By Sandi Durell
–Theater Pizzazz mantra: “If music was everywhere and in everyone’s life, the world would surely be a better place” (more than ever!) —
Falling into cabaret as the weather begins its yearly migration from summer, the trees shedding their leaves, the season will heat up, once again, and the cabarets and clubs will continue to show off the myriad of talented performers everywhere in this City that never sleeps. On-going and limitless, singers and musicians beckon audiences. The clubs are HOT! Below find a small sampling.
October brings the 30th Annual Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention to Rose Hall, October 28-31 featuring some of cabaret’s top performers… Celebrating Dorothy Fields & Great Women Songwriters; Frank Loesser: Heart and Soul; Judy! A Garland of Song, Thanks for the Memory – Celebrating 30 Years of Cabaret Conventions. Tickets on sale now (212) 980-3026 or https://www.classy.org/event/the-30th-new-york-cabaret-convention/e182104
*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 (Sept) John Cullum’s show has been cancelled due to illness, Fred Barton, Krysta Rodriguez, Lauren Fox, 54 Salutes Series Jason Danieley, Andrea McArdle/Donna McKechnie, 54 Sings Pink, Tuesdays at 54/Robbie Rozelle (Oct) Lucie Arnaz, Betsy Wolfe, Chita Rivera, Marilyn Maye, Emily Skinner and a whole lot more entertainers – 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 (Sept) Jon Batiste, Tony Danza (Oct) Mare Winningham (Nov) John Pizzarelli/Jessica Molaskey, Herb Alpert/Lani Hall (Dec) Steve Tyrell . . . 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…(Sept) Michael Osso, Robin Westle, Andrea Axelrod, Mimi Lines/Frank mitchell, Michael Richard Kelly, Meg Flather, *Bill Thomas, Goldie Dver, 4 Women 4 Stories, Helene Feldman, Joan Darragh, (Oct) Arturo Padilla, Amy Beth Williams, Bob Diamond, Rev. Yolanda, *Bobbie Horowitz/It’s Just a Number, *Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, *Margo Brown/Lisa Dellarossa, *Terri Levy . . . more. Check Calendar!!
*The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 www.triadnyc.com –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography – (Sept) Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, Dorothy Bishop’s Dozen Divas, Robert Bannon, Holy Sultana, Antoinetta Sillicato, MAC Roving Mic (Oct) Canary in Combat Boots, Be Your Own Yenta, Mary Setrakian, Frank Latorre and so many more!
Laurie Beechman Theatre – West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909 www.thewestbankcafe.com (Sept) Le Scandal Cabaret, KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar, Mark Nadler,*Wendy Scherl, Maureen Kelley, She Sings (Oct) Pippin in Concert, Leslie & Lolly, *Jackie Draper 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 (Sept) Eric Comstock/Sean Smith/Barbara Fasano, Line Up w/Susie Mosher, Clint Holmes, Charlie Romo, Natalie Douglas, John Davidson, Burleski, Nicolas King, Jeff Harnar, Sharon Clark, Eliane Elias, Amanda Green (Oct) Ronny Whtyte, Anita Gillette, Matt Baker, and a whole lot more including 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 (Sept) Frances Ruffelle, Reeve Carney, Sekhmet Sisterhood, Boy Band Brunch, The Skivvies, Broadway Sings Sara Barielles, Rat Pack Undead (Oct) Linda Purl, Brian Childers, Leslie Jordan, Darius Wright – many, many more and a terrific menu!
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, www.theduplex.com 212 255 -5438 piano bar and cabaret theater – (Sept-Oct) Molly Pope, Remo & Friends, Zoe Van Tieghem, Mark Nicholson, The Wedding Warrior, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Melissa McGuire and so many more! Check Calendar!
The Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave. at 70th Street – 212 988-7299 www.TheBeachCafe.com (Sept-Oct) Kim Grogg/Lennie Watts, Joyce Breach, Karen Akers (Oct) Marieann Meringolo
Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 www.pangeanyc.com dinner menu. (Sept-Oct) Tulis McCall, Evangelia Kingsley/Chip Prince, Tammy Faye Starlite, Gretchen Reinhagen, Ben Cassara, Jean Brassard, Deborah Stone, Betsy Parrish, MargOH!, Raven O, Mary Micari . . . and more!
Jazz at Lincoln Center www.jazz.org (Sept-Oct) – a sampling below . . .
Appel Room – see Fall calendar
Dizzys Club Coca Cola – Emmet Cohen Trio, Rene Marie, Art Blakey Centennial, Bill Charlap, Dick Hyman/Ken Peplowski, Andy Farber,
Rose Theater – Cecile McLorin Salvant
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 – Check calendar.
Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. (212.501-1330 www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org Check calendar.
*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
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, 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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