Special Guest Star Stephen Ashfield

Thrilled to announce that Stephen Ashfield will be joining us on 1st August at 54 Below Stephen is currently a very excited Glasgow lad making his Broadway debut straight from his Olivier Award-winning performance in the original London cast of The Book of Mormon. West End credits include: Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys (WhatOnStage Award), Casey O'Brien in Boy Meets Boy, Emmett in Legally Blonde, Adam in Imagine This, John in Tomorrow Morning, Nick Piazza in FameBoy Georgein Taboo. Film/TV: Tim Burton's Sweeney ToddCall The MidwifeThe Royal Variety Performance 2008.Education: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Royal Academy of Music, London.

Special Guest Star Philippa Lynas

Shona is delighted to announce that she will be joined by the sensational Philippa Lynas at 54 Below on 1st August 2018
Philippa Lynas was born and bred in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. After studying for two years in New York City at the prodigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy Philippa was nominated and went onto win 2011's Broadway's Rising Star where she performed at one of the oldest Broadway theatres, The New York City Town Hall.

She has performed in various shows in New York and is fresh back from sailing around then world as Cunard Lines' lead production singer on board the largest ocean liners in the world, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Philippa is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in July and Feinstein's 54 Below in August.

In September Philippa begins rehearsal in London to join the new cast of QM2 where she will sail around the world for the 2018 season.

https://www.philippalynas.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT00eD_REAc

Special Guest Star Christina Bianco

Shona is delighted to announce that she will be joined at 54 Below by the fabulous Christina Bianco

Christina Bianco’s singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos, gaining over 24 million views. Dubbed ‘the girl of a thousand voices,’ Christina has performed on major television programs such as The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The Queen Latifah Show & The Today Show, in the US alone.

A Two-Time Drama Desk Award nominee, Christina made her West End debut starring in The Menier Chocolate Factory’s hailed production of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. New York credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes, the one-woman, multi-character comedy, Application Pending (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Newsical the Musical, and Forbidden Broadway; Goes To Rehab (Drama Desk Award Nomination). Christina originated the role of Dora in the long-running National Tour of Dora The Explorer Live, including two sold-out runs at Radio City Music Hall.

As a concert artist, with regular NYC appearances at Birdland, Feinstein’s and Town Hall, Christina has performed her critically acclaimed solo shows to sold out crowds across the U.S. and on luxury international cruise ships. Abroad, she’s enjoyed extended runs headlining at London’s Hippodrome, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, The Charing Cross Theatre and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She recently completed a 13 city, UK solo tour titled, Me Myself And Everyone Else, and made concert debuts in Australia, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa.

Television credits include the POP TV sitcom Impress Me, Hallmark’s, Signed, Sealed, Delivered and VH1’s I Love The 2000’s.

Christina frequently performs with major US and Canadian symphonies. She recently debuted her solo symphony show, The Woman Of A Thousand Voices, with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly.

Christina is a life long New Yorker and resides in Manhattan with her husband and their loveable schnoodle, Jeff.

https://www.christinabianco.com/ https://vimeo.com/253886177/0d1cb7d728

Musical Director Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Shona is delighted to announce that her musical director for her Broadway debut at 54 Below will be Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Yasuhiko Fukuoka is a versatile pianist and in-demand composer who is recognized both onstage and off for his virtuosic talents.  His emotional, story-driven music has captivated audiences throughout the world. His works have appeared at prestigious venues from Lincoln Center to Festival de Cannes, spanning many genres of music from orchestral to electronica.

His credits include TV, film, theater, industrial videos, and concert pieces. They have been played in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Steinway Hall, Berklee Performance Center and many other venues.  Fukuoka was recently honored with a 2016 student Academy Award for original composition for Yvonne Ng's film 'Cloud-Kumo'.

As a highly accomplished Music Director Fukuoka has worked with Broadway’s most celebrated artists.  Highly sought after in New York City’s Cabaret scene, Yasuhiko’s arrangements continue to display both his versatility as a composer as well as a performing artist.

Fukuoka’s passionate, creative approach towards the art of music has brought multiple successes to his career. Not least among them is his original score for “Seagull,” a short film by Nick Sarafis that was accepted at Festival de Cannes Court Métrage. His orchestral composition “Journey of a Thousand Miles” premiered at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Having been hand selected to participate in BMI’s exclusive film scoring workshop with Dr. Rick Baitz, as well as being chosen to participate in the NYU/BMI Workshop for Music in Commercial Media, Yasuhiko’s disciplined approach to his studies within music have built a foundation from which his career has flourished.

As a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Fukuoka has been able to explore and excel in multiple music genres including classical, contemporary, electronic, film, and world music. As a student at Berklee, Yasuhiko garnered numerous achievements and recognition including an “Award for Excellence” at the Kyoto Piano Competition and the Yamaha PTC Concert respectively. He is the recipient of the Berklee World Scholarship, BMI Scholarship and the Roland Award to name a few.

A highlight of his student career was when Fukuoka was commissioned by Berklee’s Film Scoring Department to compose an orchestral piece representative of their program at the Professional Writing Division Concert. The premier of the piece was a successful debut which awarded Fukuoka enthusiastic praise both in the US, and by Japanese media.

Having recently branched into dance composition, 2017 promises to be a year of outstanding collaborations between Fukuoka and some of the performing arts most successful choreographers. The coming year will also provide a platform for Yasuhiko’s release of his EP.