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The best cabaret shows in NYC this week

Get up close and personal with the best nightclub singers in New York every week at Gotham's best cabaret shows

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman
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In an age of globalism, cabaret is a fundamentally local art: a private concert in an intimate nightclub, where music and storytelling merge at close range. And no city offers as wide a range of thrilling cabaret artists as New York City, from Broadway and pop legends like Patti LuPone and Debbie Harry to outrageous downtown provocateurs like Bridget Everett and Taylor Mac, drag stars like Alaska and Dina Martina and world-class interpreters like Barb Jungr and Meow Meow. Here's where to find the best of them this week.

Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week

  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 2 of 4
  • Hell's Kitchen

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.

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  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 0 of 4
  • East Village

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 to sleep in on Tuesday.

  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 2 of 4
  • Hell's Kitchen

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. 

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  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 1 of 4
  • Chelsea

The Amazonian burlesque artist Tallulah Talons hosts this monthly retro variety show that combines live singing with old-school striptease. Each show features three guest artists; audiences are invited to stick around at Sid Gold's afterward for live karaoke with the show's pianist, Wendy Ip. 

  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 2 of 4
  • East Village

Old-fashioned entertainer, booker and Don't Tell Mama papa Sidney Myer may be the most lovable man in New York cabaret. In his Pangea sets, he shares droll songs and occasional tugs of earned sentiment.

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  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 2 of 4
  • Hell's Kitchen

Fanny Brice was one of the biggest comedy stars of the first half of the 20th century, but if you know her today it’s probably through Barbra Streisand’s career-making portrayal of her in the musical Funny Girl. In this nostalgic solo show, which she has been performing for nearly a decade, Brice expert Kimberly Faye Greenberg shows off her Fanny through some of the Jewish-American star’s best-loved songs and routines. The director is Brian Childers, the musical director is Jeff Biering, and Julianne B. Merrill accompanies Greenberg on piano.   

  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards
  • price 3 of 4
  • Midtown West

This charming and cheekily named singing string quartet has been honing its craft all over the world for years. This year, the fitter-than-fiddles boys—Edmund Bagnell (violin), Christopher Marchant (violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola)—return to 54 Below to take their bows to holiday favorites, including "Silent Night," "Sleigh Ride" and "Hard Candy Christmas."

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