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Cabaret Nights March 2017

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March is Women's History Month as well as Cabaret Month. It's about time that one of cabaret's favorite women, Karen Mason introduces a new album, appropriately called, It's About Time. See and hear it first at Birdland on March 6. This promises to be a collection of songs to celebrate marriage equality, Judy Garland, Broadway and more. A delightful person and crackerjack singer, Mason is a must-see for March. Also at Birdland, schedule pianist/singer, Alexis Cole on Sunday evening, March 5. On March 19, those madcap Manhattanites, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, will entertain with songs and laughs. Eric is at the piano alone on Saturday nights, March 4,18,25. On Sunday March 26, Steve Ross performs his tribute to our town with My Manhattan and on March 27, Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella features special guest, Kelli O'Hara.

New York impresario, Scott Siegel presents Jewish Broadway with a cast of favorite performers on March 13 at 8 PM at Temple Emanuel's Streicker Center. Tovah Feldshun, Carolee Carmello, Christine Andreas, Jarrod Spector, Amanda Green, and others will entertain with works by Jewish composers, performers, and shows. Note, the entrance to the theater is on East 66th St. between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Tickets are $36 for general admission or $55 for reserved seating.

The Actors' Temple is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a gala at The Friars Club on March 13. Honored will be Tovah Feldshun, Jackie Hoffman, and Barbara Bova. Other performers will entertain. Ticket prices start at $350 per person. Call 212-245-6975 or 212-265-8500.

The Cafe Carlyle features two women this month. Opening on Feb. 28, Joan Osbourne continues through March 11 and singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega is scheduled for March 14-25.

On March 4,18, Baby Jane Dexter reprises her acclaimed show, Body and Soul at the Metropolitan Room. When I saw this show in November, I wrote "With the magnetic Ross Patterson at the keyboard, a Baby Jane Show is invincible, always believable, always compassionate." She's the real deal. On March 15, Adam Shapiro reprises his award winning show Guide to the Perfect Breakup, with helpful survival hints for either "dumper or dumpee." Talented teenager Josephine Bianco presents her first solo show on March 11 after wowing critics and audiences in Metrostar and Michael Feinstein's singing competitions. And who is better to acknowledge during women's month than the Grand Dame of Jazz, Annie Ross, singin' and swingin' here every Tuesday night.

The 32nd Annual Bistro Awards will honor Darlene Love, Carol Woods, Spider Saloff and Natalie Douglas and others at Gotham Comedy Club on March 13. At the end of the month, on March 28, The 2017 MAC Awards is scheduled at BB King's. Honorees this evening include Michelle Lee for Lifetime Achievement, Ken Starrett for Board of Directors Award and Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award to Joseph Macchia/Cabaret Cares . More details at http://macnyc.com.

The fifth of Scott Siegel's Broadway Originals! is on Feb. 4 at Feinsteins 54/Below with Broadway songs performed by the stars who originated them. Included are Stephanie J. Block,  Len Cariou, Claybourne Elder, Bill Irwin, Lee Roy Reams  and more. On Feb. 5, Siegel has a different show The Great Broadway Belt Show! If you are thrilled hearing big voices sing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "Defying Gravity," this lineup has the singers who really belt them out. Siegel has brought William Blake, Laurel Harris, Jillian Louis, Patrice Covington, Natalie Toro, and Danielle Gimbal.  On Valentine's Day, the club presents Love I Hear: Broadway Couples Celebrate Valentine's Day. Included are Allison Guinn & Glen Heroy from On the Town, Amy Jo Jackson & Jeff Ronan from Kinky Boots , Geoff Packard & Chelsea Packard from Matilda and more. Plus a special menu! Tony Danza struts his stuff on Feb. 24, 25. If you plan to watch the glamour and glitz of Oscar Night , Feinsteins 54/Below has ballads to predict, prizes and a special prix fixe Oscar Night menu.

Valentine's Day and Oscar Night - two events worth celebrating. Feinsteins 54/Below.





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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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