By Sandi Durell
Spring is just fooling around because with all the flowers blooming and budding trees, it’s here. The talent, however, in the New York City cabarets and clubs is not fooling at all. Some of the best are slated to appear and you’ll have your pick of many shows.
Here’s a short list of some of who’s where in May and June:
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 www.Feinstein’s/54below.com (May) Nick & Nora Reunion, Christine Pedi, Linda & Laura Benanti, Lea Salonga, 54 Sings, John Lloyd Young, Marin Mazzie/Jason Danieley (June) Paulo Szot, Haley Swindal, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Well Strung, Amy Oestreicher, so many more! Gourmet menu!
The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 www.thecarlyle.com (May) John Pizzarelli, Chita Rivera, Antonia Bennett (June) Lisa Loeb – Bemelmans Bar: Chris Gillespie, David Budway, Loston Harris, Billy Stritch/Jim Caruso (sumptuous menu)
*Metropolitan Room 34 W. 22nd Street (bet. 5/6 Aves) 212 206-0440 www.metropolitanroom.com (delicious varied menu) – From Cabaret to Comedy to Drag – Always Annie Ross on Tuesday eves, Ongoing: Piano Bar at the Underground . . . *Bobbie Horowitz – It’s Just a Number, (May) NiCori Cabaret, Jillian Laurain, *Wendy Scherl, Scott Siegel Presents, Deb Berman, Sonya Perkins, Starlite Sisters, Charlie Romo, Dorothy Bishop, Cabaret Cares, Christiane Noll, Blake Zolfo, Adrienne Haan, Ron Dabney (June) *Wendy Scherl, Beth Selter, Brenda Braxton,Tom Rocco, Marilyn Maye, Marissa Mulder,Roger Schmelzer, Jeff Harnar and many more!
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909 www.westbankcafe.com (dinner menu) (May) Robin Westle, Courtney Act, Le Scandal Cabaret, *Richard Skipper, Those Girls,Sam Pancake, KT Sullivan (June) Amy Garson, Matt Yee, #BigBrightStar, Carol Demas –many more.
*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) *Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, Lena Lena Lena Awards Show, Karen Mason, Steven Zumbo, Kathryn Allyn, Vickie Phillips, *Carol Shedlin, Ritcky Ritzel’s Broadway, Sue Matsuki, Marcus Simeone/Sean Harkness (check calendar for June and more)
Birdland Jazz 315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Aves) 212 581-3080 www.birdlandjazz.com (dinner menu) – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Monday evenings, Saturdays – Eric Comstock/Sean Smith (May) Pete & Keely, Jamie deRoy & Friends, Molly Ryan, Anita Gillette/Penny Fuller,Christina Bianco (check June calendar for more.)
The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 www.stage72.com –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography and Spamilton – (May) Detour,Lonestar, …Crawled Backwards,Stephanie – check calendar.
Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 www.pangeanyc.com (dinner menu) –(May) Tammy Faye, Tom Judson, Martha Lorin, Mark Nadler, Lavender Songs (June) Carol Lipnik, Joan Jaffe, Karen Oberlin/Sean Harkness, (see calendar for more)
Dizzys Club Coca Cola www.jazz.org – Jazz at Lincoln Center Top Jazz Artists (May) Bill Charlap Trio (June) Allan Harris Band, Barry Harris Trio– many more artists (see calendar)
Iridium Jazz Club Broadway at West 51 St., 212 582-2121 www.iridiumjazzclub.com (dinner menu, check calendar).
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255-5438 www.theduplex.com piano bar and cabaret theater – (May) Charles R. Hale, Ben Rimalower, Guilty Pleasures (June) Time Well Spent, Jason Kravits (see calendar)
The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-1900 www.thecuttingroomnyc.com
The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824 www.the-townhall.org – Broadway by the Year
92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 –www.92Y.org
Merkin – Kaufman Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. (212.501-1330 www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org (May) Songbook Classics by Unsung Lyricists (June) Worlds of Lerner & Lowe, Favorites:Your Choice
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!
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 – www.saintpeters.org (Ronny Whyte presents)
Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz Cabaret Listings can also be found at www.thethreetomatoes.com & www.theaterlife.com Theater & Cabaret reviews, news, interviews, opening nights, videos and more appear at www.TheaterPizzazz.com *Denotes Advertisers