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CurtainUp's
Cabaret Nights February 2015

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

CABARET NIGHTS – March 2015 March is, after all, Cabaret Month, and so it's an appropriate time to give a nod to the late Erwin Drake, songwriter of some of popular music's biggest hits of the last half of the 20th century. Well-known by his continuing dedication to music, Mr. Drake recently died at age 95 on January 15, 2015. Besides having written some 500 songs including, "It Was a Very Good Year," "I Believe" and "Good Morning Heartache," he and his wife, Edith Drake, were popular and enthusiastic cabaret devotees. On March 6, 54 Celebrates Ervin Drake, with outstanding singers including Carol Woods, DeeDee Bridgewater, Jeff Harnar, Stacy Sullivan among others.

54 Below, a few steps off Broadway, regularly schedules Broadway-sized talents. Continuing the tradition of presenting musical theater and popular singers, madcap Mark Nadler proves again that he is (On March 11,25). Talented songbird, Maureen McGovern appears March 12,13,14 with Sing, My Sisters, Sing! Celebrating Women Singer/Songwriters, saluting women of music from Billie Holiday to Carole King and Melissa Manchester. Speaking of Melissa Manchester , you can catch her show at 54 Below on March 26,27,28. Tony Yazbek, (currently appearing On the Town ), is scheduled for March 16,23 and he is followed by Ben Vereen on March 17-21.

Iridium Live features Joyce Breach on March 31. This is a performer not to be missed, always choosing songs of taste and musicality. Jazz spot, Birdland, presents actress/singer Anita Gillette on March 30, continuing her entertaining story of personal remembrances with So, As I Was Saying.

The Cafe Carlyle features Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's little girl, Alexa Ray Joel, through March 7. In her last Carlyle show, Alexa proved she is a capable songwriter/singer, crediting her talent to her father's musical chops and her mother's spirit and joy. Alexa, however, has a style all her own and is drawing her own coterie of fans. From March 10 to 21, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall pay a return visit with Alpert's vibrant band and infectious music. Cool blonde rock and punk star, Debbie Harry, takes the microphone from March 24 to April 4. If you remember her glory days in the '70's and '80's in the group, Blondie, "One Way or the Other." you'll want to catch this fun show.

Cabaret Month begins with one of the annual award shows. Mark March 4 as the day of the Bistro Awards: The 30th Anniversary Gala, saluting performers including Carol Fredette, Lillias White, Karen Mason and Kristoff Lowe at Gotham Comedy Club. Hosted by irrepressible Jason Graae. Later, on March 26 at BB King Blues Club & Grill, The 29th Annual MAC Awards will celebrate some of the year's outstanding performances. Hosted by busy Karen Mason, MAC presents this year's Special Lifetime Achievement Awards to Baby Jane Dexter and Steve Ross.
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