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Cabaret Nights December 2014

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An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues

December is the holiday month and Winter Rhythms Festival signals the start of holiday time, the official beginning of winter, and 12 days of entertainment at Urban Stages. From Dec. 2 to 14, the series is directed and hosted by Stephen Hanks. Cabaret favorites scheduled include Carole J. Bufford, Natalie Douglas, Meg Flather, Lauren Fox, Laurie Krauz, and Barbara Porteus. Each show has a theme, from Bing Crosby to Open Mic to Disney. Dec. 13 is devoted to the work of six '70's super-singers, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, the unrelated Simons, Carly and Paul, Stevie Wonder, and Carole King . There is music for everyone with proceeds to benefits Urban Stages Arts and Outreach programs. For more information on shows and tickets, check www.?urbanstages.org/winterrhythms2014.

Steve Tyrell starts his tenth year of hosting the Cafe Carlyle through New Year's Eve with a smile, a swinging band and That Lovin' Feelin' . It's an upbeat celebration, this year expanding the Great American Songbook into the 1960's and the music and memories coming out of Broadway's Brill Building. This is Steve Tyrell's era, and his feelings about those songs are warm, personal and lovin'.

Midday Jazz Midtown,  a 1pm Wednesday lunchtime concert produced by Ronny Whyte in partnership with Midtown Arts Common at Saint Peter's Church opens the month with Terese Genecco's Little Big Band . (Dec. 3). A Yuletide Celebration on Dec. 17 features Marlene Verplanck, Daryl Sherman, Joyce Breach, Saundra Silliman, Alex Leonard, Boots Maleson, David Silliman, and Ronny Whyte . A $10 donation is requested.

It's kind of clever, Carole J. Bufford and Eric Yves Garcia with A Christmas Carole & A New Year’s Yves , one-night-only on Dec. 18 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Consider it traditional with a twist. Lovely Shana Farr presents her new show, In The Still Of The Night, romantic with the wit and sentiment of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. (Dec. 7). There is more Noel Coward on Dec. 16 when KT Sullivan toasts his 115th birthday. Helping out will be Eric Michael Gillett, T. Oliver Reid, Kristoffer Lowe, Eva Kantor and Maxine Linahan.

Two more holiday treats. On Dec. 2, you can recall the Dukes of Hazzard days with the Dukes themselves, looking better than ever, Tom Wopat and John Schneider. At Joe's Pub (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-539-8500). Marilyn Maye benefits the Feminist Press with a Holiday Ringer on Dec. 5, also at Joe's Pub.

Get ready to ring those bells and bring in 2015 with Marilyn Maye at the Metropolitan Room, 7:30pm and 10pm. Steve Tyrell rules the Cafe Carlyle with 5:30pm and 9pm shows. Loston Harris heats up Bemelmans Bar from 9pm to 2am. Chris Botti takes up holiday residence at the Blue Note, with a 7pm and 10pm New Year's Eve shows. Dee Dee Bridgewater at Iridium, performs at 7pm and 10pm. Join Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli! at Don't Tell Mama with Tommy Femia and Rick Skye, starting at 9pm. A double header at 54 Below presents Charles Busch at 7pm, and to ring in 2015, Laura Benanti performs at 11pm. Lots of choices for Auld Lang Syne.

A Happy Holiday season to all.      

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