The theater district's swanky new nightclub 54 Below is hosting a slew of Broadway's hottest stars this summer, from two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone to downtown diva Justin Vivian Bond. Broadway.com is asking these talented vocalists to share a few musical memories and tell fans about the music that molded them into the performers they are today. Next up is Bridget Everett, the sassy downtown diva who will explore the songbook of Barry Manilow in an August 20 appearance at 54 Below, with musical direction by Lance Horne. Below, Everett worships at the altar of the King of Pop and name-checks everyone from Queen and Hall & Oates to Burl Ives and Sophie Tucker.
What record/album was your favorite growing up?
Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
What concert most influenced you as a performer?
I drove two hours to see Michael Jackson when I was in high school. That changed everything.
What is your go-to audition song?
Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” somehow seems appropriate for any audition.
What song are you most excited to perform in your show?
“Weekend in New England” [released by Barry Manilow in 1976].
What musical theater track is the most played on your iPod?
I don't listen to a ton of musical theater, but I love “Being Alive” [from Company].
If you can invite any performer onstage for a duet at 54 Below, who would it be?
What musical theater performer from the past do you wish you can collaborate with?
What album was the soundtrack to your 20s?
Well, I never strayed far from Hall & Oates’ Greatest Hits.
What’s your favorite love song?
“On the Front Porch” by Burl Ives.
What song makes you feel sexy?
“No One Like You” by Scorpions.
What is your favorite workout track?
“Under Pressure” [by Queen and David Bowie]
What’s the best hidden gem in on your iPod?
My friend Kathleen gave me a home demo of Michael Jackson singing “Billie Jean.” It's incredible and very inspiring.
Favorite break-up song?
“Let Me Down Easy” by Bettye LaVette—although I wrote a song for the last guy I was with called “Douchebag.” Guess it depends which angle you're looking for.
What song most makes you smile?
“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.
When this song plays, I can’t help but dance:
“Come On Eileen by” Dexys Midnight Runners.