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CurtainUp's
Cabaret Nights September 2014

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

Comes September and the cabaret scene gains steam. The Cafe Carlyle is beginning its new season so if you want a swanky night out, this month you can enjoy some performers who are not so familiar on the cabaret stage. Actor Jeff Goldblum joins the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra to let loose with jazz standards from Sept. 16 - 20. Did you know that Goldblum is an accomplished singer and pianist? This show promises good tunes, a lot of energy and plain fun. Appearing next is actress Rita Wilson with her new show. (Sept. 24 through Oct. 4). Wilson has been writing and performing music and appeared as Roxie Hart in Broadway's Chicago.

For a cheeky tribute to Mae West, singer Molly Ryan offers an invitation, Come Up and See Me Sometime at Birdland. You'll have to hurry though because the offer is only good for one night, September 1. Broadway at Birdland concert series continues with the popular Natalie Douglas singing the songs of Four Women. These are the legends, Dr. Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday. She does not imitate these ladies but sings the songs they made famous, and those who have seen Natalie, know she performs them with passion and understanding. (Sept. 8). Another entertainer with all these great qualities is Marilyn Maye who appears at Birdland on Sept. 9-13 and proves why Johnny Carson called her "Super Singer." Chita Rivera, Rosie O’Donnell, Telly Leung, and more will take part in An Evening of Song Benefiting Art Attack on Sept. 15. Jamie deRoy and Friends present a show to benefit the Actors Fund. She includes Joy Behar, Stephanie J. Block, Bryce Pinkham, Chad Kimball, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, and Haley Swindal. (Sept. 22). Two jazz singers are scheduled at the club, singer/pianist Dena DeRose with We Won't Forget You... An Homage To Shirley Horn on Sept, 24 and on the next night, Sept 25, Rebecca Kilgore with an eclectic roundup of tunes. There are also plenty of men at Birdland and one is singer James Snyder on Sept. 29 with Fate, Reasons and Other Friends.

In the mood for a few different styles? Metropolitan Room has a banquet of pleasures. Glamorous Luba Mason promises an unpredictable, daring evening called, Mixtura, exotic Brazilian sounds evoking different moods. (Sept. 11, Oct. 2). For a tribute to legendary Ella Fitzgerald, catch Rhonda Denet with Carol Daly on Sept. 2 with Elegant Ella : A Tribute to the First Lady of Song. That same week, Classic Country brings the Nashville sound to the Metropolitan Room by Sherry Carlisle (Smith), Rachel Rodriguez, Karen Dee and Skip Browner who have worked with the best. (On Sept. 3,4). Steven Chera sings traditional songs with distinctive interpretations, swinging, jazzy and ballads. He performs on Sept. 10. Multi-Award winning Dana Lorge brings a basket of variety to you in her show on Sept. 12. If you missed Laurie Krauz and the Daryl Kojak Octet when they made the earth move in February, they will return on Sept. 7 again with Tapestry Rewoven! .  

Some guest performers at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea, enjoy the jazz of Andy Bey on Sept. 12, 1,19,20. Hilary Kole swings and croons every Wednesday beginning Sept. 17 from 7-11pm. Sari Schor performs on Sept. 26, 27 and every Tuesday, 8-midnight, Eric Comstock rules at the piano. This is the Big Apple and we have a lot of tasty varieties to enjoy.      

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