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CurtainUp's
Cabaret Nights October 2014

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

October brings some great, don't miss performances! Joyce Breach fans will savor Moments Like This. Few other singers can capture those special moments with Joyce's good taste and smart interpretation. She is accompanied at Don't Tell Mama by two of the best, pianist Mike Renzi and Jay Leonhart on bass. (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27). Cabaret favorite, Richard Holbrook entertains at DTM on Oct. 19, 26 and soulful singer, Marcus Simeone, with fiery accompanist Tracy Stark, comes in on Oct. 5, 18. Wwitty and musical Georga Osborne returns to DTM on Oct. 12 and always welcome is Lennie Watts on Oct. 29, reprising one of his best shows, Bloody, Bloody Lennie Watts.

Things are cooking at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea. Eric Comstock rules every Tuesday night and on Wednesday nights, it's time for the jazz of Hilary Kole. Among other performers you can expect are Geoff McBride on Oct. 3, 4, Craig Pomranz (Oct. 9), and don't miss Mark Nadler on Oct. 10, 11, 24, 25.

Speaking of Eric Comstock, he joins wife Barbara Fasano at Jazz at Kitano on Oct. 4, accompanied by bassist Sean Smith and Vio Lesczak on drums. Kitano is at 66 66 Park Avenue (38th St). Other favorites coming to Kitano include jazz singer Carol Fredette on Oct. 2, Joyce Breach on Oct. 24, Daryl Sherman Trio on Oct. 30.

Who doesn't love Carol Burnett? Jennylind Paris on Oct. 3, recalls stories and songs of Burnett and her illustrious career at the Laurie Beechman Theater. On Oct. 10, 11, 20, 17, the Man About Town, Eric Michael Gillette, returns to the Laurie Beechman, singing and discussing another man about another town, Noel Coward. They seem like a good fit on a cabaret stage and a show to look forward to. Carolyn Montgomery-Forant brings The Fine Wine (her five musicians and back-up group) to the Laurie Beechman for music and laughs. (Oct. 17). If you missed KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar with Our Time, Oct. 19 is another chance to enjoy their acclaimed interpretations of Sondheim songs

When October comes, you know it's Cabaret Convention time from Oct. 20 to 24 at Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Oct. 20 focuses on I Love a Piano: Celebrating the Great Tradition of the Singing Pianist. While this is hosted by Aaron Weinstein, the witty violinist, he insists that he loves a piano and coming is a plethora of great keyboard artists, including Barbara Carroll, Steve Ross, and Daryl Sherman. October 21 features Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage: A Celebration of Julie Wilson's 90th Birthday. Singing "Happy Birthday" and other songs are hostess KT Sullivan, Christine Andreas, Marilyn Maye, Tony Sheldon and more. Oct. 22 is Something Sort of Grandish: The Music of Burton Lane, The Lyrics of Yip Harburg, and hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci.  They brings along Carole J. Bufford, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, and Brent Barrett and others. Come On and Hear: The Songs of Irving Berlin on Oct. 23 is hosted by Klea Blackhurst. Just a few of the artists with her are Karen Mason, Sidney Myer and Karen Oberlin and this musical bonanza is not all!

Cabaret Convention Week ends with a bonus on Fri, Oct. 24. Kabarett with a "K" . Hosted by Karen Kohler, this is a revival of the days of Le Chat Noir and Weimar Berlin as well as today's cutting edge performers. Featured include Jean Brassard, Adrienne Haan, Kim Smith and more. At The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd St, NYC). www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.  

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