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Cabaret Nights July 2019

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By July 4th, it feels like summer is officially here and in New York you cannot find a better salute than Scott Siegel's Musical Theater Fireworks! Broadway Celebrates The 4th of July! at Feinstein's 54/Below. Honoring America's birthday will be some of cabaret's most exciting performers, singing music from Broadway, Hollywood, Nashville and Motown. Siegel knows how to create and host an Independence Day show with musical fireworks. He has two shows that day. On July 2,5,6, Joanna Gleason returns with her personal performance, Out of the Eclipse. Following is Twohander, with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott, from July 9-28, recalling some of their memorable two-person performances through the years, bringing chemistry, humor and talent. Todd Almond is their musical director.

At Birdland, Aisha deHaas Has a Song For You to kick off the month on July 1. Veronica Swift with the Emmet Cohen Trio follows with a run on July 2-6. On July 7, it is time again for Repertoire Roulette with Laura Osnes. Popular Freddie Cole appears July 9-13. Created and hosted by Deborah Grace WIner, New York: Big City Songbook, returns to Birdland on July 14 with Klea Blackhurst, LaTanya Hall, Nicolas King and Jay Leonhart. On July 23, John Pizzarelli swings back on stage through the month. Welcome to Barb Jungr and John McDaniel on July 28 with Float Like a Butterfly: The Songs of Sting and Natalie Douglas adds another fabulous "Tribute" honoring Roberta Flack on July 29. That same night, Barbara Fasano will be Easy to Find downstairs at the Birdland Theater. Barbara will also appear with her husband, Eric Comstock and bassist Sean Smith on Sat. nights (July 13-27). On Sunday nights this month, you can enjoy Burleski! at Birdland, yes, classic burlesque, overseen by "Mr. Showbiz," Murray Hill.

Come On-A My House with Becca Rozzoni singing songs from the Rosemary Clooney songbook at Don't Tell Mama on July 1. On July 11, Jen Fellman brings Frenchy, A Parisian Affair, her one-woman musical journey from American tourist to Parisian. Evangeline Johns will be Torching The Blues on July 14,24. Popular singer, Meg Flather features Outbound Plane on July 14,28. Even if you are not from Brooklyn, you can enjoy Fred Aiese with Ballads, Blues And A Boy From Brooklyn. He will feature songs popularized by James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Randy Newman and others. That's a great mix on July 15. Welcome to the acclaimed award-winning, Ricky Ritzel's Broadway on July 19.

The Laurie Beechman Theater presents chanteuse Yvonne Constant on July 7. On July 23, KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar present their interpretations of two legendary theater songwriters, Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse. Harnick wrote the lyrics for shows like Fiddler on the Roof and Strouse composed music for Annie. Jeff Harnar solos with his memorable cabaret show, Because of You: Fifties Gold.

Begin July with a blast and continue the celebration with cabaret delights.





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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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