NEW YORK — Some classic Broadway show tunes will soon be getting the headbanging treatment.
Dee Snider, lead singer of the ‘80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister, will be headlining the nightclub 54 Below this week, taking on such standards as “Mack the Knife” and “Cabaret.”
The appearance Thursday and Friday night builds on Snider’s new CD, “Dee Does Broadway,” where he tackles a dozen theater standards, including “Music of the Night,” “Big Spender” and a blistering rendition of “Mack the Knife.”
“I was true to the songs but I found the rock in them, I didn’t force the rock into them,” says Snider.
Snider will cram a 10-piece band onto the stage of 54 Below, a new nightclub known more for performances by its Broadway belters like Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Brian d’Arcy James and Ben Vereen.
“The norm is to have Broadway people come in and maybe interpret a rock track,” he said. “Now they’re reverse engineered it: They’ve a rocker interpreting Broadway. It should be fun.”