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Cabaret Nights March 2018

The 33nd Annual Bistro Awards will honor acclaimed André De Shields and jazz legend, Sheila Jordan. Held at Gotham Comedy Club, other honorees will include Marta Sanders, Shemekia Copeland, Mary Sue Daniels, Jeff Harnar, Lisa Yaeger, Peter and Will Anderson. Tickets:

The 2018 MAC Awards will be presented on Mar. 27 at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. Most of the awards are announced at the event but right now we know that The Board of Directors Awards will be going to author James Gavin ( Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne ). Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Sharon McNight and Ruby Rims. For more details, go to

Feinstein's 54Below is presenting some solid-gold ladies of song this month. Chita Rivera takes a dazzling look back at her career on Mar. 6,9-10,14-17,20-22. Chita paints the Great White Way crimson when she takes the stage. On Mar. 7, Vivian Reed sings from the Lena Horne songbook and Carole J. Bufford presents Come Together: When the 1960s Met the 1970s on Mar. 10. (She will also present the show on Apr.21, May 19, June 9). A one-night concert by The Mamas of Broadway to benefit Planned Parenthood is scheduled for Mar. 15, with a 9:15pm show and one at 11:30pm with a different cast. Hosted by Celia Keenan-Bolger, the first show presents Stephanie J. Block, Ashley Brown and Anika Larsen among others. The second show includes Annaleigh Ashford, Lauren Worsham, and NaTasha Yvette Williams. On Mar. 16, Maxine Linehan returns with her popular show, One: The Songs of U2 and Bebe Neuwirth is back on Mar. 28-31 with Stories with Piano, #1,  an evening of story songs. On Mar 27, author/producer Deborah Grace Winer presents You Took Advantage of Me: Rodgers and Hart on Love,  the first in her three-part, The Classic American Songbook Series at the club. Performers will be Debby Boone, Darius de Haas, and Christiane Noll. Don't miss these wonderful, intriguing songs in a show that promises to be a top-grade series led by Ms. Winer, who recently presented her memorable production of Baby, Dream Your Dream: Great Women Writers of the American Songbooks.

At the Triad, exciting international chanteuse, Adrienne Haan presents Cabaret Français 2, featuring classics by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel, and introducing less known works by Kurt Weill and Walter Walter Jurmann. In addition, she includes contemporary pop-jazz songs. Soul Award winner, Nicole Henry comes to the club on Mar. 18 with just guitar and vocals. Intimate music for the intimate club.

The Cafe Carlyle features three women this month. Opening on Feb. 27, Ute Lemper continues through March 3, Lena Hall is scheduled for March 13-17 and Judy Collins returns on Mar. 27 to Apr. 7. In case you think it's estrogen this month, the Carlyle will feature former NY Yankees shortstop turned jazz guitarist, Bernie Williams who shows his musical side from Mar. 6-10 and expect John Pizzarelli for his spring appearance from Mar. 20-24.

One more thing, March 20 will be the end of the cold weather of winter and begin the first day of spring. So they say.

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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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