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Cabaret Nights December 2016

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Make room in your holiday frenzy for some live entertainment. For 11 days of live performances, check out the third annual Urban Stages with its Winter Rhythms Benefit Series . Included on various days are KT Sullivan, Lennie Watts, Mark Nadler Julie Reyburn, Karen Akers, T. Oliver Reid, Klea Blackhurst and a host of others. Check for details at urbanstages.org.

KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar bring their holiday show, Remember: Songs of the Holidays to Laurie Beechman Theater on Dec. 11, 13, 14. Courtney Act celebrates the season singing favorite holiday hits by Streisand, Clooney, Lee, Midler, Carey in Dashing Through the Divas .

Baby Jane Dexter continues performing her sensational new show, Body and Soul on Dec. 9, 16 at the Metropolitan Room. The songs of Richard Malavet will surround you with Midnight Moods on Dec. 3. For a soirée of Cabaret Français, Adrienne Haas returns to the Metropolitan on Dec. 6. If you've never seen this triple threat award show, Daryl Glenn and Jo Lynn Burks Sing Robert Altman's Nashville, you've got another chance on Dec. 10. It's country time at its best. On Dec. 14, spend an evening with the fiercely vivacious Vivian Reed singing Standards and More... On a late Sunday afternoon, enjoy the songs and talent of Paula Dione Ingram with Holiday Sing and Bling: Bedazzling Melodies of the Season . (Dec. 18) On Dec. 27, save a seat for Elli, "The King of Broadway" and The 4th Chanukah at the Metropolitan Room with Elli and Friends .

Michael Feinstein entertains from Dec. 15-30 in the club with his name, Feinstein's/54 Below, with, A Holiday To Remember, a tribute to Judy Garland. In between the Feinstein shows, catch Christine Pedi with Snow Bizness. Norm Lewis celebrates the season as he Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas on Dec. 19-24.

Mark Nadler appears at Cafe Noctambula at Pangea (178 Second Avenue (between 11th & 12th Streets) in his regular spot on Dec. 17. Diane Arnstein celebrates the golden age with I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore on Dec. 13. On Dec. 20, Martha Lorin features two shows, at 8pm and 10pm. If you are really eager to celebrate the end of 2016, check out Scot Albertson with Scot's 12th Annual Pre-New Year's Eve Celebration on Dec. 30 at 8pm.

For the traditionalists who celebrate on Dec. 31, Cafe Noctambula at Pangea brings KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler to ring in 2017 with the Most Inclusive Party Ever. Two shows with 3-course dinner and a half bottle of Cava per person. Sullivan and Nadler have performed together in numerous exuberant, funny, brilliantly musical shows and expect no less on New Year's Eve. The holiday is getting to be a habit with Steve Tyrell. For the 12th year, the legendary Café Carlyle will be Tyrell's home for the month of December through New Year's Eve. (Dec. 2-31). The $695-per-person tickets include a live Steve Tyrell performance, autographed CDs, and a midnight toast. Or you can ring in the New Year with cabaret favorite, Marilyn Maye, returning to the Metropolitan Room with early and late shows on Dec. 31. Tickets include Open Bar, dinner, coffee, party decor and lots of fun. At Feinstein's/54 Below, New Year's Eve features Charles Busch, an endearing story-teller, singer and humorist for the 7pm show. The 11pm show stars Annaleigh Ashford with the Whiskey 5 for songs and laughs and after midnight, there is room for dancing. One of cabaret's favorites, Natalie Douglas, brings in the New Year twice on Dec. 31, at 7:30PM ($60 plus mininum), and at 10:45pm ($90 plus mininum). At the Duplex. Champagne toast is included in both shows. The Iridium features the sounds of jazz with Macy Gray at 7pm and 10pm. Check http://theiridium.com for various packages.

It's the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful city for live entertainment.





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New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street,646) 476-3551. The club is just below the stage of Studio 54. For tickets, call (866) 468-7619. Reasonable, interesting menu and dramatic decor. The sightlines are all good. Seats about 144. Covers vary but they are reasonable. Credit cards are accepted.

Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. (212)-206-0440. A favorite. Friendly, comfortable and reasonable. Covers are $15 to $35, depending on performer and two-drink minimum. Serves tempting pies, cakes (try the carrot cake), and a few snack bowls. Alas, food is not included in drink minimum. Every Tuesday, Annie Ross swings with great band.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46 St. (212) 757-0788. Middle of theatre district with cabaret and a lively piano bar seven days a week. A long time favorite, reasonable, run well with wide variety of talent and friendly staff. Covers vary but are reasonable, plus two drink minimum. Credit cards not accepted.

The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street on 7th Avenue.Piano bar with an open mike downstairs and singers upstairs. Check out weekly events.

The Laurie Beechman Theater, West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42 Street. (212) 695-6909.$15 minimum plus cover. Besides nightly performers, they present New Voices on Monday nights ($10 cover). Friday nights is The After Party (No cover, no minimum). This spot is always adding something new.

Time Out Lounge, West 50 St., west of Eighth Avenue. If you're around New World Stages, take the elevator down to this no-cover little bar with jazz and standards.

Birdland, 315 W 44th St. NYC. Phone: 212-581-3080. Cabaret features Monday nights with "Broadway at Birdland" at 7pm. Then stay on for Jim Caruso's Cast Party, 9:30pm to 1:00am ($10 Cover and a $10 Food/Drink Minimum). Bar, minimum $5 plus cover. Offers good Cajun cooking at reasonable prices.

Iridium, 1650 Broadway (51st Street), (212) 582-2121. Monday nights with legendary Les Paul is a must-see. Strong jazz lineup the rest of the week and some solid jazzy singers. Prices vary.

Midtown Jazz at Midday, St. Peter's Church, Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, (212) 935-2200. A real bargain. Every Wednesday, bring your sandwich, pay $2 and watch top-notch jazz or cabaret artist for an hour. Begins 12:30pm.

Reprise Room @ Dillon's, 254 West 54 Street. NYC. Every Monday night, Back in Pictures, songs from movies. Check schedule.

Broadway Baby Bistro at Broadway Comedy Club. 318 W. 53 St. NYC., 212-757-5808. A piano bar and show room. Credit cards accepted.

The Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd St., 212-362-2590. Climb up the winding stairs to the cabaret room. Frequently features Off-off Broadway shows Covers vary often $10 or $15 or higher.

Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street. 212-962-7555 or 212-539-8778. Good news/bad news. This is not a concert space and not a cabaret space, but a bit of both. It lacks intimacy but usually features intriguing artists and some big names trying new venues. Can be packed and some sightlines are undesirable, yet excitement level can be high. You must buy tickets in advance and then make seating/dinner reservations. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person.

When price is no object

Cafe Carlyle, Madison Avenue at 76th Street. (212) 744-1600. Beautiful room for posh night out with big-name entertainer. Monday night is jazz night with Woody Allen, if he shows up. Cover is high, and varies.

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