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Cabaret Nights May 2019


Julie Budd, is a songbird who has been performing since age 12, and you can see her at Birdland Theater singing The Songs of My Life from May 1-4. Celebrating Spring, just listen to this remarkable vocalist singing those familiar songs that have formed your life. This is a show to see and it's just the start of a month of wonderful music . Following Julie is everyone's favorite, Steve Ross on May 6 with Gotta Have Hart and Hammerstein . They are, of course, lyricists Lorenz and Oscar II. Another cabaret favorite, Karen Oberlin, returns to Birdland on May 7 with her outstanding program, Like Love: The Popular Songs of Andre Previn . Join Clint Holmes and Billy Stritch to celebrate a popular favorite with Straighten Up and Fly Right: 100 years of Nat "King" Cole from May 8-11. Deborah Grace Winer brings her monthly salute to our city with New York: Big City Songbook, featuring Klea Blackhurst, LaTanya Hall, Nicolas King and Jay Leonhart . Another Birdland regular is Natalie Douglas with one of her Tributes, and May 20 she salutes Elvis Presley . On Saturday evenings, May 11 and 25, start off with Eric Comstock . As we end the month, The Anderson Brothers will Play Gershwin on May 26. Remember John Davidson, that handsome guitar-playing singer of some years ago? See him again at Birdland on May 27, still handsome, with guitar, dimples, and sharing 50 years of music and memories.

Raquel Bitton will be at the Cutting Room (44 East 32 St) with her Piaf stories and songs on May 29-31. Without imitating PIaf, Bitton delivers the "sparrow's" passion.

At Don't Tell Mama, MAC Hanson & Bistro Award-Winning Singer Lucille Carr-Kaffashan is featured on May 2 with her show about men and their lives, called How The Light Gets In . Clark Warren returns on May 9,15 to swing The Best of.... . On May 19, Sean Harkness, Marcus Simeone and Lina Koutrakos join their musical talents with Clearly Now and on May 31, pop in for Ricky Ritzel's Broadway!

On May 4, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano will be performing at the intimate East Side Beach Cafe. Joyce Beach appears on May 10 and Elizabeth Sullivan on May 11. The following week brings back Karen Akers on May 17 and on May 18, you can catch the popular Linda Purl.

At Feinsteins 54/Below, Paolo Szot brings his remarkable vocals to the sounds of Brazil, Jobim and Sinatra, May 9-11. On May 21, Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck present An Evening of Gershwin Greats and Other Favorites . John Lloyd Young offers his show, Jukebox Hero from May 17-25 and the indominable Chita Rivera brings it all home, defining what show biz is all about from May 27 right into June.

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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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