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Cabaret Nights June 2013
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
June is Tony Award month and after one year, 54 Below continues presenting interesting Broadway stars on a cabaret stage. Move fast to get seats for Matthew Morrison ( South Pacific ) on June 1, 2, celebrating his upcoming CD Where It All Began. Also on June 1, the cast of Chicago, past and present, come down to revive all that jazz. With a Love Hangover, LaChanze ( The Color Purple ) sings the songs of Diana Ross. (June 2, 5, 6). Wry, powerhouse Faith Prince ( Guys and Dolls ) opens on June 3 with a look-back at her career. And that's not all, there comes the fabulous Judy Kuhn ( Passion ) with All This Happiness (June 10, 12) and Sherie Rene Scott ( Everyday Rapture ) returns with her acclaimed cabaret show, Piece of Meat, examining desire from all angles. From June 17 to 29. Norbert Leo Butz continues with his Memory and Mayhem on June 7, 8, 21, 22. Catch him if you can.
The Café Carlyle is ending its cabaret season with the vocal fireworks of Jersey Boys' John Lloyd Young from June 25 to 29. It's an encore performance after Young's smash earlier appearance this season. This charming young singer brings back some pop R&B musical memories to appreciative fans. From June 11 to 22, Rossano Sportiello with his trio salutes a legendary jazz musician with The Smiling Piano: A Tribute to the Artistry of George Shearing. Do you remember the last time you saw that irreverent observer of society and politics, Mort Sahl ? He will appear in the late show series at 10:45 on June 3, 6, 7. Incidentally, with The Great Gatsby now on the big screen, Will Friedwald and Sarna Lapine bring you an updated tuneful version called Tales from the Jazz Age: An F. Scott Fitzgerald Songbook. (June 13, 14, 20, 21 at 10:45pm). Included are Emily Bergl, Matthew Saldivar and Molly Pope evoking the irrepressible spirit of Fitzgerald's characters and their era. Vo-de-oh-do!
Who doesn't love a show-stopper, a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime spot when everything halts to acknowledge one performance. Bring in Julie Budd, the petite powerhouse, for two evenings of Show Stoppers at the Metropolitan Room on June 12, 13. You probably remember Don McLean's big hit '70's song, "American Pie," but Stephen Hanks goes Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook, (June 14, 22), to remind us of McLean's other worthwhile songs. On June 29, award winner, Jim Brochu ( Zero Hour ) salutes some of theaters' beloved performers who were never quite matinee idols. In his original show, Character Man, Brochu offers hilarious backstage and personal memories of character actors like Jack Gilford, Jackie Gleason, George S. Irving, and David Burns.
On Mondays June 10, 17, 24, Don't Tell Mama presents Teresa Fischer to convince us that it's Hip to Be Happy, which sounds like an upbeat way to start the week. This legendary night spot is still featuring the long-running Judy and Liza Together Again! with Tommy Femia and Rick Skye singing, joking and plain acting out Judy-and-Liza-style on June 8, 22. On Thursdays, Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Chatterbox invites the hottest artists to tell all, to him and to us.
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