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Cabaret Nights January 2017

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Hopefully, we will avoid "Stormy Weather" and 2017 will the year to "Get happy...chase all your cares away." These standards were composed by Harold Arlen, focus of this season's opening Lyrics & Lyricists show at the 92nd Street Y. Get Happy: Harold Arlen's Early Years, is an evening of song presented by Artistic Director Robert Kimball and veteran L&L performers, Vince Giordano and Klea Blackhurst. Joining Klea singing Arlen's early songs are Stephen DeRosa, Erin Dilly, Catherine Russell and Nathaniel Stampley. Giordano and his killer swing band will add vintage sounds. (On Jan. 21, 22 at 2pm and 7pm, Jan. 23 at 2pm and 7:30pm.) On Jan. 24 at noon, the Arlen tribute continues with Will Friedwald's Clip Joint offering Harold Arlen: Harold (And Others) Sing Arlen, rare video clips of legendary performers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett singing Arlen's songs.

Look forward to the Triad's Spamilton, presented by Gerard Alessandrini (creator of Forbidden Broadway ), a hilarious musical parody celebrating the musical theater mega-hit Hamilton. with a young cast including guest divas. Spamilton plays through March 31, 2017. On Jan. 6, Mark Nadler presents his madcap tongue-twister Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians), adding bits about some classic composers. This show has been acclaimed for years and is worth seeing. On Jan. 9, check out a handsome baritone, Todd Murray, with his show of standards aptly called, Croon, Also on Jan. 9, popular Stacy Sullivan presents her thrilling, A Night at the Troubadour, a night when Elton John met David Ackles. One became famous, the other did not. Richard Skipper, devotee of Carol Channing and a musical talent himself, celebrates the 53rd anniversary of Broadway's Hello Dolly on Jan. 16.

Don't Tell Mama brings in the acclaimed duo, Barb Jungr and John McDaniel with Come Together. (Jan. 8,9,10). Forget about Friday the 13th. Luckily you can enjoy some good music this month on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 with Kevin Burke and his Rainbow Connection . On Sat., Jan.14, at 4pm, Deborah Stone proves she is Still Exactly Where I Belong. Popular Sue Matsuki and Gregory Toroian come to DTM for one night only with The Pile of Tunes on the Side of the Piano, which includes an impressive range of music. On Jan. 28, Lynn Henderson tell us 'T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do.

The Cafe Carlyle opens its winter season with two well-known artists you may not have seen before in cabaret performances. Writer, producer, Jill Kargman opens with Stairway to Cabaret, singing heavy metal in cabaret style from Jan. 17-28. Admit it, that's enticing. To close out the month (Jan. 31-Feb.11), fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi shows other talents through songs and personal stories.

At the Metropolitan Room, Marilyn Maye heralds in 2017 in her seventh double-header New Year's Eve show. After "Auld Lang Syne," she returns to the room on Jan. 5-7, 11-14 with Marilyn by Request. Among other talents at the Metropolitan Room is The Borscht Belch - A "Repeat" Performance. If you remember the memorable entertainers of clubs in the Catskills like The Concord, Grossingers and the Tamarack Lodge, don't miss Bernie Furshpan and some Catskill pals for songs and laughs. (Jan. 19). On Jan. 20, Scott Siegel offers The Return of The Great American Protest Song! , an Inauguration Day get-together to hear popular songs evoked by anger, defiance, and the fight for liberty. Songs by Bob Dylon, U2, Phil Ochs, etc. are performed by artists including Chuck Cooper, Brian Charles Rooney, and Maxine Linehan.

Happy New Year and celebrate all that cabaret offers.





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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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