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Cabaret Nights June 2016


Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller, those irrepressible Sin Twisters, are back at the Metropolitan Room June 3,9 with their tales and tunes from the Golden Age of Broadway. It's a good-natured get-together by two old pals sharing theatrical war stories with everyone who loves Broadway. (June 3,9) Chase O'Donnell and Savannah Brown, two newcomers to cabaret, share their adventures of putting on a show with Too Blondes: A One Woman Show, singing, dancing and having a good time. (June 2). On June 4, Adrienne Haan travels back to the 1920's and '30's with a European jazz, blues, Klezmer and show tunes repertoire. A passionate concert and cabaret performer, Haan is someone special to see. With I've Got Your Number, Tom Wopat presents a show of jazz, swinging the way he likes, smooth and easy. His songs include favorites and contemporaries and they all have that natural Wopat flair. (June 6,18). This month, producer Stephen Hanks Presents New York's Greatest Hits brings back Barbara Porteus on June 13 with Up On the Roof. Songs from Carol King through the years to Adelle. Later in the month, June 30, The Ladies Day Jazz Ensemble salute legends like Mary Lou Williams, Peggy Lee, Blossom Dearie, Marian McPartland and more. Ladies Day members are MJ Territo (vocals), Linda Presgrave (piano), Iris Orrig (bass), Barbara Merjan (drums).

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall bring their iconic sound back to the Cafe Carlyle (May 31-June 11). Note that it is not Lani but Lena Hall following at the Carlyle beginning June 14-25 with Sin and Salvation. Lena Hall won the 2014 Tony Award for her role as Yitzhak in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Previously at the Carlyle, she recorded Sin and Salvation: Lena Hall Live at the Carlyle.

Get Happy! with Joan Ellison at Feinstein's/54Below as she shines a spotlight on the songs of Judy Garland from 1944-'54, the years of "The Boy Next Door" and "The Man That Got Away." (June 3). If anyone can put a dancing extravaganza on a cabaret stage, it is Scott Siegel. Scott Siegel''s Broadway Dance Show will feature memorable theater choreography and singing on June 4. Also on June 4, lovely Paula Dione Ingram will make her one-night-only debut with Dark Legacy: Bright Lights of Black Broadway. Paula is an experienced singer and actress and here she presents the legendary African-American songwriters and performers like Scott Joplin, Bert Williams and Eubie Blake. She is a performer to watch. (June 4). June 10-11 features the fabulous Charles Busch. On June 21, Barbara Cook performs and the next day, it's time for Lorna Luft. (June 22-25)/

On June 7, It's DeLovely: A 125th Birthday Celebration of Cole Porter at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as we salute the great Cole Porter. Performers presenting the wide range of Porter's music will include, Steve Ross, Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, Jeff Harnar, Spencer Day, Ronny Whyte, and Amra Faye-Wright. Expect a totally "delightful, delicious, delectable, delirious, dilemma, delimit, deluxe, and of course, de-lovely" show.

In May, we lost one of the finest great male crooners of the 1950's and 1960's, Julius La Rosa, generous, down-to-earth and well-respected for his understanding, interpretation, phrasing and mastery of popular lyrics.

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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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