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Cabaret Nights November 2015


An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Baby Jane Dexter comes back for her winter visit to the Metropolitan Room on Nov. 7,21,28 and Dec. 4. She calls her new show, It's Personal and it is, reflecting challenges and losses she has faced over the past year. Expect songs from legends like Peggy Lee and Lennon/McCartney, music that is honest and meaningful to her and to her listeners. Feeling romantic? Let Todd Murray show you what "crooning" is all about. (Nov. 3). Also in the Metropolitan Room this month, savor the High Standards of Corrina Sowers Adler, on Nov. 1. On Nov. 2, forget all your troubles, forget all your cares when Maxine Linehan reprises her previous show, What Would Petula Do? A Tribute to Petula Clark. Don't forget about Scott Siegel's All Star Concert Extravaganza on Nov. 11 with all the stars in cabaret heaven. And this is just early November!

At the Cafe Carlyle, Nov. 3 begins the month-long run of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey with their new show, My Generation featuring songs from Sondheim to Simon. Let's also expect a taste of Pizzarelli's new CD, Midnight McCartney. Next month is the annual return of Steve Tyrell. Yes, it's been a year already.

Even with a November chill, things will be swingin' hot at the free Cocktail Concert at the CitySpire Atrium with Peter and Will Anderson, who have been called "virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone." Enjoy some carefree swing and pop, and the price is great. On Nov. 10.

In two shows on Nov. 4 at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Rumer Willis and Tye Blue are making their NYC cabaret debut. The theme, explaining their journey as nonsexual life partners with songs from jazz to Motown. On Nov. 3, Tony Babino Sings Songs from The Jolson Story. On Nov. 9,14, Andrea Burns steams up the stage with selections from pop to theater. Every day during the week of Nov. 22-28, the terrific Anne Hampton Callaway appears at Feinstein's/54Below with her salute to women songwriters. She performs on Thanksgiving Day too, so skip the second slices of pie for some memorable music with this outstanding performer. Feinstein's/54Below also offers a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for those who don't feel like cooking.

Eric Comstock is back at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea on Tues. evenings through Nov, 24. He also appears in the show he helped create years ago, Our Sinatra. The revival plays Fridays and Saturdays Nov 13-Dec 26 at 7 and 9PM. With Eric is co-creator/baritone Christopher Gines and Harmony Keeney. On Nov. 7, Laurie Krauz and Daryl Kojak bring back their high-energy crowd-pleaser, Tapestry Rewoven UNPLUGGED!

Carole J. Bufford brings theatricality and depth to the weekly Birdland Jazz Party. On Monday, Nov, 9, Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland features Sally Mayes and Jeff Harnar with their smart and saucy selections in Double Take. Speaking about smart and saucy, on Nov. 16, do not miss Steve Ross presenting Steve, Fred and Cole. You savvy New Yorkers know who Fred and Cole are. On Nov. 23, 24, 25. listen to Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch celebrate Our Favorite Things. Ending the month, Nov. 30 brings Lesli Margherita, with Broad, which is exactly how she plays her part in Broadway's new musical, Dames at Sea.

Holiday time is here. Happy Thanksgiving!

For information:

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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