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Cabaret Nights April 2015

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Spring has been struggling to get here but hopefully it's arrived at last, just as a new supper club moves into Don't Tell Mama. Hosted by Arthur Pompasello, the new room is called Pompie's Place and the mood is blue. Jazz singers like Hilary Gardner, Brianna Waters, Lezlie Harrison present the sounds of Memphis and the Delta. On April 12,13 and May 10,11,28.

Thing are also heating up at the Cafe Carlyle. Debbie Harry ends her run on April 4 and then Lena Hall ( Hedwig and the Angry Inch ) debuts on April 7-18. Carlyle favorite, John Pizzarelli teams up with Daniel Jobim for an evening of Strictly Bossa Nova . (April 21--May 2). In May and June look forward to Megan Hilty from Broadway ( Nine to Five ) and TV Smash and the return of Judy Collins. Alan Cummings ( Cabaret, The Good Wife ) performs against type with Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs .

Birdland's Sunday evening Jazz Party regular, Natalie Douglas moves into the Monday spot on April 20 in Hello Dolly…the Music of Dolly Parton . Jazz bird Sheila Jordan with The Steve Kuhn Trio scats and swings until April 4. Elizabeth Stanley will leave you Carried Away with her rangy voice and interpretations on April 6. Her special guest is Andrew Rannells. Croon: When a Whisper Became a Song is Todd Murray's new show, focusing on the decades of the microphone and the "the crooners," those singers who used it best (April 13).

2015 MAC award winner, Stacy Sullivan, brings her new show, Since You've Asked to the Metropolitan Room on April 4. What Now? A Tribute to Mike is the latest show by saucy chanteuse Yvonne Constant on April 7,14. For Kevin Dozier, it's all about New York and so his show is simply called, A New York Romance. Try and catch actress and singer Gloria Reuben on April 9,17,30. Cabaret Cares, on April 21, brings in top singers to raise money for "Help Is On The Way Today," a not-for-profit organization that helps children, teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. This show appears monthly at the Metropolitan Room.

At Laurie Beechman on April 14, Diary of a Piano Girl presents the talents of singer, pianist, songwriter Robyn McCorquodale. An international artist, she offers music from around the world with Sleep With Angels and also adds stories of her life and adventures.

New York and the country were shocked this week by the building collapse in the East Village. Fortunately, Cafe Noctambula, a few blocks away, remains busy. Kristina Koller opens the month on April Fool's Day with A Night of Swing, Bossa and Ballads. On April 2, 9. 16, Jane Scheckter proves she Loves, Adores, Misses Bobby Short, and who doesn't? Others coming into the club are the Valentina Marino Trio (Aprll 8), Marcus Goldhaber (April 22) , Ken Greves (April 27) and Tony Middleton (April 29). Eric Comstock plays piano, sings and greets guests every Tuesday night. Don't miss this show.

Some great talents to welcome a new season.

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
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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