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CurtainUp's
Cabaret Nights August 2014

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

I'd like to raise a glass to those clubs that devote a one regular time-slot to a stellar performer. Cafe Noctambulo (Spanish for "night owl") at 178 2nd Av. (between 11th and 12th Sts.) in the East Village, recently put aside a an intimate space every Tuesday evenings for Eric Comstock at the piano. Comstock, who knows as much about popular music as anyone, plays and sings from 8pm to midnight. You might run into other performers who drop by, including Comstock's wife, Barbara Fasano and the manager of the room, Christopher Gines. Jazz artist Andy Bey has stopped in, also Joyce Breach, KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, etc. etc. Food, drinks and moderate prices, what's not to like? It's a good go-to spot.

At the Metropolitan Room, mark down Aug. 17 for some Crazy Love with stunning vocalist, Marieann Meringolo, a monthly regular, exploring love's quirky romantic journey. A longtime Tuesday night regular at the Metropolitan, catch Annie Ross if you want to hear one of the great jazz singers of our era. In July, Gabriella Stravelli rocked the house and she will be back on Aug. 13. I saw her show last month and with her intelligent choices and dynamic delivery, she should be welcome regular anywhere, anytime. On Aug. 28, hear Marla Green, Ricky Ritzel, Lennie Watts, Skie Ocasio, Lisa Yaeger, and Liz Lark Brown celebrate An Evening Of Garland .

At Don't Tell Mama, every other Saturday night goes to our two favorite divas, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live! (Aug. 2, 16, 19). Starring Tommy Femia and Rick Skye doing their famous impersonations, you get 70 crazy musical minutes. A DTM regular on Thursday nights is for Seth Rudetsky and his Broadway Chatterbox . (Note: Seth will not appear on Aug. 7, 14). Vicki Phillips, with Gerry Dieffenbach, return to the mic on Aug. 27.

Birdland has its regulars as well as some exciting extras boosting the August heat. Monday night's Jim Caruso's Cast Party is the coolest spot in town with some of the hottest performers. On Sunday nights, Jane Monheit's Jazz Party has been the go-to weekly event. This month see her on Aug. 3, 10, 31, but the action is not over yet. Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra heats up with Afro-Cuban jazz. On August 2, 9  Loston Harris returns to Birdland from his perch in the Bemelmans Bar in The Carlyle. On Aug. 4, Broadway at Birdland presents Daniel Reichard featuring songs from the past 80 years. Will he add something from his long-time hit show, Jersey Boys? That's to be seen. The next night is the exhilarating, Django Reinhardt NY Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration from Aug. 5-10, two shows each night, celebrating the memorable sound of Dhango and his guitar. On Sunday evening, Aug. 17, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano show what life is like On the Sunny Side.

It's always comedy night when Joan Rivers takes the stage and when she appears in her usual monthly spot at the Laurie Beechman Theater, it's fun to see her upfront and casual. This month, Rivers is booked for Aug. 12. KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar continue with Our Time: Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim, proving again that experienced talents can bring something new to songs we usually hear a certain way. One hint, listen to Harnar sing "Buddy's Blues" and KT's new look at obsession.

Before you set out on the town, drop into the Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Alley when Daryl Sherman at the piano entertains from 5:30pm to 7:30-pm on Aug. 6, 13, 20. Raise a glass to the end of August and the start of a new month.Comstockÿ

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