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CurtainUp's
Cabaret Nights January 2015

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

On New Year's Eve, after the final notes of "Auld Lang Syne" at the Metropolitan Room's The Biggest Party Ever, Marilyn Maye remains for seven more shows. (Jan. 2, 3,7 to 10). She changes themes in 2015 to Marilyn By Request during the Metropolitan Room's "the show must go on" marathon. From Thurs, Jan. 1 at 7pm, The Longest Variety Show Ever. is 60 hours of music, comedy, magic, all the entertainment you might want and can stand. The performers are nonstop until midnight on Jan. 4. Will this mega-event break some Guinness World Record? Expected are over 235 performers, some well-known stars and upcoming talents. For information, visit www.metropolitanroom.com or call 212-206-0440.

Also at the Metropolitan Room, T. Oliver Reid, Jay Rogers, Aaron Morishita, Giselle Wolf, Donna Hayes, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, and Nathan Lee Graham bring excerpts from their upcoming shows in a Sneak Peek Preview, on Jan.13. Jazz pianist and composer, Jon Weber, appears on Jan. 5, 6. Legendary Annie Ross is a treasured fixture every Tuesday evening. Stacy Sullivan sings on Jan. 16 and Robyn Spangler brings Riddle, Ronstadt and Robyn. on Jan. 12, 16. On Jan. 31, some of New York's top singers honor Luther Vandross in the club's new series saluting singers who have Gone too Soon.

54 Below celebrates the centennial of the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, born 100 years ago. A lineup of champion performers appear to sing his music. Included are Nellie McKay, Richard Kind, Carole J Bufford, Maxine Linehan, Zak Resnick, Billy Stritch, Scott Coulter, Jeff Harnar, Stacy Suliivan and don't be surprised if another guest or two join in. Produced by Scott Siegel, creator of Broadway by the Year series at Town Hall. (Jan. 8). Starting off the month on Jan. 1-3 at 54 Below is Barb Jungr, confessing that she's Mad About the Boy and No Regrets and when you hear Jungr's powerful renditions, you feel, believe and remember them. Broadway singer and dancer, Rachelle Rak, delivers Sas with One S on Jan. 4, 29. On Jan. 15, Klea Blackhurst, Lucia Spina, Julia Murney and Mary Testa look at the songbook of John Kander and Fred Ebb with All That Jazz. The next two nights (Jan. 16,17) belong to Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim Originals: Old Friends bring together Ann Morrison, Pamela Myers and Chip Zien to recall stories from their days in Sondheim shows.

Cafe Carlyle begins its new season with Broadway's matinee idol, Cheyenne Jackson (Jan. 13-24), and the riveting Bette Lavette (Jan. 27-Feb. 7).

The first in the yearly anticipated Lyrics and Lyricists Series at the 92nd Street series is A Good Thing Going: the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration. Music director and host is David Loud. Cast includes Kate Baldwin, Heidi Bickenstaff. Liz Callaway, James Clow, Jason Danieley and Jeremy Jordan. (Jan 10, 11, 12). Following shows in the series will salute songs of New York City, ladies of Hollywood and the golden anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof.

The American Songbook at Lincoln Center also begins its popular series at the end of this month. On Jan. 28th, Billy Porter appears. Catch Norm Lewis on Jan. 29 and on Jan. 31st, Stephen Sondheim and Steve Reich sit down to talk and listen to performers like Kate Baldwin, Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemingnani. The series continues into a vibrant February.

A good start to a Happy New Year!      

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