By: Sandi Durell
At last . . . it’s spring again and birds on the wing again . . . trees and flowers in bloom, no coats, no boots nor gloves and for the young and young at heart, it definitely feels like love!
The cabarets and clubs are filled with wonderful talent. Take a peek at some of what’s going on and where, and there’s so much more.
In the midst of the beauty and glory of spring, I am greatly saddened to report the passing of beloved Dana Lorge on April 23 who brightened the hearts of cabaret aficionados at the Metropolitan Room with her monthly variety show. She will be sorely missed.
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Here’s a short list of some of the shows coming up. Check the club calendars.
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 –www.Feinstein’s/54below.com – (May) 54 Celebrates David Bowie, Marilyn Maye, Matthew Morrison, Well Strung Fleet Week, Laura Michelle Kelly (June) 54 Sings How to Success, Foreigner, Charles Busch,Lorna Luft, Little Shop of Horrors Reunion, Blood Bros. So much more! Dinner menu of gourmet delicacies.
The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 www.thecarlyle.com – Woody Allen Mondays; (May) Megan Hilty, Alexa Ray Joel (June) Herb Alpert/Lani Hall, Lena Hall. Bemelmans Bar: Earl Rose, Chris Gillespie, Loston Harris, Earl Rose, Billy Stritch/Jim Caruso
*Metropolitan Room 34 W. 22nd Street (bet. 5/6 Aves) 212 206-0440 www.metropolitanroom.com – From Cabaret to Comedy to Drag * – Always Annie Ross on Tuesday eves; Open Mic Sundays – (May) *Bobbie Horowitz – It’s Just a Number, Everything Old is New Again,Julie Budd, Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole Tribute, Laurie Krauz/Daryl Kojak, Flatiron Follies,Stacy Lee Tilton, Minda Larsen, Joan Rivers Tribute, Vivian Reed,Elizabeth Sullivan, Savannah & Chase, Dorothy Bishop, Corinna Sowers Adler (June) Tom Wopat, Marya & Friends, David Meulemans, Perez, Shawn Moninger, Barbara Porteus. See Calendar for 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, Confessions, Latrice Royale, Palin Live, Maureen Kelley Stewart, Jinx, Sutton Lee Symour, Jackie Beat, Matt Yee–much more talent and delicious food too! Check calendar.
*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 – Judy Garland/Liza Minnelli Live Sat. eves (May) *Wendy Scherl, Kate Chapman, Marcus Simeone/Tracy Stark, Sally Darling, Vicky Massoud, Natasha Castillo, Helane Blumfield, *Lucille Carr Kaffashan, Woody Regan/Ann McCormack, Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway. See calendar for June and more.
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 (May) *Iris Williams, Ann Hampton Callaway, Daniel Reichard, Victoria Shaw, Laura Osnes, Eric Comstock/Barbara Fasano, Bill Charlap (June) After Hours w/Frank DiLella, more. Some of the best jazz artists and a great dinner menu!
Iridium Jazz Club Broadway at West 51 St., 212 582-2121, www.iridiumjazzclub.com – ScoBar presents America’s Sweethearts, Molly Ryan/Bria Skonberg, Bending the Standard, Karen Mason/Lee Roy Reams (June) Rain Pryor, Full dinner menu. See calendar.
The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 www.stage72.com Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography and My Son the Waiter, (May) Apple Boylesque, Katie Goodman, More ThanYou Know, La Voix, Richard Skipper Celebrates June) Dann Zinn, Valentine Follies. More. See calendar.
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255-5438 www.theduplex.com piano bar and cabaret theater – (May) Chad Ryan, Tranna Wintour, Toshi Cappuccino, Phillip Taratula, Alvin Ing, Natalie Joy Johnson (June ) Guilty Pleasures, Juliana, Mari Nakajima, much more.Aaron Weinstein, Carol Lipnik, Mark Nadler, Baby Jane Dexter, Barbara Bleier/Austin Pendleton, Kim David Smith See calendar.
Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 www.cafenoctambulo.com – Eric Comstock Tuesdays, Aaron Weinstein, Carol Lipnik, Mark Nadler, Baby Jane Dexter, Barbara Bleier/Austin Pendleton, Kim David Smith, Mad Jenny, Nancy Magarill, dinner menu. See calendar.
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 (May) Broadway by the Year 1960s, (June) The Monkees, Drama Desk Awards, Hershey Felder, Broadway by the Year 1970s, Al Jarrerau. See calendar for more.
92nd St. Y Lyrics & Lyricists – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 – www.92Y.org – See calendar.
Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. (212.501-1330 www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org – (June) Night of a Thousand Judys Benefit. See Calendar for more.
Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759 www.thewestendlounge.com Open Mic Mondays, Bound for Broadway, Drag & Comedy Shows.
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
**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.
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