jakub | July 6, 2023

Video: Watch Alan Menken’s Emotional Rendition of ‘Sheridan Square’ at Recent 54 Below Tribute


Video: Watch Alan Menken's Emotional Rendition of ‘Sheridan Square' at Recent 54 Below Tribute

The Oscar-winning composer wrote the song with the late Howard Ashman about the AIDS crisis.

A Tribute to Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, celebrating the rhymes and rhythms of composer Menken and late
lyricist-librettist Ashman, played 54 Below July 2-3.

Composer Menken also made an appearance, performing “Sheridan Square,” a song he wrote with Ashman about the AIDS crisis. Ashman passed away from AIDS in 1991 at the age of 40.

Performing songs from Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and more at 54 Below were Tony nominee Melissa Errico (Amour), Hadestown‘s Alex Lugo, John Yi (KPOP), Jana Djenne Jackson (Almost Famous), Cameron Loyal (Bad Cinderella), Nic Mains (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Audrey Belle Adams (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Juwan Crawley (Aladdin), Chiubeze Ihuoma (Hadestown), Katherine D'Souza, Tymothee Harrell (DUDE at 54 Below), Ali Regan (Grand Ole Country), Gryphyn Karimloo, Tristan David Caldwell, Nadia Duncan, Rachel Lloyd (DUDE at 54 Below), and Leslie-Payton Alston.

Nadia Duncan played the role of Sylvia from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at the July 2 performance, while Ali Regan played the part at the July 3 performance.

READ: How Howard Ashman and Alan Menken Created the Iconic Little Shop of Horrors

Theatre historian and Playbill writer Margaret Hall
produced and directed the concerts. Musical director and pianist Ben
Covello led a band that also featured Ben Nate Repasz on drums,
Jennifer Giammanco on bass, Eitan Prouser on guitar, and Ben
Golder-Novick on saxophone/clarinet.

The concert’s assistant music arranger was Matthew Nassida. Madie Winningham served as stage manager.

Check out photos from the concerts below:


Photos: A Tribute to Howard Ashman and Alan Menken at 54 Below

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