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Cabaret Nights January 2019


Andrea McCardle and Donna McKechnie features Sondheim and Hamlisch and you know you can begin 2019 with great songs by two proven theater veterans. (Jan. 1-5). Following comes John Lloyd Young offering you a choice of John Lloyd Young's Broadway (Jan. 6) or Introducing John Lloyd Young (Jan. 8). A good show no matter which one you choose. The indefatigable Chita Rivera appears on selected evenings from Jan. 9-19, with her concert. You can be Swingin' With the Music of the Beatles on Jan. 7 and enjoying a tribute to Charles Asnavour on Jan. 9. Lindsay Mendez performs favorites from Jan. 22-26 and Mark Farrelly presents his show, Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. (Jan. 29,20).

Don't Tell Mama, but on various Sunday nights, the landmark cabaret offers new shows and performers, along with familiar favorites, in Salon Open Mic . On Jan. 6, Sidney Myers and KT Sullivan co-host the theme of Coming Home. On Jan. 20, it is Ari Axelrod with Stacy Sullivan and a provocative theme, Why We Do What We Do. On Jan. 13-14, Stephen Hanks presents Blue Wave Victory Celebration Show, two all-star variety fundraising shows featuring the five casts of Ride the Blue Wave 2018. On Jan. 16,23, Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry and on Jan. 16,25,31 Yvonne Constant celebrates Charles Aznavour As Is. On Jan. 24, Amy Beth Williams brings back her Great Ladies, Great Songs .

Gabrielle Stravelli opens the year in Birdland Theater on Jan. 1,2 with singing Pick Up My Pieces: The Music of Willie Nelson. Upstairs, Kurt Elling offers a jazz tribute with The Heroes: Classic Material for Jazz Voice + Special Guests on Jan. 2-5. Tedd Firth Trio presents his own show, bringing in a first-class guest star each night. On Jan. 9, he features Tom Wopat . The Jan. 10 guest is Laura Osnes, on Jan. 11, it is Marilyn Maye and on Jan. 12, Brian Stokes Mitchell. On Jan. 14, Barbara Fasano solos in Birdland Theater. Barbara also joins husband Eric Comstock and Sean Smith's musical and witty chats at Birdland on selected Saturday evenings. Jan. 21 is The Birthday Show with Birdland favorite, Natalie Douglas. On Jan. 22-26, the acclaimed jazz pianist/singer Ann Hampton Callaway sings The Linda Ronstadt Songbook, a show to see. The one and only Amanda Green brings in the laughs and songs at her monthly Birdland show, Amanda Green AF! on Jan. 28. With her are guests, Kelli Barrett, Andrea Burns, Clarke Thorell, Alysha Umphress and Wayne Wilcox.

The Upper East Side's Beach Cafe presents an all-American classic songwriter and performer lineup for January. Everything's Coming Up Karens, with Karen Oberlin, Karen Gross, Karen Mack on Jan. 4. Joshua Lance Dixon performs songs of the Rat Pack era on Jan. 5. On Jan. 12, Marissa Mulder is featured and on Jan. 19, catch Linda Perl. Another Beach favorite, Karen Akers returns on Jan. 26 with Time Flies.

So on to 2019.

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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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