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Cabaret Nights December 2017

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Winter Rhythms 2017 at Urban Stages with 22 shows from Dec. 12-23. The first night is The Maestro and His Music a salute to the late composer/arranger, Barry Levitt. On following days, see All-Star Evening at the Bistros (Dec. 13), a star-studded tribute to The Musicals of Michael Stewart (Dec. 18 ) and much more. Included over the series are Lauren Stanford, Celia Berk, Sally Darling, Frank Dain, Daryl Glenn, Tanya Holt, Laurie Krauz, Aaron Weinstein, Melissa Muldur. Check for details at urbanstages.org.

At Feinsteins 54/Below, Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner: Unattached! continue their new show from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1,2,6. With pop tunes and show music, Alice and Emily should be as musically exciting as they were nine years ago, when they were first "unattached." Theatergoers probably remember their pairing as conjoined twins in Broadway's Side Show. Also at 54/Below, Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim ending a return engagement after her sold-out run earlier this year. Her special guest will be Ryan Silverman. If you enjoyed the Broadway show, The Band's Visit, be sure to catch the composer, David Yazbek as he plays songs from his many shows. Special guest will be be Katrina Lenk, star of The Band's Visit. (Dec. 11). Also from the theater world, Christine Ebersole returns with her popular show, After the Ball on Dev. 13. NY's favorite "Yankee Doodle Dandy", Robert Creighton ( Cagney! ) will celebrate the season with Holiday Happy! on Dec. 14. Two popular crooners step up to the 54/Below stage, Norm Lewis with Santa Baby from Dec. 18 to 23. From Dec. 18 to 30, Michael Feinstein salutes singing legends, new and old.

At Pangea, a lovely room with good food and acceptable prices, Jeff Macauley returns on Dec. 15 with his popular show, Hollywood Party - Movie Songs: 1928-1936. On Dec. 30, cabaret legend, Baby Jane Dexter, performs her old favorites with some new songs.

Cabaret favorite, Richard Holbrook presents his holiday show, The Many Moods of Christmas on Dec. 3,11,15 at Don't Tell Mama. Gretchen Reinhager continues with #iBlame Paleo on Dec. 16,19. On Dec. 2, catch Lucille Carr-Kaffashan with Unwritten: Celebrating 21st Century Female Singer-Songwriters and don't miss A Very Lenny and Those Girls Christmas on Dec. 8, 15 with Lennie Watts, Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack and Wendy Russell and lots of great friends.

Remember to take the time out of the busy holiday activities to enjoy an hour of Yuletide Celebration! at St Peter's Midday Jazz performances. Choose from two Wednesday shows. On Dec. 13, with music by Roz Corral, Erli Perez, Marlene VerPlanck, Danny Bacher, Alexis Cole, Alex Leonard, Taro Okamoto, Boots Maleson and Ronny Whyte. Dec. 20 is Yuletide Celebration! II featuring David Silliman, Saundra Silliman, Boots Maleson, Ronny Whyte, Gabrielle Stravelli, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano and Daryl Sherman

The Cafe Carlyle is ready for the holidays with Steve Tyrell who is in a New York state of mind for his 13th year ringing in the New Year from Nov. 28 to Dec. 31. Some other New Year's Eve performances include Lee Roy Reams in Feinsteins 54/Below early show and Caissie Levy and her rockin' band at the late show. Natalie Douglas celebrates her 19th year at the Duplex, Dec. 31. Bring in the 2018 with Liza Minnelli (also known as Rick Skye ) at Don't Tell Mama on Dec. 31. Pangea presents an alternative look at the New Year with Kim David Smith and Molly Pope. The Beach Cafe presents crowd-pleasers KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler.

Or maybe just settle down with your favorite discs or old movies and mark the New Year with a personal toast. Cheers! And let's make 2018 safe, healthy, peaceful and joyful.





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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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