Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week
The high-spirited ex-countess Luann de Lesseps, of The Real Housewives of New York City fame, extends her empire into the world of nightclub entertainment in a cabaret show written and directed by Ben Rimalower, with musical direction by Billy Stritch. She is joined each night by special guests from showbiz.
Though Larry Owens intends to musically break down some of your favorite ballads and bangers, it's likely he'll lose his mind giving you life at this totally lit stage bonanza. Along with guests Liza Treyger, Marie Faustin, Pooja Reddy, Marcia Belsky, Kiko and Tuna, and the band Heroine, the high-drama, unstoppable stage presence serves diva worship, dancing and wicked arrangements for his own entertainment. Owens could wake the dead with his god-given talent; he's certain to make a lifelong fan of you within seconds.
Usually behind the scenes as a director, writer, producer and graphic designer, Rozelle grabs the spotlight to reprise his debut solo show, which includes comedy and classic tunes from the Broadway and pop-culture catalogs. Joining him for guest shots are Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida).
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. In November, he'll play Orpheus in the London premiere of 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.
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.
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 February installment of his residency at Joe's Pub, he is joined by an impressive roster of guests, including Bonnie Milligan, Larry Owens, Kenita R. Miller, Brittain Ashford and Smash survivor Jaime Cepero.
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 their talents. Guests at the February 12 edition include Carole J. Bufford, Lucia Spina, Billy Stritch, Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, Amy Rivard, Pascal Victor Pastrana, Daniel Dunlow, Sarah Krauss and cast members from Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!
Ever since 1984's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Charles Busch has been working toward the title of First Lady of the American Stage, delivering hilariously nuanced portraits of defiant yet vulnerable women, in the style of the great film stars of the 1940s. In his return to Feinstein's/54 Below, he sets drag aside to continue his side career as a cabaret chanteur. This latest collection is devoted to pop and Broadway music from his formative professional years, including songs by the Jim Croce, Rupert Holmes, Michel Legrand and Stephen Sondheim.
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.
The flirty, sly, dark-elfin Australian baritone leads listeners on a Weimar-inflected tour through songs ranging from Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender to Kylie Minogue and the Supremes. The midnight performance on March 2 will be recorded for release as a live album.
Satan's Alley may sound like an apt description for our present political circumstances, but it's also the name of the fictional musical in the lurid, outrageous Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive. And, 35 years later, it's the inspiration for Amanda Duarte's raw, intensely revealing new show. The writer and Dead Darlings host puts the inferno of her personal life in perspective with the great garbage fire of American discourse and sets us straight for the battles to come. Not to be missed.
Fearless singer-songwriter and deceptively feather-light song stylist McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. In this Birdland run, she toasts the release of her seventh album, Sister Orchid, which includes versions of standards including "My Romance," "The Nearness of You" and "Georgia on My Mind."
The inimitable siren of the downtown cabaret stage toasts Judy Collins with an evening of song. On the setlist: songs by artists whom Collins has covered throughout her career. Show up for favorites from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and others, sung by one of New York's most luminous performers.
A member of the local vocal group Marquee Five makes her solo cabaret debut with a show about chasing stardom in New York City.
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.
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.
Broadway characters find themselves in hot sketch-comedy waters in this monthly night of musical comedy, the brainchild of comic Matt Gehring and singer-songwiter Shaina Taub. The writers include Gehring, Alex Song and Mahayla Laurence, along with four of the performers: Max Ash, charisma machine Natalie Walker and ringers Joél Pérez (Fun Home) and Heath Saunders (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812).
The handsome and polished Klena took to the F/54 stage five years ago opposite Lindsay Mendez, with whom he had shared two awkward girl–jerky guy musical-theater romances (first in Dogfight, then in Wicked). Now the star of Anastasia and the upcoming Jagged Little Pill—to say nothing of his turn as a dimwitted DJ on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—returns for a solo show that looks back on his California childhood, his reality-TV history and his backstage adventures.
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.