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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
MAY 2012
MONDAY through SUNDAY - May 7th through 13th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - MAY 13th

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NYC: NICOLE KAFKA IN "YESTERDAY ONCE MORE"

Nicole Kafka brings her new show "Yesterday Once More" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Friday, May 4th at 9:15 pm; Sunday, May 6th at 8:30 pm; Friday, May 11th at 9:15 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 8:30 pm. Yesterday Once More includes great songs from the 1960s and early 1970s with some fun stories from Nicole's early life in NYC. She is joined on stage with a band that includes David Shenton, music director, piano; Hendrik Helmer, guitar; Matt Scharfglass, bass; and Stan Killian, tenor sax. The show is directed by Scott Coulter. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, will be playing her weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. She will be joined by Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O'Leary on bass in this charming boite that offers a great, well-priced menu and cozy atmosphere. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.


NYC: REV. YOLANDA'S OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR AT THE DUPLEX

A delightful, feel good, gender bending celebration of old fashioned gospel and country gospel music, plus original music by Rev. Yolanda written in the old fashion style, will be presented at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438 - ) on Sundays, May 13th, 20th & June 3rd, all shows at 6:30 pm. This show takes a musical tour of Rev. Yolanda's transformational spiritual journey from a gospel music loving Alabama gay boy, to a Radical Faerie, Rock & Roll, GLBT Hall of Fame Transgender Warrior, to a New Thought Interspiritual Drag Queen Reverend. Directed by Rev. Shawn Moninger, the show features Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes on vocals and acoustic guitar; Kenneth Gartman, Musical Director/Arrangements, piano, vocals; Pamela Hamilton, vocals, fiddle; Luke Richardson, banjo, harmonica; Calvin Thompson, vocals; and Dennis Michael Keefe, stand up bass. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

Staten Island's professional Equity Theatre, Harbor Lights Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins, opens its third season with "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", with a nine-performance run, Friday & Saturday, May 4th & 5th at 8:00 pm & Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 pm; Thursday & Friday, May 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 & 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 pm at VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL (1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY - 866-811-4111 - TheHarborLightsTheaterCompany.org/ ). The hall is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (15 minutes from the Staten Island Ferry). "My Way" stars Amy Decker (Barrington Stage's The Game, National Tour The Will Rogers Follies), former Miss Staten Island Ryan Kelly and Jay Montgomery (National Tour Falsettos). Also making his Harbor Lights debut is Broadway's James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors). The production is directed by Jay Montgomery with music direction by Nathan W. Perry. Tickets are $30.

BOS: MELISSA MANCHESTER FOR MOTHERS' DAY AT SCULLERS

Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Manchester will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Mothers' day, Sunday, May 13th with shows at 4:00 & 7:00 pm. Manchester was born in NYC where her father was a bassoonist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and her mother was one of the first women to design and found her own clothing firm, Ruth Manchester Ltd. They introduced her to all the classics, and by the age of 15, Melissa was already a published poet. There is a $38 cover - dinner/show package us $82.

DC: ARTURO SANDOVAL AT BLUES ALLEY

Arturo Sandoval will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. There is a $43 cover.

DC: A MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT THE CABARET AT GERMANO'S

Pam Parker and Jobari Parker-Namdar present a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday May 13th at 1:00 pm at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515). Pam and Jobari are Cabaret veterans and singers who perform at some of the best venues in the region. Pam is a five time Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nominee for Best Jazz Vocalist and co-Winner of a 2010 WAMMIE for Best Cabaret (Killer Stilts). Jobari is a 2011 Helen Hayes nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Together they are one entertaining family. Doors open at 12 noon for pre-show dining. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: GARY RUBIN SINGS "THIS ONE'S FOR YOU"

Spend this Mother's Day at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Sunday, May 13th at 7:30 pm, listening to some of the most beautiful songs ever written. Gary Rubin, a local favorite, will weave his way through melodies by Sinatra, Buble, Bennett, and Darin. Celebrate your wife, mother, grandmother, great grand mother or that special someone with the gift of song. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: SPIDER SALOFF'S "THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLY" AT VICTORY GARDENS

KMP Artists presents acclaimed vocalist, actor and songwriter Spider Saloff and her one-woman musical, "The Roar of the Butterfly" at VICTORY GARDENS' RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATER (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-871-3000) on Wednesdays through Sundays, from May 2nd through May 20th (call for showtimes). In the tradition of Lilly Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Saloff portrays eight different characters in this hysterical and moving new musical comedy. "The Roar of the Butterfly" features a book, music, and lyrics by Saloff. Contributing writers are Jim Sellers (who is also musical director and arranger) and Steve Ramsdell. Pianist is Jeremy Kahn. "The Roar of the Butterfly," was initially performed in Melbourne and Tazmania to sold-out crowds, followed by a successful run this past summer in Los Angeles. With this engagement, Saloff brings the production to her hometown with plans for off-Broadway in the fall as well as regional touring to a few major cities. The setting for "The Roar of the Butterfly" is the memorial service for Butterfly, an Asian drag queen who has been a colorful and inspirational character in the lives of the attendees - an unlikely and diverse group all portrayed by Saloff - including a sharp-tongued Scottish waitress, a faded stage star, a hair dresser from South Philly and a bearded poet. Tickets are $32.

L.A.: LORI AND THE BOYS COMES TO CAVERN THEATER

Lori Donato, internationally-known singer/pianist/entertainer and recording artist returns to the CAVERN CLUB THEATER (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Silverlake, CA - 323-662-4255)on Friday through Sunday, May 11th through 13th at 9:00 pm with a brand-new version of her hit show LORI AND THE BOYS, starring Tod Macofsky, Sal Sabella, and Jay Winger. This new ensemble "Cabartainment" is devised and directed by Rob Bowers, who also created the vocal arrangements. The show features Music and Lyrics from over fifty songwriters such as Gershwin; Carmichael; Schwartz; Ahrens & Flaherty; Bernstein; Allison; and Kern representing Musical Theatre, the American Songbook, and Pop Hits. Dishing up everything from comic tales to heart-felt ballads, all seasoned with delightful humor and tasty sassiness, LORI AND THE BOYS shares a musical banquet highlighting Friendship, Piano Bars, while celebrating the joys and importance of Community. Tickets are $20.

L.A.: JUDY GARLAND & CO. WITH BEA ARTHUR

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland & Company" Performances are every Friday & Saturday during May at 8:00 pm. An additional performance has been added for Sunday, May 13th featuring as special guest Miss Bea Arthur, Musical direction by Bryan Miller. Judy Garland is spending the evening with some of her her favorite gal pals!  Those dropping by will be Liza Minnelli, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Hepburn, Peggy Lee and Peter Mac! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: VALERIE SIMPSON IN "A TRIBUTE TO NICK ASHFORD"

Valerie Simpson will present "A Tribute to Nick Ashford" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday through Friday, May 8th through 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August, 2011, at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage. Now she is back with her new show, a loving musical tribute to Mr. Nick Ashford. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the bay area "home" of Nick & Val since it's inception, and is proud to be the venue that Ms. Simpson has personally chosen to debut her new show. There is a $45-$50-$55 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: STEPHEN HOUSE IN APPALLING BEHAVIOUR

AWGIE award-winning playwright and actor Stephen House takes you on an unforgettable journey into the seedy Paris underworld in Appalling Behaviour at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). From the banks of the Seine River to the tucked away all night sleazy clubs, this poetic performance about a man living on the very edge will keep you thinking long after you leave the theatre. Directed by Justin McGuinness, Music & Sound by Peter Nielson.

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SA: JAMES BHEMGEE & CAPE FLATS TENORS IN A MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT

James Bhemgee "the singing dustman" and winner of SA's GOT TALENT 2010 returns to VILLA PASCAL (28 Van Der Westhuizen Street. Durbanville, Capetown, SA - Tel: 021-9752566) in this Special Mother's Day Concert on Sunday, May 13th at 7:30 pm to entertain fans with a selection of Neapolitan arias, popular Opera arias and popular songs. James is accompanied by Eugene Jeftha and a guest artist. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC AT MAMA'S IN MAY
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Karen Mack & Michael Holland return with their very popular award-winning "Gashole Hole-O-Matic 2012" All Request Show to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, May 5th, 12th & 19th at 8:00 pm. This is the show where the audience gets to pick the song list from hundreds available. Also featured are more road stories, ridiculous prizes, more mash-ups, more prizes, lots more new music, more insanity and custom cocktails. Join NYC musical comedy duo Mack and Holland as they bring their multi-award winning mix of harmony and humor to the best (and worst!) of past, present and future pop. From ABBA to Queen to Kylie, expect lush vocals and comic mayhem in what is always a spontaneous and one-of-a-kind musical experience!. There is a $20 cover, 2 drink minimum, no drink maximum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE


NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, May 12th & 26th at 8:30 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: SUSAN HODGDON SINGS "ON THE BUMPY ROAD TO LOVE"


Susan Hodgdon reprises her show "On The Bumpy Road To Love" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) for one show only on Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 pm. Musical Director is Barry Levitt and the show is directed by Peter Napolitano. This show celebrates Susan's return to cabaret after a hiatus of three years, and tells of Susan's heartfelt journey, "On The Bumpy Road to Love". There is a $5 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: ANNE STEELE UNPLUGGED AT JOE'S PUB

Anne Steele, a three-time MAC, two-time Bistro and Nightlife Award-winner, is back at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555) with a brand new one night only concert on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 pm. Anne released her debut album, Strings Attached, in November 2010 on PS Classics and celebrated her CD release with a packed house at Joe's Pub. This time Anne is back with an Unplugged concert with all new songs and a brand new band. Anne loves an unconventional approach. Be ready for an exciting evening of twists and turns weaving in and out of her ecclectic musical taste ranging from Robbie Williams and Adele to Standards and Broadway. With Musical Direction by Nate Buccieri. There is a $20 cover.

NYC: MARDI GRANT AT THE DUPLEX WITH "LIFE HOLDS ON"

Mardi Grant weaves and evening of song, humour and pathos when she brings her show "Life Holds On" to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday May 12th at 7:00 pm. The evening includes songs from the Beatles to Burt Bacharach, from Trisha Yearwood to Hoagy Carmichael. The show is directed by Lina Koutrakos with Musical Direction by Rick Jensen. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: SOUVENIR: A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, will be presented at ARTS AT THE PARK (1010 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-288-3246) a component of the Park Avenue Christian Church (known as "The Park") on Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 & 8:00 pm. Directed by Steven Minning, Souvenir features Georga Osborne and Jonas Cohen. For more than half a century, the name Florence Foster Jenkins produced explosions of derisive laughter. Not unreasonably so, as this wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was, in fact, incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. Her growing mob of fans packed her recitals, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter - which Mrs. Jenkins blissfully mistook for cheers. The climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944 that sold out in two hours. SOUVENIR, by turns hilarious and poignant, tells her story through the eyes of Jenkins's accompanist, Cosme McMoon. A talented musician, he first regards her with contempt, then reluctant admiration, then friendship and affection - the two being a musical odd couple for the ages. Tickets are $18 at http://www.SmartTix.com/ or at the door.


NYC: SATURDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT WITH JERRY SCOTT AT PARNELL'S

Multi-award winning Jerry Scott's Saturday Night Spotlight takes place weekly at PARNELL'S (350 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-753-1761). Each week, in addition to the regular open-mic time, Jerry spotlights a featured vocalist. On Saturday, May 12th, Jerry's special guest is Barbara Mundy. Bring your sheet music and help rock the house. Reservations a must. $25 minimum in the piano room after 9:00 pm. NO cover.


NYC: BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK! AT THE BEECHMAN

BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK! will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturdays, May 12th & 19th at 7:30 pm. The show chronicles stage actress Cynthia Silver's naïve foray into the unreal world of Reality TV, as well as her struggles in navigating the mercenary New York bridal industry. In 2002, Silver allowed a British camera crew to film the preparations for her lavish wedding for what she was told would be a documentary series called "Manhattan Brides." Silver was shocked to discover that the footage had been sold to FOX and WE and turned into a reality TV show tellingly called "Bridezillas." Suddenly an unwitting traveler in a demoralizing landscape, Silver found herself mocked on TV and pilloried in the press and chat rooms, her wedding ridiculed in re-runs and countless promos. And now it is her turn to strike back and set the record straight! Tickets are $18 and should be purchased at http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY MEETS MAY 12th

THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY, established in 1980, continues it's 2011-2012 Season on Saturday, May 12th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC) with its 11th Annual Songwriter Series produced by Sandi Durell. The event opens at 12:30 pm with a flea market where you can buy and/or trade sheet music and memorabilia. The show runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. The performance features Marci Geller, Tom Toce, Johnny Rodgers, Elizabeth Sullivan David Gaines & Michele Foor, Patrick Cook & Frederick Freyer, Raymond Bokhour & Simon Gray. You can join the society online at http://www.nysms.org/ for only $50 per year, entitling you to nine fabulous programs/meetings and nine lively newsletters from October through June. Non-member guest fee is $10.

NYC: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

Staten Island's professional Equity Theatre, Harbor Lights Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins, opens its third season with "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", with a nine-performance run, Friday & Saturday, May 4th & 5th at 8:00 pm & Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 pm; Thursday & Friday, May 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 & 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 pm at VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL (1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY - 866-811-4111 - TheHarborLightsTheaterCompany.org/ ). The hall is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (15 minutes from the Staten Island Ferry). "My Way" stars Amy Decker (Barrington Stage's The Game, National Tour The Will Rogers Follies), former Miss Staten Island Ryan Kelly and Jay Montgomery (National Tour Falsettos). Also making his Harbor Lights debut is Broadway's James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors). The production is directed by Jay Montgomery with music direction by Nathan W. Perry. Tickets are $30.

NYC: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN

NYC's longest running burlesque variety show, LE SCANDAL CABARET, continues on Saturdays, at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 ). In its ninth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra. For tickets, visit Smarttix at http://www.smarttix.com/ or 212-484-4444. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JAZZ VOCALIST NICOLE HENRY "SO GOOD, SO RIGHT"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return of Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry on Tuesday through Saturday, May 8th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with added late shows at 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. In her new show So Good, So Right, the uniquely gifted songstress takes her audience back to the 1970s to embrace one of the most vibrant and influential decades in popular music. Exploring the works of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and many others, Nicole will be joined by an all-star quartet, featuring pianist Kevin Hays (Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henderson), guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones, Michael Brecker), bassist Vicente Archer (Robert Glasper, Deborah Cox), and drummer Clarence Penn (Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves). Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed and respected young vocalists. Henry's powerfully expressive, emotionally resonant voice has already earned her three international top 10 albums and a reputation as a beguiling live performer, having enchanted audiences on multiple continents. Her vibrant new album, Embraceable, finds the soulful songstress applying her sublime skills to a captivating set of songs drawn from a diverse array of sources, encompassing impressive new originals, covers of some '60s and '70s classics, and a trio of vintage jazz numbers. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: EMILY BERGL'S "NY I LOVE YOU" PREMIERS AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Emily Bergl's "NY I Love You" Premiers at the THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 1st through 12th at 8:45 pm with late shows added on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. "NY I Love You" is an evening of song and stories that explores a life-long love affair with the Big Apple and all the characters that call Manhattan home. It's a "city that never sleeps", with classic tunes from Rodgers and Hart to Gus Kahn, and sly reinventions of modern pop from the Beach Boys to Cyndi Lauper. Emily Bergl is best known for her role on "Desperate Housewives," but has performed in cabaret at several clubs around the country over the past few years, including Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman, The Metropolitan Room and the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Call for cover/minimum information.

BOS: MELISSA MANCHESTER FOR MOTHERS' DAY AT SCULLERS

Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Manchester will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Mothers' day, Sunday, May 13th with shows at 4:00 & 7:00 pm. Manchester was born in NYC where her father was a bassoonist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and her mother was one of the first women to design and found her own clothing firm, Ruth Manchester Ltd. They introduced her to all the classics, and by the age of 15, Melissa was already a published poet. There is a $38 cover - dinner/show package us $82.

DC: ARTURO SANDOVAL AT BLUES ALLEY

Arturo Sandoval will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. There is a $43 cover.

DC: PEABODY OPERA CLASS DOES PUCCINI

The Bravo Lyric Opera Cabaret Series presents Peabody Opera Class Does Puccini at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 pm. Maestro James Harp directs this region's finest opera performers in this marvelous cabaret series presented by The Lyric Opera House. Shows are the first Saturday of each month. Enjoy "Opera a la Carte." On the 12th, Maestro Harp showcases students from his Peabody Opera Class in a Puccini program. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: LAINIE KAZAN: THE CHANTEUSE IS LOOSE!

Morris Machine Company and Christopher Morris Present Lainie Kazan: The Chanteuse is Loose! at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, May 11th & 12th at 8:00 pm. Lainie shares music and stories from her long and varied career on the stage and screen. From her start as Barbra Streisand's Broadway understudy in Funny Girl, Lainie went on to sing in the top night clubs and on television, including 26 appearances on The Dean Martin Show, and her own variety special. On screen, she received critical acclaim for her performances in My Favorite Year and the blockbuster comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding. On Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for My Favorite Year, and starred in The Government Inspector, The Exonerated, and The Vagina Monologues. Audiences may also recognize her for her television roles on Will & Grace, The Nanny, Ugly Betty, and Desperate Housewives. Tickets are $45, $55, $65 with a $12 food/drink minimum.


CHI: LAURA FREEMAN IN IT'S MY PARTY AT DAVENPORT'S

Laura Freeman celebrates the sounds of the 60s in her show "It's My Party" at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Saturdays, May 12th, 19th & 26th at 8:00 pm. Martha and The Vandellas in 1964 and Connie Francis, The Top Female Vocalist of The 50s ... those are the bookends. When we talk about music from the 1960s, most people think of Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, but that is really just part of the story! That small window of about 8 years changed music forever with the birth of a genre most historians don't even acknowledge: the birth of Bubble Gum Pop. Suddenly the air waves were jumping with the sound of women ... no ... girls, teenage girls and their teenage girl problems. Call for cover/minimum information.

CHI: SATURDAY NIGHTS AT KATERINA'S WITH SUZY AND BOB

Suzanne Petri and Bob Moreen journey with Dietrich, Weill, Piaf, Coward and Brel through the great days of musical mastery and intimate nights at KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592) on Saturday, May 12th starting at 6:30 pm. There is a $10 cover.


CHI: SPIDER SALOFF'S "THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLY" AT VICTORY GARDENS

KMP Artists presents acclaimed vocalist, actor and songwriter Spider Saloff and her one-woman musical, "The Roar of the Butterfly" at VICTORY GARDENS' RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATER (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-871-3000) on Wednesdays through Sundays, from May 2nd through May 20th (call for showtimes). In the tradition of Lilly Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Saloff portrays eight different characters in this hysterical and moving new musical comedy. "The Roar of the Butterfly" features a book, music, and lyrics by Saloff. Contributing writers are Jim Sellers (who is also musical director and arranger) and Steve Ramsdell. Pianist is Jeremy Kahn. "The Roar of the Butterfly," was initially performed in Melbourne and Tazmania to sold-out crowds, followed by a successful run this past summer in Los Angeles. With this engagement, Saloff brings the production to her hometown with plans for off-Broadway in the fall as well as regional touring to a few major cities. The setting for "The Roar of the Butterfly" is the memorial service for Butterfly, an Asian drag queen who has been a colorful and inspirational character in the lives of the attendees - an unlikely and diverse group all portrayed by Saloff - including a sharp-tongued Scottish waitress, a faded stage star, a hair dresser from South Philly and a bearded poet. Tickets are $32.

L.A.: LORI AND THE BOYS COMES TO CAVERN THEATER

Lori Donato, internationally-known singer/pianist/entertainer and recording artist returns to the CAVERN CLUB THEATER (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Silverlake, CA - 323-662-4255) on Friday through Sunday, May 11th through 13th at 9:00 pm with a brand-new version of her hit show LORI AND THE BOYS, starring Tod Macofsky, Sal Sabella, and Jay Winger. This new ensemble "Cabartainment" is devised and directed by Rob Bowers, who also created the vocal arrangements. The show features Music and Lyrics from over fifty songwriters such as Gershwin; Carmichael; Schwartz; Ahrens & Flaherty; Bernstein; Allison; and Kern representing Musical Theatre, the American Songbook, and Pop Hits. Dishing up everything from comic tales to heart-felt ballads, all seasoned with delightful humor and tasty sassiness, LORI AND THE BOYS shares a musical banquet highlighting Friendship, Piano Bars, while celebrating the joys and importance of Community. Tickets are $20.

L.A.: JUDY GARLAND & CO. AT FRENCH QUARTER WEST

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland & Company" Performances are every Friday & Saturday during May at 8:00 pm. Musical direction by Bryan Miller. Judy Garland is spending the evening with some of her her favorite gal pals!  Those dropping by will be Liza Minnelli, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Hepburn, Peggy Lee and Peter Mac! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: VALERIE SIMPSON IN "A TRIBUTE TO NICK ASHFORD"

Valerie Simpson will present "A Tribute to Nick Ashford" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday through Friday, May 8th through 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August, 2011, at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage. Now she is back with her new show, a loving musical tribute to Mr. Nick Ashford. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the bay area "home" of Nick & Val since it's inception, and is proud to be the venue that Ms. Simpson has personally chosen to debut her new show. There is a $45-$50-$55 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: VENETIAN EVENINGS CONTINUES SEASON WITH LAURA BENANTI

The eighth season of Bay Area Cabaret continues at the THE FAIRMONT VENETIAN ROOM (950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - TKTS: 415-392-4400 - http://www.bayareacabaret.org/ ) on Saturday, May 12th at 8:00 pm when the star of the new NBC-TV series The Playboy Club, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti makes her West Coast cabaret debut at our Spring Season Finale. Having won the Tony for her starring role in Gypsy (opposite Patti LuPone), Ms. Benanti has received numerous awards and Tony nominations for her performances in Broadway's Nine (opposite Antonio Banderas), Into The Woods, Swing! and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. As well as her appearances in film, TV and concerts around the country, Laura received rave reviews for her recent cabaret debut at Feinstein's with Let Me Entertain You, which features songs from her Broadway shows as well as the Great American Songbook. Leading off Ms. Benanti's season finale performance, charismatic and talented 2011 Bay Area Teen Idol winner Robert Conte Thornton will make his Bay Area Cabaret debut. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: STEPHEN HOUSE IN APPALLING BEHAVIOUR

AWGIE award-winning playwright and actor Stephen House takes you on an unforgettable journey into the seedy Paris underworld in Appalling Behaviour at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). From the banks of the Seine River to the tucked away all night sleazy clubs, this poetic performance about a man living on the very edge will keep you thinking long after you leave the theatre. Directed by Justin McGuinness, Music & Sound by Peter Nielson.

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NYC: HARRY ALTHAUS IN THE STRIP SHOW
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Harry Althaus will appear in The Strip Show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 ) on Friday, May 4th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 6th at 6:00 pm; and Friday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. The Strip Show is an irreverent look at what it means to reveal what's underneath. It's an exploration of stripping literally and otherwise, through stories and songs by Fats Waller, Queen, David Pomeranz, and many others through the lens of a classic burlesque show. Althaus is an award-winning actor who has appeared in Chicago productions of Gross Indecency, The Lisbon Traviata (Joseph Jefferson Citation, After Dark Award), It's Only A Play, Richard II, Travesties, The Misanthrope, and many others. He performed in regional productions of Gross Indecency and Taking Sides, and made his Off-Broadway debut in Once Around The City (Second Stage). Althaus has appeared in featured roles in episodes of Lipstick Jungle, Law & Order, and Early Edition, and has been seen in several commercials. Direction for The Strip Show is by Lennie Watts, and musical direction is by Tracy Stark. Also appearing are Joshua Warr and James Wells. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: LORINDA LISITZA BRINGS "TRIUMPHANT BABY!" BACK TO THE MET

Lorinda Lisitza brings back her nightclub act, "Triumphant Baby! The Songs of Iconis and Maddock," to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with performances on Tuesday, May 8th; Friday, May 11th; Tuesday, May 15th; and Wednesday, May 16th - all at 7:00 pm; plus Saturday, May 19th at 9:30 pm and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. Mixing dreams of Hollywood glamour with stark snapshots of America gone bust (and bananas), Lisitza delivers a fiery gamut of songs from the minds of hillbillies, housewives, murderesses, doomed startlets and other assorted tuneful lunatics. With her precocious songwriting collaborators, Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock, the MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award-winning singer stirs up a mythological stew that is as sweet as it is corrosive. "Triumphant Baby!" developed with the director Brad Oscar, premiered in the Metropolitan Room in December 2006, winning both Nightlife and Bistro Awards, and going on to play a limited theatrical run at the York Theatre. This is the show's first major (and non-elusive) cabaret run. Joining Lisitza are Iconis (the music director) on piano, Mike Pettry on guitar, and Matt Wigton on bass. Liz Lark Brown and Tanya Holt do back-up vocals. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: NICOLE KAFKA IN "YESTERDAY ONCE MORE"

Nicole Kafka brings her new show "Yesterday Once More" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Friday, May 4th at 9:15 pm; Sunday, May 6th at 8:30 pm; Friday, May 11th at 9:15 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 8:30 pm. Yesterday Once More includes great songs from the 1960s and early 1970s with some fun stories from Nicole's early life in NYC. She is joined on stage with a band that includes David Shenton, music director, piano; Hendrik Helmer, guitar; Matt Scharfglass, bass; and Stan Killian, tenor sax. The show is directed by Scott Coulter. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ANDRE DE SHIELDS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

Two-Time Tony Award nominated and Emmy Award winning performer Andre De Shields brings his acclaimed theatrical concert BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND back to the New York stage for three shows only, Friday evenings May 4th, 11th and 18th at 11:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). Certainly no stranger to New York's famed cabaret scene, De Shields reigned as King of Cabaret during the 1970s with the creation of his innovative theatrical concerts in such popular clubs as Reno Sweeney, Horn of Plenty, The Grand Finale, Les Mouches, The Club at La MaMa and many other venues around the world. BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND will feature De Shields along with his longtime partners in crime, vocalists Freida Williams and Marlene Danielle, with accompaniment by pianist Larry Spivack. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: HUMAN RESOURCES:THE MUSICAL AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

Donna Hayes brings her third solo cabaret show, Human Resources: The Musical, to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. In the show, Donna shows how Cabaret and Human Resources collide in a whimsical blend of music and her favorite HR stories. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: HUME HENRY ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE DUPLEX

Thirty five years of living; Twenty years in show business; Eight years in New York; Three boyfriends; Three break-ups; Countless breakdowns and over a million cocktails later, John C. Hume is a still standing and excited to perform the classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and more at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Friday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. He is joined by musical director Mila Henry at the piano. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: KELLY CLINTON RETURNS FOR WEEK-LONG MET ROOM ENGAGEMENT

The Las Vegas-based entertainer Kelly Clinton reprises her unique, freewheeling club act "Freckles and 80-Year-Old Bones" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday May 7th, 9th & 10th at 7:00 pm and Friday, May 11th at 9:30 pm. A nightclub force in Las Vegas both on stage and behind the scenes, Clinton marries song, comedy, and character work in a variety-flavored mix that harks back to Ball and Burnett while keeping pace with modern tastes. Backing Clinton are the New York-based Jeff Neiman, her music director on keyboards, Steve Bescrone on bass, and Sherrie Maricle on drums. A New Jersey native who has lived in Las Vegas for the past 20 years, Clinton currently headlines at Las Vegas's exclusive Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers, where she also serves as entertainment director. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DONNA HAYES IN "HUMAN RESOURCES: THE MUSICAL"

Donna Hayes will bring her show "Human Resources: The Musical" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. Lest the title fool you, this show is anything but a standard day at the office! As an HR Director, Donna is one part executive, one part negotiator, a few parts therapist, and whole lot of parts human - with some funny stories about all of it! She also happens to be a wonderful singer. Her musical director is the wonderful Justin Stoney. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

Staten Island's professional Equity Theatre, Harbor Lights Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins, opens its third season with "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", with a nine-performance run, Friday & Saturday, May 4th & 5th at 8:00 pm & Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 pm; Thursday & Friday, May 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 & 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 pm at VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL (1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY - 866-811-4111 - TheHarborLightsTheaterCompany.org/ ). The hall is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (15 minutes from the Staten Island Ferry). "My Way" stars Amy Decker (Barrington Stage's The Game, National Tour The Will Rogers Follies), former Miss Staten Island Ryan Kelly and Jay Montgomery (National Tour Falsettos). Also making his Harbor Lights debut is Broadway's James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors). The production is directed by Jay Montgomery with music direction by Nathan W. Perry. Tickets are $30.

NYC: JAZZ VOCALIST NICOLE HENRY "SO GOOD, SO RIGHT"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return of Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry on Tuesday through Saturday, May 8th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with added late shows at 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. In her new show So Good, So Right, the uniquely gifted songstress takes her audience back to the 1970s to embrace one of the most vibrant and influential decades in popular music. Exploring the works of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and many others, Nicole will be joined by an all-star quartet, featuring pianist Kevin Hays (Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henderson), guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones, Michael Brecker), bassist Vicente Archer (Robert Glasper, Deborah Cox), and drummer Clarence Penn (Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves). Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed and respected young vocalists. Henry's powerfully expressive, emotionally resonant voice has already earned her three international top 10 albums and a reputation as a beguiling live performer, having enchanted audiences on multiple continents. Her vibrant new album, Embraceable, finds the soulful songstress applying her sublime skills to a captivating set of songs drawn from a diverse array of sources, encompassing impressive new originals, covers of some '60s and '70s classics, and a trio of vintage jazz numbers. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: EMILY BERGL'S "NY I LOVE YOU" PREMIERS AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Emily Bergl's "NY I Love You" Premiers at the THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 1st through 12th at 8:45 pm with late shows added on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. "NY I Love You" is an evening of song and stories that explores a life-long love affair with the Big Apple and all the characters that call Manhattan home. It's a "city that never sleeps", with classic tunes from Rodgers and Hart to Gus Kahn, and sly reinventions of modern pop from the Beach Boys to Cyndi Lauper. Emily Bergl is best known for her role on "Desperate Housewives," but has performed in cabaret at several clubs around the country over the past few years, including Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman, The Metropolitan Room and the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Call for cover/minimum information.

BOS: BOBBY CALDWELL AT SCULLERS

Singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, May 11th & 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Bobby's timeless classic, "What You Won't Do For Love" has been recorded and sampled by more than 100 artists, including rendition by Boys II Men. A sample of Bobby's song "Open Your Eyes" appeared in the Grammy nominated platinum rap hit "The Light" by Common. All combined, Bobby's songs and samples have contributed to over 40 million sales, while artists as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, Go West, Vanessa Williams and Notorious B.I.G. have all paid tribute to the blue-eyed singer in the slouch hat. There is a $38 cover - dinner/show package us $82.

DC: ARTURO SANDOVAL AT BLUES ALLEY

Arturo Sandoval will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. There is a $43 cover.

DC: AN EVENING WITH PATRICK McAVINUE

Exciting fiddler, Patrick McAvinue, performs his original compositions at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Friday, May 11th at 7:30 pm. With his incredible artistry and infectious smile, an evening with Patrick and his quartet is guaranteed to make our spirits soar. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: LAINIE KAZAN: THE CHANTEUSE IS LOOSE!

Morris Machine Company and Christopher Morris Present Lainie Kazan: The Chanteuse is Loose! at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, May 11th & 12th at 8:00 pm. Lainie shares music and stories from her long and varied career on the stage and screen. From her start as Barbra Streisand's Broadway understudy in Funny Girl, Lainie went on to sing in the top night clubs and on television, including 26 appearances on The Dean Martin Show, and her own variety special. On screen, she received critical acclaim for her performances in My Favorite Year and the blockbuster comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding. On Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for My Favorite Year, and starred in The Government Inspector, The Exonerated, and The Vagina Monologues. Audiences may also recognize her for her television roles on Will & Grace, The Nanny, Ugly Betty, and Desperate Housewives. Tickets are $45, $55, $65 with a $12 food/drink minimum.


CHI: GILLIAN KELLY PERFORMS IN "NOT YOUR ORDINARY MOTHER!"

Former Opera singer, now Cabaret Artist, Gillian Kelly takes center stage at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Fridays, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at 8:00 pm with her show "Not Your Ordinary Mother!". This musical journey of Gillian Kelly's quest to find balance between career and motherhood includes music by Sondheim, Puccini, Kander and Ebb, Bob Dylan and even a little Disney. Beckie Menzie is the musical director and will be at the piano. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CHI: SPIDER SALOFF'S "THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLY" AT VICTORY GARDENS

KMP Artists presents acclaimed vocalist, actor and songwriter Spider Saloff and her one-woman musical, "The Roar of the Butterfly" at VICTORY GARDENS' RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATER (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-871-3000) on Wednesdays through Sundays, from May 2nd through May 20th (call for showtimes). In the tradition of Lilly Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Saloff portrays eight different characters in this hysterical and moving new musical comedy. "The Roar of the Butterfly" features a book, music, and lyrics by Saloff. Contributing writers are Jim Sellers (who is also musical director and arranger) and Steve Ramsdell. Pianist is Jeremy Kahn. "The Roar of the Butterfly," was initially performed in Melbourne and Tazmania to sold-out crowds, followed by a successful run this past summer in Los Angeles. With this engagement, Saloff brings the production to her hometown with plans for off-Broadway in the fall as well as regional touring to a few major cities. The setting for "The Roar of the Butterfly" is the memorial service for Butterfly, an Asian drag queen who has been a colorful and inspirational character in the lives of the attendees - an unlikely and diverse group all portrayed by Saloff - including a sharp-tongued Scottish waitress, a faded stage star, a hair dresser from South Philly and a bearded poet. Tickets are $32.

L.A.: STEPHEN FOSTER RETURNS AS BETTE DAVIS IN BITCHSLAP!

Stephen Foster returns to the stage after a long absence at Bette Davis in "BitchSlap!" (A comedy about Bette Davis/Joan Crawford and Hedda Hopper) in the West Coast premiere of the show at MACHA THEATRE/FILMS (1107 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA - 323-314-6332). The show is written by Darrin Hagin and Produced and Directed by Odalys Nanin. Others in the cast are Michael Taylor Gray, Therese Mc Laughlin, Aly Trasher and Jeanne Carr. The show previews on Friday, May 11th and begins it's official run on Saturday, May 19th with performances Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm through June 16th. This play mimes the divine feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis from the first Oscar to the final bitch static slapping scene in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane! Gently egging the fight is the queen of gossip Hedda Hopper jotting down all the great Bette Davis one liners. Call for reservations and ticket information.


L.A.: LORI AND THE BOYS COMES TO CAVERN THEATER

Lori Donato, internationally-known singer/pianist/entertainer and recording artist returns to the CAVERN CLUB THEATER (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Silverlake, CA - 323-662-4255)on Friday through Sunday, May 11th through 13th at 9:00 pm with a brand-new version of her hit show LORI AND THE BOYS, starring Tod Macofsky, Sal Sabella, and Jay Winger. This new ensemble "Cabartainment" is devised and directed by Rob Bowers, who also created the vocal arrangements. The show features Music and Lyrics from over fifty songwriters such as Gershwin; Carmichael; Schwartz; Ahrens & Flaherty; Bernstein; Allison; and Kern representing Musical Theatre, the American Songbook, and Pop Hits. Dishing up everything from comic tales to heart-felt ballads, all seasoned with delightful humor and tasty sassiness, LORI AND THE BOYS shares a musical banquet highlighting Friendship, Piano Bars, while celebrating the joys and importance of Community. Tickets are $20.

L.A.: JUDY GARLAND & CO. AT FRENCH QUARTER WEST

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland & Company" Performances are every Friday & Saturday during May at 8:00 pm. Musical direction by Bryan Miller. Judy Garland is spending the evening with some of her her favorite gal pals!  Those dropping by will be Liza Minnelli, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Hepburn, Peggy Lee and Peter Mac! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: VALERIE SIMPSON IN "A TRIBUTE TO NICK ASHFORD"

Valerie Simpson will present "A Tribute to Nick Ashford" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday through Friday, May 8th through 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August, 2011, at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage. Now she is back with her new show, a loving musical tribute to Mr. Nick Ashford. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the bay area "home" of Nick & Val since it's inception, and is proud to be the venue that Ms. Simpson has personally chosen to debut her new show. There is a $45-$50-$55 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: STEPHEN HOUSE IN APPALLING BEHAVIOUR

AWGIE award-winning playwright and actor Stephen House takes you on an unforgettable journey into the seedy Paris underworld in Appalling Behaviour at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). From the banks of the Seine River to the tucked away all night sleazy clubs, this poetic performance about a man living on the very edge will keep you thinking long after you leave the theatre. Directed by Justin McGuinness, Music & Sound by Peter Nielson.

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AUS: 'GLENDA WAVERLEY'S SHOW ROOM' RETURNS

Following last year's hilarious sold out season 'Glenda Waverley's Show Room', and another sold out Midsumma season in 2012, Dr Glenda Waverley, sociologist, day show host and purveyor of fine wines, assembles four of the world's finest dead divas to dissect the meaning of camp at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Fridays, May 11th, 18th & 25th at 10:30 pm. Special guests are Kieran McGregor, Tim Hunter and Kevin McGreal.With highlights from their stellar careers and beyond, Glenda explores what makes Dusty, Judy, Bette and Joan such gay icons. Directed by Kevin McGreal. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: CHARLOTTE PATTON IS "LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY"
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Charlotte Patton returns to cabaret in "Looking for Love in the 21st Century" at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Thursdays, May 10th at 9:30 pm and May 17th at 7:00 pm. The show is directed by Karen Oberlin with musical direction by Barry Levitt. "Looking for Love in the 21st Century" tells a story of looking for Mr. Right on the internet dating sites with a format of stand-up comedy and songs by composers including Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, Steven Lutvak, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, and Dave Frishberg. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: CAROLE J. BUFFORD IN "SPEAK EASY" AT THE MET

Carole J. Bufford sings about the "dry" years in "Speak Easy," her new Prohibition-era show running at the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 ) with performances on Thursday, May 10th at 9:30 pm; Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 pm; and Thursday May 24th at 9:30 pm. She will be backed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Music direction is by Larry Lees. Bufford will perform classics made famous by Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Helen Kane, Annette Hanshaw and more. Traveling back to the time of flappers, vamps and sheiks, Bufford puts her own special mark on the torch singer leading a band of merry-making men. Since her cabaret debut as a finalist of the 2009 MetroStar Talent Challenge, Bufford has been distinguishing herself in numerous "Broadway by the Year" appearances, at the N.Y. Cabaret Convention (2009 and 2010), and as a headliner of Scott Siegel's "11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock" in a just-ended, eight-month run at Feinstein's. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "JULES", A THREE PERSON DRAMA, WITH MUSIC AT THE BEECHMAN

JULES, a three person drama, with music, about the dangers of legislating "morality laws", and the lives this kind of ignorance ruins, will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Thursday, May 10th at 9:30 pm; Monday, May 14th at 7:00 pm; Thursday, May 17th at 9:30 pm; and Monday, May 21st at 7:00 pm. The show stars Broadway's David Sabella-Mills, Cameron Hansel, and Art Brown. The year is 1941. We are in a dressing room at Billy Rose's club in Manhattan , during the final performance of Broadway's most famous vaudeville and film star of the time: female impersonator, Julian Eltinge. JULES is produced by Third Eye Theatre Company, written by Michael Levesque, with music by Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Julian Eltinge, and more, directed by Andrew Glant-Linden, musically directed and arranged by Tim Di Pasqua, costumes and wigs by Kyle Skillin, stage management by Sierra Ryan. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

"Broadway Sessions" is an evening of musical performances, games, comedy and open mic featuring new Broadway guests each week. The show takes place every Thursday evenings at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). It is hosted by Ben Cameron (Wicked, Aida, Footloose) and features composer/musical director Will Van Dyke on piano. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY. Open Mic party goes til 12:00 am featuring. There is a $5 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JACK KLEINSINGER'S HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ AT TPAC

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series presents "We Call it Jazz" featuring Christian McBride Big Band, Michael Wolff Trio, and Baby Jane Dexter, will be presented on Thursday, May 10th at 8:00 pm at THE TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (199 Chambers Street, NYC - 212-220-1460). This will be the Christian McBride Big Band 's only NYC appearance! In a stellar career that continues to showcase his remarkable talents as a consummate musician, bassist Christian McBride reaches another milestone with the release of The Good Feeling, his first big band recording as a leader and newest release for Mack Avenue Records. Michael Wolff is a jazz pianist, composer, producer, actor, and educator. He was honored as a Steinway Artist and obtained a BMI Cable Award. Special Guest Baby Jane Dexter received the New York Nightlife Award for vocalist of the year twice, in both 2010 and 2009, plus 6 MAC Awards including 2010 Major Artist of the year and 5 other best Vocalist MAC Awards. Tickets are $40.


NYC: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

Staten Island's professional Equity Theatre, Harbor Lights Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins, opens its third season with "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", with remaining performances on Thursday & Friday, May 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 & 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 pm at VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL (1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY - 866-811-4111 - The Harbor Lights Theater Company.org/ ). The hall is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (15 minutes from the Staten Island Ferry). "My Way" stars Amy Decker (Barrington Stage's The Game, National Tour The Will Rogers Follies), former Miss Staten Island Ryan Kelly and Jay Montgomery (National Tour Falsettos). Also making his Harbor Lights debut is Broadway's James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors). The production is directed by Jay Montgomery with music direction by Nathan W. Perry. Tickets are $30.

NYC: "THE BROADWAY HOOTENANNY" WEEKLY SHOW FROM SCOTT SIEGEL

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents "THE BROADWAY HOOTENANNY," a weekly show produced, created and hosted by Scott Siegel in an open-ended run on Thursdays at 11:00 pm. Jesse Kissel serves as Musical Director. THE BROADWAY HOOTENANY will offer approximately four different stars each week who will sing Broadway's greatest songs. Featured performers for Thursday, May 10th are 3-time Grammy winner, Lari White, Tony Nominee for Avenue Q, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, plus nightclub stars Sheera Ben-David and Tanya Holt. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.


NYC: VINTAGE JAZZ AND CLASSICAL SWING MUSIC THURSDAYS

Donald Schaffer Entertainment in association with Ward Morehouse III presents The Lapis Luna Quartet with Vintage Jazz and Classical Swing Music every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 pm at the ROSE ROOM OF THE PLAZA HOTEL (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, NYC - 212-759-3000) in an open-ended run. Lapis Luna brings you the captivating jazz of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s with a classical glittering sound. Standards, enchanting ballads, obscure swing-era gems, and vintage melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, funny, romantic, and cool. The band is made up of Shawn Aileen Clark on vocals, John Merrill on guitar, Chris Pistorino on bass, and Brian Floody on drums and percussion. There is no cover, but there are marvelous drinks and champagne. Reservations recommended.


NYC: JAZZ VOCALIST NICOLE HENRY "SO GOOD, SO RIGHT"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return of Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry on Tuesday through Saturday, May 8th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with added late shows at 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. In her new show So Good, So Right, the uniquely gifted songstress takes her audience back to the 1970s to embrace one of the most vibrant and influential decades in popular music. Exploring the works of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and many others, Nicole will be joined by an all-star quartet, featuring pianist Kevin Hays (Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henderson), guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones, Michael Brecker), bassist Vicente Archer (Robert Glasper, Deborah Cox), and drummer Clarence Penn (Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves). Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed and respected young vocalists. Henry's powerfully expressive, emotionally resonant voice has already earned her three international top 10 albums and a reputation as a beguiling live performer, having enchanted audiences on multiple continents. Her vibrant new album, Embraceable, finds the soulful songstress applying her sublime skills to a captivating set of songs drawn from a diverse array of sources, encompassing impressive new originals, covers of some '60s and '70s classics, and a trio of vintage jazz numbers. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: EMILY BERGL'S "NY I LOVE YOU" PREMIERS AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Emily Bergl's "NY I Love You" Premiers at the THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 1st through 12th at 8:45 pm with late shows added on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. "NY I Love You" is an evening of song and stories that explores a life-long love affair with the Big Apple and all the characters that call Manhattan home. It's a "city that never sleeps", with classic tunes from Rodgers and Hart to Gus Kahn, and sly reinventions of modern pop from the Beach Boys to Cyndi Lauper. Emily Bergl is best known for her role on "Desperate Housewives," but has performed in cabaret at several clubs around the country over the past few years, including Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman, The Metropolitan Room and the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Call for cover/minimum information.

NJ: "HISTORY HERSTORY ... WHERE TRUTH LIES"

UNION CITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ) presents "History Herstory ... Where Truth Lies" starring Sarah Rice & David Vernon on Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 pm on the main stage. The show is an evening of song, chosen from the International and American songbooks, by composers such as Mecano, Sondheim, Herman, Kander & Ebb, Poulenc, Rogers & Hart, and more, exploring how 2 people can look at the same thing and yet see something different. From earliest childhood, our most cherished bed-time stories and fables shape our view of the world and ourselves, how we fit into the world and how we are supposed to behave with one another. Things don't always work out as we are taught to believe they will, often in surprising ways. Admission is free.

BOS: ANTONIO HART & THELONIOUS MONK INSTITUTE / LACHSA SEXTET

Antonio Hart and the Thelonious Monk Institute/LACHSA Sextet will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday, May 10th at 8:00 pm. Special guest will be vocalist and former Monk Competition Winner Lisa Henry. Antonio Hart has led numerous Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours for the Institute. In this role, he travels to cities across the United States with student jazz combos from the nation's leading public performing arts high schools to share America's music with thousands of young people and their teachers and families. There is a $20 cover - dinner/show package us $62.

DC: ARTURO SANDOVAL AT BLUES ALLEY

Arturo Sandoval will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. There is a $43 cover.

CHI: FASHIONABLY LATE ... AND RIGHT ON TIME

Jamie Brady's much anticipated debut cabaret show, Fashionably Late ... and Right on Time, will be presented at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Thursdays, May 10th & 17th at 8:00 pm. The show is a comical and clever collection of songs and stories about marriage and motherhood, setting goals and following dreams, no matter how late one starts. Musical director is Beckie Menzie. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CHI: SPIDER SALOFF'S "THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLY" AT VICTORY GARDENS

KMP Artists presents acclaimed vocalist, actor and songwriter Spider Saloff and her one-woman musical, "The Roar of the Butterfly" at VICTORY GARDENS' RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATER (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-871-3000) on Wednesdays through Sundays, from May 2nd through May 20th (call for showtimes). In the tradition of Lilly Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Saloff portrays eight different characters in this hysterical and moving new musical comedy. "The Roar of the Butterfly" features a book, music, and lyrics by Saloff. Contributing writers are Jim Sellers (who is also musical director and arranger) and Steve Ramsdell. Pianist is Jeremy Kahn. "The Roar of the Butterfly," was initially performed in Melbourne and Tazmania to sold-out crowds, followed by a successful run this past summer in Los Angeles. With this engagement, Saloff brings the production to her hometown with plans for off-Broadway in the fall as well as regional touring to a few major cities. The setting for "The Roar of the Butterfly" is the memorial service for Butterfly, an Asian drag queen who has been a colorful and inspirational character in the lives of the attendees - an unlikely and diverse group all portrayed by Saloff - including a sharp-tongued Scottish waitress, a faded stage star, a hair dresser from South Philly and a bearded poet. Tickets are $32.

L.A.: FRANCESCA AMARI'S GILDA RADNER TRIBUTE AT THE GARDENIA

On Thursday, May 10th at 9:00 pm, cabaret vocalist Francesca Amari will reprise her tribute show, "YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: A Love Song to Gilda Radner" at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444). Amari debuted the show at last year's Gilda's LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI, a 10-day festival of laughter, which included such notables as Bill Cosby, Betty White, Margaret Cho and more, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Gilda's Club West Michigan. She developed the show with the input of nationally-renowned cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci, who served as her creative consultant. The show highlights moments of Gilda's fascinating life, including her rise to stardom, her marriage to Gene Wilder and her struggle with cancer. Much of the material comes from Gilda's autobiography, "It's Always Something". Shelly Markham serves as Music Director. The show features music from the American Popular Songbook, pop music, Broadway and the cabaret world, and includes such gems as "Pure Imagination," Markham's "You Make Me Laugh," "My Pa" and "Honey (Touch Me With My Clothes On." A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pennies For Penny, a support organization founded to raise money for 3-year-old Penny Buttrick, who is fighting Neuroblastoma (http://www.pennies4penny.org/ ). There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum (or dinner).
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SF: VALERIE SIMPSON IN "A TRIBUTE TO NICK ASHFORD"

Valerie Simpson will present "A Tribute to Nick Ashford" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday through Friday, May 8th through 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August, 2011, at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage. Now she is back with her new show, a loving musical tribute to Mr. Nick Ashford. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the bay area "home" of Nick & Val since it's inception, and is proud to be the venue that Ms. Simpson has personally chosen to debut her new show. There is a $45-$50-$55 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: STEPHEN HOUSE IN APPALLING BEHAVIOUR

AWGIE award-winning playwright and actor Stephen House takes you on an unforgettable journey into the seedy Paris underworld in Appalling Behaviour at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, May 10th through 13th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). From the banks of the Seine River to the tucked away all night sleazy clubs, this poetic performance about a man living on the very edge will keep you thinking long after you leave the theatre. Directed by Justin McGuinness, Music & Sound by Peter Nielson.

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NYC: ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT CELEBRATES THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM

THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) presents award-winning director and vocalist Eric Michael Gillett, with special guests Cookie Stark and Melanie Vaughan, in his new show "I Won't Sing a Sondheim Song ... Or Will I?" for six performances, on Fridays, April 13th, 20th & 27th at 7:00 pm, and Wednesdays, May 9th & 23rd, also at 7:00 pm. The show celebrates the work of the Tony and Academy Award winning composer/lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. Along with his long-time collaborator and musical director, Jeff Cubeta, Gillett will put his unique stamp on the wildly diverse catalogue of music by one of the theater's most popular and acclaimed contemporary songwriters. Eric Michael Gillett is a MAC and Bistro Award winning vocalist whose shows have included "Cast of Thousands - Gillett Sings Carnelia," "It Takes Two - The Duets of Stephen Sondheim" (with Melanie Vaughan), and his critically lauded collection of radio songs of the past forty years, "Hook, Line & Singer." Eric Michael has been seen on Broadway in the casts of Kiss Me, Kate, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Frogs. Television appearances include "Law & Order," "Ed," and "Law & Order: SVU," and he was also seen in the feature films Maid in Manhattan, My Brother, The Third Testament and The Producers (on-screen and on the soundtrack). For twelve years, Eric Michael appeared as the Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, touring the continental United States and appearing on countless television and radio programs. There os a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: "MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY" SALUTES ITS 31st SEASON WITH GALA EVENT

Over the three decades, New York jazz aficionados have included ST. PETER'S CHURCH - SANCTUARY (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200) as a favorite place to hear both the field's legendary artists and cream of the crop newcomers. There, at noon on Wednesdays they could catch performances by many of the same artists who show up nightly at Birdland, the Blue Note and other "name" locales. On Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm, saluting the loyal audiences who flock regularly to the intimate setting of the church's sanctuary, producer Ronny Whyte will host a 90-minute star-laden concert and reception. This event will be honoring the memory of Edmund Anderson, creator, Joan Uttal Anderson, co-producer & Barbara Lea, host of Midtown Jazz. The concert will feature an 18-piece "big band" and many of the jazz stars who have played the venue since its beginnings in 1982. The talent lineup includes Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart, Bucky Pizzarelli, Marlene VerPlanck, producer/ jazzologist Whyte himself, and Russ Kassoff's 18-piece band with Catherine Dupuis. Others performing include Junior Mance, Daryl Sherman, Art Baron, Jann Parker, Marion Cowings, Alex Leonard, Boots Maleson, Chris Gillespie, Frank Tate, Ed Laub, Carol Fredette, Eric Comstock, and Mauricio de Souza. A wine and-light hors d'oeuvres reception after the concert will afford attendees an opportunity to meet and chat with some of the artists. In its infancy, the Midtown Jazz at Midday series was produced by the late Edmund Anderson as part of the church's "Jazz Ministry" program. His late widow, Joan Uttal, served for several years as co-producer with Mr. Whyte. The program has fostered musical memorials for Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and other celebrated musicians in jazz history. A donation of $25 per person is suggested. Cash or Check to "Midtown Arts Common". No Reserved Seating. Doors Open at 6 PM

NYC: KELLY CLINTON RETURNS FOR WEEK-LONG MET ROOM ENGAGEMENT

The Las Vegas-based entertainer Kelly Clinton reprises her unique, freewheeling club act "Freckles and 80-Year-Old Bones" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday May 7th, 9th & 10th at 7:00 pm and Friday, May 11th at 9:30 pm. A nightclub force in Las Vegas both on stage and behind the scenes, Clinton marries song, comedy, and character work in a variety-flavored mix that harks back to Ball and Burnett while keeping pace with modern tastes. Backing Clinton are the New York-based Jeff Neiman, her music director on keyboards, Steve Bescrone on bass, and Sherrie Maricle on drums. A New Jersey native who has lived in Las Vegas for the past 20 years, Clinton currently headlines at Las Vegas's exclusive Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers, where she also serves as entertainment director. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: NANCY VALENTINE SINGS THE MUSIC OF BILLY STRAYHORN

Jazz vocalist Nancy Valentine sings the music of Billy Strayhorn at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119) on Wednesday, May 9th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. She is joined by Special Guests Warren Vache & Harry Allen. She is backed by John di Martino on Piano, Marco Panascia on Bass and Tim Horner on Drums. Nancy Valentine is a straight-ahead jazz vocalist who weaves an emotional story with each song. She gets deeply intimate with the intent of the composer making the music a memorable experience to take home with you. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CATS WITHOUT LEGS WITH CAROLYN KITAY & JANINE SQUILLARI

Carolyn Kitay and Janine Squillari return to THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB (308 Bowery Street, NYC - 212-614-0505) with their comedy (and sometimes tragedy) extravaganza, "Cats Without Legs" on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00 pm. The show is an irreverent journey through the ins and outs and ups and downs of parenthood and other things.The two women explore the insanity of motherhood. Hear what a postpartum talking vagina has to say and what it's like being married to a babyman. Find out what "almost porn" is and why lobotomies could be a good thing. Tickets are $10.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: CHAMPIAN FULTON, SINGER/PIANIST

MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY continues at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - SANCTUARY (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200) every Wednesday. This long-running series was created by Edmund Anderson and is now produced by Ronny Whyte and Joan Uttal Anderson, Production Consultant. The show on Wednesday, May 9th features Champian Fulton, Singer/Pianist. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Dana Lorge hosts "Wednesday Night at the Iguana" every week at 8:00 pm at IGUANA'S VIP LOUNGE (240 West 54th Street, NYC - 212-765-5454). The event on Wednesday, May 9th features Maria Ottavia, Nancy Redman, Ben Rauch, Adam Shapiro, Jenny Litt & David Alpher, Judy Stadt, Ricky Ritzel, Lou Iacovino, Bruce Clough, Corky, Felisha Mae, George Marcy, Marieann Meringolo, Marti Grant with Barry Levitt on piano and Saadi Zain on bass. There is a $13 cover, no minimum.


NYC: KAT GANG CONTINUES AT THE PLAZA'S ROSE ROOM WEDNESDAYS

Kat Gang brings her unique vocal style to the ROSE ROOM OF THE PLAZA HOTEL (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, NYC - 212-759-3000) every Wednesday at 9:00 pm, for an open-ended engagement. She will be singing Traditional Jazz Standards, Cole Porter, Gershwin and others from the Great American Songbook. Kat has a soul steeped in jazz. Born in Boston she began her music theory training as a teenager at Berklee and then fell in love with the energy of New York City and went on to gain her BFA from NYU. After that she continued studying music at the Royal Academy in London. Kat lived and worked singing jazz all over England for seven years. She has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has acted in various feature-length independent films, and currently is back in New York performing frequently and exploring the depth of jazz fusion and improvisation with her versatile, extraordinary ear and voice. The Rose Room has a policy of no cover or minimum for its music, fabulous cocktails, wine and champagne.

NYC: JAZZ VOCALIST NICOLE HENRY "SO GOOD, SO RIGHT"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return of Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry on Tuesday through Saturday, May 8th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with added late shows at 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. In her new show So Good, So Right, the uniquely gifted songstress takes her audience back to the 1970s to embrace one of the most vibrant and influential decades in popular music. Exploring the works of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and many others, Nicole will be joined by an all-star quartet, featuring pianist Kevin Hays (Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henderson), guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones, Michael Brecker), bassist Vicente Archer (Robert Glasper, Deborah Cox), and drummer Clarence Penn (Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves). Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed and respected young vocalists. Henry's powerfully expressive, emotionally resonant voice has already earned her three international top 10 albums and a reputation as a beguiling live performer, having enchanted audiences on multiple continents. Her vibrant new album, Embraceable, finds the soulful songstress applying her sublime skills to a captivating set of songs drawn from a diverse array of sources, encompassing impressive new originals, covers of some '60s and '70s classics, and a trio of vintage jazz numbers. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: EMILY BERGL'S "NY I LOVE YOU" PREMIERS AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Emily Bergl's "NY I Love You" Premiers at the THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 1st through 12th at 8:45 pm with late shows added on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. "NY I Love You" is an evening of song and stories that explores a life-long love affair with the Big Apple and all the characters that call Manhattan home. It's a "city that never sleeps", with classic tunes from Rodgers and Hart to Gus Kahn, and sly reinventions of modern pop from the Beach Boys to Cyndi Lauper. Emily Bergl is best known for her role on "Desperate Housewives," but has performed in cabaret at several clubs around the country over the past few years, including Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman, The Metropolitan Room and the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Call for cover/minimum information.

NE: AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC WITH LORI ANDERSON YORK

Every second Wednesday of the month Leslie Holmes hosts an amazing Open Mic night at the AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER (160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA - 508-405-2787), and each show features a special guest. On Wednesday, May 9th the featured guest will be Lori Anderson York. Pianist for the open mic is Tom LaMark. The open-mic starts at 7:00 pm (signup at 6:30 pm), and the featured performers go on at 8:10 pm. There is an $10 cover charge ($9 cover for BACA members).

NJ: BOB EGAN'S SHOWCASE NIGHT AT THE STOCKTON INN

The next Bob Egan's Showcase Night will be held at STOCKTON INN (1 North Main Street, Stockton NJ - 609-397-1250) on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:30 pmBob hosts his talent showcases featuring six to eight performers each show. This evening's show features Dana Coughlin & Bruce McFarland, Lisa Razze, Tom Orr, Dwayne Dunlevy, Lynell Antonelli, Nancy Huebner, Stephanie Andino, and the Students of Pauline Domansiki: Gabby D'Angelo, Brielle Appleton, Maria Siverberg, and Isabelle Elden. Piano bar and open mic follows the show. $10 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


BOS: JAZZ VOCALIST JUDY WEXLER AT SCULLERS

Jazz vocalist Judy Wexler will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00 pm. Wexler has been called a natural storyteller, with a distinctive voice full of shadings. She knows how to dig into a song and find its essence. She is also one of the most focused, unpretentious, no-nonsense, bop-oriented jazz singers around, with an instinctive ability to bring out the best in each song, often taking it into unfamiliar territory. There is a $22 cover - dinner/show package us $64.

DC: TESSA SOUTER AT BLUES ALLEY

Tessa Souter will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, May 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born of English and Trinidadian parents (both talented singers), award-winning New York-based singer, composer, lyricist and Motema recording artist, Tessa Souter, has a distinctive and exotically beautiful style of jazz which evokes Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the Celtic folk music she grew up hearing. Her distinctive sound has evolved naturally from the disparate musical styles she absorbed throughout her life, from Carmen Jones to Captain Beefheart and Sandy Denny to Sarah Vaughan. There is a $25 cover.

CHI: SPIDER SALOFF'S "THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLY" AT VICTORY GARDENS

KMP Artists presents acclaimed vocalist, actor and songwriter Spider Saloff and her one-woman musical, "The Roar of the Butterfly" at VICTORY GARDENS' RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATER (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-871-3000 - ) on Wednesdays through Sundays, from May 2nd through May 20th (call for showtimes). In the tradition of Lilly Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Saloff portrays eight different characters in this hysterical and moving new musical comedy. "The Roar of the Butterfly" features a book, music, and lyrics by Saloff. Contributing writers are Jim Sellers (who is also musical director and arranger) and Steve Ramsdell. Pianist is Jeremy Kahn. "The Roar of the Butterfly," was initially performed in Melbourne and Tazmania to sold-out crowds, followed by a successful run this past summer in Los Angeles. With this engagement, Saloff brings the production to her hometown with plans for off-Broadway in the fall as well as regional touring to a few major cities. The setting for "The Roar of the Butterfly" is the memorial service for Butterfly, an Asian drag queen who has been a colorful and inspirational character in the lives of the attendees - an unlikely and diverse group all portrayed by Saloff - including a sharp-tongued Scottish waitress, a faded stage star, a hair dresser from South Philly and a bearded poet. Tickets are $32.

SF: VALERIE SIMPSON IN "A TRIBUTE TO NICK ASHFORD"

Valerie Simpson will present "A Tribute to Nick Ashford" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday through Friday, May 8th through 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August, 2011, at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage. Now she is back with her new show, a loving musical tribute to Mr. Nick Ashford. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the bay area "home" of Nick & Val since it's inception, and is proud to be the venue that Ms. Simpson has personally chosen to debut her new show. There is a $45-$50-$55 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: LORINDA LISITZA BRINGS "TRIUMPHANT BABY!" BACK TO THE MET

Lorinda Lisitza brings back her nightclub act, "Triumphant Baby! The Songs of Iconis and Maddock," to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with performances on Tuesday, May 8th; Friday, May 11th; Tuesday, May 15th; and Wednesday, May 16th - all at 7:00 pm; plus Saturday, May 19th at 9:30 pm and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. Mixing dreams of Hollywood glamour with stark snapshots of America gone bust (and bananas), Lisitza delivers a fiery gamut of songs from the minds of hillbillies, housewives, murderesses, doomed startlets and other assorted tuneful lunatics. With her precocious songwriting collaborators, Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock, the MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award-winning singer stirs up a mythological stew that is as sweet as it is corrosive. "Triumphant Baby!" developed with the director Brad Oscar, premiered in the Metropolitan Room in December 2006, winning both Nightlife and Bistro Awards, and going on to play a limited theatrical run at the York Theatre. This is the show's first major (and non-elusive) cabaret run. Joining Lisitza are Iconis (the music director) on piano, Mike Pettry on guitar, and Matt Wigton on bass. Liz Lark Brown and Tanya Holt do back-up vocals. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), every Tuesday night in May at 9:30 pm. Ms. Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", "Jackie" and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. "Twisted" has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: IAN HERMAN AND SEAN HARKNESS AT IRIDIUM

110 Strings will perform on Tuesday, May 8th at 9:00 pm at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121). 110 Strings is the joint venture from two of New York City's most popular musicians: pianist Ian Herman and guitarist Sean Harkness. Each are A-List arrangers and music directors for name brand artists and productions. This show is Ian and Sean sharing the music they compose on their own for the pure pleasure of creating. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: JAZZ VOCALIST NICOLE HENRY "SO GOOD, SO RIGHT"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return of Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry on Tuesday through Saturday, May 8th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with added late shows at 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. In her new show So Good, So Right, the uniquely gifted songstress takes her audience back to the 1970s to embrace one of the most vibrant and influential decades in popular music. Exploring the works of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and many others, Nicole will be joined by an all-star quartet, featuring pianist Kevin Hays (Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henderson), guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones, Michael Brecker), bassist Vicente Archer (Robert Glasper, Deborah Cox), and drummer Clarence Penn (Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves). Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed and respected young vocalists. Henry's powerfully expressive, emotionally resonant voice has already earned her three international top 10 albums and a reputation as a beguiling live performer, having enchanted audiences on multiple continents. Her vibrant new album, Embraceable, finds the soulful songstress applying her sublime skills to a captivating set of songs drawn from a diverse array of sources, encompassing impressive new originals, covers of some '60s and '70s classics, and a trio of vintage jazz numbers. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: EMILY BERGL'S "NY I LOVE YOU" PREMIERS AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Emily Bergl's "NY I Love You" Premiers at the THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 1st through 12th at 8:45 pm with late shows added on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. "NY I Love You" is an evening of song and stories that explores a life-long love affair with the Big Apple and all the characters that call Manhattan home. It's a "city that never sleeps", with classic tunes from Rodgers and Hart to Gus Kahn, and sly reinventions of modern pop from the Beach Boys to Cyndi Lauper. Emily Bergl is best known for her role on "Desperate Housewives," but has performed in cabaret at several clubs around the country over the past few years, including Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman, The Metropolitan Room and the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Call for cover/minimum information.

BOS: "DESTINY" CD RELEASE PARTY AT SCULLERS

Co-producers Louise Van Aarsen and Rebecca Parris will release DESTINY, Louise's debut album, at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Tuesday, May 8th at 8:00 pm. By day a cancer researcher, for one night this Dutch-born, Boston-based Jazz vocalist and composer will enchant you with her tasteful lyrics and memorable melodies. Louise will be backed by a top-notch line-up of jazz musicians in the Greater Boston area, including acclaimed jazz singer Rebecca Parris (co-producer of "Destiny"), and featuring Ted Davis (vocals), Russ Hoffmann (piano & keyboard), Doug Hammer (piano), Paul McWilliams (piano), Claudio Ragazzi (guitar), Oscar Stagnaro (bass), Mike Turk (harmonica), Arnie Krakowsky (tenor sax), Jim Lattini (drums), and Mike Ringquist (percussion). On the album, masterfully recorded by Peter Kontrimas (who also plays acoustic bass), Eugene Friesen and members of his Berklee World Strings, Rika Ikeda, Echae Kang, and Maria Kowalski add a beautiful string section. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: KENDALL KING AT BLUES ALLEY

Kendall King will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, May 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. King is one of gospel music's most exceptional, multi-faceted talents. Gifted as a producer, songwriter, artist, musician, minister of music, and worship leader, Kendall has been called to deliver praise and worship to God with an uncompromising message using a nontraditional twist. The recording artist has sung with notables Earnest Pugh, Micah Stampley and LaShun Pace. She is the recipient of the 2006 New Award for CD Packaging of the Year and the 2007 Ensound Female Vocalist of the Year Award. The four-time 2012 Rhythm of Gospel Award Nominee is on the verge of becoming a household name in the sacred genre. There is a $20 cover.

SF: VALERIE SIMPSON IN "A TRIBUTE TO NICK ASHFORD"

Valerie Simpson will present "A Tribute to Nick Ashford" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday through Friday, May 8th through 11th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August, 2011, at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage. Now she is back with her new show, a loving musical tribute to Mr. Nick Ashford. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the bay area "home" of Nick & Val since it's inception, and is proud to be the venue that Ms. Simpson has personally chosen to debut her new show. There is a $45-$50-$55 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES AND SCANDALS!

Bronwyn Rucker hosts "FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES and SCANDALS" open-mic at IDO SUSHI (29 Seventh Avenue South, NY - 212-691-7177) every Monday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. On Monday, May 7th, Bronwyn will present another "Frolics Follies Gaieties" event with co-host Michael Beau, and Jerry Scott at the Piano. Calling all singers, songwriters, actors, poets, comics, magicians, comics, madmen and lovers! Everyone is invited to drop in, sing a song, meet new friends and have a fun time in the Village. No cover.

NYC: KELLY CLINTON RETURNS FOR WEEK-LONG MET ROOM ENGAGEMENT

The Las Vegas-based entertainer Kelly Clinton reprises her unique, freewheeling club act "Freckles and 80-Year-Old Bones" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday May 7th, 9th & 10th at 7:00 pm and Friday, May 11th at 9:30 pm. A nightclub force in Las Vegas both on stage and behind the scenes, Clinton marries song, comedy, and character work in a variety-flavored mix that harks back to Ball and Burnett while keeping pace with modern tastes. Backing Clinton are the New York-based Jeff Neiman, her music director on keyboards, Steve Bescrone on bass, and Sherrie Maricle on drums. A New Jersey native who has lived in Las Vegas for the past 20 years, Clinton currently headlines at Las Vegas's exclusive Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers, where she also serves as entertainment director. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: LINDA LAVIN AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Linda Lavin performs songs from her first CD, "Possibilities", recently released by Sh K Boom records, at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Sunday & Monday, May 6th & 7th t 9:30 pm. She is joined on stage by a trio headed by Billy Stritch at the piano, Steve Doyle on bass and Steve Bakunas on drums. Songs include Broadway show tunes, Brazilian and American standards, love songs swing tunes. Lavin worked in nightclubs in New York's Greenwich Village before her big break in the chorus of her first Broadway musical "A Family Affair." Her first leading role on Broadway was in 1965 in the musical "It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman." One of her signature numbers in that show was "You've Got Possibilities," which is among the 12 tracks on her recently-released, first-ever CD, "Possibilities," featuring a mix of Broadway standards and cabaret songs, with musical arrangements by Billy Stritch and released by Ghostlight Records. Beloved for her work on stage, film and TV, Linda Lavin is currently appearing on Broadway in "The Lyons" by Nicky Silver, earning some of the best reviews of her remarkable career. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: NAME DROPPING SHOWCASE WITH GRETCHEN REINHAGEN
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Gretchen Reinhagen is producing "NAME DROPPING", a showcase event at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) on Monday night, May 7th at 7:00 pm featuring many of the singers she has work with this past year as vocal coach over the past year. Among those performing are Barri Brown, Bob Diamond, Donna Elliot, Cameron Fadjo, Donna Hayes, Irenka Jakubiak, Barb Malley, Sue Matsuki, Kristin Mingoia, Todd Monroe, Rebecca Pitcher, Janelle Rintrona & Marcia Roney. Musical director us Tracy Stark. Coupons for a free voice lesson or directing consultation will be available to all audience members. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: TY STEPHENS & SOULJAAZZ RETURNS TO BIRDLAND

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Ty Stephens & SoulJaazz will be returning to BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, May 7th at 7:00 pm. Elegantly funky Ty Stephens and his band SoulJaazz return to Birdland prior to embarking on their 5th year at the Sporting Festival in Monte Carlo and upon their recent return from a tour of eastern Russia with the US State department and the Vladivostok Philharmonic. They will perform new music from their upcoming CD, as well as favorites from their extensive and varied repertoire of R&B, Jazz, Funk, Pop. Ty Stephens is an Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer/ Recording Artist, Co-writer/Production, Choreographer and Star of the long-running "Shades Of Harlem" revue show. Co-writer and original cast of "From My Hometown", he appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Sophisticated Ladies and Marilyn, An American Fable. Among many recordings, he is Guest Vocalist, alongside Sax Legend Houston Person, on a jazz disc from bassist Jon Burr, "Just Can't Wait." In 2010, Ty joined vocalists from Broadway's The Lion King on the recording of the Soundtrack for the World Cup. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND

Every Monday night at 9:30 pm, Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts "Cast Party", a combination open-mic, networking event and party at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) during which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It's the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: HARRY ALLEN'S MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT FEINSTEIN'S

The Statesmen of Jazz and Arbors Records are pleased to announce that Harry Allen's Monday Night Jazz has been extended for another year on the first Monday of every month in 2012 at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - ), with dining and dancing from 7:00 to 8:00 pm followed by a jazz concert until 10:00 pm. Featured on Monday, May 7th are Randy Sandke, Peter Washington, Grant Stewart, Eric Reed, Joel Forbes, and Dennis Mackrell. Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll. There is a $20 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.

DC: ANITA KING AT BLUES ALLEY

Anita King performs at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Monday, May 7th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Anita King's soulful and melodic voice has swept across the Washington DC area and brought her to sing in legendary venues across the United States and Europe, as a member of award winning choral ensembles and at events as large as presidential inaugurals, the Vatican or even the Super Bowl. She has performed with bonafide musical legends and other celebrities, yet she is driven by the power of music to inspire and encourage. There is a $20 cover.


CHI: STRUT YOUR STUFF - A CCP SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE

Five CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals ) members present five mini-Cabaret-shows on subjects such as Love, Madness, Confusion, The Human Body, Disneyitis, and more in "STRUT YOUR STUFF - a CCP Spotlight Showcase" at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 ) on Monday, May 7th at 7:30 pm. Featured performers are Claudia Anderson, John Eskola, Becca Gruenspan, Madeline Morgan, and Leona Rund Zions. Assembled and piano-accompanied by Bob Moreen. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CHI: ELIZABETH DOYLE IN SOPHISTICATED LADIES AT THE SHOWCASE

On Monday, May 7th, singer-pianist Elizabeth Doyle celebrates Peggy Lee's birthday month as part of the "Sophisticated Ladies" series at THE JAZZ SHOWCASE (806 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL - 312-360-0234), with sets from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. To honor the life and lyrics of the woman Duke Ellington dubbed "The Elegant One," Doyle will be joined by special guests Jim Cox, Chris White, Frank Portolese and Tim Davis plus Peggy Lee sidemen, trumpet player Art Hoyle drummer Gerry Coleman,and pianists Larry Novak, Bobby Schiff and Frank Winkler. Lee wrote with such luminaries as the Duke, Cy Coleman, Michel LeGrand, Steve Allen, ex-husband and guitarist Dave Barbour, Quincy Jones, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mandel, Marian McPartland, Victor Young and many others. Lee's recording of Mirrors, a song suite by Lieber and Stoller, remains a landmark in concept recording projects and contains "Is That All There Is" and "Feelin' Too Good Today Blues." Along with Sinatra and Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee was one of few singers who had hits in the 1940s and continued to "make the charts" throughout the 1960s. There is a $15-$25 cover.


SF: THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND AT THE RRAZZ

The Tommy Igoe Big Band will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 ) on Monday May 7th at 7:30 pm, featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians, including members of Tower of Power, Santana and The Doobie Brothers. Drummer Tommy Igoe's Big Band is the hottest big band in NYC, and has been playing to sold out audiences every Friday night at the famed BIRDLAND for the past five years. He brings the same musical acumen to San Francisco, and endeavors to change the face of nightlife on Mondays. Igoe brings his big band pedigree (his father Sonny Igoe was the drummer for Benny Goodman and Woody Herman during the 40s-50s) to create a big band for the 21st Century. This is not nostalgia, but a forward-looking spin on a uniquely American format. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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