Daniel J. Watts (Motown—The Musical) spreads the wealth with a genre-pushing tribute to his jam-making great-grandmother. Lileana Blain-Cruz (Fefu and Her Friends) directs the show, which features DJ Duggz and is presented under the auspices of the Public's Under the Radar festival.
Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.
A miserable man in Stalin's Soviet Union contemplates ending it all—as his communist friends and neighbors try to capitalize on his demise—in this one-night concert of a musical by David Bridel, Simon Gray and Raymond Bokhour. The cast, directed by Don Stephenson, includes Bokhour, Drew McVety, Jim Borstelmann, John Jellison and Madeleine Doherty.
He’s worked with Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue and just about every downtown act in NYC. Now composer, pianist and performer Lance Horne hosts his own wild night of singing, drinking and dancing, strip-teasing and bad behavior at the East Village nightlife hub Club Cumming. Expect advanced show-tune geekery and appearances by Broadway stars looking to get down by the piano. Plan on sleeping in on Tuesday.
The astonishingly prolific Pendleton and actor-singer Bleier return to Pangea with a new potpourri of songs and stories.
Broadway hoofer-actor-singer Yazbeck has brightened such revivals as Gypsy, A Chorus Line and On the Town. Now he returns to F/54 with a new evening of old-fashioned song and dance.
Fashion designer, Project Runway: All Stars judge and media personality Mizrahi ventures back to the Carlyle with a new collection of standards and pop songs (by John Denver, Bill Withers, Cy Coleman, Stephen Sondheim and more), accompanied by a jazz band led by Ben Waltzer. The ebullient storyteller knows how to serve up amusing dish about the high life.
Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the January 21 edition include Spencer Glass, Josh Daniel, the Golden Gays, Anais Reno, Anne Steele, Monica PassinCatherine Porter, Jim Vallance, Michael Garin, Mardie Millet and musical director Brad Simmons.
Vivid comic songwriter Di Carlo, of the recurring Mad Men spoof The Mad World of Miss Hathaway, shares original and sometimes naughty songs in various styles in her monthly set. The December holiday editions feature guest performer Patrick Johnson and Kyle Forester at the keys.
Pope's viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past, but her cabaret shows are hilariously full of present tension. In this new series of sets at the Duplex, she sets her sights on joy by applying her Ed Sullivan Show neoretro vocals to standards and contemporary pops. Joining her at the piano are rotating music directors: Drew Wutke (January 23, March 26, May 28), Matt Aument (February 27) and Brian Nash (April 23).