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Cabaret Nights May 2013
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
Spring is struggling but in cabaret bees are buzzing and music reigns. One major event will be at The Town Hall on May 16 where top performers will gather for Remembering Mabel and Bobby. This is a salute to the 45th anniversary of the legendary Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short concert in that venue. Mabel and Bobby are symbols of what cabaret is all about, songs with intent and performers who understand how to communicate their meaning. Expect to see entertainers dedicated to this art, like Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Ross, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, and Joyce Breach. KT Sullivan hosts this benefit for the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Tickets are on sale at The Town Hall box office and Ticketmaster.com.
At Birdland, not far from The Town Hall, one of Liza's boys, Cortés Alexander, debuts with The Swell Show on May 13. It is a mix of pop, jazz, unusual Broadway tunes and original works with some personal anecdotes. With him are two "spirited swell girls," Melissa Bailey and Julie Garnyé.
Show Boat is a train ride away in Washington DC, but much closer, at the 92nd Street Y, Lyrics and Lyricists presents The Song is You: Jerome Kern Coast to Coast. Singing Kern's gorgeous melodies like, "All the Things You Are" and songs from Show Boat are Karrin Allyson, Debby Boone, Jeffry Denman, James Naughton, Paula West, Karen Ziemba with special guest, Barbara Carroll. (May 4, 5, 6). Later in the month, Christine Ebersole and Aaron Weinstein pair up for some jazz in the afternoon of May 16.
On May 9, 15—18, Rebecca Luker will reprise her acclaimed Kern show at 54 Below and few can match her glorious renditions. Check the club's schedule for other big-names in May, including Barbara Cook, Laura Benanti, Sam Harris, Steve Kazee and Aaron Zveik. 54 Below is expanding its music programs with Michael Musto's 70s Disco Extravaganza, mirror ball included. With his sidekicks Snooky and Tish, he brings a disco cover band and The Elektrik Company, Sarah Dash, Orfeh, and Joey Arias. Tables and chairs are pushed aside to make way for the dance floor. No food but plenty to drink. Cover charge to shake your booty is $20. VIP seating available from $200-$300 per table. Call 54 Below at 646.476.3551 for information and reservations. Check out Tuesdays, which are jive nights, with the WBGO Jazz Series featuring Janis Siegel on May 7. "Swing, Swing, Swing" on May 14 with a salute to Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall Concert. May 21 features Karin Allyson Quartet and the month ends on May 28 to 31 with Jonathan Tunick and the Broadway Moonlights with Special Guest Doc Severinsen.
Tanya Holt and Marcus Simeone return to the Metropolitan Room on May 11 with a Quiet Storm of passionate songs. Billie Roe and Tom Waits premiere a look back with the 1978 NYC Underground on May 15 to 18. Chanteuse Yvonne Constant is scheduled for May 7, 20, 28.
Hey, Baby Boomers! I saw Paul Williams last week at the Café Carlyle and for a good dose of songs, laughs, and maybe a few tears, this is the show to see. (To May 4). Steve Tyrell returns from May 7 to 18 with his big band and jazz-flavored standards. May 21 to June 8 stars Lea Solanga and late nights bring back Stacy Sullivan, Yanna Avis and Bria Skonberg.
For terpsichorean pizzazz, run to Stage 72 at the Triad on May 7 for Jon Peterson, the sensational Song Man, Dance Man.
Thoughts for Memorial Day. You can celebrate at Sofia's Restaurant with the swinging sound of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the busiest big band around. You'll love them. (Mon. and Tues. evenings in May. That includes Memorial Day). Also on May 27, Birdland is Cast Party night and earlier in the evening, The Pop Show Presents Elton John. Or go down to Joe's Pub and find out for whom the white smoke rises at Popesical in Concert:You Choose the Pope. (May 27).
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