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Cabaret Nights February 1, 2016
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
It's February, the month of the first International Cabaret Festival presented by Cabaret Scenes Magazine from Feb. 17-21 in various clubs across town. The opening night Gala, February 17, will be held at the Metropolitan Room. Performing is Anita Gillette as well as the newly-formed Cabaret Hall of Fame inductees, Barbara Carroll, Andrea Marcovicci and Steve Ross. The Hall of Fame, created by the Metropolitan Room's Bernie Furshpan and Joseph Macchia, will be a highlight of the Gala. Its goal is to preserve the history and contributions of those fulfilling the promise of live entertainment in a cabaret setting. In the plans will be a cabaret section at the Library of Congress and a traveling display of cabaret memorabilia, including one of Julie Wilson’s boas. Besides the above mentioned, other 2016 inductees is Marilyn Maye as well as the late Nancy LaMott, Bobby Short, Jan Wallman and Julie Wilson. Performances and video clips will be included in the Hall of Fame ceremony. You can check the rest of the festival schedule and also purchase your "Passport" to the various events at www.cabaretscenes.org.
Linda Lavin is a busy lady this winter. She just opened on Broadway in My Mother's Brief Affair and is taking two nights off on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to perform at Birdland. Her cabaret show is called My First Farewell Concert, a personal story told through favorite songs from The Great American/Brazilian/Yiddish Songbook. She adds a special guest, New York's favorite droll violinist, Aaron Weinstein. Jazz singer Mary Foster Conklin appears at Birdland on Feb. 4, with stories flavored with jazz. On Feb. 7, Ann Hampton Callaway joins Marilyn Maye and look out! This musical powerball duo is coming your way in This is Cabaret! T. Oliver Reid invites you to Drop Me Off in Harlem where he'll introduce you to the jazziest uptown hot spots. (Feb. 8). Nicolas King, a young swinger that will bring you to your feet, returns to Birdland on Feb. 10 and the luscious voice of jazz singer Jane Monheit is featured from Feb. 11-14. It's always a treat to see the clever virtuosity of John Pizzarelli and he comes in with his quartet from Feb. 16-20. On Sun. Feb. 14, 21,18, Carol J. Bufford hosts the Birdland Jazz Party and every Saturday night, you can listen to the matchless piano playing of Barbara Carroll.
Midday Jazz Midtown at St. Peter's brings in Manhattan jazz bird, Marianne Solivan, on a Sunday evening at 5pm on Feb. 28. Back at the usual 1pm time, Daryl Sherman presents her ebullient jazz piano and vocals on Wed., Feb. 24, proving again why she is such a popular musician about town.
The original Sideshow sidekicks, Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner are Unattached! at 54 Below on Feb. 3-6. Chanteuse ne plus ultra, Liliane Montevecchi, invites you to Be My Valentine on Feb. 11-13. On Feb. 14, 54 Below offers Broadway Couples Sing 'I Do, I Do' celebrating the musical score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Performers include Chip Zien, Beth Leavel, Robert Cuccioli and Barbara Walsh. On Feb. 26,27, and March 4,5 peerless vocalist, Christine Andreas presents a new show, Cafe Society.
February is a short month with a lot to squeeze in.
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