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Cabaret Nights May 1, 2016

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Experience the magic of May with pianist/singer, Steve Ross in Rhythm and Romance at Birdland with members of the Yale Concert Band. The popular "Prince of Cabaret" will perform favorites by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire. (May 1). Continue in May with An Encore Evening with Iris Williams, singing standards as well as Edith Piaf's chansons on May 2. On Mother's Day (May 8), you can celebrate at an early show at 6pm with Daniel Reichard and his Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers. For those who want their standards with a jazz rhythm, you can't do much better than Ann Hampton Callaway who presents But Beautiful from May 3-7. Or you may decide that " It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and check out A Sophisticated Reunion on May 23 with Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens. Make it a true Memorial Day weekend with Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano and Summer Standard Time, on May 29. Continue the holiday weekend on May 30 with An Evening with Laura Osnes.

It's Megan Hilty at the Cafe Carlyle from May 3-14 in her new show. Following is Alexa Ray Joel back again at the Carlyle from May 17-28. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall return with the infectious rhythms of that iconic band. (May 31-June 11). Across the hall, cocktails and music fit the scene on Tues-Thurs with the Loston Harris Trio and Sunday nights are time to bring on the madcap and music with Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso.

Marilyn Maye's 88th birthday was last month but she's still celebrating at Feinsteins@54 Below from May 10-20. Her show features Highlights, the songs she has sung for over a half-century. On May 5, for those feeling a continental vibe, unique "chanteuse internationale," Michaela Leon, brings a Dietrich style pre-WW2 intrigue to Weimar Confessions, a debut of her CD featuring Berlin cabaret songs. Switching continents, The Grand Tour of Real Country Music brings back the legendary sound of country via life and songs of George Jones. Larry Tobias and his band revisit Jones with stories and music on May 17. From May 21-23, 25, theater world's Matthew Morrison reminds us of songs from his shows, including South Pacific, Hairspray, Glee.

On May 3, join America's Sweethearts who present "history through harmony" at the Iridium. They choose songs from 1860-1970 and deliver them in three-part harmony. On May 31, It's Today! two show-stoppers, Karen Mason and Lee Roy Reams proving Jerry Herman's songs are ever-lasting.

For lovely, award-winning, Stacy Sullivan and her fans, It's a Good Day: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee on May 19 at the Metropolitan Room. This popular show is returning for one-night only and these songs and this singer remain a touching tribute to a legendary star. The next evening, May 20, Gay Marshall revisits her CD, Gay Marshall Sings PIAF: La Vie L'Amour. On May 13, Stephen Hanks Presents New York Cabaret Greatest Hits series brings in the enormously popular Laurie Krauz: 25 Years With Music Director Daryl Kojak. This is a show I can't get enough of. If you saw it once, you'll see it again.

And we'll see you next month.


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An Annotated List of 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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