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Cabaret Nights November 2018

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Begin November with Melissa Errico who Sings Sondheim from Nov. 1-3 at Feinsteins 54Below. Sierra Boggess follows on Nov. 4-6 and Christine Andreas salutes Piaf: No Regrets (Nov. 8-10). From Nov. 18-15, Marilyn Maye Gives Thanks, including a show on Thanksgiving evening. Joely Fisher looks back on Growing Up Fisher: Music, Memories and Misadventures on Nov. 15-16. Andrea Marcovicci hosts Crossing Time, her "70th Birthday Farewell Concert," with two shows on Nov. 17. The lineup is not all women, of course, and one highlight is a salute to the late Charles Aznavour on Nov. 23 with favorites including, Karen Akers, Gabrielle Stravelli, Cooper Grodin, Alex Getlin, Emily Laquinta among others.

Songbirds are also busy at Don't Tell Mama. Cynthia Crane brings in an elegant songlist, reminding us that, This Is A Changing World, My Dear (whether you like it or not!) on Nov. 1. Madeleine Warren proves she is Mad For Romance on Nov. 4 15. Marnie Klar Sings Bobby Gentry on Nov. 5,10,16. Catch For What It's Worth with Kathryne Langford . Amy Beth Williams brings memories of Great Ladies; Great Songs on Nov 17,30. As for the men, Daryl Glenn brings back his touching tribute to Sondheim, Daryl Sings Steve . Sean Harkness, Marcus Simeone and Lina Koutrakos join up as 3, and you will hear some terrific music by these three top performers, with nods to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Otis Redding on Nov. 20,21. Ricky Ritzel closes the month on Nov. 30 with Broadway .

After we vote on November 6, I'm off to enjoy the music of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, who present American Stories at the Cafe Carlyle (Nov. 6-17). On Nov. 20-14, they are followed by one "Supreme" Mary Wilson . Steve Tyrell takes over the room for the holiday season, beginning Nov. 27.

Also on the East Side, at the Beach Cafe, Josephine Sanges presents Come Rain or Come Shine on Nov. 3. On Nov. 10, it is lovely soprano Anna Bergman with You're All the World to Me: A Travelogue from Porter to Puccini . A favorite at the club is Karen Akers on Nov. 17 and Dawn Derow on Nov. 24.

Birdland launches November with Margi Gianquinto and A Centennial Tribute to Jo Stafford . On Nov. 20-24 you listen to some smooth jazz by Veronica Swift and jazz musician Curtis Stigers will appear on Nov. 27-30. Downstairs at the Birdland Theater, Christina Bianco brings all her voices to The Life of the Party on Nov.1-3. Deborah Grace Winer hosts our city with New York: Big CIty Songbook . Singing are Klea Blackhurst, La Tanya Hall and Nicolas King . (Nov.4,25). Carole J. Bufford presents All By Myself, a firecracker of favorites, guaranteed fresh, powerful, and all from the heart.

There are lots of good things we have here. Let's give thanks for all the wonders we can celebrate.





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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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