LA-TI-DO Premieres at 54 Below on Tuesday, September 1st at 9:30 PM

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LA-TI-DO, the collision of musical theatre and spoken word poetry, Premieres at 54 BELOW, BROADWAY’S SUPPER CLUB 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents La-Ti-Do on September 1, 2015 at 9:30 pm.

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La-Ti-Do is a cabaret where musical theatre and spoken word poetry collide. La-Ti-Do debuts at 54 Below featuring some of both Washington, DC and New York’s finest musical and spoken word talent.

La-Ti-Do plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on September 1, 2015 at 9:30pm. Doors open at 8:45 pm. There is a $25-$60 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available online. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

HOSTS:

La-Ti-Do Co-founders and Hosts (L to R) Don Michael Mendoza and Regi Cabico.
La-Ti-Do Co-founders and Hosts (L to R) Don Michael Mendoza and Regi Cabico.

Don Michael Mendoza (REGIONAL: The Jungle Book Mowgli u/s at Adventure Theatre MTC) and Regie Cabico (TV: HBO’s Def Poetry Jam)

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PERFORMERS:
-Elise Arndt (REGIONAL: Footloose at Seven Angels Theatre)
-Madeline Cuddihy
-Mason Granger (Co-Founder of Mayhem Poets NYC)
-Caroline Mahoney (INTERNATIONAL TOUR: Fly Guy & Other Stories)
-Justine Icy Moral (REGIONAL: Double Trouble at Imagination Stage, The King and I at Olney Theater Center, and Miss Saigon at Flatrock Playhouse)
-Vijai Nathan (Comedian and creator of McGoddess, Woman on Top: Tips from Mom, Dad & Cosmo and Good Girls Don’t, but Indian Girls Do)
-Sarah Beth Pfeifer (54 Below: Rokicki & Ruby’s Relativity, OFF-Broadway: The Lightning Thief, NATIONAL TOUR: Legally Blonde)
-Rob Rokicki (OFF-Broadway: Co-Writer of The Lightning Thief – Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical Nomination)
-Jon Sands (Poet with Urban Word NYC & Author of The New Clean)
-Grant Saunders
-Ava Silva (REGIONAL: Chicago at Austin Playhouse, HAIR at The Keegan Theatre)
Tara Trinity

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BAND: 
Zachary Orts (Music Director/Piano)
Rachel Levitin (Guitar)
Jack Layne (Bass)
William Georg (Drums)

MORE ABOUT LA-TI-DO

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La-Ti-Do was co-founded by Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico made its debut to a full house in Washington, DC on January 23, 2012 at The Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle and since then, it has become Washington, DC’s premiere musical theatre cabaret and spoken word series to serve the DC artistic community on a weekly basis. The show then opened a touring chapter in New York City on June 9, 2013 at Bowery Poetry Club and continues to do so on a monthly basis. Most recently the show moved from the Black Fox Lounge to James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar in DC and re-launched on January 12, 2015.

Past musical performers include Helen Hayes Award nominees and recipients: Priscilla Cuellar, Nicholas Rodriguez, Diana Huey, Nova Y. Payton, Erin Driscoll, Matt Conner, Chris Sizemore, Will Gartshore, and Joshua Morgan alongside international spoken word artists: Gail Danley, Sonya Renee Taylor, Sophia Walker, and Vijai Nathan.

About La-Ti-Do’s Co- Founders:

Don Mike Mendoza.
Don Michael Mendoza.

Don Michael Mendoza: Originally from Pittsburgh, Don Michael Mendoza received his B.A. in Musical Theatre from American University. He performs in productions throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area, but found his main calling as a producer. In January 2012, Don Michael co-founded La-Ti-Do and currently serves as its Executive Artistic Director. La-Ti-Do is DC’s only critically acclaimed musical theatre cabaret and spoken word series to serve the artistic community on a weekly basis, tours to New York City on a monthly basis and soon to Los Angeles by 2016.

After more than three years, he’s collaborated and worked with numerous major theatrical and spoken word organizations in the nation’s capital including The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,
Theatre J, No Rules Theatre Company, Busboys & Poets, Split This Rock and many others.

Regie-Cabico.
Regie-Cabico.

Regie Cabico: The Kenyon Review recently named him the “Lady Gaga of Poetry” and he has been listed in BUST magazine’s “100 Men We Love.” His plays have been produced at the 2003 Humana Theater Festival, 2004 Kennedy Center Play Lab, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater Festival, The Asian American Theater Festival, Living Word Festival, San Francisco. The Kitchen, Dixon Place, LaMama, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, Theater Offensive, among other venues. He received three New York Innovative Theater Award nominations for his work in the New York Production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind with a 2006 award for Best Performance Art Production.

Cabico has directed and served as dramaturg for several solo plays including Sasha Sinclair’s Self Portrait, Margaux Delotte-Bennett in Black and Kinky Among Brown Waves & Sahil Farooqi’s Brown Monkey Goes to McDonalds to critical acclaim.

MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW

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54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, located at 254 West 54TH Street, CELLAR, in New York City, 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.

54 Below. Photo by Lia Chang.
54 Below. Photo by Lia Chang.

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.

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WINNER of DC Metro Theater Arts’ Special Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014

This is the 3rd straight year that we have honored Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico’s La-Ti-Do. As they are about to start a new chapter in their new venue-James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar – 1 Dupont Circle, NW, in Washington, DC, starting Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8 pm.

La-Ti-Do has filled a void in the DC arts scene, with their weekly cabaret performances of music and spoken word. Their events not only simultaneously showcased up-and-coming and professional artists, but they fostered the community of artists in the DC/MD/VA area.

LINKS

Here is La-Ti-Do’s New Home! An Interview with Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico by Joel Markowitz.

DCDMetroTheaterArts coverage of LA-TI-DO.