Rita Rudner


Charles Busch



By: Sandi Durell


Hot, Hot, Hot! Both the weather and the clubs are sizzling with talent galore! Here’s a sampling of what’s happening and where.

54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 – (July) 54 Sings 1776, Berlin, Starmites, Gaga; Micky Dolenz, Broadway Loves Katy Perry, Charles Busch, Christine Ebersole (August) 54 Celebrates 54 Below, Jekyll & Hyde Resurrection, Edye Gorme; Melissa Manchester, Rita Rudner, Lorna Luft; much more. Dinner menu of gourmet delicacies.


Micky Dolenz


Melissa Manchester

The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600  – on vacation for the summer!

Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909 – Le Scandal Cabaret, (July) NYMF productions, Alaska 5000, KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar, (August) Shagela, Joel Creasey, more and delicious food too!

*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. Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Chatterbox on Thurs. eves, Judy Garland/Liza Minnelli Live (July) Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, Mama’s Next Big Act, Sally Darling, Pompie’s Place (August) Daryl Glenn/Jo Lynn Burke, Maria Ottavia/Marcus Simeone, more

Birdland Jazz 315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Aves), 212 581-3080 – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Monday evenings; Barbara Carroll Saturdays –some of the best jazz artists, Natalie Douglas, (July) Aaron Lazar, Cast of Phantom, Carole J. Bufford Jazz Party, John Pizzarelli more, more and a terrific menu!

Iridium Jazz Club Broadway at West 51 St., 212 582-2121, –Some of the best jazz always – ScoBar presents Don Most (of Happy Days), Rob Derke Quartet – Delicious dinner menu.

Stage 72 (at The Triad) 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography, My Son the Waiter (July) Karen Oberlin (check the calendar for more)




Frenchie Davis


David Serero











*Metropolitan Room 34 W. 22nd Street (bet. 5/6 Aves), 212 206-0440 – From Cabaret to Comedy to Children’s Cabaret – Always Annie Ross on Tuesday eves; Dana Lorge Variety Show, Open Mic Sundays, (July) Rebekah Lowin, Richard Malavet, Stacy Sullivan,Gregory Nalbone,Beverly Taki, David Serero, It’s Just a Number-Bobbie Horowitz, Frenchie Davis,Charlotte Patton,Jacob Storms, Liz Callaway (August) MetroStar Talent Challenge, Fran Leonardis, Kevin Hill, many more

The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255-438 piano bar and cabaret theater (July) Dancing with Death, Molly Pope, Not As Cute As Picture, (August) Juliana, Sharon McNight, Dr. Adrian, more!

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Craig Pomranz


Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts)  212 995 0900 (July) Ken Greves, Craig Pomranz, Deborah Latz, Barbara Rosene, Michelle Walker, (August) Chris McNulty, more & dinner menu.

The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-900, See calendar.

The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824, (July) 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee Reunion Concert, Broadway Rising Stars, Broadway Unplugged.

92nd St. Y Lyrics & Lyricists – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 –

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

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

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: 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

**Be sure to check with the venues for exact times, cover charges, minimums, additional performers and schedule changes.*It is not possible to list every show at each venue. *Denotes advertisers

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