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Cabaret Nights May 2018
Michael Feinstein appearing in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On May 3, Feinstein salutes The Enchanting Lena Horne in two shows. On May 30, he ends the month Swinging with the Count in a celebration of Count Basie. Accompanying him in both shows is the Tedd Firth Big Band . For tickets, go to www.jazz.org. Jazz at Lincoln Center is locateat 10 Columbus Circle.
Scott Siegel, creator and host of Broadway by the Year, returns to The Town Hall on May 21. Part One features the theater songs of 1956 ( My Fair Lady, Mr. Wonderful ) and Part Two brings you the songs of 1975 ( Chicago, A Chorus Line ). This is always a welcome show thanks in no small part to Siegel's clever comments. On May 3, French guitarist Stephane Wrembel and guests celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt at The Town Hall.
At the Triad, on May 2, Adrienne Haan presents A tribute to The Great American Songbook with her own distinctive interpretations of these classics. Catch Lee Horwin on May 7 with Blues, Ballads and Sin Songs: The Legend of Libby Holman, a show that promises glamour and mystery. Oleg Frish, known as a "Human Jukebox" with an affable personality besides being a connoisseur of swing, jazz and the Great American Songbook. Oleg and his world-class jazz septet, will present Duets With My American Idols on May 19. Enjoy the songs of Linda Ronstadt on May 25 as Rita Harvey presents her Ronstadt tribute with Heart Like A Wheel.
John Lloyd Young continues his engagement at Feinsteins/54Below (April 25-May 5), taking the stage with shades, a Jersey Boys swagger and a tenor that still aims for the sky. On May 8, Deborah Grace Winer presents A Jerome Robbins Centennial Concert with guest creator, director, host, Kathleen Marshall. Remembering Robbins' Broadway work are some of Broadway's finest stars, Laura Osnes, Beth Malone, Matt Doyle, Aaron Finley. Powerhouse singer, Linda Eder, offers a new show, If You See Me on May 9,11,12,14. Carole J. Bufford returns on May 19 with Come Together: When the 1960s Met the 1970s and Liz Callaway appears on May 22,24,25,27.
Broadway at Birdland brings back The Bombshells with their 40's-style swingin' harmonies of today's tunes. On May 6,7. The following week features Natalie Douglas with her Tribute: Ella on May 14. Always smart and engaging, Karen Oberlin brings in her new show, Confound Me: Songs in Search of Something, which may be joy, approval, or love, with songs that reflect our yearnings. It is for those who want to look at favorite songs through new views by a singer par excellence. On May 17. Cabaret's popular KT Sullivan brings Jerome Kern to Birdland with A Swing Time Kern-U-Copia on May 21. By Popular Demand: Birdland brings back the Broadway musical, Bandstand on Memorial Day. Mark May 28 for The Donny Nova Band Featuring Julia Trojan with Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, Brandon J. Ellis, Joe Carroll, Joey Pero, Geoff Packard, & Nate Hopkins.
Stars at the Cafe Carlyle in May include Nancy and Beth (featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt) on May 1-5. Linda Lavin is a cabaret singer as well as a Broadway star and comes to the Carlyle from May 8-19. Kathleen Turner appears on May 22-June 1.
FInally, it's time to enjoy the lov-erly month of May.
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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.