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Cabaret Nights March 2014
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
Birdland is flying now that it's officially almost Spring. On April 7, Broadway at Birdland presents multitalented Ben Rimalower with The Lady's Got Potential. One of jazz's favorite singers, Jane Monheit, brings the big sound of a big band to accompany her at Birdland on April -12. On April 14, Amanda Green's Spring Trunk Show is packed with pals, Jenn Colella, Kathleen Monteleone, Ryann Redmond, Janet Krupin, performing trunk songs cut from Amanda's Broadway shows. On April 27, cabaret favorite, Karen Oberlin, celebrates the 90th birthday of one of America's popular favorites with Secret Love: A Tribute to Doris Day. April 28 celebrates Broadway Sings Their Favorites: Celebrating the Tenth Season of Broadway Artists Alliance. The alliance is a musical training program for upcoming performers and some of the teachers and staff will include Eden Espinosa, Beth Leavel, Jenn Colella, Andrea Burns, Michelle Federer and David Ayers, among others.
While Billy Joel is selling out his series at Madison Square Garden through December, his daughter, Alexa Ray Joel is making her nightclub debut at the Cafe Carlyle, singing her original and also, I would wager one of Daddy's hits as well. I hope so. She appears from April 1 through 12 (no show on April 2). Dominick Chianese (remember The Sopranos? ) steps in for one night only, on Apr. 2. Lucie Arnaz is a good-looking singing, dancing dynamo. Just remember those genes, right? She appears from Apr. 15-19, and I would expect some Mom and Dad stories about growing up in Hollywood. I would also bet on a Spanish tune or two. Ending the month is the affable, limber Tommy Tune from Apr. 22 through May 3.
54 Below can't get enough of Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller, who return to the club on Apr. 1 with Sin Twisters. On Apr. 2, Aaron Lazar chats, tells stories and sings from his Broadway, pop and standards repertoire. Steve Kazee from Once will probably bring down the house with his songs (Apr. 11,12). Sounding like fun is Death at the Devereux, an original murder mystery musical comedy set in the Roaring Twenties. It's all there, a speakeasy, coppers, giggle juice and jazz. (Apr. 5). Roslyn Kind performs solo on Apr. 6 and on Apr. 10, Carolee Carmello, Mandy Gonzalez, Telly Leung, Robert Creighton and Kissy Simmons sing Broadway Shopstoppers! Two popular singing sisters bring back Sibling Revelry: Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway on Apr. 15-19. Check times on that. Not related but irresistibly entertaining are Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denmanm performing standards from Broadway and more. (April 16.) Melissa Errico visits 54 Below on Apr. 22, 24-26 and April 27, 30, you can catch Mark Nadler revisiting the 'Twenties.
Some favorite names at the Metropolitan Room include Marieann Meringolo with Crazy Love on Apr. 5. The Silver Fox Clark Warren performs his favorite upbeat tunes with Lucky So and So on Apr. 12. Stacy Sullivan sings on Apr. 26, and on Apr. 18, 25, Baby Jane Dexter brings back her wildly successful show from the holiday season, More Rules of the Road. And if you haven't seen Annie Ross bebop through her hour of jazz, do yourself a favor and see the champ of the jazz world.