The New York Pops opened the Season with Irving Berlin: Rags to Ritzes at Carnegie Hall on October 14th with Guest Conductor Jack Everly (principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke returns with Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era November 18th
Some of Broadway’s beautiful voices were brought together to celebrate the great Berlin music including Ashley Brown, (Mary Poppins) song and dance man James T. Lane (The Scottsboro Boys), Hugh Panero (The Phantom of the Opera), NaTasha Yvette Williams and Tony DeSare. Eye-popping costume changes were knock outs. Noteworthy is the Kids in the Balcony program that gives school children the opportunity to become part of the audience, for free.
Mark Nadler celebrated his Birthday in grand style benefiting his favorite charity Art Start with guests Bill Cosby & Chita Rivera at The Town Hall. Oh, what a night of zany and fabulous entertainment! Art-Start uses creative arts to transform young, at-risk lives. These kids live in city shelters, on the streets and in situations of crisis. Through daily workshops, they collaborate with local teaching artists and educators (including Nadler) who donate their time to nurture the creativity and talents of these kids
Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway was one of Betty Buckley’s shining hours at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Why can’t a woman be more like a man? She can if she’s the Tony Award singer/actress who seems to have accomplished learning how to deal with men by playing this trump card of a show. All those fabulous songs written for men on Broadway are no longer pigeon-holed for the male gender. Buckley tookk some of the best, used her powerhouse voice and dramatic skills to turn them into gems with new meaning. The piece de resistance: special material “A Hymn to Her” (music adapted by Eric Stern, Lyrics by Eric Kornfeld) that covered the gamut of male roles, gags and songs.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter is a laugh a minute at the Triad Theatre. What’s it all about? Take some celebrity autobiographies, thumb through the inane and utterly self-absorbed utterances, have them cleverly read and nuanced by some top performers and you’ve got the namesake of this show. The evening I attended featured Broadway’s Craig Bierko reading from David Hasselhoff’s “Don’t Hassel The Hoff;” Carol Kane, Broadway, screen and TV actress, gave a hysterical overview from Zsa Zsa’s book “One Lifetime Is Not Enough;” the one and only Mario Cantone came out on top with Susan Lucci’s “All My Life: A Memoir” and Rita Wilson, a very witty lady, gave new meaning and interpretation to Madonna’s “Sex Book.” I wonder if hubby Tom Hanks finds her this funny? Michael Urie (ABC’s Ugly Betty) was the perfect interpreter for Miley Cyrus’ “Miles To Go.”
November – December Listings
Carnegie Hall – www.carnegiehall.org – Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era November 18th.
Feinstein’s 212 339-4095 www.feinsteinsattheregency.com November – Marilyn Maye, Gianni Russo, Joanne Tatham, Bebe Neuwirth, Julie Reyburn December – Michael Feinstein & Barbara Cook; John Proulx Trio, Melora Hardin, John Malino Band, Maureen O’Flynn, Jerry Costanzo Trio, Brian Newman, Peter Mintun, Magical Nights. New Year’s Eve: Michael Feinstein & Kelli O’Hara
The Algonquin’s Oak Room Supper Club 212 419-9331 www.algonquinhotel.com. Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap, Andrea Marcovicci, Sunday Jazz Brunch Barbara Carroll
Café Carlyle 212 744-1600 www.thecarlyle.com November – John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey; Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis new Orleans Jazz Band (Monday nites); Bemelman’s Bar: Earl Rose Trio, Chris Gillespie, Loston Harris Trio. December – Steve Tyrell
Laurie Beechman 212 695-6909 www.beechmantheatre.com November – Simply Barbra, Sondheim Unplugged, Le Scandal Cabaret, Leslie Orofino, Michael Pesce, Miss Coco Peru, Dina Martin, Cabaret Cares, Marquee Five, Sandy Bainum, Sarah Dash, Beth Holland, Cookie Roberts, Joshua Warr. December – Mark Nadler, Jackie Beat, Molly Jolly Xmas.
The Metropolitan Room 212 206-0440 www.metropolitanroom.com Yvonne Constant, Gregory Nalbone, Floanne, David Norwood, Kathleen France. Jamie deRoy & Friends, KT Sullivan & Friends, Stacy Sullivan, Eunice Poulos, Oleg Frish, Marissa Mulder, Marianne Soulivan, Anthony Cochran, Pam Peterson, Cathy Taylor, Lauren Fox, Broadway on 22nd St., Yanna Avis, Baby Jane Dexter, Dennis Livingston, Southern Comfort, Michelle Samuels, Stacy Tavor, Jim Speake/Kim Grogg, Sandy Bainum, Metro Jam, Ryan Greer, Susan Winter, Rosemary Benson, Maureen Taylor, Hedda Lettuce, Gloria Reuben, Joi Danielle, Nicole Henry, Daryl Glenn/Ricky Ritzel, Period Piece Drama, Striking 12, Annie Ross.
Don’t Tell Mama 212 757-0788 www.donttellmamanyc.com Joel Harrington, Nicolas King, Mandy Brown, Jana Martinez, Victor Neufeld, Perry Balin, Peter Ianniello, Sandy Bene, Rhonda Liss, Cabaret Hotline Concert, Sheryl Spanier, Joan Levine, Charles West, Sally Darling, Lucille Karr-Kaffashan, Vickie Phillips, Nesha Ward, Angela Schultz, Minda Larsen, Ralph William Boone, Ivan Farkas, Edie Stokes, Billy Roe
Birdland Jazz Club 212 581-3080 www.birdlandjazz.com Jim Caruso’s Cast Party -Monday evenings Broadway Series: John Bucchino, Christine Ebersole;
Louis Armstrong Centennial Band, Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin, Django Reinhardt, Birdland Big Band, Birdland Jazz Quartet, Frank Wess Quintet
The Triad Theatre 212 362-2590 www.triadnyc.com You’ve Got Hate Mail, Gotham Burlesque, The Manhattan Dolls, Eric Comstock/Barbara Fasano, Jean Brassard, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, Jacques Brel Returns, Sentimental Journey, Celebrity Autobiography
Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street 212 201-7650. www.edisonballroom.com and Joe Battaglia Big Band dining, dancing. Special New Year’s Eve Package
Other venues: Iridium Jazz Club 212 582-2121 www.iridiumjazzclub.com ; The Duplex on Christopher Street, 212 255-5438 www.theduplex.com ; Caroline’s Comedy Club 212 757-4100 www.carolines.com
Dana Lorge hosts Wednesday evening’s weekly variety show at Iguana, West 54th St., 212 765-5454, 718 482-0412
The Salon, weekly Sunday evening Open Mic, with a different theme, is hosted by Mark Janas and Tanya Moberly at Etcetera, Etcetera, West 44th St. 212 244-4408 www.etcrestaurant.com
**As always, check with the individual venues for exact dates, times, cover charges, minimums and any schedule changes.
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