Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week
In her ongoing Tributes series, dectuple MAC Award winner Douglas has previously plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday and Cher, among many others. Now she reprises her homage to scat queen and Great American Songbook master Ella Fitzgerald, joined by Billy Stritch at the piano.
As Broadway prepares for the likely arrival of the Alanis jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill later this season, the Broadway Sings series gets a leg up with a concert of her biggest hits, arranged by Joshua Stephen Kartes for a 14-piece jazz orchestra. Isn't that ironic? (No? Are you sure?) Vocalists include married American Idol finalists turned stage stars Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, as well as Derek Klena, Wesley Taylor, Alysha Deslorieux, Lauren Patten, Ben Thompson, Krystina Alabado, Crystal Monee Hall, Corey Mach, Jillian Mueller, Laurissa Romain, Joey Taranto, Stephanie Jean Umoh and American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook.
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.
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.
Twin-brother saxophone players Peter and Will Anderson, masters of vintage jazz styles ranging from swing to hardbop, flip through four chapters of the Great American Songbook in this Symphony Space residency, devoting a week apiece to Irving Berlin (Aug 7–12), Jerome Kern (Aug 14–19), Hoagy Carmichael (Aug 21–26) and Jimmy Van Heusen (Aug 28–Sept 2). They are joined by vocalist Molly Ryan and four other musicans.
Feinstein, the popular and polished standard-bearer of American song, returns to the club that bears his name for a long run that teams him with one of the best cabaret performers out there: Broadway leading lady Ebersole (Grey Gardens), who is equally skilled at comedy and sentiment and who moves with ease between her lustrous belt and legit soprano. Among the selections in their Great American Songbook–centered set are "Stormy Weather," "Time After Time" and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe."
Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her biweekly series at the brand-new Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show off their talents. Guests at the August 21 edition include Naturi Naughton, Amy Lynn Hamlin, Telly Leung, Erin Maguire, Anya Marina, Eric Gilliland, Constantine Rousouli, Alex Ellis, Kevin Chamberlin and Time Out's own Adam Feldman.
The astonishing, totally fearless Bridget Everett has had a bona fide breakout year in film (Patti Cakes) and TV (Lady Dynamite), culminating in the pilot of an Amazon series of her very own, the endearingly raunchy Love You Too. The towering sex goddess's triumphant set at her usual stomping grounds, Joe's Pub, finds her belting and oversharing as only she can, and she never fails to shake up the room with hits like "Boob Song." Not to be missed.
Return to the East Village of yore at this charming variety night, hosted by all-star chanteuse Catherine Cohen and piano marvel Henry Koperski. Take your chance to see Cohen and her armada of all-star buddies for free while you still can.
The sleek original costar of Broadway's Jersey Boys—who has been touring the country with his erstwhile bandmates from that show, in a group called the Midtown Men—helps cure the summertime blues with a new set that ranges from Broadway and 1960s rock to contemporary radio hits. Musical director Jesse Vargas leads the backup band.
Felder has made a career out of solo tributes to famous composers, including Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Leonard Bernstein. His latest is devoted to Great American Songbook legend Irving Berlin, the man behind such standards as "White Christmas," "Always" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Trevor Hay directs.
A Drama Desk Award nominee for his super-charming star turn in the scrappy 2017 musical Bastard Jones, Ruggiero has not allowed his prosthetic leg to impede his career in song and dance. At Birdland he performs a mix of pop hits and reworked Broadway favorites, with support from a band called the S’Evan Legs.
Linda Eder—the Star Search songstress turned Broadway and concert star—has never been known for the subtlety of her approach, which can be boiled down to two steps: (1) Stand, and (2) Sing. But gee whiz, the lady can really belt a number. Her current set includes selections from her latest solo album, If You See Me.
Steven Brinberg masters not just Barbra Streisand’s mannerisms but her manner entire—the mixture of soft-spoken entitlement and awkward preening that typifies this funny girl turned self-serious artiste. And Brinberg’s pseudo soprano is the next best thing to Streisand herself; he has a voice like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. In his Green Room debut, he marks the 50th anniversary of the film version of Funny Girl.
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.
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 May editions include Sally Mayes, Sarah Rice, Harris Doran, Lina Koutrakos, Lucia Spina, Gabrielle Stravelli, Kelli Rabke and T. Oliver Reid.
After regularly stealing the show at Club Cumming, Union Hall and beyond, supreme multihyphenate Catherine Cohen takes over Joe's Pub for a night of wickedly subversive musical comedy, fabulous looks and self-directed diva worship. She's joined by regular collaborator Henry Koperski at the keys. Not to be missed.