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Cabaret Nights July 2018

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54 Sings 1776, two shows each evening. To keep the festivities going, on July 5, Scott Siegel presents God Bless America: The Music of Irving Berlin! featuring Kenita Miller, Quentin Earl Darrington and others. Irving Berlin musically portrayed this country, and, as Oscar Hammerstein II said about Berlin, “You can’t have a holiday without his permission.” On July 5 to 7, Tovah Feldshuh introduces her new show, Tovah is Leona including songs from her upcoming Broadway show, Queen of Mean. Other entertainers this month include funny girl, Rita Rudner (July 11,12) and pop singer, Melissa Manchester. Manchester honors the great male singers like Sinatra, Bennett, Tormé in her new show, The Fellas on July 13,14,15. Just a taste of what July offers at Feinstein's 54/Below. Check the schedule for other salutes to Broadway shows like Jersey Boys, Eubie!, Hands on a Hard Body, Once On This Island as well as other favorite performers.

At the Laurie Beechman Theater, KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar join once more on July 11, for a Sondheim Montage and if you have seen any of their other Stephen Sondheim salutes, you won't miss this. Jackie Cox brings her new singing, dancing, hilarious, I Dream of Jackie! to the club on July 12. Fabulous Fifty and Funny is a new standup comedy show by TV star, Kim Coles on July 20 and Peggy Eason performs The Chocolate Diva Gets Romantic on July 28.

Uptown at the Triad, Karen Oberlin repeats her musical and magical show, Confound Me: Songs in Search of Something, on July 11. On July 12, Kat Riggins brings you the blues, both down home and high octane. Later that night, hear the jazz sounds of The Swingeroos. On July 14, popular Marissa Mulder presents the complexities of Marilyn Monroe with Marilyn in Fragments. Adrienne Haan goes Transatlantic on July 17, with multilingual, international pop and theater songs.

Birdland brings back Natalie Douglas tribute, always a favorite, and this time she salutes Cher, on July 16. Lucie Arnaz celebrates 50 years in show biz with her new show, I Got The Job: Songs From My Musical Past, (July 17-21). Marvelous Marilyn Maye appears on July 24-Aug.4 with her signature jet propelled energy with jazz, standard and show tunes. From July 10-15, the fantastic jazz players, The Django Reinhardt NY Festival’s All Stars will pack the house once more. Jim Caruso's Monday shows include multi-instrumentalist, singer, tap dancer, Sweden's "Queen of Swing", Gunhild Carling on July 9. On July 23, Max Von Essen takes a night off from his Broadway show, Anastasia, to sing some musical theater favorites at Birdland. July 30 features The Marcy & Zina Show and their clever songs. Later every Monday night drop in for the famous New York must-see, must-go-to, Cast Party.

Hey, New Yorkers! It's "Summer in the City," sizzling with lots to do and enjoy.





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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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