Composer Drew Gasparini returns for his annual back-to-school special at Feinstein’s/54 Below! This show will be “part two” in a series of new, autobiographical songs he’s been writing for a new, upcoming album. As ever, it will be an evening that simultaneously pulls at your heartstrings, poses existential questions, and makes you want to raise a glass in celebration of life.
Brand new songs. Huge Broadway stars. Same kick-ass party, but with a personal twist (take two).
Ben Fankhauser (Newsies)
Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill)
Kasie Gasparini (Mamma Mia!)
Chloe Gasparini (Saint Adeline)
Drew Gehling (Waitress)
Michael Coale Grey
Gizel Jiménez (Avenue Q, Miss You Like Hell)
Andrew Kober (Twelfth Night)
Tiffany Mann (Be More Chill)
Julia Mattison (Godspell)
Colton Ryan (Dear Evan Hansen)
Ethan Slater (Spongebob SquarePants – Tony Award nomination)
Josh Walker (Rent Tour)
Keith White (A Bronx Tale)
Drew Gasparini is committed to forging a new sound in the intersection between theatre and pop, and to nurturing the next generation of artists. Named one of Playbill.com’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know,” Drew is currently developing a number of new stage musicals including an adaptation of the film Night Shift, an adaptation of the film It’s Kind of a Funny Story for Universal Theatrical Group, and an adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning children’s book The Whipping Boy (the latter two titles with bookwriter Alex Brightman). He also wrote music for Everything in its Place: The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers, a one-man-show by Brightman that premiered at Bloomington Playwrights Project in April 2016. Drew was a contributing composer for Hit List on the NBC television series “SMASH,” and his unique brand of musical theatre concerts have been performed to sold-out houses at esteemed venues from NY to London, ranging in size from Feinstein’s/54 Below to The Kennedy Center. Drew can often be found sharing the stage with his talented sisters, Kasie and Chloe, performing their signature brand of folk pop as Saint Adeline; with his teacher Louis Sacco performing re-interpretations of jazz standards as “Louis & Drew”; or with his three best friends—Broadway’s Alex Brightman, F. Michael Haynie, and Andrew Kober—performing obscene comedy as The (M)orons. An educator at heart, Drew has taught master classes for students around the world. He is signed with Razor & Tie Music Publishing, his sheet music is available for purchase at www.NewMusicalTheatre.com, and his albums are available on iTunes. For more about Drew’s work as a composer, performer, and educator, visit www.thedrewgasparini.com.
Michael Coale Grey