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Laura Benanti: In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 Below

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These days, the best place to catch music on Broadway is at the intimate 54 Below, opened 18 months ago by four theatre producers in the cellar space underneath what was once Studio 54. The majority of headliners are top names from big-ticket musical comedies. Rarely, though, will the evening’s entertainment comprise retreads of show tunes. Instead, the artists are encouraged to shape broader musical journeys. To date, 10 club dates have been captured on disc. Four of the newest are also the most stellar.

Thirty-year-old Aaron Tveit, the youngest of the four, starred as con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in the musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. Tveit’s wide-ranging 70-minute set travels from the hard-rocking “I’m Alive,” from Next to Normal, to a tender blending of “My Romance” with “I Remember You.” In between, he covers Dylan (a countrified “Make You Feel My Love” paired with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “If I Loved You”), Joni Mitchell (“A Case of You”) conjoined with Billy Joel (“She’s Always a Woman”) and, most unexpected, a strident, slightly tongue-in-cheek reading of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

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