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Cabaret Nights September 2018

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You can't get cooler than Birdland. While preparing for the Birdland Theater's Grand Opening, September brings more favorites to the new Birdland Theater. The sophisticated new Manhattan nitery, just downstairs from the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, presents . Cheryl Bentyne & Vocalist/Lyricist Mark Winkler In Concert on Sept. 16. They promise the cool vibe of the New York '50's club scene, perfect to wrap up a September week. Singular song stylist, Nellie McKay, brings her musical offbeat observations to life on Sept. 19-22. Come see Miss Coco Peru on Sept. 26- 29. Upstairs, at the Birdland Jazz Club, pianist/singers, Billy Stritch (Sept. 8, 15) and Eric Comstock (Sept. 22,29) start off New York Sat. nights. On Sept. 3, catch the entertaining vocals of Clint Holmes. Amanda Broome will be performing on Sept.10.

If it is not a perfect beach day, there's The Beach Cafe and come September 8, welcome songstress Iris Williams. The indefatigable KT Sullivan appears on Sept. 15 and another Beach favorite, Karen Akers returns on Sept. 22.

On September 13, it's Cabaret Campaigns: Ride the Blue Wave 2018! at Don't Tell Mama, this show featuring an All-Male Cast, including Mark Nadler, Adam Shapiro, Brian Charles Rooney, Jeff Macauley, Bruce Clough, and Rob Davis. Musical Director is < b> Ian Herman. . Richard Holbrook brings his new show, It's Time for a Long Song: The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner. A Centennial Celebration on Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15.

On Sept. 12 at 7pm, Holbrook will host a Lerner centennial with Shana Farr and Darryl Kojak as well as musical theater historian, Robert Kimball discussing Lerner with annotator, < b> Amy Asch. . At Barnes and Noble event space (150 East 86th St), and it's Free!

While Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole continue at Feinstein's 54/Below through Sept. 3, the rest of the month is filling up with top performers. Actress/singer Linda Purl salutes the big band singers with All Female Jazz Orchestra DIVA on Sept. 4-5. Jana Robbins & Haley Swindal appear on Sept. 6 with We Just Move On! The Songs of Kander & Ebb . The next two evenings, Sept. 7 8, Rebecca Luker and Sally Weifert feature their new show, All The Girls, exploring themes speaking for today’s woman. Linda Eder returns to sing selections from her new CD, If You See Me, on Sept. 12,13,14. The fabulous Ann Hampton Callaway, sings the many sides of The Linda Ronstadt Songbook from Sept. 19-22. On Sept. 25-29, it is time for John Lloyd Young's Broadway.

Jazz at Midday features singer Sandi Stewart and her son, Bill Charlap, a reknown jazz pianist himself. (Sept. 2). This is a duo you won't want to miss. Nor should you pass over jazz legend, Sheila Jordon , performing on Sept. 12. Remembering George Gershwin, strike up the band on Sept. 26 for a tribute featuring Art Baron, Andrea Wolper, Boots Maleson, David Silliman, Alex Leonard, Carrie Jackson, and Ronny Whyte an hour of Gershwin greats! All these shows at 1pm.





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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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