Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week
One of the most gifted musical actors of her generation, four-time Tony nominee Kuhn has originated roles in the Broadway productions of Les Misérables, Chess and Fun Home. In this concert, she celebrates the music of a three-generation lineage of musical-theater composers: Richard Rodgers (South Pacific), Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress) and Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza).
Vernon is a rising musical-theater composer who has proved equally adept at capturing the sounds of 1970s glam rock (The View Upstairs) and modern Korean bubblegum (KPOP). In the final installment of his residency at Joe's Pub, he is joined by an impressive roster of guests, including Michael Longoria, Frenchie Davis, Jo Lampert, Lauren Pritchard, Andy Mientus, Fancy Feast and Sophia Ramos.
Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her biweekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the April 23 edition include Emily McNamara, Jackie Arnold, Joe Ardizzone, Robert Leslie, the Habibi Kings, Kate Meaney, James Brown Orleans, Jon Weber and Michael Holland.
The stars of the original Off Broadway production of The Last Five Years, having gone on to majopr Broadway careers, reunite for a nightclub set. Scott is a blond bombshell with a paradoxical flair for understatement, a reticent power that reached its apex in her 2010 Broadway showcase, Everyday Rapture; Butz has an unlikely but winning combination of everyday guyness and star magnetism. In addition to The Last Five Years, the two have also shared the stage in Rent and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and both are highly accomplished nightclub performers, so this should be a doozy. Todd Almond is the musical director.
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 is about to swing back onto Broadway as Orpheus in Hadestown. First, though, he returns to the Green Room 42 with a solo show that focuses on original songs from his 2016 album, Youth Is Wasted.
Learn how to make love like a legend at this mesmerizing musical comedy/TED Talk hybrid, led by maverick author/"sexual evangelist" Dr. Alex Schiller (the alter ego of the brilliant Roslyn Hart). Through a series of hilarious and consent-affirming gauntlets, the good doctor will shake audience members out of romantic complacency. Live band performances of sexy songs will get you and your table of strangers feeling curious. And If you're not ready to face your fears of flirting onstage, be sure to select a "voyeur" ticket. But if you're ready to go big, the "participant" option will make you feel like you can breathe fire. Be sure to bring your A-game for a lit, highly-charged afterparty, and grab a copy of the real-life Never Sleep Alone book for life-changing tips on loving yourself so that everyone will want you.
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.
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.
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. Performers on April 13 include John Easterlin, Douglas Ladnier, Cooper Grodin and William Michals; the April 20 lineup features Michael Winther, Pedro Coppeti, Dongwoo Kang and Q-Lim.
Sitcom royal Mullally (Will & Grace) joins forces and blends voices with young actor-singer Hunt in the guise of a bespectacled folk duo called Nancy And Beth. Their debut Carlyle set will include selections from their self-titled debut album, which includes songs by Lou Rawls, Leiber and Stoller, Rufus Wainwright and Wynona Carr.
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.
Drag multihyphenate and old-school starlet Jinkx Monsoon reunites with her musical collaborator Major Scales for a manic night by the piano, at which they'll share songs from their forthcoming album and attempt to tame Jinkx's swings in mental stability.
If you live in New York and haven't seen Catherine Cohen perform live...seek treatment. The comedy chanteuse had us mesmerized when she was singing in dive bars about boys; now armed with a full backing band at one of the city's best venues, Cohen is a total force of nature. She 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.