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Musical Director Brian Nash Celebrates Release of “Forever/After,” his new solo CD, with a concert at 54 Below on May 8

Musical director and performer Brian Nash (Silence! The Musical, the upcoming Beaches) will celebrate the release of his debut solo album, “Forever/After” with an album release concert on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 9:30pm at 54 BELOW, 254 West 54th Street in New York.

Brian Nash

Brian Nash

Produced by Nash and Jason McConnell, the pianist and singer’s album features arrangements of songs by Jason Robert Brown, Ben Folds, Stephen Sondheim, Jason Mraz, Stephen Trask, and Patty Griffin, among others. Though this will mark his 26th time performing at 54 Below, this will be Nash’s first time performing a solo show in the venue. Backed by a full band (Michael Herklots on drums, Mat Fieldes on bass, and Chris Biesterfeldt on guitars) and a string quartet, Nash will perform the album in its entirety. The track listing for the album is below:

“Forever/After”
1. Landed
2. The Boston Song
3. The Origin of Love
4. Time
5. Someone to Fall Back On
6. Marry Me a Little
7. I Won’t Give Up
8. The Villain
9. Let Him Fly
10. Geek in the Pink
11. The Best Part
12. True Colors

There is a $25-$65 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

ABOUT BRIAN NASH
Brian Nash has principally made his name as a musical director and orchestrator in the off-Broadway and concert worlds. Most recently, he was announced as the musical director of the pre-Broadway tryout of Beaches at Drury Lane Theatre outside Chicago, and music directed Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Kyle Dean Massey, and Rachel Bay Jones in the sold-out “Broadway Sings Tori” benefit concert for RAINN at (le) poisson rouge.

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, guitarist Chris Biesterfeldt, drummer Michael Herklots, Laura Benanti, bassist Lorenzo Wolff and musical director Brian Nash on the keys in

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, guitarist Chris Biesterfeldt, drummer Michael Herklots, Laura Benanti, bassist Lorenzo Wolff and musical director Brian Nash on the keys in “Broadway Sings Tori” at (le) poisson rouge on April 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

He was the musical director and orchestrator of the off-Broadway hit Silence! The Musical and co-produced its cast album, and has been featured on recordings by alt-rock band Boys Like Girls, singer-songwriters Shanna Sharp, Justin Tranter, and Stacy Allyn Baker, vocalist Kate Pazakis, and Kinky Boots’ Natalie Joy Johnson. With Johnson, he created Co-Dependent Mondays, a weekly show at Therapy that has been running since 2011, and is also the resident musical director at the long-running Mostly Sondheim at The Duplex. His concert work has featured performances with Deborah Cox, Kathy Najimy, Mandy Gonzales, Tonya Pinkins, Andy Bell, Amy Poehler, Cady Huffman, Lillias White, Molly Pope, and Courtney Act, among many others. He is a musical director for Atlantis Events and was recently featured in a New York Times article about the LGBT travel industry, and his solo concerts of the music of Tori Amos have sold out venues such as the Zipper Theater. He is a Bistro Award winner, and was named in TimeOutNY’s “Best of 2011” list. More information can be found at www.brianjnash.com

ABOUT 54 BELOW
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, 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. The venue 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. 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.” Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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