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CurtainUp's
Cabaret Nights July 2014

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Summer, at last. Lovely days when we're not wrapped in layers against the cold but we're not yet sweltering either Perfect weather for walking in New York and depending on your location, there are some intriguing shows to lure you into an intimate air-conditioned space. Moving uptown, The Triad on West 72nd Street offers various entertaining treats. Try a new challenging musical show, Tune in Time on July 1, when you might write a tune on the spot. There are laughs, surprisingly good spontaneous tunes and judges. On July 16, get ready for Food Fight, a night of comedy and variety hosted by Andy Kaufman Award recipient, comedian, juggler Marcus Monroe. In the mood for some blue grass? Get to the Shotgun Wedding on July 8, and on July 28, Jacques Brel Returns with singers including Anna Bergman, Natasha Diaz and Bob Cuccioli. On July 11, it's Danny Aiello -- Back in Town and you can hear him sing some favorite standards with his band.

Downtown on 22nd Street, the Metropolitan Room begins its 7th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge every Monday night from July 7 to August 25. On July 18 and Aug. 1, last year's MetroStar winner, Lauren Stanford, tells her story in a solo show, I'm A Stranger Here Myself. July also brings us the nuanced expressiveness of the vibrant music of Gabriella Stravelli, performing a new show directed by cabaret favorite, Marilyn Maye. (July 17, 22, 29, 31). Cabaret's Red Hot Mama, Sharon McKnight, returns to town with some lusty Sophie Tucker favorites on July 20, 23, Aug. 1,3. If you've missed the romantic pairing of Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness, you've got a chance to catch them on July 25, 30, Aug. 20.

Sundays are smokin' at Birdland. On July 6, 13, 17, Jane Monheit's Jazz Party features Monheit's luscious vocals with a vibrant quartet. Later Sundays, including July 27, swing and sway to the Southern rhythms of Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Mondays are equally exciting. There is, of course, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, which everyone knows about. If you don't, you gotta go and find out what the buzz is about! On July 14 at 7:00PM, before the Cast Party, Linda Lavin returns to tell us, Every Time’s The First Time! about her love of theater torch songs, and the 1940s Big Bands. Traveling downtown, Loston Harris leaves his perch at The Carlyle's Bemelmans Bar from July 8 to 12, treating Birdland fans to his hip take on jazz, gospel and blues. The month winds up with John Pizzarelli & The Swing Seven from July 22 to 26 and you can't go wrong with him. And why not start with a visit, or revisit, to the long-running Our Sinatra: A Musical Celebration with Eric Comstock and Christopher Gines who were in the original production, adding singer Harmony Keeney and Boots Maleson on bass. (July 1-5.)

A big welcome for one of the most popular cabaret singers, Barbara Brussell, who comes east from her California home to sing on July 1 at Don't Tell Mama. Whatever she chooses to perform, it will touch your heart with honesty and emotion. Bistro-award singer, Vickie Phillips, appears at DTM on July 12 and 26.

Cabaret at 54 Below features Charles Busch killing you with his songs and stories and costumes to die for. (July 9-12). Steve Ross and Karen Oberlin, are Cheek to Cheek, Astaire and Rodgers, singing Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter on July 11, 17. And a glorious farewell to July with Patti LuPone, The Lady With the Torch. (July 21 to Aug. 2). ==

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