By: Sandi Durell
It’s still hot, hot, hot but not for long. Very soon the cabarets and clubs will be brimming over with cool talent. Here’s a sampling:
54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 –www.54below.com (Sept) 54 Sings Series: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,Guys & Dolls; Linda Lavin, Robert Creighton, Will Swenson, Cry-Baby Reunion Concert,Seth Sikes, Josh Grisetti, Micky Dolenz, Gabrielle Stravelli, Amanda McBroom (Oct) Jason Danieley, Lisa Howard, Tovah Feldshuh, Philiipa Soo, Jarrod Spector/Kelli Barrett, Barb Jungr/John McDaniel – more. Dinner menu of gourmet delicacies.
The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 www.thecarlyle.com – (Sept.) Brian Stokes Mitchell (Sept-Oct) Buster Poindexter, Kurt Elling, Alexa Ray Joel – Bemelmans Bar: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch return.
*Metropolitan Room 34 W. 22nd Street (bet. 5/6 Aves), 212 206-0440 www.metropolitanroom.com – From Cabaret to Comedy to Children’s Cabaret – Always Annie Ross on Tuesday eves; Open Mic Sundays, Dana Lorge’s Variety Show – (Sept) Gary Crawford, Sharon Clark, Julie Budd, Stacy Sullivan, Nancy Harms, Julie Reyburn, Tracy Stark/Marcus Simeone, Eddie Sarfaty, Kristoffer Lowe, This is Your Night Ruby Rims (Oct) Eric Yves Garcia, Sandra Bargman, Jason Graae, Michael Hajjar, Kristine Mills, It’s Just a Number:Bobbie Horowitz, Alex Leonard, Karen Wyman, Rebekah Lowin, Todd Murray, Bill Zeffiro/Marissa Mulder, Francesca Amari, Richard Holbrook, Shana Farr, Ann Dawson – more!
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909 www.thewestbankcafe.com – Le Scandal Cabaret, (Sept) KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar, Jonny Woo, Madonnalogues, Robin’s Nest, I Never Know When to Say When, Jackie Beat (Oct) Andrew Carter, Michael Kirk, Club Gelbe Stern, more talent and delicious food too!
*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. Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Chatterbox on Thurs. eves, Judy Garland/Liza Minnelli Live Sat. eves – (Sept) Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, Christine Lavin/Don White, Jonathan Whitton, Edie Stokes, Amy Beth Williams, Heather Villaescusa, Barbara Malley, Bill Dyszel (Oct) Frank & Ava, Krisanthi Pappas, Arturo Padilla, Linda Kosut, Lennie Watts, Christy Frye, Tanya Moberly, Jon Satrom, Barbara Lowin, Woody Regan/Ann McCormack. And they have a wonderful restaurant on the premises!
Birdland Jazz 315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Aves), 212 581-3080 www.birdlandjazz.com – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Monday evenings; Barbara Carroll Saturdays, Birdland Jazz Party w/Carole J. Bufford – the best jazz artists (Sept) Darius de Haas, Melanie Stace, Christina Bianco, Ann Hampton Callaway/Steve Tyrell, Anita Gillette (Oct) Alexandra Silber, Spencer Day, Jenna Esposito, Iris Williams – a great dinner menu!
Iridium Jazz Club Broadway at West 51 St., 212 582-2121, www.iridiumjazzclub.com – Scobar Entertainment present: (Sept) An Evening with Bobby Peaco (Oct) Rain Pryor (Divorced,Dangerous,Divalicious)
Stage 72 (at The Triad) 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 www.stage72.com Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography, My Son the Waiter, Linda Miller: Legendary Ladies of Music, (Sept) Karen Oberlin, Villain:DeBlanks, VarieTEASE, Comes Love (check the calendar for more)
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255-438 www.theduplex.com piano bar and cabaret theater (Sept) Dirty Laundry, Katlin Colombo, Danielle Matrow, Alex Mollica(Oct) Brilliant Son of the Brill Bldg. Composers, Molly Pope, Matt Frenz, How to Stay Single, Hechter Ubarry, more.
Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 www.cafenoctambulo.com – (Oct) Mark Nadler, Diane Marino- dinner menu.
The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-900,www.thecuttingroomnyc.com See calendar.
The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824, www.the-townhall.org 26th Annual Cabaret Convention – Oct. 13,14,15,16
92nd St. Y Lyrics & Lyricists – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 – www.92Y.org
Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. (212.501-1330 www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org (Sept) Hollywood Arms reading with Carol Burnett, Tyne Daly, Michele Pawk (Oct) Broadway Close Up
Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759 Open Mic with Craig Pomranz and Sarah Rice – Mondays
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 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 – see: www.ronnywhyte.com for details
Bill Zeffiro – tinkles the ivories at La Mediterranee Bistro, 947 2nd Ave. (51st St.) Every Tues. eve. 9 p.m. with special guest performers
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