By: Sandi Durell
It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a New Year. . . and the cabarets and clubs are busier than ever. For those who bemoan what they call the diminishment of the genre of cabaret, just take a look at how jam-packed the schedules are at the clubs. You’ve got lots to see! And there will probably be some new spots opening in the near future. Stay tuned!
54 Below the place to see top Broadway & Cabaret talent. (Jan.) Donna McKechnie, Linda Lavin, Sondheim Unplugged, Gregg Edelman, A Night of Stars, Andrea McArdle, Bryan Batt, Sally Mayes & Mark Winkler, Molly Ringwald, Linda Eder, Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle, Tales of Joni, Christine Andreas (Feb.) Eric Michael Gillett, Adam Guettel, Edward Hibbert, Andrew Lippa, more! Serving pre-theater dinner; late night music in The Green Room.
Café Carlyle (Jan.) Howard McGillen & Rebecca Luker, Amanda McBroom with Michele Brourman, (Feb.) John Lloyd Young with Tommy Faragher. Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band Monday evenings. Bemelman’s Bar features Earl Rose
Metropolitan Room is brimming with talent – (Jan.) Marilyn Maye, Peter Marshall-And Then She Wrote, Lauren Fox, Stacie Perlman, Rosemary Loar, Giselle Wolf, Lynette Washington, Howard Fishman, Annie Ross, Scott Siegel presents Carole J. Bufford, Sharon Clark, Oleg Frish, Tom Toce, Jane Glick, Luis Simas, Marie Claire (Feb.) Amanda Holley, Alton Fitzgerald White, Pia Zadora, Mark Murphy, Kevin Dozier, David Brenner, Zack Dobbins, Nicole Kafka, The Sophisticates-Burlesque, Parker Scott & Wells Hanley, Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak Octet and so much more, too numerous to name!
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café –(Jan.) Le Scandal Cabaret, Does this Song Make Me Look Fat – Jeff Harnar, Glitter & Be Green-Ladies from Wicked, Madonnalogues, Tawny Tell Me True, Ask Isaac (Mizrahi), Karen Oberlin, Kim Cole, Broadway Sessions every Thursday Nite (Feb.) Cookie’s Corner, Shift Happens, many more.
Don’t Tell Mama: (Jan.)Seth Rudetsky and his Broadway Chatterbox, Judy Garland & Liza Minelli Live, Spider Saloff, Francesca Amari & Robyn Spangler, Steve Kresch, Ladies of Laughter, Tanya Moberly, Nicolas King, Vicki Phillips, Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford, Bob Dimond, Woody Regan & Anne McCormack, Kathryn Langford and more.
Birdland Jazz Club - Jim Caruso’s celebrated Cast Party (Jan.) Marcy & Zina Show, Curt Elling, Ann Hampton Callaway, Christina Bianco, John Pizzarelli Quartet, world famous jazz bands and orchestras.
Stage 72 (formerly The Triad Theatre) – Celebrity Autobiography, Honoring Sammy Cahn, Jacques Brel Returns, Gilbert Gottfried, KT Sullivan & Karen Kohler, A Mermaid’s Tale, Joy Behar & Susie Essman, Gotham Burlesque, much more.
Iridium Jazz Club features Sco-Bar Entertainment presenting Doug Beavers’ “Titanes del Trombon,” Lauren Robert, Peter Asher, numerous jazz groups.
The Duplex – West Village, features Ben Rimalower-Patti Issues thru Feb., John Hume & Mila Henry, Cassie Holm, Stearns Matthews, Adam Shapiro’s Guide, Natasha Castillo, Julie Gold, Katie Bland and much more.
The Town Hall www.the-townhall.org – Max Weintraub & Scott Siegel present 11th Annual Nightlife Awards (Jan. 14), Hosted by Multiple-Emmy-Award Winner Bruce Vilanch, with:
Marilyn Maye – Nightlife Legend Winner; Emily Bergl – Outstanding Musical Comedy Performer; Faith Prince – Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo or Group; Jason Graae – Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo or Group;Julie Halston – Outstanding Comedy Performer;
Jessica Kirson – Outstanding Standup Comedy Performer; James Barbour – Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Carole J. Bufford – Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Lauren Fox – Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Mark Nadler – Outstanding Cabaret Performer; Bill Charlap – Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist; Kate McGarry – Outstanding Jazz Performer; Jane Monheit – Outstanding Jazz Performer; Jim Caruso – Guest Performer; Rupert Holmes – Guest Performer. More Winners and Guest Artists
Broadway by the Year – Musicals of 1937 (Feb.11), Capitol Steps (Feb. 22), Adam Jacobs & Ali Ewoldt (Feb. 23) 123rd Street., 212-840-2824 24/7 Hotline and SiegelEntertainment@msn.com
Chris Barrett – open run at La Rivista Ristorante (313 West 46th Street, NYC – 212-245-1707
Salon – Multiple Award Winning weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas with Tanya Moberly-Etcetera, Etcetera – 352 West 44th Street, NYC – Sundays www.markjanasthesalon.com
Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave/54 St. Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 212 935-2200 hosted by Ronny Whyte
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Cabarets/Clubs – Contacts/Additional Listings:
54 Below 646 476-3551 www.54Below.com
Café Carlyle 212 744-1600 www.thecarlyle.com
The Metropolitan Room 212 206-0440 www.metropolitanroom.com
Laurie Beechman Theater 212 695-6909 www.beechmantheatre.com
Don’t Tell Mama 212 757-0788 www.donttellmamanyc.com
Birdland Jazz Club 212 581-3080 www.birdlandjazz.com
Stage 72 212 362-2590 www.stage72.com
Iridium Jazz Club 212 582-2121 www.iridiumjazzclub.com
The Duplex on Christopher Street, West Village 212 255-5438 www.theduplex.com
Caroline’s Comedy Club 212 757-4100 www.carolines.com
**As always, check the individual venues for exact dates, times, cover charges, minimums, additional performers/schedule changes. Each venue lists a full calendar on their website.
Please read the cabaret column at www.t2conline.com featuring articles, reviews, interviews – contributing writers include Sandi Durell, Stephen Sorokoff, Joe Regan, Jr., Paulette Simmons, Linda Amiel Burns, Susan Hasho, John Weatherford, Denis McKeown, Myra Chanin, Alix Cohen, Joel Benjamin, Magda Katz (video). Sandi Durell’s theater reviews can be viewed at http://www.examiner.com/ny-theater-in-new-york/sandi-durell
Keep the music playing – – See a live show!
March is Cabaret Month !