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Cabaret Nights March 2019


Sherry Eaker, presents the 34th Bistro Awards on Mar.11, with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award going to Judy Collins. This promises to be a full show of music and laughs at the Gotham Comedy Club. Contact for tickets.

At Feinstein's/54Below, actress and singer, Joanna Gleason appears Mar.1,2,22 with her new show, Out Of The Eclipse . Another Broadway performer, Betsy Wolfe, brings her first cabaret show, All Bets Are Off, to 54Below from Mar. 6-9. On Mar. 8, International Women's Day, sees the return of Women Who March with their stories and songs. On Mar. 9, Scott Siegel gathers some singing greats for Broadway’s Greatest Hit Songs of All Time! Always fun, always terrific, singer/actress Lainie Kazan sings and talks about her life and career. On Mar. 26,27,28.

After John Lloyd Young's engagement at the Cafe Carlyle (Feb. 19-Mar. 2), singer/songwriter, Suzanna Vega, returns on Mar. 5-16 with her songs about New York. She is followed by jazz vocalist, Tierney Sutton, making her Cafe Carlyle debut (Mar. 19-23) and Tony Danza appears with Standards and Stories on Mar. 26-30.

Margo Sings Mercer, starring newcomer Margo Brown is featured at Don't Tell Mama on Mar. 3,21. Cynthia Crane tells you This Is A Changing World, My Dear (whether you like it or not) on Mar. 4,14, 23,29. If you like the songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Marianne Maringolo is one of the finest interpreters of their works. Take this chance to see her show, Between Yesterday and Today on Mar. 8. Marni Klar Sings Bobby Gentry on Mar. 9,16.

If you loved the shows and recordings of the great Barbara Cook and her accompanist, Wally Harper, don't miss KT Sullivan's tribute, I Can Cook, to the legendary pair. A wonderful show all around. Directed by Eric Michael Gillette and accompanied by pianist, Jon Weber, they promise to include many of the memorable standards and show tunes we loved hearing by Cook and Harper. At Birdland Theater (Feb. 27 to Mar. 2). Eric Comstock takes the piano bench on Sat. evenings, a perfect way to get the weekend going. Song stylist, Nellie McKay charms her audiences, Mar. 5-9 and so does jazz singer, Karrin Allyson (Mar. 4-9). Popular and talented, Karen Mason is featured on Mar. 20-23. She calls her show, For The First Time. It is not Mason's first time at Birdland but she has been a busy gal working around the country and we are glad to have her back. Other March women at Birdland include the sublime Jane Scheckter with I've (Still) Got My Standards, (Mar. 24) and on Mar. 25, Natalie Douglas with one of her great salutes, Tributes: Roberta Flack. Broadway's Laura Osnes is back at Birdland with Repertoire Roulette. Draw a song from a hat and Laura will sing it. On Mar. 27-30. Another do not miss is T. Oliver Reid celebrating Bobby Short on Mar. 25.

The 33rd Annual MAC Awards will be celebrated on Mar. 26 at Sony Hall (235 West 46th St.). How fitting that the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Karen Mason.

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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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