Talks, Concerts and Cabaret For October
This season is jam packed with entertainment of every kind. Here is our picks for the best in the clubs.
92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 10/ 2 Ben Platt in Conversation with Judith Light; 10/ 3 Maggie Rogers in Conversation with Tavi Gevinson; 10/ 7
Robert De Niro in Conversation with Robert Storr: My Father, the Artist; 10/ 11 Neil deGrasse Tyson in Conversation with Robert Krulwich: Letters from an Astrophysicist; 10/ 17 Sinatra with Words by Sammy Cahn Harvey Granat with Bill Boggs, Charlie Romo and David Lahm; 10/ 19 Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton in Conversation with Annette Insdorf and 10/ 28 Netflix’s The Politician: A Screening and Conversation with Creator Ryan Murphy and the Cast.
Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Thursday The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Sat. Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 10/ 1 Everybody Rise: A Resistance Cabaret; 10/3 Julie Halston; 10/7 and 10/14 Anita Gillette in “After All”; 10/7 The Tedd Firth Trio; 10/20 Michele Brourman: Love Notes; 10/21 Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young; 10/25 – 26 Gabrielle Stravelli Quintet; 10/27 “Carried Away: Jeff Harnar Sings Comden & Green” and 10/28 Natalie Douglas “Tributes” Barbara Streisand.
Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge: 955 West End Ave at 107th St. and West End Ave. Mondays: Open Mic with Craig Pomranz and Sarah Rice.
Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St. 10/2 All Four Garfunkels
Starring Art Garfunkel and 10/ 18 The New York Pops One Night Only: Jeremy Jordan.
Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.
Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 10/17 and 10/27 Lucille Carr-Kaffashan and Sean Harkness, Marcus Simeone and Lina Koutrakos “Clearly Now”.
Feinstein’s/54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 10/1-2 Lucie Arnaz; 10/4 – 5 Betsy Wolfe; 10/8 and 10/ 10- 16:Chita Rivera; 10/ 9 Fleur Seule; 10/ 17 – 19 and 10/26 Marilyn Maye: Blame It On My Youth!; 10/ 28 – 29 Rachel Bay Jones and 10/30 – 31 Bonnie Milligan & Natalie Walker: The Graveyard Smash.
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café: 407 West 42 St. Every Thursday Broadway Sessions; 10/3 – 5 Pippin in Concert; 10/6 Sara Zahn – BOT; 10/18 19 Nancy McGraw; 10/ 20 Eric Michael Gillett; 10/23 and 10/30 Mark Nadler; 10/26 Corinna Sowers Adler and 10/27 Dawn Derow
Salon: 352 West 44th St. Sunday: Open Mic with different performers created and hosted by Mark Janas with Tanya Moberly.
Stage 72: (formerly The Triad) 158 W. 72 St. Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography. 10/1 – 11/29 Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation and 10/25 Mary Setrakian.
The Café Carlyle: 35 East 76 St. at Madison Ave. Every Monday Woody Allen and The Eddy Davis Jazz Band; 10/1 – 5 Alexa Ray Joel; 10/8 – 9 Buster Poindexter; 10/ 10 – 12 Bettye Levette; 10/ 15 – 19 Wynonn Judd and Cactus Moser and 10/ 29 – 31 Mara Winningham
The Cutting Room: 44 East 32nd St.
The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas.
The Green Room 42: 570 Tenth Ave 4th Floor inside Yotel Hotel. 10/6 and 10/20 Reeve Carney; 10/10 Anne Runolfsson & Robin Skye; 10/10 Michael Longoria; 10/13 The Boy Band Brunch; 10/17 Linda Purl; 10/20 Frances Ruffelle and 10/30 Broadway Sings Sara Bareilles.
The Iridium: 1650 Broadway. 10/16 – 20 Gino Vannelli and 10/20 -21 Macy Gray.
The Pierre Hotel, Two E Bar & Lounge: 2 E 61st St.
The Town Hall: 123 W. 43 St. 10/19 The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Storm Large Brings The Sexual Heat Along With Powerhouse Vocals To 54 Below
Doris Day’s “Que Sera, Que Sera, takes on a hint of sexual subversive overtone as flower child Storm Large makes her way through the audience at 54 Below handing out possies.
If you do not know who Storm Large is, she is a musician, actor, playwright and author, who shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. Large currently performs nationally with her own band, and tours internationally with the Portland-based band Pink Martini. Large also appeared on America’s Got Talent on June 14, 2021, performing a cover of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which is when I became obsessed.
Large is raw, real, human, and oh so female, and her new show has her explaining her life and how she empathize with all of us during being locked down. Her take on Jay Livingston and Ray Evans “Crazy Train” took on a deeper and more profound epiphany.
Lauper’s and Large’s ode to self-gratification, brought back the 80’s “She Bop“. Large talks between the numbers and we learn how Ms. Large dealt with not performing, in Prince’s “Nothing Compares To You“.
You will never think of Grease’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in the same way again after the “Carrie: version Storm maps out. You definitely get a glimpse of the demons that she battles or rather plays with.
Connecting so strongly to lyric and having a range that is unbelievable, Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Shovels & Rope’s “After The Storm” and The Kinks “Strangers” told of heartbreak, longing, loss as Storm played the drums and ukulele. She is multi-talented and it is mind boggling how she is not more nationally and internationally beloved.
A lot of the audience knew Storm’s “8 Mile Wide” from her hit one-woman show Crazy Enough. This song is a female empowerment ode of being who she is and she does not apologize. Despite the song being about her anatomy, this was her father’s favorite song. She sang it to him before he died.
The Hollies “Air That I Breathe” and a song by Storm and her amazing musical director James Beaton, “Angels in The Gas Station” were dedicated to her father. Beaton is also who does Storm’s arrangements including the fabulous “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, that sadly she did not grace us with,
Playing in her band are musicians that are all stellar in the own rights with Matt Brown on Bass, Scott Weddle on Guitar and Greg Uklund on Drums.
You can catch Storm Large: Loving Storm, tonight at 54 Below and I highly recommend you do. If you have never experienced this super nova you will be glad you did.
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: New York Pops and Marvelous Marilyn Maye
“The astonishing Marilyn Maye sings with the magnificent New York Pops led by Maestro Steve Reineke this Friday evening, March 24th at Carnegie Hall. They are remarkable talents and remarkable people.
Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye takes the stage with The New York Pops for a program of standards and musical theater classics that make clear why she’s been celebrated as one of America’s greatest jazz singers for more than 50 years. Hear favorites by composers who include Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser, and Sondheim, as well as Maye’s special version of “Too Late Now,” which was selected by the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection of 20th-century recordings.
My View: The Only Thing Missing Was A Latte ( with extra foam) Marcy & Zina Party at 54 Below
The only thing missing at last night’s party for Marcy and Zina was a Latte choice in the beverage section on the menu at 54 Below (with extra foam). The show, titled Make Your Own Party: The Songs of Goldrich and Heisler was conceived by Scott Coulter and performed by a cast of five. It celebrated over three decades of quirky, heartfelt and utterly contemporary romantic comedy songs written by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.
From “Taylor the Latte Boy” to under appreciated altos we were introduced to the cast of characters that inspired these inseparable, irreverent friends to write over three hundred and counting musical love letters to the city, the theatre, and the people who make them sing. The evening was filled with the heart felt stories that these two award winning women have created and was performed by a first rate cast of Broadway super singers. The lyrics, the music, the luscious harmonies…it was the best party of music I’ve ever been invited to.
The Performers: Jill Abramowitz, Cole Burden, Alex Getlin, Joe Kinosian, Kelli Rabke, and Austin Rivers.
Joe Kinosian,piano, Matt Scharfglass, bass
Marcy & Zina have been performing and writing together since 1992. Their critically acclaimed romantic comedy songs have been featured in venues across the world, recorded by artists across many genres, and appear in numerous folios and collected works. Their Off-Broadway musical Dear Edwina earned them a Drama Desk nomination, and other works have been produced by regional powerhouses such as Paper Mill playhouse, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodspeed, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Their shows include Ever After, JUnie B Jones, and The Great American Musical, based on the bestselling book by auther/director Julie Andrews.
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