Broadway mainstay Beth Leavel, best known for her Tony-winning performance as the brassy, boozing title diva in The Drowsy Chaperone, makes her 54 Below solo debut in a show that she has unofficially titled Beth Leavel: Kicking and Screaming.
As Leavel jumps kicking and screaming into the depths of the intimate venue, she totes along some of her favorite tunes including a few ballads ("because they never let me sing ballads," she says), some classic belting numbers, and perhaps a disco song or two, paying homage to her days in Broadway's Mamma Mia!
Listen to Leavel here previewing a song called "Home" — a number from the lesser-known musical Minsky's (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead), which she plans to include in her two cabaret performances. "It's one of those great songs that I would just like people to hear," said Leavel, who performed in the musical's 2009 Los Angeles premiere. "It's about those of us who are in the theater and how we consider it our home," she added — a message she expects will strike a few chords among 54 Below's theater-loving patrons.
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