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Cabaret Nights March 2014
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
It's March, which means Cabaret Month. (Also note that it's Women's History Month.) On March 4, the 29th Annual Bistro Awards will be hosted by Jeff Harnar at the Gotham Club, honoring Ben Vereen. On March 27, the 2014 MAC Awards are scheduled at BB King's and hosting this year is singer/musician Terese Genecco. Honored by the MAC Awards are Linda Lavin and Marilyn Maye. It is fitting to remember that the recently deceased Erv Raible was an integral part of both organizations and will be missed as a long-time prominent presence in the cabaret world.
March is a good time to catch some favorite performers at The Metropolitan Room. Those who were around in the '60's and '70's may remember singer, Karen Wyman from major television shows hosted by Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, Carole Burnett and Johnny Carson. Then came time off for the family, but now Wyman is back and critics and audiences are delighted. You can see Wyman every Wednesday in March (Mar. 5,12,19,26) with a knock-out trio. Book your date now. Also Marieann Maringolo sings about Crazy Love on March 9 in her monthly appearance at the Metropolitan. For Stacy Sullivan, It's A Good Day, A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee, on March 28 and if you catch this show, it will be a great day for you. For a different Peggy Lee interpretation, Delores King Williams presents I'm a W-O-M-A-N! The Music and Unbelievable Life of Miss Peggy Lee. There are other great ladies of song as well. Moira Davis sings the story of love coming and going and coming back again. (March 23) in Ooops, I Fell in Love Again and the premier jazz chick performing today is still Annie Ross every Tuesday evening. A lot of women and a lot of women's history.
Cafe Carlyle presents two favorites, Maude Maggart who opens Feb. 25 and sings her closing show on March 1. Following Maggart is film and television's Shirley Jones (March 4-15). Not forgetting about the men, John Pizzarelli is playing Strictly Bossa Nova this time around at the Carlyle, with guest performer, Daniel Jobim.
At Joe's Pub, Meredith DiMenna gives a nod to the '60's in her March 4 show, Queen of the Beatniks: The Songs of Judy Henske. Henske was one-of-a-kind at a time when there were many other one-of-a-kinds singing rock. Henske, however, if not famous, was memorable with energy and soul. She could spin in some jazz, tell a spicy story and sing up a storm. Meredith DiMenna, daughter of another cabaret singer, Lynn DiMenna, wrote the show and presents it with gusto and honesty. On March 13,14,27,28, another singular personality, Justin Vivian Bond, interprets Tennessee Williams' story about a woman who drifts from place to place, doing whatever she wants, for whatever reason. Not surprisingly, it is called, The Drift.
Billy Stritch: I've Got Your Number, the Jazz of Cy Coleman, and who better to deliver the singular sly jazz touch of Cy Coleman? Stritch does just that on March 3 and 10 at Birdland. On March 17, Steve Ross will be Ridin' High: Cole Porter on Broadway. Joining Steve and Cole, add the vibrant Klea Blackhurst and you'll be ridin' high. On March 24, it's Donna McKechnie, In Good Company with Special Guest Andrea McArdle. March ends on the 31st with Broadway composer Lance Horne and Friends starring Lance Horne, Alan Cumming, Rachel Dratch and Alice Ripley. And by this time, it will be Spring.