Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week
The erstwhile sitcom and talk-show star croons standards, belts out comedy numbers, cracks jokes and generally does everything he can to please the audience. His Louis Prima–esque enthusiasm has an undeniable charm.
The expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom is the scene of this highly retro evening of dinner and swing music, courtesy of Battaglia and his brassy 16-piece crew. If you're looking for a time-capsule New York dance hall experience, this is where to find it. The fall show is titled September Swing.
Talented singers from the Broadway and cabaret worlds sing side by side in this tribute to the master of musical theater that has often featured former cast members of Sondheim shows. Guests at the June 30 episode include Sondheim alums Sarah Rice, Liz McCartney and Sally Mayes as well as Karen Mack, Keira Moynahan, Megan Moynahan, Kelli Rabke, Marta Sanders, Lucia Spina and Marquee Five.
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 September 17 edition include Jamison Stern, John Treacy Egan, Nicolas King and Angela Bacari, Girljam, Mamas Boys, Bex Odorisio, Hannah Jane Peterson and Jon Weber, Rivky, Sean Harkness and musical director Brad Simmons.
Whether attracting or repelling her audiences, international chanteuse Lemper is never less than magnetic. Her style is perversely polymorphic: One moment she might tear into a song with predatory hunger, then she might purr out a dreamy croon or toss back her head for a brassy squeal of jazz. Her newest set is inspired by a long conversation she shared with languid legend Marlene Dietrich in 1988.
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.
A fixture of Bar d’O in the 1990s, Raven O has also done stints emceeing at the Box and for Cirque du Soleil. But the tattoo-friendly singer is also a first-rate jazz-blues vocalist. In this set, joined by bassist Ben Allison, Raven celebrates his birthday in downtown-glam style.
After re-creating the strange magic of Nico in a series of excellent shows, the daring, hilarious, persona-shifting Tammy Faye turns to another icon of distressed rock glamour: British singer, addict and comeback queen Marianne Faithfull. In this performance, she covers Faithfull's seminal 1979 album, Broken English, in its entirety.
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.
Pink is perhaps the modern pop diva whose songwriting and sensibility lend themselves most naturally to theatrical reinterpretation in a cabaret setting. Among the musical-theater lights spreading the sugar at this tribute show are Annie Golden, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Krysta Rodriguez, Christine Dwyer, Amy Spanger, Lauren Patten, Kerri George, Marcy Harriell, Morgan Reilly, Erica Swindell and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama student Sawyer Garrity (who cowrote the song "Shine" in response to the 2018 mass shooting at her school). Benjamin Nissen produces and directs.
Rivera came to New York in the early 1950s, and the rest is razzle-dazzle history: starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; 10 Tony nominations (including two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but she's very much real—and, at 86, still firmly in command of her talents.
After originating the web-singing title role in Broadway's ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Carney has gone on to star as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful and has recently swung back onto Broadway as Orpheus in Hadestown. Now he brings his otherworldly tenor to the Green Room 42 with a solo show that includes some standards but focuses on original songs from his 2016 album, Youth Is Wasted.
Broadway by the Year impresario Scott Siegel curates this monthly concert series, in which Broadway stars sing some of the Great White Way's best-loved tunes.
Once was enough for many people to fall in love with Cristin Milioti, became nationally known as the finally-revealed title character on How I Met Your Mother—but some of us had been mooning over her for years. One of the city's finest young actors, she cuts to the heart with raw nerves and fierce nerve. Tonight she shares original songs and a handful of covers, accompanying herself at the piano.
Ruffelle has a place of her own in the hearts of musical-theater fans for her performance as sacrificial waif Éponine in the original London and Broadway casts of Les Misérables. Having recently relocated to New York City, she returns to the nightclub stage with a charmingly game and gamine monthly set at the Green Room 42.