For one night only on April 1, Marti Gould Cummings will mark his debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below, with a 90s-rock musical review for the books. With a full bandstand led by Eric Miranda, who’s known to lend a hand to the likes of Len Zeppelin, New York’s leading cabaret queen will sing to the songs of artists who, among others, will include Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, and the one and only Elvis Presley.
Cummings and his band, Marti and the Cummers, will get by with a little help from their friends, including Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), along with Broadway stars Hernando Umana (Kinky Boots) and Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray).
“I remember sitting in the car on the way to grandparents’ as a kid, my dad playing The Doors, Aerosmith — all the greats, as he drove,” remembers Cummings. “This concert is really a kind of ‘thank you’ to my dad, who really inspired my musical sensibility.”
In conversation, Cummings says the upcoming show will hinge on the 90s classics he grew up on, all the while telling a bigger story with selections like his big Stevie Nicks number, which Dowdy will accompany him on.
“I’m picking songs that mean something to me and have personal relevance to my life, like ‘Love Me Tender,’ which is such a simple, simple song. And, of course, you’re bound to hear some David Bowie, too. His music is iconic.”
Cummings has become a mainstay of New York nightlife since his 2005 debut at The Duplex, hittings old-out stages at The Ritz, XL, and Barracuda, among others, while making a name for himself with Stage Fright, a live talk-show with some of Broadway’s biggest stars.
This month, Cummings welcomed Spring Awakening’s Matt Doyle alongside champion of song and stage, Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming, for an intimate, off-the-cuff evening of questions and answer, with the occasional duet.
“I want to inspire people to be true to themselves, and know that it’s okay to stand up for yourself. Be who you are, love who you are, and always have fun.”
Words to live by, from the rocker himself. Catch Marti Gould Cummings at 54 Below on Friday, April 1. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.