Sing! Sing! Sing! The 75th Anniversary of Benny Goodman's Historic Carnegie Hall Concert at 54 Below
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An all-star lineup directed by Ken Peplowski, reinventing clarinetist Benny Goodman's legendary Carnegie Hall Concert 75 years ago on January 16, 1938. That famous concert marked a momentous occasion of jazz crossing from the clubs to the highbrow realm of concert music (as well as being notable as one of the first public concerts featuring a racially integrated lineup). The show featured a host of stars including Goodman regulars Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa as well as Buck Clayton, Johnny Hodges, Walter Page, Lester Young, Harry Carney, and Freddie Green. This show's director, Ken Peplowski, is a virtuosic clarinetist and sax player and charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years. A former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ken has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, and more.
Venue Description: Only a year old, the popular nightspot with the in-theatre crowd 54 Below has undergone a complete reinvention by multiple Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steve Baruch (Hairspray, The Producers). The intimate 114-seat venue features up to three shows nightly as well as a late night lounge. Performers there have included Tony winner Patti LuPone, Rita Wilson, the Tony award-winning cast of Once, and Glee's Matthew Morrison. 54 Below is easily reachable by subway, C, E, or 1 to 50th Street, or N, Q, R. to 57th Street.