The Meeting* celebrates SEX AND THE CITY at 54 Below, 8/28August 18, 2013
THE MEETING* HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE
THE MONTHLY GATHERING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF SODOMITES
CONTINUES ITS SIX-MONTH RUN AT 54 BELOW ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED COMEDY/VARIETY SHOW WILL CELEBRATE “SEX AND THE CITY”
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS TONYA PINKINS, MICHAEL MUSTO, JOE ICONIS, MOLLY POPE, JAKE BOYD AND OTHERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Fresh from the success of Night of a Thousand Judys, The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as “rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable” by The Wall Street Journal, “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice – has moved to 54 BELOW for a six month run. The next show will be on Wednesday, August 28 at 9:30 PM. Known for its signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between, The Meeting* moves uptown after four seasons of packed houses in the West Village. Justin Sayre and The Meeting* were named one of the Top 10 nightclub shows of 2011 by Time Out New York, received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance.
Each month, the I.O.S gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre – the show’s creator, writer and host – serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as ”Letters to the Chairman” and “New Rulings from the Board.” The August edition will celebrate the seminal TV series “Sex and the City” with special guests Tonya Pinkins (Tony Award winner), Michael Musto (famed columnist), Joe Iconis (“Smash”), Molly Pope (Village Voice Best of NYC) and Jake Boyd (Rock of Ages). Others will be announced at a later date. Tracy Stark serves as Music Director.
The remainder of the show’s 2013 season will feature tributes to Liza Minnelli (September 25), Dreamgirls (October 30), and Grey Gardens (November 20), along with the annual Holiday Spectacular (December 18).
A special highlight reel of the show’s first four years is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQYyFN7TxQ
The all-star concert Night of a Thousand Judys – a special presentation of The Meeting* to benefit Ali Forney Center – sold out its third annual event in June 2013. The Judy Garland tribute starred Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux and more. The first two years featured the talents of Tonya Pinkins, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Karen Akers, Howard McGillin, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan among many others.
JUSTIN SAYRE was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said “Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.” Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for “camp” at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in 2012. His new play The Click of The Lock, featuring Randy Harrison, Christian Coulson, Blake Daniel and more, recently had its second reading at the Bank Street Theatre.
The monthly events have featured popular guest stars such as Lea DeLaria, Robin Byrd, Marilyn Maye, Christian Campbell, Frank DeCaro, Lance Horne, Lady Rizo, Tituss Burgess, Kenny Mellman, Maude Maggart, Jack Ferver, Murray Hill, Jeffery Self, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and more. Previous shows have paid tribute to singers such as Dolly Parton and Diana Ross; films like “Valley of the Dolls” and “Beaches”; actresses such as Bea Arthur and Molly Ringwald; as well as playwrights and filmmakers like Tennessee Williams and John Waters. According to Time Out New York, “The Meeting* has become a cult hit among a young, festive and culturally aware crowd. Sayre is an avatar of modern-retro cultivation.”
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre will be presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) Wednesdays, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20 and December 18. All shows are at 9:30 PM. There is a $25 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Please visit 54Below.com for additional information. The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre is produced by and Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen.
54 BELOW, Broadway’s nightclub is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.” Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as creative consultant and MAC Award-winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as director of programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world. 54 BELOW is managed by Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $15 – $115. 54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.