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Cabaret Nights December 2015
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At the Cafe Carlyle, Steve Tyrell leads in the holiday season with his annual big band fest from Dec. 1-Jan. 2. (No shows on Dec. 2 and Dec. 25). Tyrell a long-time devotee of Ole' Blue Eyes, will also host a three-hour celebration on Sinatra's birthday, Dec. 12, live from Patsy's Restaurant for Sirius XM radio. Tyrell also performs on the special Carlyle New Year's Eve shows on December 31 at 5:30pm and again a later gala seating at 9pm.
Our Sinatra continues at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9PM through Dec. 26. (No show on Dec. 4), performed by Eric Comstock, Christopher Gines and Harmony Keeney. Comstock also continues his Tuesdays on the piano bench through Dec. 29. (No show Dec. 8). Also at Noctambulo, Kathryn Allyn with pianist Frank Ponzio are Reaching for the Moon: Songs of Irving Berlin on Dec.12, and to keep up your holiday strength, join Brunch with Daryl. Count on Daryl Sherman for a feel-good hour. (Dec. 5, 12, 19 with shows at 12 and 2pm.)
At Urban Stages from Dec. 2 through Dec. 13, the seventh annual Winter Rhythms offers twelve nights of celebration including musical theatre, cabaret, jazz and more. This brings 20 shows with over 100 artists, sensibly priced at $25 for each show. Look for your favorite performers, and chances are you'll find them over the 12 nights. Tickets may be purchased by visiting urbanstages.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. Urban Stages Theatre is located at 259 West 30th Street, east of 8th Avenue.
Baby Jane Dexter ties up her well-received show. It's Personal. on Dec. 4. It's the last chance this year for this special program. On Dec. 9, if you fancy sipping a cocktail and listening to some sophisticated piano tunes, jazz and pop pianist and singer, Alex Leonard presents a musical tribute to the great jazz pianist John Bunch, called "The Fred Astaire of the piano." Julie Budd is back with her show, They Wrote the Songs: Remembering Mr. Sinatra… and The Holidays on Dec. 10. Speaking of Sinatra, Cabaret Cares Celebrates Sinatra and also benefits Help Is On the Way on Dec. 11. On Dec. 9, 11, multi-award winning singing team, Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark bring back, for the 9th time, Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show. Isn't it true that Everything Old Is New Again Holiday Concert. On Dec. 17, host David Kenney presents performances by Julie Budd, Frank Dain, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Marcus Goldhaber, Mark Nadler, Gabriele Stravelli and the vocal group Duchess featuring Amu Vervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou. Closing out 2015, Marilyn Maye presents an early New Year's Eve show (7:30pm) and follows with a late show (10:00). Always lively, tuneful and fun!
Michael Feinstein returns to his home base, Feinstein's at 54 Below, on Dec. 20-30. To bring in the New Year, the club presents Marin Mazzie performing at the 7pm show and Annaleigh Ashley takes over the 11pm New Year's Eve show.
Continuing with New Year's Eve, bells are ringing all over town with platinum-award winning singer, Macy Gray at Iridium. Chris Botti is back at the Blue Note, with a 7pm and 10pm show. Swing in the New Year with the Birdland Big Band with Carole J. Bufford and Natalie Douglas is a yearly favorite at the Duplex. Tommy Femia and Rick Skye, start frivolities at 9pm at Don't Tell Mama. Loston Harris takes the stage at Bemelmans Bar from 9pm to 2am and the beat goes on.
We wish everyone a peaceful, safe, and Happy Holiday season.
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