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Cabaret Nights October 2019
Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel ). Also scheduled are Broadway's Laura Osnes ( Cinderella ), Susan Egan ( Beauty and the Beast ), Aisha Jackson (Anna's standby in Frozen ), Courtney Reed (Jasmine in Aladdin ), Krysta Rodriguez (Megara in Hercules ). This month, you can still catch the ever youthful and vivacious, Lucie Arnaz in her show, I Got the Job! Songs From My Musical Past, on Oct. 1,2. The irrepressible Chita Rivera performs Oct. 8, 10-13, 15-16. On Oct. 15, cabaret favorite, Carole J. Bufford brings you Decadent Standards and Nicole Henry follows on Oct. 16 with I Wanna Dance with Somebody: The Music of Whitney Houston . And on Oct. 17-26, don't miss the marvelous Marilyn Maye who tells us, Bl ame It On My Youth!
Here's to the Ladies at the Beach Café stars Marieann Maringolo on Oct. 12. On Oct. 18, Sean Harkness and Karen Oberlin present Something to Live For: The Songs and Story of Billy Strayhorn . Strayhorn 's biographer, David Hajdu adds illuminating stories from his book. On Oct. 19, Shana Farr and Steve Ross present We're Old Fashioned, the sumptuous music of Jerome Kern. Gretta B. is featured on Oct. 26 and Karen Akers is back on Oct. 27. Beach Café is an East Side cabaret treat.
The Café Carlyle features Alexa Ray Joel (Yes, Billy Joel's little girl) on Oct. 1-5 in her seventh appearance at the upscale supper club. On Oct. 8, 9, Buster Poindexter (aka David Johansen) returns to the club where he delivers his knock-out shows. Oct. 10-12, Bettye Lavette, is an extraordinary R&B vocalist, a Grammy nominee who holds nothing back. Country legends, Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser, first-timers at the Café Carlyle, appear on Oct. 15-19 with Party of Two. Mario Cantone wins us over with laughs and music, Oct. 22-26, and actress/singer/songwriter, Mare Winningham makes her Café Carlyle debut on Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.
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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.