Cabaret & Nightlife

By: Sandi Durell

August 17, 2022: On August 24th (@7pm), The QUINTIN HARRIS QUARTET will be at Chelsea Table + Stage, playing with, featured vocalist, Emily Grace Lucas! Offering in-person tickets in addition to online (live-streaming) tickets. Support live music! 152 West 26 St. NYC (In-person Tickets) (Online/Live-stream Tickets)

Through song and story, celebrated performer, Brian Alejandro makes you laugh out loud and shed a few tears about his escapades with celebrities, singers and lounge lizards during the Rat Pack era – and they’re all true! (178 2nd Ave. NYC) on August 27 @ 7pm musical director, Darnell White.

Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), Arbender J. Robinson (Shuffle Along), and Amy Jo Jackson (Kinky Boots) have been added to FIFTY KEY STAGE MUSICALS: IN CONCERT at 54 Below on September 11th, 2022 at 9:30pm. They join the previously announced Mary Callanan, Ed Dixon, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Richard Holmes, and Lee Roy Reams.

Therese Lee returns to New York at Don’t Tell Mama on September 17 at 7PM with RIDING THE BUS TO THE RED CARPET  It is directed by Jeff Harnar and music directed by Doug Peck.  Ticket reservations can be made here:

Richard Kind and Jackie Hoffman will appear at The Triad Theater (158 W. 72 St. ) on September 19 @ 8 pm in a staged reading of Kip and Sylvia Tonight on D-Deck with book/lyrics by Tom Leopold and directed by Karen Carpenter, music director Michael Lavine.

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents an evening of British composer & lyricist Eamonn O’Dwyer’s moving, funny and bittersweet songs featuring Stephen Ashfield, Kuhoo Verman & Alex Young on Sept. 22 @ 9:30 pm. A multi-award-winning writer, Eamonn’s work was last heard in New York at the 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals in 2021, where his outrageous Fanny & Stella was performed by a host of Broadway stars including Judy Kuhn, Heath Saunders, and Mason Alexander Park, directed by Stephen Brackett.

By: Sandi Durell

Busy TIme for Cabaret Shows: Joe’s Pub, The Town Hall, Cafe Carlyle, Birdland – Renee Katz, Jeff Flaster, Tim Connell, Quinn Lemley, Artemisia LeFay, Margo Brown/Lisa Dellarossa, Barbara Bleier/Austin Pendleton, Celia Berk, Marta Sanders, Therese Lee

Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer John Lloyd Young, along with Grammy Award-nominated Music Director Tommy Faragher, return to Café Carlyle (35 E. 76 St. NYC) with John Lloyd Young, Broadway’s Jersey Boy, April 19 – 23.  This new show is a celebration of classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock ‘n’ roll, Doo-Wop, and R&B standards. Along with tracks from Young’s critically acclaimed debut album “My Turn”, the show features “Sherry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”, “In the Still of the Night” along with treasures from Roy Orbison to The Platters, the Righteous Brothers to Paul McCartney, Adele to Luther Vandross, Little Anthony, Elvis, Tom Jones and more. Reservations can be made through Tock

iOso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs

INTAR  and Radio Drama Network announce that Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre March 24 @ 9:30 pm(425 Lafayette Street, NYC),will present their musical, ¡Oso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs! The original rock musical tells the story of a queer Lantine bear named Oso Fabuloso who has recently been dumped by a two-timing Daddy bear. In order to overcome his depression, Oso seeks the help of his therapist Dr. Calvo, who convinces him to use his gift of song to sing the blues away. The book and lyrics are by C. Julian Jiménez with music by P.K. Variance. The cast includes C. Julian Jiménez as Oso, Joseph Distl as Grizz, Vasileos Leon as Gummy, and P.K. Variance as Dr. Calvo. Musical direction and guitar are by P.K. Variance with Robert Cowie on keyboards, Ray Rizzo on drums and Jesse Sklar on bass. Set and costume design is by Timmy Schues with sound and lighting design by Alberto Ruiz.

The Town Hall presents Broadway By The Year: The New Wave on Monday, March 21 at 8pm. Created, written, hosted and directed by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall, the evening will launch Broadway By The Year’s 21st landmark season at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rdStreet). 1st Concert/21st Season, Broadway By The Year will celebrate Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Bobby Lopez (The Book of Mormon), Lopez and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (The Drowsy Chaperone), and so much more. Joining Joe Iconis and Family (Be More Chill), Sara Neimietz (13 The Musical), Danny Gardner (Flying Over Sunset)and Gunhild Carling (The Wonder Woman of Jazz) are Quentin Earl Darrington (MJ: The Musical, Once on This Island), Jenny Lee Stern (Rocky: The Musical,Forbidden Broadway), Ben Jones (Musical Theater/Opera/Concert Artist), Jeanine Bruen (Pamela’s First Musical)Adan Gallegos (54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits), along with The Broadway by the Year Chorus led by Tyler McCall, and The Broadway by the Year Dance Troupe. Tickets: visit or call 800-982-2787. 

Birdland Jazz Club is partnering with Flymachine to stream a selection of live acts. is thrilled to announce a new partnership that will provide streaming access to a selection of its renowned live acts. Flymachine is a pioneering virtual venue for live entertainment. Through this collaboration, streaming services will be available for mainstage events at Birdland Jazz Club every Thursday at 9:30, as well as Frank Vignola’s weekly guitar night on Wednesdays, downstairs in the Birdland Theater. Shows available on stream will include Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Monty Alexander, Emmet Cohen, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, The Mingus Big Bandand many more. Ticketing option will start at $5.


Lillias White

By: Sandi Durell
March 17, 2021: Ah, what’s this news . . . could it be . . . something’s comin’, something big. Yes! The Green Room 42 – the funkiest night spot in town at the Hotel Yotel, has set an opening cabaret date of April 2 and 3 with fabulous Tony Award winning Lillias White, live!On April 8, young Joshua Turchin is set with special Broadway guests, for his Early Night Show. Following is Michael Longoria, star of Jersey Boys, scheduled on April 10.The ever popular Boy Band Brunch begins on Sunday April 4 at 2 pm and continuing Sundays.
Welcome back live the near naked singer/musician/actor duo The Skivvies (in their underwear) Lauren Molina and Nick Clearley on April 16. They’ve got special Broadway guests in their show.

The Skivvies

Kenn Boisinger will turn Covid into lemonade right before your eyes on April 17 and Erika Henningsen (Broadway’s Mean Girls) enjoys being a ______? on April 24 and May 1.This is a rip-roaring beginning to getting back to what we used to call normal nights out at cabaret entertainment. Get your tickets now! All Covid rules will be in effect and, yes, there is a menu!Tickets: Avenue and West 42Street in the Hotel Yotel

Jim Brochu Joins Ben Mankiewicz on TCM

By: Sandi Durell

February 16, 2021: One of the theater’s most beloved actors will be a guest host on Turner Classic Movies. Jim Brochu, writer, director and playwright, has won numerous awards including a Drama Desk Award for outstanding solo performance in the Off-Broadway production of Zero Hour (which he wrote) about the life and career of Zero Mostel. He also co-wrote, with Steve Schalchlin, the musical The Big Voice: God or Merman.On Sunday February 28 at 8 pm Est, a long time dream will be coming true, as he introduces two films starring Zero Mostel, in celebration of the great actor’s 100th birthday. The first “Du Barry Was a Lady” and at 10 pm, “The Front.” Jim was asked to choose the films and did, the first showing a young Zero doing his night club act and the other to talk about the blacklist.Come join Jim Brochu and Ben Mankiewicz for an exciting evening on TCM. It’s on my calendar!

Happy 50th Two by Two  

Today, November 10th marks the 50th Anniversary of Broadway’s Two by Two. To commemorate, a Virtual Anniversary Concert will premiere on Christmas Day, December 25 at 2 pm and stream thru December 28 starring Tony Award nominee Walter Willison and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The concert will stream FREE on where it can be viewed as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Contributions are strongly encouraged. Directed by Walter Willison, the cast includes Nikita Bursheteyn, Carlos Lopez, Marcy Degonge Manfredi, N’Kenge, Michael Notardonato, Sophia Tzougros. The event is produced by Sandi Durell and With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Peter Stone, the original cast starred Danny Kaye, Joan Copeland, Walter Willison, Marilyn Cooper, harry Goz, Michael Karm, Madeline Kahn and Tricia O’Neil. It was conceived and directed by Joe Layton and declared a hit of the season.   

Karen Ziemba
Walter Willison

By: Sandi Durell

September 22, 2020: Different but still remarkable in its unrelenting quest to honor and preserve one of the finest art forms around, the 2020 Cabaret Convention will be a virtual wonder of talent. Beginning Mon. Oct. 19 thru Wed. Oct. 21, you can see the great talent streaming live from some of our most treasured New York City night spots: Don’t Tell Mama, The Green Room 42, West Bank Cafe, The Duplex, Pangea and more, all hosted by the Mabel Mercer Foundations’s Artistic Director KT Sullivan! The dates are FREE (register here) with the hope of your support and donations, all except for closing night Thurs. Oct. 22 when you can purchase a ticket HERE – REGISTER

Cabaret 2020! March thru April Listings

By: Sandi Durell

It’s only the beginning of 2020 and we’re all tired of the political scene and rhetoric, craving more fulfilling ‘entertainment’ – like the music and talents in the cabarets and clubs that are the backbone of New York City. 

Looks like you may be ready to put away some of that winter gear and think about bright spring colors soon. In any event, you’re sure to warm up at any of the venues below. A small sampling awaits you here!

Upcoming Awards include the Bistro Awards on March 9 at Gotham Comedy Club and the MAC Awards on March 30 at Sony Hall. Early notice about the Actors Temple Annual Spring Benefit on April 27 – “Jerry Herman’s Broadway” with Lee Roy Reams, Klea Blackhurst and James Followell on piano.

Special Event: On March 28 at 8 pm On Stage At Kingsborough, in Brooklyn NY, Tony and Grammy Award-winning film, stage, and concert artist John Lloyd Young, with Tommy Faragher on piano, will interpret spine-tingling, soul-bearing Broadway showstoppers, including hits from Jersey Boys, The Wiz, Chicago, Hair, and Dreamgirls, along with classics by legendary Broadway writers. https://tickets

TheThreeTomatoes ‘Tomatoes Got Talent’ hosted by Randie Levine Miller (Paul Chamlin, Musical Director) – Audiitons March 7, Showtime: April 6, 7 pm The Triad Theater, Judges:Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams, Roma Torre Tickets: https://events

Benefit EventThe Actors Temple Spring Gala– April 27, dinner, cabaret show ‘ Jerry Herman’s Broadway’ with Klea Blackhurst, Lee Roy Reams, Jim Followell (piano) and honorees. For further information call 917-359-1249

Please check the club calendars below for complete listings and for schedule changes.

Linda Eder
Rachel Bay Jones
Marilyn Maye

 Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551  (Mar) Linda Eder, Alice Ripley, 54 Salutes Sinatra, 54 Sings Streisand, Maurice Hines & DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Harnar, Avery Sommers, Bonnie Milligan/Nancy Walker, Karen Mason (Apr) Klea Blackhurst, Marilyn Maye, Rachel Bay Jones, Sondheim Unplugged, David Yazbek and a whole lotmore– check calendar! Gourmet menu! 

Betty Buckley

The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 – Woody Allen/Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Bank Mondays (Mar)) Joan Osborne, Betty Buckley, Michael McDonald (Apr) Mario Cantone, Wayne Brady, Bernie Williams –  Bemelmans Bar (check roster of entertainers)

 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  –  Salon Weekly Open Mic; Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway –monthly / Seth’s Talent Show/Mama’s Next Big Act – monthly, Tanya Moberley-Monthly…(Mar) Sean Harkness/Marcus Simeone,Lina Koutrakos, Analisa Bell, William Hurwitz, Stew Frimer, Anya Turner/Robert Grusecki, Bruce Clough, Zahary Riopelle, Mark Janas Classical Corner (Apr) Camille Diamond, Richard Holbrook, Rev. Yolanda, Michael Osso, Leslie Orofino, Marnie Klar, Amy Beth Williams, Carol Shedlin and many more. Check Calendar!!

The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography – (Mar) Susanna Ross CD Release , Peggy Crane, Matt Yee, Dorothy Bishop’s Dozen Divas, Carrie Jackson, Seth Malkin, Adelaide Mestre (Apr) Darnell White, Houn’ Dawg, Chloe Perrior, and so many more!

Jeff Harner

Laurie Beechman Theatre – West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909  On-going: Le Scandal Cabaret & Broadway Sessions (Mar) Jennifer Barnes, Jennifer Pace, Pamela Morgan (Apr) Anita Michael, Maureen Kelley, Jeff Harnar, Linda Kahn . . . more. Great restaurant menu! Check Calendar!

John Pizzarelli
Eric Comstock
Julie Budd

Birdland Jazz/Birdland Theater: Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun in Two Classy Rooms – (315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Ave) 212 581- 3080  – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party – Mondays, Eric Comstock/Sean Smith/Barbara Fasano Saturdays, The Line Up w/Susie Mosher Tuesdays  (Mar) Steve Ross, John Pizzarelli, Leanne Borghesi/Marta Sanders, Constantine Maroulis, Lee Squared, Ronny Whyte Quartet, Natalie Douglas Tributes:Rosemary Clooney/Sammy Davis Jr. (Apr) Elaine Elias, Kat Edmonson, Tierney Sutton, Jason Graae, Nellie McKay, Julie Budd, Christina Bianco, Peter Cincotti, T. Oliver Reid, Big City Songbook & a whole lot more – lots of jazz greats and a terrific menu.

Joan Ryan

The Green Room 42 – 570 10th Ave & 42nd St. 646 449-7792 no minimums – Broadway’s Funky Nightclub  Boy Band Brunch, Reeve Carney ongoing (Mar) Ann Kittredge Mark William, Joan Ryan, Jamie deRoy Benefit, GR42 Sings Maury Yeston, Donna McKechnie (Apr) Danny Marin, Eva Noblezada, Scott Siegel’sBroadway Belters – check calendar for many more and a terrific menu!

The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255 -5438 piano bar and cabaret theater – (Mar-Apr)  Vira & friends, Guilty Pleasures, David Goldberg, Gotham Rock Choir, Justin Golan, Molly Pope, B Side Disney, Nysell Vega, Katie Birenboim, The Rescignos and many more! Check Calendar!

The Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave. at 70th Street – 212 988-7299 (Mar) Nicole Zuraitis, Katy Richter, Karen Oberlin, Dawn Derow, KT Sullivan, Jan Fellman, Dorian Woodruff, Marieann Meringolo (Apr) Renee Katz

Charles Busch

Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 dinner menu. (Mar-Apr) Tulis McCall, Mary Foster Conklin, Raquel Cion, Carol Lipnik, Deborah Stone, Charles Busch, Jack Bartholet, Hannan Reimann, Open Mic w/Sue Matsuki/Gregory Toroian and more!

Jazz at Lincoln Center  (Mar-Apr) – a sampling below . . .

Dizzys Club Coca Cola – Diva Jazz Orchestra, Judy Carmichael, Emmet Cohen,  

Appel Room – Mary Stallings/Emmet Cohen Trio

Two E on Open Table – Pierre Hotel 212 940-8113, email, 2 East 61 Street off 5th Ave. – New Monthly Cabaret Series – check calendar.

Iridium Jazz Club  Broadway at W. 51 Street, 212 582-2121 (dinner menu) – check calendar for schedule.

The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-9000  See calendar.

 The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824 – check calendar. 

92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists and More – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 – George Gershwin (Mar 21-23), Stephen Schwartz (Apr 18-20)

Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. 212 50l-1330  

Salon – Multiple Award Winning Weekly Open Mic at Don’t Tell Mama Sunday evenings, different performers and hosts, created by Mark Janas, Tanya Moberly, Producer 343 W. 46 St., NYC

Hidden Cabaret – The Secret Room, 707 8th Ave, 212 279-4200 (Mar-Apr) New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits, All Stats Fight Cancer

The DJango in The Roxy Hotel –  #2 Avenue of the Americas, 212 519-6649 Jazz artists (small plate menu)

Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759  Open Mic Nites, Bound for Broadway,Comedy, So You Think You Can Belt, Ultimate Drag Pageant, more!

Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave/54 St. Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 212 935-2200 –  (Ronny Whyte presents and more)

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