Andy Mientus—seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Les Misérables—was Skivvies star Nick Cearley's special guest at his February 9 solo show at 54 Below, titled I Didn't Recognize You With Your Clothes On.
Mientus co-starred with Cearley in the recent Chicago premiere of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, and the two shared a Paul Williams song, "Rainbow Connection," in homage of that production. Watch their duet in the video above.
Joined by a full band, led by pianist Lance Horne, the evening marked Cearley's first solo show in over a decade.
"Before The Skivvies," Cearley previously told Playbill, "I
loved doing cabaret shows and concerts and doing very similar 'out
there' musical arrangements, involving mash-ups and medleys that have a
specific comedic angle to make you think of a song in a different way
than you have heard them before. So, that will happen again. My dad was a
DJ, and so I have grown up playing the 'this song sounds exactly like
that song' game as long as I can remember. It is in my blood. And I
think because The Skivvies are so nontraditional in the cabaret setting,
I am trying to think out of the box to be, in fact, more traditional but still keep my edge that makes me 'me.'”
Cearley has been seen seen on Broadway in All Shook Up, while his Off-Broadway credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pageant, Sex Tips…, and Cupid & Psyche. Regionally, he has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, An Act of God, Next to Normal, and The Rocky Horror Show. He also co-conceived and starred in the actor-musician version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.