54 Below

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54 Below
54 Below logo.jpg
The 54 Below etched sign featured on the wall behind the stage.
Address 254 West 54th Street, Cellar
New York City
Coordinates 40°45′51″N 73°59′02″W / 40.764303°N 73.983829°W / 40.764303; -73.983829
Owner Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Tom Viertel
Type Cabaret
Capacity 147
Opened June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)
Architect Richard H. Lewis

54 Below is a cabaret and restaurant in New York City owned by Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, and Tom Viertel. It has hosted shows by such notable performers as Patti LuPone, Ben Vereen, Marilyn Maye, and Barbara Cook. It is located in the basement of Studio 54.


54 Below opened in June 3, 2012. Its designers include architect Richard H. Lewis, set designer John Lee Beatty, lighting designer Ken Billington, and sound designer Peter Hylenski.[1] Scott Wittman also serves as Creative Consultant.

54 Below features a variety of musical artists and styles, including musical theatre, opera, and jazz, the last of which was featured in a series co-produced with WBGO.


  • 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award [2]
    • Patti LuPone: Show of the Year (Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda)
    • Sondheim Unplugged: Best Variety Show/Recurring Series
    • Terri White: Best One-Show Special Event (Blues to Broadway)
    • Alex Rybeck: Best Musical Director for Sibling Revelry with the Callaway Sisters
    • Jackie Hoffman: Best Musical Comedy Performance (Old Woman, New Material)
    • Laura Benanti: Best Female Celebrity Vocalist (In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention)
    • Susie Mosher: Best Host/Producer for Variety Show or Open Mic (Backstage)
    • Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Best Duo or Group Show (Sibling Revelry)
    • Ahrens & Flaherty: Best Revue (Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration)
    • Jason Robert Brown: Best Original Song for a Cabaret Show ("Twenty-Six Names")
    • Jane Monheit: Best Jazz Vocalist
  • 2013 Bistro Awards [3]
    • Justin Vivian Bond
    • Jenifer Lewis
    • Maurice Hines
  • 2013 June Briggs Award: Excellence in Destination Management Services [4]
  • 2013 Concierge Choice Award: Nightlife [5]
  • MAC Awards: Board of Directors Award (2013)[6]
  • 2013 Nightlife Award [7]

Notable Performers[edit]

Popular Culture[edit]

54 Below was used in the setting of the popular Downton Abbey parody Downton Abbey the Musical.[8]

It was also featured in the third season of the popular webseries Submissions Only.[9]


A partnership with Broadway Records has produced live albums of shows performed at 54 Below. Artists with recordings in the Live at 54 Below series are:[10]