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Cabaret Nights December 2015


An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

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 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.

For information:

An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
54 Below, 254 West 54th Street,646) 476-3551. The club is just below the stage of Studio 54. For tickets, call (866) 468-7619. Reasonable, interesting menu and dramatic decor. The sightlines are all good. Seats about 144. Covers vary but they are reasonable. Credit cards are accepted.

Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. (212)-206-0440. A favorite. Friendly, comfortable and reasonable. Covers are $15 to $35, depending on performer and two-drink minimum. Serves tempting pies, cakes (try the carrot cake), and a few snack bowls. Alas, food is not included in drink minimum. Every Tuesday, Annie Ross swings with great band.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46 St. (212) 757-0788. Middle of theatre district with cabaret and a lively piano bar seven days a week. A long time favorite, reasonable, run well with wide variety of talent and friendly staff. Covers vary but are reasonable, plus two drink minimum. Credit cards not accepted.

The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street on 7th Avenue.Piano bar with an open mike downstairs and singers upstairs. Check out weekly events.

The Laurie Beechman Theater, West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42 Street. (212) 695-6909.$15 minimum plus cover. Besides nightly performers, they present New Voices on Monday nights ($10 cover). Friday nights is The After Party (No cover, no minimum). This spot is always adding something new.

Time Out Lounge, West 50 St., west of Eighth Avenue. If you're around New World Stages, take the elevator down to this no-cover little bar with jazz and standards.

Birdland, 315 W 44th St. NYC. Phone: 212-581-3080. Cabaret features Monday nights with "Broadway at Birdland" at 7pm. Then stay on for Jim Caruso's Cast Party, 9:30pm to 1:00am ($10 Cover and a $10 Food/Drink Minimum). Bar, minimum $5 plus cover. Offers good Cajun cooking at reasonable prices.

Iridium, 1650 Broadway (51st Street), (212) 582-2121. Monday nights with legendary Les Paul is a must-see. Strong jazz lineup the rest of the week and some solid jazzy singers. Prices vary.

Midtown Jazz at Midday, St. Peter's Church, Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, (212) 935-2200. A real bargain. Every Wednesday, bring your sandwich, pay $2 and watch top-notch jazz or cabaret artist for an hour. Begins 12:30pm.

Reprise Room @ Dillon's, 254 West 54 Street. NYC. Every Monday night, Back in Pictures, songs from movies. Check schedule.

Broadway Baby Bistro at Broadway Comedy Club. 318 W. 53 St. NYC., 212-757-5808. A piano bar and show room. Credit cards accepted.

The Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd St., 212-362-2590. Climb up the winding stairs to the cabaret room. Frequently features Off-off Broadway shows Covers vary often $10 or $15 or higher.

Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street. 212-962-7555 or 212-539-8778. Good news/bad news. This is not a concert space and not a cabaret space, but a bit of both. It lacks intimacy but usually features intriguing artists and some big names trying new venues. Can be packed and some sightlines are undesirable, yet excitement level can be high. You must buy tickets in advance and then make seating/dinner reservations. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person.

When price is no object —

Cafe Carlyle, Madison Avenue at 76th Street. (212) 744-1600. Beautiful room for posh night out with big-name entertainer. Monday night is jazz night with Woody Allen, if he shows up. Cover is high, and varies.
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