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Cabaret Nights July 2015


An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Take another chance on Pompie's Place. For those who missed it first time around, Arthur "Pompie" Pomposello hosts his evenings of blues and jazz at Don't Tell Mama on July 29, 30 and Aug. 7, 21. The food is spicy, the music is sultry with a swinging smokin' band under the leadership of Ehud Asherie  and with Ken Peplowski  on reeds, Jon-Erik Kelso on trumpet (on alternating nights), Jackie Williams on drums and David Wong  on bass. The returning canaries include Hilary Gardner  and Lezlie Harrison and the music soars. On July 15, 17, Tanya Moberly continues telling her stories and performing Songs I Feel Like Singing this month accompanied by Ritt Henn.

Barb Jungr  comes to Joe's Pub on July 9, 10 and 16, 17 with her show Hard Rain-–The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Jungr shines at interpreting pop songs, working the stage and giving new complexity to familiar songs. She is always remarkable and totally unique.

In the mood for "A Little Night Music"? Every July Wednesday night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar are back to present their all new Another Hundred People: Sondheim Act Two. It's a new aspect for the Sondheim songbook.

The Metropolitan Room continues as busy as ever into the summer months. Starting things off on July 1, Lauren Fox  rocks with the Groupies - The Muses Behind the Legends of Rock & Roll. On July 8, Rebekah Lowin presents I Know You By Heart: The Songs of Eva Cassidy, directed by Lauren Fox. On July 10, 24, Richard Malavet brings his smooth baritone and jazz flair to celebrate the centennial of Frank Sinatra's birthday with Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra. Lovely Stacy Sullivan  makes monthly appearances at the Metropolitan Room and you can catch her summer show on July 11. July 14 brings a hint of holiday spirit with Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark and their Fabulous Christmas Show. Marissa Mulder  presents her new show, Instincts on July 18 and Charlotte Patton  is still Celebrating Men . Toward the end of the month, songstress extraordinaire, Liz Callaway  presents, For the Record: A Concert and Live Recording with Liz Callaway.

Birdland brings in Carole J. Bufford  on Sunday evenings for Birdland Jazz Party. On July 6, it's Hello Dolly! as Natalie Douglas  salutes the music of Dolly Parton and from July 29-Aug. 1, John Pizzarelli  adds strings and guests to celebrate Paul McCartney.  On July 13, Aaron Lazar  brings his luscious tones to look For Me in the Songs.

There's a Big Wind From Winnetka blowing into Below 54 when the fabulous Christine Ebersole  appears from July 28-31. Charles Busch  is a smash with That Girl: That Boy from July 14-17, 23.

Some real Don't-Miss shows. Come to the cabaret, hear some music and get out of the heat.

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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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