Summer Cabaret

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The Theater Pizzazz mantra: “If music was everywhere and in everyone’s life, the world would surely be a better place” …

Summer is here! The rain has taken a hiatus (hopefully for a long while) and the cabarets and clubs are busy – performers are everywhere. It’s New York City and talent is limitless as performers beckon audiences. Only in New York, you find the greatest talent in the world!

*Please check the club calendars for complete listings and for schedule changes.

 Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551  (July) Joanna Gleason, Sherie Rene Scott/Norbert Leo Butz, Charles Busch, Telly Leung, 54 Sings Series, Haley Swindal, Lillias White (Aug) Sierra Boggess, Ethan Slater, Michael Feinstein, Lorna Luft, Alice Ripley, 54 Sings Beyonce; more entertainers – check calendar! Gourmet menu!

Summer Cabaret
Norbert Leo Butz/Sherie Rene Scott

The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 –Summer Vacation! Bemelmans Bar (check roster of entertainers)

 *Don’t Tell Mama 343 W. 46 St. 212 757- 0788 – featuring the best piano bar in NYC, a sumptuous restaurant, and two cabaret rooms  – * Salon Weekly Open Mic; Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway –monthly / Seth’s Talent Show/Mama’s Next Big Act – monthly…(July) Joanna Parson/Elizabeth Inghram, Jen Fellman, Kathryne Langford, Meg Flather, Fred Aiese, Joe Lesky, Evan Buckley, Evangeline Johns, Gerrilyn Sohn, Anthony Santelmo Jr,  (Aug) Karren Clementina, Salute to Diana Ross, Aviona Rodriguez Brown, Michael Kirk Lane, Chirstopher Sanders. . . more. Check Calendar!!

Summer Cabaret
Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway

*The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography – (July-August) Dorothy Bishop’s Dozen Divas, Phyllis Hyman Tribute, Larry Storch 96 Birthday, Robert Bannon/John Urban, Beverly Taki, Robyn Schall, Laura Fay, Audrey Silver, Best of Adrienne Haan, Queens of Funk & Soul, Gloria Reuben . . . More!

Laurie Beechman Theatre – West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909  (July-August) Le Scandal Cabaret, Yvonne Constant, Honey Davenport, Joey Arias, Jeff Harnar, Jackie Beat, Latrice Royale; more!- Great restaurant menu! Check Calendar!

 The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, 212 255-5438 piano bar and cabaret theater – (July-August) Lady Mary Pozah,Gothan Rock Choir, Aron Bederson, Gabrielle Elisabeth, Daryn and Darren, Todd Monroe- many more! Check Calendar!

 Birdland Jazz/Birdland Theater: Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun in Two Classy Rooms – (315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Ave) 212 581- 3080  – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party – Mondays (July) Aisha de Haas, Veronica Swift, Nancy Kelly, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, Laura Osnes, Freddy Cole, Konrad Paszkudski/Pasquale Grasso Duo, Cast of Harry Potter, Tori Scott, John Pizzarelli, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Fasano (Aug) Steve Ross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nicki Parrott, Karen Oberlin, Jane Irving, Max Von Essen, and a whole lot more including lots of jazz greats and a terrific menu.

Summer Cabaret
Dee Dee Bridgewater

The Green Room 42 – 570 10th Ave & 42nd St. 646 449-7792 Broadway’s Funky Nightclub  (July) Frances Ruffelle, Spencer Day, Leslie Jordan, Cast of King Kong, Luba Mason, Adam Pascal, Jaret Landon, Cady Huffman (Aug) Annie Sherman, Elizabeth Welch, Ben Bogen, Sean Patrick Murtagh – many more and a terrific menu!

Summer Cabaret
Cady Huffman

The Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave. at 70th Street – 212 988-7299 (July – August) Josephine Sanges, Karen Akers

Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900  dinner menu. Check calendar!

Jazz at Lincoln Center  (May-June) – a sampling below . . .

Appel Room – see Fall calendar

Dizzys Club Coca Cola – Allan Harris, Quiana Lynell, Catherine Russell

Rose Theater – The South African Songbook w/Wynton Marsalis

Two E on Open Table – Pierre Hotel 212 940-8113, email, 2 East 61 Street off 5th Ave. – New Monthly Cabaret Series – check calendar.

Iridium Jazz Club  Broadway at W. 51 Street, 212 582-2121 (dinner menu) – check calendar for schedule.

The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-9000  See calendar.

The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824

92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists and More – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 – Jazz in July Series. Check calendar.

Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. (212.501-1330  Check calendar.

*Salon – Multiple Award Winning Weekly Open Mic at Don’t Tell Mama Sunday evenings, different performers and hosts, created by Mark Janas, Tanya Moberly, Producer 343 W. 46 St., NYC

The DJango in The Roxy Hotel –  #2 Avenue of the Americas, 212 519-6649 Jazz artists (small plate menu)

Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759 Open Mic Nites, Bound for Broadway,Comedy, more!

Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave/54 St. Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 212 935-2200 – (Ronny Whyte presents)

Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz Cabaret Listings can also be found at & Theater (Broadway & Off), Cabaret reviews, news, interviews, opening nights, videos and more updated daily at    

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  • Sandi Durell

    Sandi Durell is Publisher/Editor of and has been writing, reviewing, producing, having a voice in the theater, cabaret and entertainment communities for over 25+ years. She is a Voting Member of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Sandi is a producer of Broadway & Hollywood Live! Revues (; has produced numerous Songwriter Events for the American Popular Song Society (APSS – formerly New York Sheet Music Society on which she is a Board member); the benefit CD “Our Heart Sings;” is a producer on the Award winning film “Broadway the Golden Age” (with Rick McKay) and has produced a variety of entertainment events for most of her career. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU – Advisory Board),100+ year old Dutch Treat Club, The Lambs; an occasional theater “angel” and has had a career as a vocalist-performer. Her column can also be found at

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