Feinstein’s/54 Below will be defying gravity when some of Wicked’s most memorable artists come together for a one night only concert version of the celebrated 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise, with the lyrics written by Wicked’s librettist Winnie Holzman, music written by Wicked’s associate conductor, David Evans, and the book co-written by both Holzman and Evans.
The Harbor Island Players is an amateur theatre group whose lives are turned upside down when a down-on-his-luck professional actor offers to direct and star in one of their productions: a musical version of Chekhov’s The Seagull. As they rehearse, their egos and passions start to mirror the characters that they play. The approach of opening night drives everyone into a fever pitch until a sudden plot twist makes them all reevaluate their choices, both onstage and in life.
Birds of Paradise’s award winning score features some of Evans and Holzman’s loveliest songs including “Things I Can’t Forget,” “Imagining You,” “She’s Out There,” and so many more!
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Drama Club, Inc..
Brittney Johnson (Wicked, Beautiful)
Alli Mauzey (Wicked, Cry Baby)
Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown, Side Show)
Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels)
Nancy Opel (Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown)
Steve Routman (“Madame Secretary,” Wolf of Wall Street)
Andy Taylor (Moon Over Buffalo, Once)
Alex Wyse (Wicked, Spring Awakening, Waitress)
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Produced by Robert W. Schneider