the founder and publisher of CastAlbumReviews.com. He worked as an editor and writer for In Theater review and Backstage, and was editor-in-chief of TheaterMania.com. Michael wrote for Reading poster, The Sondheim Exam, Tout Sondheim, W42ST review, and NPR.com. He is on the commentary tracks of the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the film The king and me, and he wrote notes for distribution recordings of little me, The happiest guy, and the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney todd with George Hearn and Patti LuPone. He is also a theater photographer whose photos have been published in The New York Times and other important publications.
MICHAEL LAVINE – MUSICAL DIRECTOR / PIANIST – ORGANIC
Michael Lavine (Music Director / Pianist) has worked worldwide as Music Director, Pianist, Vocal Coach and Singer. He musically conducted a concert of works by Stephen Schwartz, featuring Stephen himself and a star cast. He produced and musically directed Hamlisch rediscovered, a CD of unreleased songs by Marvin Hamlisch, starring Kelli O’Hara and other Broadway stars. He conducted The little Mermaid at the Lyric Theater (with Emily Skinner) and was Music Director of the York Theater Company’s Billion baby dollar (with Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte) and Carmelina. At the Kennedy Center, he shares the stage with Mimi Hines and Peter Howard (his mentor) in the Rodgers & Hart magazine This funny world. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael has one of the largest collections of private sheet music in the world. In addition, he gives master classes on song interpretation and hearing.