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Mockingbird’s Deaf Actor Russell Harvard debuts Fr om the Ground Up concert @Feinstein’s/54 Below
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:13 am EDT 06/22/22

A DEAF AUSTINITE TRACES HIS ASL MUSICAL ROOTS FROM MADONNA TO BROADWAY

Ticket Link:
www.54Below.com/RussellHarvard

(NEW YORK, NY) FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Award® Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents Russell Harvard (Spring Awakening, To Kill A Mockingbird, King Lear) in From the Ground Up on Friday, July 15 at 9:30pm with his all-star friends in a night of musical storytelling through American Sign Language (ASL).

Russell takes you on a personal journey of his life, looking back at what ignited his passion for combining music and sign language in his performances. Expect movie classics from The Wizard of Oz, Jonathan Larson's "One Song Glory" from Rent, Rocky Horror's "Sweet Transvestite" and a number from Sondheim and Bernstein's West Side Story.

Discover how a Deaf kid from Texas gets empowered by his muse Madonna and lands up on Broadway. Experience Russell beautifully interweaving his story with pop songs and Broadway favorites.

Russell Harvard will be joined by Tony Award® nominee Joe Iconis (Be More Chill, Love in Hate Nation, Broadway Bounty Hunter), Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening Deaf West revival, Les Misérables, Wicked, "Smash") Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening Deaf West revival, Waitress, A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet), and more stars to be added. Please note guest artists and acts are subject to change.

Music Director Dan Pardo (Andrew Barth Feldman's Park Map, Eli Bolin Has No Friends) returns to Feinstein's/54 Below on piano. This performance is accessible in ASL and Spoken English. Featuring Voice Narration by actor Tom Berklund and ASL Interpretation for Guest Artists by Alberto Medero. Produced by Jo-Ann Dean, for Broadway SIGNs! at SIGNmation.com.

Russell's musicality has been featured on Fox 5 News, Chris Welch's Emmy award-winning "Breaking a Sound Barrier" segment interviews with his To Kill A Mockingbird director Bartlett Sher, and a performance from Broadway SIGNs! , in which Russell performed "Waving Though A Window" with Spring Awakening costar Alex Wyse. Frank DiLella's NY1 On Stage: Pick of the Week featured Russell Harvard's off-Broadway cabaret performance at The Triad Theater as a follow up to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Unmasked. This sold-out performance was described as "not to miss, one of a kind performance with Pop, Broadway and storytelling in American Sign Language."
Performance Clip: Broadway SIGNs! Russell Harvard & Alex Wyse perform "Waving Through A Window" from Dear Evan Hansen at Triad Theater.
https://youtu.be/q7KAJllpo60

Russell Harvard in From the Ground Up plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) Friday, July 15 at 9:30pm. There is a $25-$35 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. Guest artists and acts are subject to change.

MORE ABOUT RUSSELL HARVARD

Russell Harvard is an actor/performer who made his auspicious film debut as Daniel Day Lewis's son in There Will Be Blood. He has guest starred in many television shows, but he is best known from FX's "Fargo" where he played the popular hitman Mr. Wrench. A trailblazing veteran of the New York stage, Russell was recently featured in the hit Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Russell has also been praised for his on-stage performances, including Broadway's King Lear and Spring Awakening, along with Craig Lucas' I Was Most Alive With You off-Broadway. He made his off-Broadway debut in 2012 with Tribes, earning a Theatre World award and receiving Drama League, Outer Critics and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. Russell also has a popular online and live musical following, including recent performances with Broadway SIGNs! NYC at the Triad Theater. He made his opera debut in Deaf West Theater & LA Philharmonic's World Premiere of Fidelio in Beethoven's only opera, led by Artistic Director/Conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW:

Feinstein's/54 Below was founded as a place for the Broadway community to celebrate Broadway performers, both established and new, who sing not only the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook, but also new material intended for Broadway and off-Broadway stages. The club features fine dining and superb scenic, lighting, and sound designs entirely imagined by Broadway designers. For performers, writers, musicians, and more, Feinstein's/54 Below gives opportunities to advance their craft, expand their repertoires, and develop their voices in a way that is more personal, making them stronger as artists. It gives Broadway fans an opportunity to see their favorite artists in a different way, deepening their relationship and understanding of their talent.

A recipient of the 2022 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, Feinstein's/54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. It is also a place for innovation in musical songwriting and performance. Collaborations born at Feinstein's/54 Below give rise to and help develop new theatrical projects and new musicals. In addition, its popular streaming video activities and audio recordings support these activities, helping to build a new Broadway audience worldwide, both in age and geography.

Feinstein's/54 Below is one of the most in-demand performance venues in the city, presenting over 700 shows each year. Unique in its mission, it has become an indispensable member of the Broadway ecosystem, providing a place for seasoned and emerging artists to hone their craft, try out new work, grow their fanbases, and gather as a community. The management team includes Proprietors and nine-time Tony Award winning Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel, Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and restaurant General Manager Mandisa Boxill.

Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club presents live shows at 7pm and 9:30pm. Late night programming will resume in the coming months. Tickets and information at 54below.com
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