Rebecca Luker/Sally Wilfert, Gloria Reuben, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jana Robbins/Haley Swindal (54 Below – Photo Sandi Durell)


By Sandi Durell


Everyone’s back in the City. I can already hear the roar of the crowd – – the busy clubs and cabarets. Take a peek at who’s coming and where! October 9-12, the 29th Annual Cabaret Convention takes place at Rose Hall. Tickets on sale now!   So much talent, so many shows . . . Here’s just a short list! 

Always check the club calendars for complete listings and for schedule changes.


Ann Hampton Callaway


Laura Osnes/Tony Yazbeck


Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 (Sept) Jana Robbins/Haley Swindal, Linda Purl, 54 Sings Ballroom, Rebecca Luker/Sally Wilfert, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Linda Eder, Harvard-Yale Cantata, Ann Hampton Callaway, Gloria Reuben, John Lloyd Young (Oct) Laura Osnes/Tony Yazbeck, Jonathan Larson Project, 54 Celebrates Aretha, Kate Baldwin, Elle MacPherson, Lorna Luft, Lindsay Mendez, Gourmet menu!


Rita Wilson – Cafe Carlyle


The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600  (Sept) Jane Lynch/Kate Flannery, Alexa Ray Joel (Oct) Herb Alpert/Lani Hall, Rita Wilson.




*Don’t Tell Mama 343 W. 46 St. 212 757- 0788 – featuring the best piano bar in NYC, a sumptuous restaurant, and two cabaret rooms – (Sept) Kathryne Langford, Lynne Charnay, *Margo Brown, Angela Leone, Nancy Stearns, Vickie Phillips, Cynthia Crane, Ira Lee Collings, Richard Holbrook, Kathryn Allen, John Rinaldi, Steven Kresch, (Oct) Barbara Malley, Seth’s Talent Show, Rian Keating, Don Shelden, *Carol Shedlin, Jennifer Blades/Jody Mullen, Arturo Padilla, Meg Flather, Renee Katz, *Bobbie Horowitz/It’s Just a Number, Lynda Rodolitz, Michael Kirk Lane, Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, Amy Beth Williams. Check Calendar!!



*The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography – Monthly Open Mic – (Sept) Gina Gershon as Melania, Carrie Jackson, Berlin Girl, Dorothy Bishop’s Dozen Divas, Leonore Raphael/Doug McDonald, Aimee Marcoux, Courting the Jester (Oct) Metropolitan Room Reunion, Suzanna Ross, Karen Oberlin, Janis Joplin Tribute, Love Linda/Stevie Holland, Horace Scott, The Sound/R&B . . . So Much More!


Rita Gardner – Laurie Beechman Theatre


Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909  (Sept) Le Scandal Cabaret, Richard Skipper Celebrates, Rita Gardner, Sierra Rein, Into the Woods Concert, Marissa Mulder (Oct) Jackie Beat, Daniel Franzese, Sharon Needles, KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar. A wonderful restaurant and much more talent! Check the calendar.


The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255-5438 piano bar and cabaret theater – (Sept) Monica Lewinsky, Steven Carl McCassland, Tiger Beat, Michael Rucci, Darby Anthony, Nicole Lee Aiossa/Brianna Tyson, Kid Kat Kabaret, That 70s SingALong, John Burns (Oct) Sarah Mozell Waxman, Billy Recce, Miscast, Ellen Joy Hoffman, Guilty Pleasures. So many more! Check the calendar!


Dee Dee Bridgewater


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  – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party – Mondays (Sept) Clint Homes, Billy Stritch, Amanda McBroom/Michele Brourman, Aaron Lazar, Sean Harness, T. Oliver Reid, Jenn Colella/Chilina Kennedy, Natalie Douglas, Nicolas King, Nellie McKay, Eric Comstock, Amanda Green, Miss Coco Peru (Oct) Steve Ross, Anita Gillette, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ronny Whyte, Jeffry Denman, Robert Fairchild, Barb Jungr/John McDaniel, Capathia Jenkins, Renee Rosnes/Bill Charlap, and a whole lot more including lots of jazz greats and a wide variety of menu selections!



Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave. at 70th Street – 212 988-7299   (Sept. ) Iris Williams




Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 (dinner menu) (Sept) Deborah Karpel, Those Girls, Leslie Orofino, Jeff Macauley, Michele Brourman, Raquel Cion, Rick Jensen/Bob Diamond, Tammy McCann, John Fisher (Oct) Tammy Faye, *Dorian Woodruff, Sidney Myer, Lavender Songs. Nice restaurant menu! Check calendar for more!


Corinna Sowers Adler – The Green Room 42


The Green Room 42 – 570 10th Ave & 42nd St. 646 449-7792 Broadway’s Funky Nightclub (Sept) Omer Shaish, Shamofly, Reeve Carney, Spencer Day, Steven Brinberg, Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake, Frances Ruffelle (Oct) Rita Harvey, Corinna Sowers Adler, Andrea Wolff, Nathan Lee Graham, KT Sullivan/Mark Nadler, Vivian Reed, Kelli Rabke- more!


Jazz at Lincoln Center (Sept-Oct)

Rose Theater – Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention: Oct. 9,10,11,12

Appel Room – Briana Thomas

Dizzys Club Coca Cola – Houston Person, Kurt Elling, Ted Rosenthal – many more artists. See calendar.

Two E on Open Table – Pierre Hotel 212 940-8113, email, 2 East 61 Street off 5th Ave. – New Monthly Cabaret Series – check calendar.

Iridium Jazz Club  Broadway at W. 51 Street, 212 582-2121 (dinner menu) – check calendar for schedule.

The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-9000 See calendar.

The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824 – See Calendar.

92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists and More – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 –  – Check calendar.

Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. (212.501-1330 Check calendar.

The DJango in The Roxy Hotel – #2 Avenue of the Americas, 212 519-6649 Jazz artists (small plate menu)

Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759 Open Mic Nites, Bound for Broadway,Comedy, more!

Salon – Multiple Award Winning weekly Open Mic Event, different themes, different performers, created and hosted by Mark Janas with Tanya Moberly-Etcetera, Etcetera – 352 West 44th Street, NYC – Sundays

Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave/54 St. Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 212 935-2200 – (Ronny Whyte presents)



Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz Cabaret Listings can also be found at &

Theater (Broadway & Off), Cabaret reviews, news, interviews, opening nights, videos and more appear at     *Denotes Advertisers