By Sandi Durell
It’s only the beginning of 2020 and we’re all tired of the political scene and rhetoric, craving more fulfilling ‘entertainment’ – like the music and talents in the cabarets and clubs that are the backbone of New York City.
Looks like you may be ready to put away some of that winter gear soon and think about bright spring colors. In any event, you’re sure to warm up at any of the venues below. A small sampling awaits you here!
Upcoming Awards include the Bistro Awards on March 9 at Gotham Comedy Club and the MAC Awards on March 30 at Sony Hall. Early notice about the Actors Temple Annual Spring Benefit on April 27 – “Jerry Herman’s Broadway” with Lee Roy Reams, Klea Blackhurst and James Followell on piano.
Special Event: On March 28 at 8 pm On Stage At Kingsborough, in Brooklyn NY, Tony and Grammy Award-winning film, stage, and concert artist John Lloyd Young, with Tommy Faragher on piano, will interpret spine-tingling, soul-bearing Broadway showstoppers, including hits from Jersey Boys, The Wiz, Chicago, Hair, and Dreamgirls, along with classics by legendary Broadway writers. https://tickets.vendini.com/
Special Event: TheThreeTomatoes ‘Tomatoes Got Talent’ hosted by Randie Levine Miller (Paul Chamlin, Musical Director) – Auditons March 7, Showtime: April 6, 7 pm The Triad Theater, Judges:Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams, Roma Torre – Tickets: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egwdzsjo88d1cf8b&oseq=&c=&ch=
Benefit Event – The Actors Temple Spring Gala – April 27, dinner, cabaret show ‘ Jerry Herman’s Broadway’ with Klea Blackhurst, Lee Roy Reams, Jim Followell (piano) and honorees. For further information call 917-359-1249 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please check the club calendars below for complete listings and for schedule changes.
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 www.54Below.com (Mar) Linda Eder, Alice Ripley, 54 Salutes Sinatra, 54 Sings Streisand, Maurice Hines & DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Harnar, Avery Sommers, Bonnie Milligan/Nancy Walker, Karen Mason (Apr) Klea Blackhurst, Marilyn Maye (92 and I’m Not Through!), Rachel Bay Jones, Sondheim Unplugged, David Yazbek and a whole lot more– check calendar! Gourmet menu!
The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 – Woody Allen/Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Bank Mondays (Mar)) Joan Osborne, Betty Buckley, Michael McDonald (Apr) Mario Cantone, Wayne Brady, Bernie Williams – Bemelmans Bar (check roster of entertainers)
*Don’t Tell Mama 343 W. 46 St. 212 757- 0788 www.donttellmamanyc.com – featuring the best piano bar in NYC, a sumptuous restaurant, and two cabaret rooms – *Salon Weekly Open Mic; Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway –monthly / Seth’s Talent Show/Mama’s Next Big Act – monthly, *Tanya Moberley Residency- Monthly…(Mar) Sean Harkness/Marcus Simeone,Lina Koutrakos, Analisa Bell, William Hurwitz, Stew Frimer, Anya Turner/Robert Grusecki, Bruce Clough, Zahary Riopelle, Mark Janas Classical Corner (Apr) Camille Diamond, Richard Holbrook, Rev. Yolanda, Michael Osso, Leslie Orofino, Marnie Klar, Amy Beth Williams, *Carol Shedlin and many more. Check Calendar!!
*The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 www.triadnyc.com –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography – (Mar) *Susanna Ross CD Release, Matt Yee, Dorothy Bishop’s Dozen Divas, Carrie Jackson, Seth Malkin, Adelaide Mestre *Peggy Crane (Apr) Darnell White, Houn’ Dawg, Chloe Perrior, and so many more!
Laurie Beechman Theatre – West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909 www.thewestbankcafe.com On-going: Le Scandal Cabaret & Broadway Sessions (Mar) Jennifer Barnes, Jennifer Pace, Pamela Morgan (Apr) Anita Michael, Maureen Kelley, Jeff Harnar, Linda Kahn . . . more. Great restaurant menu! Check Calendar!
Birdland Jazz/Birdland Theater: Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun in Two Classy Rooms – (315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Ave) 212 581- 3080 www.birdlandjazz.com – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party – Mondays, Eric Comstock/Sean Smith/Barbara Fasano Saturdays, The Line Up w/Susie Mosher Tuesdays (Mar) Steve Ross, John Pizzarelli, Leanne Borghesi/Marta Sanders, Constantine Maroulis, Lee Squared, Ronny Whyte Quartet, Natalie Douglas Tributes:Rosemary Clooney/Sammy Davis Jr. (Apr) Julie Halston, Elaine Elias, Kat Edmonson, Tierney Sutton, Jason Graae, Nellie McKay, Julie Budd, Christina Bianco, Peter Cincotti, T. Oliver Reid, Big City Songbook & a whole lot more – lots of jazz greats and a terrific menu.
The Green Room 42 – 570 10th Ave & 42nd St. 646 449-7792 www.thegreenroom42.com *no minimums – Broadway’s Funky Nightclub Boy Band Brunch, Reeve Carney ongoing (Mar) Ann Kittredge *Mark William, Joan Ryan, Jamie deRoy Benefit, GR42 Sings Maury Yeston, Donna McKechnie (Apr) Danny Marin, Eva Noblezada, Scott Siegel’s Broadway Belters – check calendar for more and a terrific menu!
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, www.theduplex.com 212 255 -5438 piano bar and cabaret theater – (Mar-Apr) Vira & friends, Guilty Pleasures, David Goldberg, Gotham Rock Choir, Justin Golan, Molly Pope, B Side Disney, Nysell Vega, Katie Birenboim, The Rescignos and many more! Check Calendar!
The Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave. at 70th Street – 212 988-7299 www.TheBeachCafe.com (Mar) Nicole Zuraitis, Katy Richter, Karen Oberlin, Dawn Derow, KT Sullivan, Jan Fellman, Dorian Woodruff, Marieann Meringolo (Apr) Renee Katz.
Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 www.pangeanyc.com dinner menu. (Mar-Apr) Tulis McCall, Mary Foster Conklin, Raquel Cion, Carol Lipnik, Deborah Stone, Charles Busch, Jack Bartholet, Hannan Reimann, Open Mic w/Sue Matsuki/Gregory Toroian. . and more!
Jazz at Lincoln Center www.jazz.org (Mar-Apr) – a sampling below . . .
Dizzys Club Coca Cola – Diva Jazz Orchestra, Judy Carmichael, Emmet Cohen,
Appel Room – Mary Stallings/Emmet Cohen Trio
Two E on Open Table – Pierre Hotel 212 940-8113, email TwoE@tajhotels.com, 2 East 61 Street off 5th Ave. – New Monthly Cabaret Series – check calendar.
Iridium Jazz Club Broadway at W. 51 Street, 212 582-2121 www.iridiumjazzclub.com (dinner menu) – check calendar for schedule.
The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-9000 www.thecuttingroomnyc.com See calendar.
The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824 www.thetownhall.org – check calendar.
92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists and More – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 www.92Y.org – George Gershwin (Mar 21-23), Stephen Schwartz (Apr 18-20)
Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. 212 50l-1330 www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org
*Salon – Multiple Award Winning Weekly Open Mic at Don’t Tell Mama Sunday evenings, different performers and hosts, created by Mark Janas, Tanya Moberly, Producer www.donttellmamanyc.com 343 W. 46 St., NYC www.markjanasthesalon.com
Hidden Cabaret – The Secret Room, 707 8th Ave, 212 279-4200 www.hiddencabaret.com (Mar-Apr) New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits, All Stars Fight Cancer
The DJango in The Roxy Hotel – #2 Avenue of the Americas, 212 519-6649 www.thedjangonyc.com Jazz artists (small plate menu)
Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759 www.thewestendlounge.com Open Mic Nites, Bound for Broadway,Comedy, So You Think You Can Belt, Ultimate Drag Pageant, more!
Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave/54 St. Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 212 935-2200 – www.saintpeters.org (Ronny Whyte presents and more)
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