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Cabaret Nights June 2017


Who better to kick off the summer than dynamic Marilyn Maye, coming to the Metropolitan Room on June 14,16,17 with Marilyn by Request. When you make your reservations, and I suggest you get on that pronto, suggest a song you want her to sing. Also at the club is cabaret and theater favorite, Christiana Noll, on June 7 singing, The Ira Gershwin Album. . To celebrate the birthday of lyricist Sammy Cahn on June 18, Jeff Harnar will reprise his highly-acclaimed tribute show, Sammy Cahn: All the Way. Lisa Yaeger salutes her home state, New Jersey, with a new show, Jersey Girl. (June 2,21) and on June 15, Wendy Scherl proves there's a New Scherl in Town. All In Good Time is Deb Berman's show about "life, love and the pursuit of time well spent." Sounds good, and Berman is a first-rate singer who brings a flair to whatever she sings. With Sean Harkness accompanying her on guitar, this show is prime-time on June 8.

At the Cafe Carlyle in Tony B's little girl, Antonia Bennett finishes her engagement at the Cafe Carlyle on June 3. Following her is Lisa Loeb, singer, songwriter and a lot more, appearing from June 6 to 17. Lovably irreverent Mario Cantone drops in for just four nights, June 20-23 and ending this season is singer, songwriter, painter, activist, Sophie B. Hawkins from June 27-29. Across the hall, at the Hotel Carlyle's Bemelman's Bar, Jim Caruso continues Sunday nights with Billy Stritch, playing, singing, doing their thing from 9pm-midnight.

Caruso's "home" remains on 44th Street's noted jazz club, Birdland, which presents another busy month of performers. On June 5, Amanda McBroom will be back in New York to celebrate her new CD, Voices. The world famous singer and songwriter is a Golden Globe winner for her hit, "The Rose" but is a beautiful singer as well as a story teller in song. In her own way, Jessica Molaskey presents her new show, Portrait of Joni on June 12. These are Joni Mitchell's character songs and no one is better at interpreting them than actor/singer Molaskey. Freddie Cole offers the familiar Cole warm vocals with his own jazz interpretation to Birdland from June 13-17. On June 19, Spencer Day brings his angelic voice to celebrate his new CD, Angel City and jazz bird, Stacey Kent, launches her new CD, Tenderly, June 20-24. On June 17, Eric Comstock entertains on piano and vocals and, of course, Jim Caruso hosts his Cast Party every Monday night.

Peter Cincotti, jazz singer and pianist, will appear at Iridium on June 6,13,20.

Two more shows at the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists: The American Songbook. From Camelot to California: The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe is schedule for June 6-5. A few weeks later, Lyrics and Lyricists Favorites: Your Choice! on June 26 one-night only. A special event with co-artistic directors Ted Chapin and Ted Sperling.

Cabaret continues through the summer, so stay in touch!

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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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