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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.

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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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