Henry Platt is back at 54 Below with his new solo show, Feeling The Beat! After debuting at 54 Below nearly a decade ago, Henry Platt is back and better than ever! His show includes a variety of songs ranging from theater classics to R&B and pop. He even throws in a few original songs. With special guests, Bailey Forman, Rebby Han, and Carolina Rial, musical direction by James Stryska and a talented band, Henry Platt shines in his return to 54 Below.
Platt begins his set by telling the audience he is at his best when he is in a community. The performance goes on to showcase the different groups and communities Platt is part of and holds dear to his heart. He tells of his acapella group and musical theatre affiliations with sweet nostalgia. Each of his reminiscing moments serve as introductions to the musical numbers.
Platt sings classic theatre numbers like "You Don't Need to Love Me" from If/Then and a variety of pop songs. A few of my favorites included "Broken Hearted," initially sung by Brandy, "Watermelon Sugar," by Harry Styles and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. He puts forth a magnificent portrayal of these songs, filled with emotion and vocal prowess, which he maintains throughout the show.
His masterful band comprised musical director and pianist James Stryska, Thomas Carley on bass, Shane Corwin on drums, and Tonie Nguyen on guitar. They were fun and dynamic, connecting seamlessly with Platt.
Henry Platt is a skilled performer with excellent curation abilities to match. His personality radiates as he tells the stories of the people and communities that bring joy to his life. We were glad to be part of his community, even if it was for one joyous evening.
We look forward to the next one!
"Henry Platt: Feeling The Beat"
Performed by Henry Platt
Music direction by James Stryska
Produced by Carly Heitner
March 7, 2023
254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC 10019
Yani Perez, M.F.A, is a poet, playwright, translator, and educator. Her plays have been presented in various theaters in the United States such as La Mama and Yale University as well as internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. She works at IATI Theater, one of the oldest Latinx theaters in NYC. She is currently working on translations of Latinx artists in hopes of introducing them to English-speaking audiences.