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Cabaret Nights August 2015


An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Inspired by the Golden Age of Radio, 54 Below brings you a vaudeville mystery sensation on Aug. 1, Peaches and Crime, includes the audience as part of the action with a choose-your-own-adventure murder mystery! August also presents Donna McKechnie with Another Time, Same Place, looking back at the '70's in NYC with songs by Jim Croce, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and a special salute to Kander and Ebb. Melissa Manchester joins in with her own déjà vu on Aug. 12-15 and ending the month at 54 Below on Aug. 26-27, Lorna Loft returns with her Judy/Liza vocal pipes and fun stories. Finally, on Aug. 31, get up and boogie with the Saturday Night Reunion Show including some of the original cast members.

Molly Pope Likes Your Status is featured at The Duplex on August 14 and September 11. On Aug. 4, 11, Sharon McNight appears, proving to all that she ... Is Alive and Well.

Seth Rudetsky brings his award-winning weekly series Broadway Chatterbox to Don't Tell Mama every Thursday. On Aug. 5, Daryl Glenn and Jo Lynn Burke return with their popular hoedown on Aug. 5. Ricky Ritzel cuts up with serious piano playing in Ricky Ritzel's Broadway on Aug. 10. Maria Ottavia and Marcus Simeone sing Rodgers and Hart on Aug. 22 and if you haven't seen Tommie Femia and Rick Skye in their long-running Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live! get going! At DTM on Aug. 8, 22, 29.

On Aug. 1 at the Metropolitan Room, versatile guitarist, Kevin Hill performs Blues and Grooves, and later that night, petite powerhouse, Fran Leonardis warns, I'm Becoming My Mother. She repeats the show on Aug. 16, 22. In the mood for some swing? Catch Danny Bacher Sings Three Louis/ Armstrong, Prima and Jordan on Aug. 4, 25. Who needs to go out of town when Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock are around? Double the pleasure, double the fun on Aug. 5, when they reprise Shoulder Season. On Aug. 28, Abbe Buck looks back through the years and brings you, The Hit Songs of 1926, those fun years when everyone danced the Charleston and drank bathtub gin. On Aug. 14, entertainer Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her series, It's Only a Number, honoring one person over age 50 who has started out on a brand new journey. On this day, she celebrates the ideas of Philip Hodges. Bobbie will bring new honorees in upcoming months. I like this idea, how about you? Stephen Hanks launches a new monthly series, New York's Greatest Hits. On Aug. 26, he reprises one of cabaret's truly brilliant performances by ebullient pianist, singer, funnyman, Mark Nadler. Nadler's show, Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians) was a nightclub triumph, winning a 2003 Bistro Award and Nightlife Award. It's a great chance to see it again and remember, the MetroStar's 8th Talent Challenge continues on August 3, 10, 17, and on every Tuesday evening, you are offered the treat of hearing Annie Ross. : Other Russians)

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
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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