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Here is an index of past Cabaret and Live Entertainment Events from around the world with links to more complete details where available. Items will be added as days events are completed.
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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
MAY 2012
MONDAY through SUNDAY - May 14th through 20th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - MAY 20th

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NYC: SUNNY LEIGH AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
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Sunny Leigh sings jazz, blues & originals with an all-star jazz trio featuring the incomparable Dave Finck on Bass, the legendary Chris Parker on drums and the amazing Barry Levitt on piano at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm. Sunny Leigh is an artist, writer, singer, dancer, poet, actress and healer. She lives her life guided by one fundamental truth: love is the answer. Her songs are honest, realistic portrayals of life. A life lived by a woman. A life full of honest realities, a life of love. She started in entertainment when she was a child on Broadway and starred opposite Bernadette Peters, moved on to television/film and has transitioned into songwriting/ music. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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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: 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: 6TH ANNUAL CABARET CARES/HELP IS ON THE WAY TODAY GALA FUNDRAISER

Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Today will hold their sixth annual Gala Fundraiser on Sunday, May 20th at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). Media personality Valerie Smaldone will be presented with the Spirit Award at the Gala, in appreciation for her continuous support. The Gala will include a cocktail hour starting at 5:00 pm, a live auction, a buffet dinner with unlimited beer, wine and the special Gala Cocktail, a live show featuring Broadway and Cabaret performers and gift bags for guests. The talent line up (subject to change) is: Host, Jay Rogers; Aaron Lee Battle, Danny Bolero, Robert Creighton, John De Marco, Nikkiele DeMone, Bernard Dotson, Kim Dunbar, Samara Ehrlich, Tom Gamblin, Fran Leonardis, Doreen Montalvo, Marissa Mulder, Susan Winter, Natalie Toro, Alison Nusbaum, Sydney Myer, Joi Danielle Price, T. Oliver Reid, Lennie Watts, Lorinda Lisitza, Ted Stafford, Stacey Todd Holt and Christine Pedi. Help Is On The Way Today, founded by 2012 MAC Award Winner Joseph macchia, is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to assisting children living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $100 through May 1st, after which the cost $125 plus a $15 food/drink minimum, available at 718-672-6714 or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

NYC: JEAN BRASSARD SINGS YVES MONTAND

2012 Bistro Award winning Jean Brassard provides a musical tribute to Yves Montand - one of France's most pioneering stars and pillar of French chansons, in his show 'The Kid From Paris' at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Sunday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 22nd, both shows at 7:00 pm. Presenting eclectic French and English selections from Montand's 50 year repertoire, Brassard's solo tribute deftly laces songs, theatrical vignettes and a first rate narrative of the beloved French icon's life, loves, passions and politics. Co-written with Brassard's partner and director David Krueger, 'The Kid From Paris'. informs, moves, seduces and celebrates on many levels. Krueger directs and Brassard holds center stage. Musical direction by John Bowen with Scott Ritchie on bass and Ben Cliness on percussion. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYS: 10TH ANNUAL CABARET FESTIVAL IN LONG BEACH LI

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 10th Annual Cabaret Festival Wednesday through Sunday, May 16th through 20th at the LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY - 563-570-7500). All performances are free to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. SUNDAY, MAY 20, 1:30 pm - Stephanie Nakasian in "Billie Remembered" with Hod O'Brien on piano, a tribute to Billie Holiday and her development in clubs followed by "Meet the Artists" SUNDAY, MAY 20, 3:30 pm - Champagne Pam in "The Dog-Walking Diva" with Don Rebic on piano and Sean Harkness on guitar followed by "Meet the Artists". This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library. Schedule is subject to change. CLICK FOR FULL SCHEDULE


NJ: LUNA STAGE PRESENTS BLUES IN THE NIGHT

LUNA STAGE (555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ - 973-395-5551) continues its new Jazz series, Music In The Moonlight, on Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm with BLUES IN THE NIGHT, a celebration of the Blues-tinged Jazz of Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman, by acclaimed Guitarist Bob DeVos and Tenor Saxophonist Eric Alexander, with Pianist Dave Braham. Famed saxophonists Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman combined jazz with blues and soul. Both played in the Ray Charles Band in the late '50s and early '60s Hank was the musical director and they both, sadly, died within days of each other in January 2009. Acclaimed guitarist, composer, and arranger Bob DeVos played with David "Fathead" Newman at many clubs, festivals and concerts, including "An Organ Summit Supreme," where Bob was the musical director. Mr. DeVos and Hank Crawford enjoyed a long musical and personal friendship. Eric Alexander has received enormous critical acclaim. Pianist Dave Braham toured throughout the '80s with Houston Person and Etta Jones, has recorded as a sideman with Lou Donaldson, Mark Murphy, Houston Person and Al Grey, and has performed with David "Fathead" Newman, Arthur Prysock, Irene Reid, Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Ponder and many others. Blues in the Night is the final of three concerts that Luna Stage has presented this season as part of their new jazz series. Tickets are $18.

NJ: "MUSIC AT THE MANSION" CONTINUES IN MAY

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, May 20th, at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960 - ). Performers to include classical guitarists Eva Weiss and Irene Gomez, singer/songwriter Karen Dryer and multi award winning entertainer Daryl Glenn. "Music at the Mansion" is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ. The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano. Seating begins at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 for reservations.


NE: PAT TRAVERS BAND HEADS TO BULL RUN

BULL RUN RESTAURANT (215 Great Road, Shirley, MA - 978-424-4311 - ) welcomes The Pat Travers Band on Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. In 1979, Canadian-born blues rocker Pat Travers released one of the slickest and hottest guitar/rock albums ever committed to vinyl. Live! Go For What You Know was a huge platinum-selling success on both sides of the pond, acclaimed by the band's musical peers, fans, and music critics alike. It was high-energy. It was electric. It was lightning in a bottle. The album, much like the Canadian musician himself, remains an influence for a whole generation of guitar slingers. Now the band heads to Bull Run Restaurant for a key performance. Pat Travers has over 60 releases, including his singles and compilation albums. Tickets at $32 in advance; $36.00 day of show including at the door, are now available. Bull Run, a country oasis of good food, drink and top-notch music, is located in the historic country town of Shirley, MA, about one hour northwest of Boston.


DC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND"

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth Band" will be performing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. When Roy Haynes plays his drums, sixty years of experience informs every authoritative stroke. A working musician since 1942, Haynes' unrelenting swing and sound of surprise has graced the bands of a who's-who list of jazz innovators across a wide spectrum of improvisation. Haynes was Lester Young's drummer from 1947 to 1949, worked with Bud Powell and Miles Davis in '49, became Charlie Parker's drummer of choice from 1949 to 1953, toured the world with Sarah Vaughan from 1954 to 1959, did numerous extended gigs with Thelonious Monk in 1959-60, made eight recordings with Eric Dolphy in 1960-61, worked extensively with Stan Getz from 1961 to 1965, played and recorded with the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963 to 1965, has collaborated with Chick Corea since 1968. There is a $40 cover.

DC: JULIE KURZAVA AND SIDNEY YIN IN "WAKE UP AND DREAM"

Julie Kurzava and Sidney Yin explore dreams, expectations, aspirations and possibilities in a program devoted to standards from the American Songbook, plus a few extras at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Sunday, May 20th at 7:30 pm. The show includes songs of Carmichael, Porter, Mercer, Gershwin, Gus Kahn and others. 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.: 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.: 1ST ANNUAL BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BLUES FESTIVAL

World-renowned Jazz and Rhythm & Blues Vocalist, Barbara Morrison will present top talent in The 1st Annual Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Blues Festival to be performed on two stages at the BMPAC - BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (4305 Degnan Boulevard #101, Leimert Park, CA - 323-296-2272 - http://www.barbaramorrisonpac.com/ ) in a 3-day festival on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18, 19 & 20th. Performers to be featured during the three-day Blues Fest include: Barbara Morrison (Producer of the Festival); the Sons of Rhythm: Johnny "Lucky" Otis (Grandson of Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Johnny Otis), Richard Berry III (Grandson of Composer and Pianist, Richard "Louie, Louie" Berry) and Donato James (Son of the legendary Etta James); Billy Foster & The Original Medallions; the Bernie Pearl Blues Band; Ray Bailey; Big Terry DeRouen; Kirk "Eli" Fletcher; Shelley "King" Fisher; Sonny Green; Sweetie Chicks; Johnny Mastro and Mama's Boys; Jamie "Blues Boy" Powell; Sista Sherry Pruitt and Brother Yusef. Performances will be given on the Theatre Stage and the Festival Garden Stage. Tickets are $25 per day, with the exception of the "All Star Blues Jam Session Fundraisers" benefiting the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center to be held immediately following the concerts on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, at which time tickets will be $30 per person, plus a two-drink minimum. See the website exact schedule and for all details.

SF: BIRD'S NEST JAZZ PRESENTS SHANNA CARLSON'S TRIO DELUXE

BIRD'S NEST JAZZ at WATERPARK LOFTS (2875 Glascock Street #109, Oakland, CA - 510-534-6163) presents jazz in an intimate setting each month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Seating is first come, first served. On Sunday, May 20th, the club will present Shanna Carlson's Trio Deluxe (Shanna Carlson - Vocals/Piano, Rich Girard - Bass, Raul Ramirez - Percussion). A breezy way with a phrase and vibrant, elegant piano playing are the hallmarks by which vocalist/pianist/composer Shanna Carlson is known. Whether mining the heart of a lyric with simplicity and ease, bringing a fresh interpretation to a much loved standard or simply telling the story from a new perspective, she is enchanting. $27 suggested donation includes food & beverage. Call for directions.


SF: LUA HADAR ACOUSTIC TRIO AT SF INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Lua Hadar will perform an acoustic trio concert, with Lua on multi-lingual vocals vocals, Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Fabricant on bass, on Sunday, May 20th at 5:00 pm, the gala closing day of the SF INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL ) in the FESTIVAL LOUNGE BACK ROOM (540 Sutter Street, SF - 415-399-9554). Multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar is on a mission to create world unity through music, one audience at a time. Her new CD, Like A Bridge, just released in NYC, was recorded in 7 languages at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Lua's eclectic world jazz sound draws from many nations and many styles, connected by our common humanity. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway-influenced performer has been molded by cultural exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Her fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her band, TWIST, in their signature "jazz without borders." The mission of her band is to create world harmony through music. Tickets available at the door or in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/

SF: PETER ASHER: "A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE 60S AND BEYOND"

"Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond" will be presented at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday & Thursday, May 16th & 17th at 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 9:00 pm; and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. The show brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles' Apple Records, then famously to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening. "Memoir" includes film footage and photos from Peter's considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller's gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative - along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including "I Go to Pieces", "True Love Ways", and "Lady Godiva". The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: "Woman", "I Don't Want to See You Again", "Nobody I Know", and "World Without Love", all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter = backed by a four piece band - presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era. There is a $40-$45 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: CLAIRDEE AND HER QUARTET AT THE RRAZZ

A rarity in this digital age, Clairdee is truly a spontaneous entertainer bringing sass and sophistication to the stage. She will be performing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm. At the crossroads of jazz, pop, blues and soul, Clairdee seamlessly blends the Great American Songbook and contemporary classic songs with buoyant rhythms, telling riveting stories in her distinctive style to create a fresh spark that suggests the music was written for today. The San Francisco-based vocalist has worked nightclubs, festivals, convention centers and concert halls from San Diego to San Antonio, Tokyo to Paris, New York to Newport Beach. Her performance experience includes work with an all star roster of artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Shelly Berg, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut, Houston Person, Norman Simmons, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Schuur, Mark Murphy and many top straight-ahead jazz instrumentalists. Clairdee's genre-bending versatility has made her the perfect choice as opening act for a diverse roster of artists including David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny Mathis, and Dionne Warwick. Intelligent and articulate, Clairdee's skills as a first-rate interviewer impressed during her standing-room-only conversation with legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson at the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival. There us a $30-$35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: HANNAH DAY IN WILL YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN?

Hannah Day's new show "Will You Take This Woman?" will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 ) Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). It's a cabaret show that's not about stalking, marriage, obsession or breaking and entering. Hannah has finally found the man every girl dreams of. He is perfect in every way. She would know of course, being pretty damn close to perfection herself. In fact, they are so perfect for each other, she already has the wedding dress and the date is set! Only problem is ... they've never met! Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: ANGELA LUMICISI AS KAREN CARPENTER AT THE BUTTERFLY

Following the success of her one woman show, Solitaire, Angela Lumicisi reinvents herself once again as Karen Carpenter at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) in her new show "We've only just begun: The music of The Carpenters." Performances are Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 9:00 pm (Sunday at 8:00 pm). Following her obsession with The Carpenters from age 14, along with anecdotes of the highs and lows of the real life of The Carpenters, the show takes you on a musical journey through timeless songs, catchy tunes and unforgettable classics. Combined with her three piece band, favourites such as 'Close to you', as well as songs from Karen Carpenters solo album are brought back to life. For those who cherish the music, for those who connect with their songs, and for everything else Carpenters, this show is for you. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC AT MAMA'S IN MAY
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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: 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 Saturday May 5th at 4:00 pm; 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: 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: 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: 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 19th, Jerry's special guest is Alicia Littman. 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: JILLIAN LAURAIN WITH "RHYTHMIC INFUSION" AT THE MET

Jillian Laurain will be combining her love of dance, rhythm and song in an evening that includes songs by Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cole Porter, Lauren Robert, Leslie Bricusse at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 pm. Her show "Rhythmic Infusion" brings together the sounds of R&B, samba, bossa nova, Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. She is backed by Musical Director Barry Levitt, along with Tom Hubbard on bass, Ed Ornowski on drums, Sean Harkness on guitar and Emedin Rivera on congas. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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: BRASSY, BAWDY, AND JUST A BIT NAUGHTY: BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY

Experience the art of the tease as critically acclaimed Quinn Lemley stars in her new hit touring production, "Burlesque to Broadway" at Brooklyn's historic MILLENNIUM THEATER (1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, NY - 718-615-1500) on Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th, at 8:00 pm. Along with sexy sidekicks Natalie Loftin Bell and Stacey Harris - and a smoking 10-piece big band - Lemley takes audiences on a journey from the early days of underground burlesque clubs to mainstream acceptance by the Broadway establishment and beyond. This unique theatrical concert, directed by Tony Award winner Joseph Hardy, honors rule-breaking icons such as Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Mae West, and celebrates their ascent as they danced on the edge of the law, laid bare the double standards of the era, and fueled a movement that would influence divas for the next century. Despite its cultural relevance, this show is no history lesson. Song-and-dance fun fill the theater as the cast belts out unforgettable hits such as 'Hey Big Spender,' 'Let Me Entertain You,' and 'She's A Lady' while they dance to Merete Muenter's provocative bump-and-grind choreography. The costumes of Wendall Goings add to the experience, glittering with sequins and flowing with fans and feathers. The two-show limited engagement is also something of a tease. Immediately after, Lemley and her girls head back out on the road to continue their successful international tour.Tickets are $35-$75.

NYC: SHEERA BEN-DAVID AT FEINSTEIN'S IN "AFTER THE RAIN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presentas the return engagement of award winning vocalist, Sheera Ben-David on Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 19th at 8:00 pm with additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. Ms. Ben-David's new show "After The Rain" features music from theater composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and Cy Coleman as well as pop writers like Randy Newman, Boz Scaggs, Amanda McBroom and Christine Lavin. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by her brother, Book of Mormon associate conductor Adam Ben-David and also features Mat Fieldes on bass, Ray Marchica on drums and Jake Ezra Schwartz on guitar. Sheera Ben-David is a graduate of New York University -Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; shows at various clubs and venues in and around Manhattan such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events. There is a $25-$45-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH "I'LL TAKE ROMANCE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) presents acclaimed vocalist Steve Tyrell back in an exclusive two-week spring engagement in the legendary New York venue from Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 26th with nightly at 8:45 pm plus additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four and a half decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. Steve will celebrate the release of his newest CD "I'll Take Romance" (Concord Records), an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance. Featuring such gems as "That's All," "Taking a Chance On Love," "All of You" and the title track, Mr. Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits "At Last" and "Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's "Talk to Me." "I'll Take Romance" is a passionate song selection and a modern-day take on all things love. Steve will be supported by his big band led by Musical Director, Quinn Johnson. There is a $100 cover Tuesdays through Thursdays, $110 on Fridays & Saturdays.

NYS: 10TH ANNUAL CABARET FESTIVAL IN LONG BEACH LI

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 10th Annual Cabaret Festival Wednesday through Sunday, May 16th through 20th at the LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY - 563-570-7500). All performances are free to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. SATURDAY, MAY 19th, 2:00 pm - "Cabaret Conversations". Established artists perform and comment on the cabaret genre, selection/ interpretation of material, and the club scene. Critic Rob Lester, Metropolitan Room's booking manager/singer Tanya Holt and NYC MAC, Bistro, and MetroStar Award performers: Iguana's host Dana Lorge, Iridium's Terese Genecco, Sugar Bar's Shaynee Rainbolt, Aza's Marissa Mulder and Bill Zeffiro (pianist/songwriter). SATURDAY, MAY 19th, 7:00 pm - "A Tribute to Marilyn Maye" with musicians Billy Stritch and Steve Doyle, vocalists Kevin Alvey, Deb Berman, Grace Cosgrove, Terese Genecco, Peggy Herman, Sidney Myer, Shaynee Rainbolt, Steve Webber, Susan Winter, and Bill Zeffiro with special guest Marilyn Maye In Concert! This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library. Schedule is subject to change. CLICK FOR FULL SCHEDULE


DC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND"

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth Band" will be performing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. When Roy Haynes plays his drums, sixty years of experience informs every authoritative stroke. A working musician since 1942, Haynes' unrelenting swing and sound of surprise has graced the bands of a who's-who list of jazz innovators across a wide spectrum of improvisation. Haynes was Lester Young's drummer from 1947 to 1949, worked with Bud Powell and Miles Davis in '49, became Charlie Parker's drummer of choice from 1949 to 1953, toured the world with Sarah Vaughan from 1954 to 1959, did numerous extended gigs with Thelonious Monk in 1959-60, made eight recordings with Eric Dolphy in 1960-61, worked extensively with Stan Getz from 1961 to 1965, played and recorded with the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963 to 1965, has collaborated with Chick Corea since 1968. There is a $40 cover.

DC: LADY OF THE CANYON - THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

Marianne Matheny-Katz reprises her October 2011 show for the Creative Alliance's Art to Dine For at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 pm. The show is a jazz interpreted tribute to Joni Mitchell -the perennial "Lady of the Canyon". With many new arrangements that are currently being worked on. Marianne will be joined by the stellar musical cast of Alan Blackman on piano, Jeff Reed on electric bass, Eric Kennedy on drums, Michael Raitzyk on guitar and Craig Alston on saxophones. Familiar and not so familiar Joni tunes include Free Man in Paris, Both Sides Now, River, Barangrill, I Had A King, Edith and the Kingpin and the Dry Cleaner From Des Moines. Call for cover/minimum information.

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

Award Winning Cabaret Artists Suzanne Petri and Bob Moreen celebrate the songs of our lives and the clubs we live, laugh, love in ... and all that jazz at KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592) on Saturday, May 19th starting at 6:30 pm. Songs In the Key of Diva: Torchy Sass and Swing! 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.: THE TONY DESARE TRIO SWINGS IN SAN RAFAEL

Singer/Songwriter Tony DeSare brings his own fresh take on memorable standards made famous by singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme, while seamlessly adding originals and surprising contemporaries at THE KANBAR CENTER at OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER (200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA - 415-444-8088) on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 pm (Pre-Event "Swing" dance lesson 7:30 pm). Tony DeSare - whose third CD Radio Show was released by Telarc Records earlier this year - has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. He was personally selected by Sam Arlen, son of Harold Arlen, the composer of classic songs like "Over The Rainbow," "Get Happy," and "Stormy Weather," to perform with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Birdland for a recent Harold Arlen Centennial. His new big band show was presented by "Saturday Night Live" alum Joe Piscopo in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. DeSare's noted versatility enables him to headline a variety of venues. He has performed at major jazz rooms like Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; posh nightclubs like the Cafe Carlyle and Feinstein's at the Regency; with his big band in concert halls like Jazz at Lincoln Center; or with a 60-piece orchestra. Tickets are $25-$30.


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.: 1ST ANNUAL BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BLUES FESTIVAL

World-renowned Jazz and Rhythm & Blues Vocalist, Barbara Morrison will present top talent in The 1st Annual Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Blues Festival to be performed on two stages at the BMPAC - BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (4305 Degnan Boulevard #101, Leimert Park, CA - 323-296-2272 - http://www.barbaramorrisonpac.com/ ) in a 3-day festival on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18, 19 & 20th. Performers to be featured during the three-day Blues Fest include: Barbara Morrison (Producer of the Festival); the Sons of Rhythm: Johnny "Lucky" Otis (Grandson of Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Johnny Otis), Richard Berry III (Grandson of Composer and Pianist, Richard "Louie, Louie" Berry) and Donato James (Son of the legendary Etta James); Billy Foster & The Original Medallions; the Bernie Pearl Blues Band; Ray Bailey; Big Terry DeRouen; Kirk "Eli" Fletcher; Shelley "King" Fisher; Sonny Green; Sweetie Chicks; Johnny Mastro and Mama's Boys; Jamie "Blues Boy" Powell; Sista Sherry Pruitt and Brother Yusef. Performances will be given on the Theatre Stage and the Festival Garden Stage. Tickets are $25 per day, with the exception of the "All Star Blues Jam Session Fundraisers" benefiting the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center to be held immediately following the concerts on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, at which time tickets will be $30 per person, plus a two-drink minimum. See the website exact schedule and for all details.

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: PETER ASHER: "A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE 60S AND BEYOND"

"Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond" will be presented at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday & Thursday, May 16th & 17th at 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 9:00 pm; and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. The show brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles' Apple Records, then famously to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening. "Memoir" includes film footage and photos from Peter's considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller's gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative - along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including "I Go to Pieces", "True Love Ways", and "Lady Godiva". The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: "Woman", "I Don't Want to See You Again", "Nobody I Know", and "World Without Love", all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter = backed by a four piece band - presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era. There is a $40-$45 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: CLAIRDEE AND HER QUARTET AT THE RRAZZ

A rarity in this digital age, Clairdee is truly a spontaneous entertainer bringing sass and sophistication to the stage. She will be performing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm. At the crossroads of jazz, pop, blues and soul, Clairdee seamlessly blends the Great American Songbook and contemporary classic songs with buoyant rhythms, telling riveting stories in her distinctive style to create a fresh spark that suggests the music was written for today. The San Francisco-based vocalist has worked nightclubs, festivals, convention centers and concert halls from San Diego to San Antonio, Tokyo to Paris, New York to Newport Beach. Her performance experience includes work with an all star roster of artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Shelly Berg, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut, Houston Person, Norman Simmons, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Schuur, Mark Murphy and many top straight-ahead jazz instrumentalists. Clairdee's genre-bending versatility has made her the perfect choice as opening act for a diverse roster of artists including David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny Mathis, and Dionne Warwick. Intelligent and articulate, Clairdee's skills as a first-rate interviewer impressed during her standing-room-only conversation with legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson at the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival. There us a $30-$35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: ANGELA LUMICISI AS KAREN CARPENTER AT THE BUTTERFLY

Following the success of her one woman show, Solitaire, Angela Lumicisi reinvents herself once again as Karen Carpenter at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) in her new show "We've only just begun: The music of The Carpenters." Performances are Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 9:00 pm (Sunday at 8:00 pm). Following her obsession with The Carpenters from age 14, along with anecdotes of the highs and lows of the real life of The Carpenters, the show takes you on a musical journey through timeless songs, catchy tunes and unforgettable classics. Combined with her three piece band, favourites such as 'Close to you', as well as songs from Karen Carpenters solo album are brought back to life. For those who cherish the music, for those who connect with their songs, and for everything else Carpenters, this show is for you. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: HANNAH DAY IN WILL YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN?

Hannah Day's new show "Will You Take This Woman?" will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 ) Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). It's a cabaret show that's not about stalking, marriage, obsession or breaking and entering. Hannah has finally found the man every girl dreams of. He is perfect in every way. She would know of course, being pretty damn close to perfection herself. In fact, they are so perfect for each other, she already has the wedding dress and the date is set! Only problem is ... they've never met! Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: RYAN GREER JAZZ GROUP RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN

Jazz vocalist and bandleader, Ryan Greer, returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for one night only on Friday, May 19th at 9:30 pm with his trio (Alex DeZenzo on piano, John Feliciano on bass and Miles Moran on drums). The Ryan Greer Jazz Group, acclaimed for their reinvention of the Great American Songbook, freshly takes on greats like Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Green as well as modern legends like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in a premiere set that spans generations of jazz and the popular song. The new arrangements comprise a palette of sounds from classic New Orleans swing to straight-ahead jazz, bossa nova to funk, West Coast cool to bebop. Ryan Greer is a self-producing artist in New York City whose body of work spans theater, dance and music, all rooted in jazz. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "ON THE WAY TO YOU" WITH MARTHA BARTZ & MORY ORTMAN

Vocalist Martha Bartz and Musical Director Mory Ortman present their show "On the Way To You" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, May 18th at 7:00 pm. "On the Way To You" takes the audience on a journey through the American songbook, old and new, portraying a glimpse of the story of how the performers find themselves where they are in life, individually and together. Humor, passion, and emotion combine through great singing and story-telling to create this fun and entertaining hour of music. The music ranges from the standards of Kern, Mancini and Hammerstein to the new compositions of Blumenkrantz, Lopez and Loesel. Martha is a resident of Charlotte, NC, and a Professor of Voice at Catawba College. Mory is the Music Director of the classical and musical theatre summer programs at Quisisana resort in Maine. They are joined by special guest, tenor Michael Paul. 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: RODRIGUEZ & RODRIGUEZ LIVE AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Singer German Rodriguez came to NYC from Monterrey, Mexico and harpist Jose Luis Rodriguez arrived from San Juan, Puerto Rico. German was a young student in Mexico singing at his every opportunity. Jose Luis in Puerto Rico had already begun his professional career, which he then transferred to the States. Although these two fast friends work mostly as solo artists, a few times each season they get together for a duo show. One of those times is Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). They will present an evening of music from Broadway, American Standards and some Spanish favorites, including great composers like Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Stephen Sondheim. Rodriguez & Rodriguez are not related except by their wonderful harmonies and their talent! There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BRASSY, BAWDY, AND JUST A BIT NAUGHTY: BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY

Experience the art of the tease as critically acclaimed Quinn Lemley stars in her new hit touring production, "Burlesque to Broadway" at Brooklyn's historic MILLENNIUM THEATER (1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, NY - 718-615-1500) on Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th, at 8:00 pm. Along with sexy sidekicks Natalie Loftin Bell and Stacey Harris - and a smoking 10-piece big band - Lemley takes audiences on a journey from the early days of underground burlesque clubs to mainstream acceptance by the Broadway establishment and beyond. This unique theatrical concert, directed by Tony Award winner Joseph Hardy, honors rule-breaking icons such as Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Mae West, and celebrates their ascent as they danced on the edge of the law, laid bare the double standards of the era, and fueled a movement that would influence divas for the next century. Despite its cultural relevance, this show is no history lesson. Song-and-dance fun fill the theater as the cast belts out unforgettable hits such as 'Hey Big Spender,' 'Let Me Entertain You,' and 'She's A Lady' while they dance to Merete Muenter's provocative bump-and-grind choreography. The costumes of Wendall Goings add to the experience, glittering with sequins and flowing with fans and feathers. The two-show limited engagement is also something of a tease. Immediately after, Lemley and her girls head back out on the road to continue their successful international tour.Tickets are $35-$75.

NYC: SHEERA BEN-DAVID AT FEINSTEIN'S IN "AFTER THE RAIN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presentas the return engagement of award winning vocalist, Sheera Ben-David on Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 19th at 8:00 pm with additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. Ms. Ben-David's new show "After The Rain" features music from theater composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and Cy Coleman as well as pop writers like Randy Newman, Boz Scaggs, Amanda McBroom and Christine Lavin. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by her brother, Book of Mormon associate conductor Adam Ben-David and also features Mat Fieldes on bass, Ray Marchica on drums and Jake Ezra Schwartz on guitar. Sheera Ben-David is a graduate of New York University -Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; shows at various clubs and venues in and around Manhattan such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events. There is a $25-$45-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH "I'LL TAKE ROMANCE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) presents acclaimed vocalist Steve Tyrell back in an exclusive two-week spring engagement in the legendary New York venue from Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 26th with nightly at 8:45 pm plus additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four and a half decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. Steve will celebrate the release of his newest CD "I'll Take Romance" (Concord Records), an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance. Featuring such gems as "That's All," "Taking a Chance On Love," "All of You" and the title track, Mr. Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits "At Last" and "Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's "Talk to Me." "I'll Take Romance" is a passionate song selection and a modern-day take on all things love. Steve will be supported by his big band led by Musical Director, Quinn Johnson. There is a $100 cover Tuesdays through Thursdays, $110 on Fridays & Saturdays.

NYS: 10TH ANNUAL CABARET FESTIVAL IN LONG BEACH LI

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 10th Annual Cabaret Festival Wednesday through Sunday, May 16th through 20th at the LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY - 563-570-7500). All performances are free to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 7:30 pm - Karen Oberlin in "Daydream" with Tedd Firth on piano followed by "Meet the Artists," a Q & A with special guest David Hajdu, music reporter for The New Republic and author of "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn" This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library. Schedule is subject to change. CLICK FOR FULL SCHEDULE


NE: BACA LIFE IS A CABARET OPEN MIC
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

The next BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists - http://www.bostoncabaret.com/ ) LIFE IS A CABARET open mic will be held on Friday, May 18th at SPRINGSTEP, MEDIUM STUDIO (98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA - ) from 7:30 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 7:15 pm). BACA Open Mics are held on the 3rd Friday of the month. This month Bonnie MacLeod will serve as accompanist. Admission is $10 for BACA members, $13 for non-members.


DC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND"

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth Band" will be performing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. When Roy Haynes plays his drums, sixty years of experience informs every authoritative stroke. A working musician since 1942, Haynes' unrelenting swing and sound of surprise has graced the bands of a who's-who list of jazz innovators across a wide spectrum of improvisation. Haynes was Lester Young's drummer from 1947 to 1949, worked with Bud Powell and Miles Davis in '49, became Charlie Parker's drummer of choice from 1949 to 1953, toured the world with Sarah Vaughan from 1954 to 1959, did numerous extended gigs with Thelonious Monk in 1959-60, made eight recordings with Eric Dolphy in 1960-61, worked extensively with Stan Getz from 1961 to 1965, played and recorded with the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963 to 1965, has collaborated with Chick Corea since 1968. There is a $40 cover.

DC: TODO ARGENTINA! REVOLUTION, FOLKLORE AND TANGO

Pianist Nancy Roldan, violinist Jose Miguel Cueto and soprano Elizabeth Hart present an exciting evening of songs and music at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm. They will present a program of music by Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Guastavino, two of Argentina's foremost 20th Century composers, each with a unique voice and musical language of his own. The great tango composer Astor Piazzolla (as comfortable with Bach, Bartok and Stravinsky as he was with Gerry Mulligan and Chick Corea) revolutionized tango as sophisticated chamber music. Carlos Guastavino wrote over 600 songs with their heart in Argentine folk music and roots in Europe. A native of Argentina, Roldan has presented a number of terrific tango concerts featuring the music of Piazzolla and knew and worked with Guastavino. Call for cover/minimum information.

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.: 1ST ANNUAL BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BLUES FESTIVAL

World-renowned Jazz and Rhythm & Blues Vocalist, Barbara Morrison will present top talent in The 1st Annual Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Blues Festival to be performed on two stages at the BMPAC - BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (4305 Degnan Boulevard #101, Leimert Park, CA - 323-296-2272 - http://www.barbaramorrisonpac.com/ ) in a 3-day festival on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18, 19 & 20th. Performers to be featured during the three-day Blues Fest include: Barbara Morrison (Producer of the Festival); the Sons of Rhythm: Johnny "Lucky" Otis (Grandson of Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Johnny Otis), Richard Berry III (Grandson of Composer and Pianist, Richard "Louie, Louie" Berry) and Donato James (Son of the legendary Etta James); Billy Foster & The Original Medallions; the Bernie Pearl Blues Band; Ray Bailey; Big Terry DeRouen; Kirk "Eli" Fletcher; Shelley "King" Fisher; Sonny Green; Sweetie Chicks; Johnny Mastro and Mama's Boys; Jamie "Blues Boy" Powell; Sista Sherry Pruitt and Brother Yusef. Performances will be given on the Theatre Stage and the Festival Garden Stage. Tickets are $25 per day, with the exception of the "All Star Blues Jam Session Fundraisers" benefiting the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center to be held immediately following the concerts on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, at which time tickets will be $30 per person, plus a two-drink minimum. See the website exact schedule and for all details.

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: CLAIRDEE AND HER QUARTET AT THE RRAZZ

A rarity in this digital age, Clairdee is truly a spontaneous entertainer bringing sass and sophistication to the stage. She will be performing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm. At the crossroads of jazz, pop, blues and soul, Clairdee seamlessly blends the Great American Songbook and contemporary classic songs with buoyant rhythms, telling riveting stories in her distinctive style to create a fresh spark that suggests the music was written for today. The San Francisco-based vocalist has worked nightclubs, festivals, convention centers and concert halls from San Diego to San Antonio, Tokyo to Paris, New York to Newport Beach. Her performance experience includes work with an all star roster of artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Shelly Berg, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut, Houston Person, Norman Simmons, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Schuur, Mark Murphy and many top straight-ahead jazz instrumentalists. Clairdee's genre-bending versatility has made her the perfect choice as opening act for a diverse roster of artists including David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny Mathis, and Dionne Warwick. Intelligent and articulate, Clairdee's skills as a first-rate interviewer impressed during her standing-room-only conversation with legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson at the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival. There us a $30-$35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: PETER ASHER: "A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE 60S AND BEYOND"

"Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond" will be presented at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday & Thursday, May 16th & 17th at 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 9:00 pm; and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. The show brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles' Apple Records, then famously to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening. "Memoir" includes film footage and photos from Peter's considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller's gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative - along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including "I Go to Pieces", "True Love Ways", and "Lady Godiva". The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: "Woman", "I Don't Want to See You Again", "Nobody I Know", and "World Without Love", all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter = backed by a four piece band - presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era. There is a $40-$45 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: ANGELA LUMICISI AS KAREN CARPENTER AT THE BUTTERFLY

Following the success of her one woman show, Solitaire, Angela Lumicisi reinvents herself once again as Karen Carpenter at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) in her new show "We've only just begun: The music of The Carpenters." Performances are Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 9:00 pm (Sunday at 8:00 pm). Following her obsession with The Carpenters from age 14, along with anecdotes of the highs and lows of the real life of The Carpenters, the show takes you on a musical journey through timeless songs, catchy tunes and unforgettable classics. Combined with her three piece band, favourites such as 'Close to you', as well as songs from Karen Carpenters solo album are brought back to life. For those who cherish the music, for those who connect with their songs, and for everything else Carpenters, this show is for you. Call for cover/minimum information.

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.

AUS: HANNAH DAY IN WILL YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN?

Hannah Day's new show "Will You Take This Woman?" will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 ) Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). It's a cabaret show that's not about stalking, marriage, obsession or breaking and entering. Hannah has finally found the man every girl dreams of. He is perfect in every way. She would know of course, being pretty damn close to perfection herself. In fact, they are so perfect for each other, she already has the wedding dress and the date is set! Only problem is ... they've never met! 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: "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: ALPHER & LITT: THE THINGS THAT MAKE US SING

Lee Summers' Just A Piano series welcomes husband-and-wife cabaret and songwriting duo David Alpher (pianist/composer) and Jennie Litt (singer/lyricist) to THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Thursday, May 17th, at 7:00 pm in a program of hilarious and profound originals and great standards. In their all-new show, The Things That Make Us Sing, Alpher and Litt celebrate the intimacy of the voice-piano pairing through classically influenced arrangements, jazz, blues, art song, and vaudeville. The team's original cabaret songs, inspired by the work of Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer, Cole Porter, and Dave Frishberg, look at life from womb to tomb, with stops along the way to examine anxiety dreams, the professional ambitions of apples, B&Bs, and the things that make us sing. A handful of exquisite standards from Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, and Laura Nyro, completes the program. The show is directed by Lina Koutrakos. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: NO NAME PRESENTS THE UPTOWN CABARET SPOTLIGHT! (NEW)

Host Alexandra de Suze and Musical Director Marilynn Seits host a monthly evening of cabaret at INDIAN ROAD CAFE (600 West 218th Street, NYC - 212-942-7451 ) with a featured guest artist. Held the third THURSDAY of every month. On THURSDAY, May 17th at 7:00 pm, No Name Presents: The Uptown Cabaret Spotlight, will be featuring Uptown Cabaret regular, Inwood local, and 2011 Jonathan Larson Award winner Joshua Cohen. Indian Road Cafe offers an excellent wine and beer and coffee!-selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. Check out their "punch of the week" along with other fab cocktails! They also are home to a monthly singer/songwriter open mic, comedy shows and classical performances by Opera On Tap. Call for cover/minimum information.


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: 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: SHEERA BEN-DAVID AT FEINSTEIN'S IN "AFTER THE RAIN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presentas the return engagement of award winning vocalist, Sheera Ben-David on Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 19th at 8:00 pm with additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. Ms. Ben-David's new show "After The Rain" features music from theater composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and Cy Coleman as well as pop writers like Randy Newman, Boz Scaggs, Amanda McBroom and Christine Lavin. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by her brother, Book of Mormon associate conductor Adam Ben-David and also features Mat Fieldes on bass, Ray Marchica on drums and Jake Ezra Schwartz on guitar. Sheera Ben-David is a graduate of New York University -Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; shows at various clubs and venues in and around Manhattan such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events. There is a $25-$45-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH "I'LL TAKE ROMANCE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) presents acclaimed vocalist Steve Tyrell back in an exclusive two-week spring engagement in the legendary New York venue from Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 26th with nightly at 8:45 pm plus additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four and a half decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. Steve will celebrate the release of his newest CD "I'll Take Romance" (Concord Records), an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance. Featuring such gems as "That's All," "Taking a Chance On Love," "All of You" and the title track, Mr. Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits "At Last" and "Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's "Talk to Me." "I'll Take Romance" is a passionate song selection and a modern-day take on all things love. Steve will be supported by his big band led by Musical Director, Quinn Johnson. There is a $100 cover Tuesdays through Thursdays, $110 on Fridays & Saturdays.

NYS: 10TH ANNUAL CABARET FESTIVAL IN LONG BEACH LI

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 10th Annual Cabaret Festival Wednesday through Sunday, May 16th through 20th at the LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY - 563-570-7500). All performances are free to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. THURSDAY, MAY 17th, 7:30 pm - "That Could Be Arranged" with musical director/arranger Tedd Firth and vocalists Kate Cooke, Cynthia Crane, Amy Dolan Fletcher, Diane Hoffman, Susan Winter with demos of interpretative style followed by "Meet the Artists" This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library. Schedule is subject to change. CLICK FOR FULL SCHEDULE


DC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND"

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth Band" will be performing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. When Roy Haynes plays his drums, sixty years of experience informs every authoritative stroke. A working musician since 1942, Haynes' unrelenting swing and sound of surprise has graced the bands of a who's-who list of jazz innovators across a wide spectrum of improvisation. Haynes was Lester Young's drummer from 1947 to 1949, worked with Bud Powell and Miles Davis in '49, became Charlie Parker's drummer of choice from 1949 to 1953, toured the world with Sarah Vaughan from 1954 to 1959, did numerous extended gigs with Thelonious Monk in 1959-60, made eight recordings with Eric Dolphy in 1960-61, worked extensively with Stan Getz from 1961 to 1965, played and recorded with the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963 to 1965, has collaborated with Chick Corea since 1968. There is a $40 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.

SF: PETER ASHER: "A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE 60S AND BEYOND"

"Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond" will be presented at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday & Thursday, May 16th & 17th at 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 9:00 pm; and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. The show brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles' Apple Records, then famously to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening. "Memoir" includes film footage and photos from Peter's considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller's gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative - along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including "I Go to Pieces", "True Love Ways", and "Lady Godiva". The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: "Woman", "I Don't Want to See You Again", "Nobody I Know", and "World Without Love", all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter = backed by a four piece band - presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era. There is a $40-$45 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: HANNAH DAY IN WILL YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN?

Hannah Day's new show "Will You Take This Woman?" will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 ) Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). It's a cabaret show that's not about stalking, marriage, obsession or breaking and entering. Hannah has finally found the man every girl dreams of. He is perfect in every way. She would know of course, being pretty damn close to perfection herself. In fact, they are so perfect for each other, she already has the wedding dress and the date is set! Only problem is ... they've never met! Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: ANGELA LUMICISI AS KAREN CARPENTER AT THE BUTTERFLY

Following the success of her one woman show, Solitaire, Angela Lumicisi reinvents herself once again as Karen Carpenter at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) in her new show "We've only just begun: The music of The Carpenters." Performances are Thursday through Sunday, May 17th through 20th at 9:00 pm (Sunday at 8:00 pm). Following her obsession with The Carpenters from age 14, along with anecdotes of the highs and lows of the real life of The Carpenters, the show takes you on a musical journey through timeless songs, catchy tunes and unforgettable classics. Combined with her three piece band, favourites such as 'Close to you', as well as songs from Karen Carpenters solo album are brought back to life. For those who cherish the music, for those who connect with their songs, and for everything else Carpenters, this show is for you. Call for cover/minimum information.

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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: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: MARLENE VERPLANCK, SINGER

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 16th features Marlene VerPlanck, Singer. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.


NYC: THE CATHERINE DUPUIS GROUP AT SOMETHIN' JAZZ

The Catherine Dupuis Group (Catherine Dupuis, vocals Russ Kassoff, piano, Gary Mazzaroppi, bass) will be celebrating the "spring has sprung" songs of the Great American Songbook at SOMETHIN' JAZZ CLUB (formerly MILES CAFE) (212 East 52nd Street, 3rd floor, NYC - 212-371-7657 - ) on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 pm. There is a $10 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: YANA AVIS IN CONCERT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Yana Avis will perform in concert at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesdays, May 16th & 30th at 9:30 pm. Avis's smoky voice and sophisticated style have captivated audiences worldwide. At the invitation of maestro Gian Carlo Menotti, she became the first cabaret artist to perform at Italy's legendary Spoleto Music Festival, and her elegance and panache have made her a must-see in New York's most prestigious rooms, including Eighty Eight's, The Russian Tea Room, Doubles at the Sherry-Netherland, Maxim's, The Firebird, The Supper Club's King Kong Room, Feinstein's at the Regency, the Florence Gould Auditorium at Fiaf and the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. Her most recent CD, Speak Love to Me, is a collaboration with the distinguished music director and pianist Lee Musiker. Noted for her flawless technique, tongue-in-cheek delivery and playfully sultry sense of humor, Avis has made her mark on the cabaret scene with a continental repertoire that sizzles with joie de vivre. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JOAN RIVERS RETURNS TO THE BEECHMAN

Comedy legend Joan Rivers returns with her her live stand-up act to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:00 pm. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashions. Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. Pre-show, Lance Cruce entertains at the piano. A portion of the proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A full dinner menu and bar are available. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased at http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.

NYC: WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA WITH DANA LORGE

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 16th, features Jennifer Sheehan, Corky, George Stella, Celeste Hogan, Jon Burr & Lynn Stein, Felisha Mae, Sunny Leigh, Bill Tripician & Chuck Japely, Warren Schein, Jack DiMonte, Champagne Pam, Robert Gino, Gary Crawford 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: SHEERA BEN-DAVID AT FEINSTEIN'S IN "AFTER THE RAIN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presentas the return engagement of award winning vocalist, Sheera Ben-David on Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 19th at 8:00 pm with additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. Ms. Ben-David's new show "After The Rain" features music from theater composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and Cy Coleman as well as pop writers like Randy Newman, Boz Scaggs, Amanda McBroom and Christine Lavin. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by her brother, Book of Mormon associate conductor Adam Ben-David and also features Mat Fieldes on bass, Ray Marchica on drums and Jake Ezra Schwartz on guitar. Sheera Ben-David is a graduate of New York University -Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; shows at various clubs and venues in and around Manhattan such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events. There is a $25-$45-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH "I'LL TAKE ROMANCE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) presents acclaimed vocalist Steve Tyrell back in an exclusive two-week spring engagement in the legendary New York venue from Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 26th with nightly at 8:45 pm plus additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four and a half decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. Steve will celebrate the release of his newest CD "I'll Take Romance" (Concord Records), an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance. Featuring such gems as "That's All," "Taking a Chance On Love," "All of You" and the title track, Mr. Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits "At Last" and "Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's "Talk to Me." "I'll Take Romance" is a passionate song selection and a modern-day take on all things love. Steve will be supported by his big band led by Musical Director, Quinn Johnson. There is a $100 cover Tuesdays through Thursdays, $110 on Fridays & Saturdays.


NYS: 10TH ANNUAL CABARET FESTIVAL IN LONG BEACH LI

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 10th Annual Cabaret Festival Wednesday through Sunday, May 16th through 20th at the LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY - 563-570-7500). All performances are free to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. WEDNESDAY, MAY 16th, 7:30 pm - "Why Cabaret and the American Songbook?". Susan James opens the festival with featured guest Anita Darian of Broadway and recording fame as they explore the unique contribution of the American Songbook as expressed in the intimacy of the cabaret experience with audio highlights from the past 10 years of festival artists. This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library. Schedule is subject to change. CLICK FOR FULL SCHEDULE


NJ: D.C. ANDERSON IN CONCERT IN NEW JERSEY

Multi-award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist D.C. Anderson will perform in concert on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30 pm at SALON 33 (794 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ). For information and to RSVP email Rob - the host at Berrot@aol.com or by phone at 609-630-0098. D.C.'s special guests for the event will be Teresa Tudury from California and Bryce Kulak from Toronto. D.C. Anderson is a Matson and Bistro Award winning Singer/ Songwriter/ producer with 9 CD's currently available on the LML Music label. Also an actor, he appeared in the Broadway and touring production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, touring productions of MARTIN GUERRE, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY and PIPPIN, and THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO at Steppenwolf, MARTIN GUERRE at the Guthrie, THREE POSTCARDS at Chicago's Northlight Theater and three roles in THE LARAMIE PROJECT: EPILOGUE at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Television appearances include made for TV motion pictures, the short-lived ABC series LADY BLUE and numerous commercials. At this concert there will be no cover - the host will pass the hat for the music.

DC: LITTLE BIT OF BLUES WITH JAY SUMMEROUR & WARNER WILLIAMS

A DC favorite, Little Bit A Blues, which combines Warner Williams' warm vocals and Piedmont guitar picking with Jay Summerour's harmonica. They will be performing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Wednesday, May 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Warner is a native of Takoma Park, MD, and has been part of Washington's blues scene since the '50s. Jay is a veteran of the Starland Vocal Band and the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra. Williams and Summerour began playing together during the early 1990s, sometimes calling themselves "Little Bit of Blues." They have been featured in concerts, on television and radio, and at festivals across the country, including appearances on the National Public Radio series Folk Masters and on the National Mall during the American Roots Fourth of July celebration. There is a $20 cover.


MW: LAURA FREEMAN SINGS JULIE ANDREWS IN NILES

Laura Freeman presents her new cabaret show, "The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Julie" to the NILES SENIOR CENTER (999 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL - 847-588-8420) at 1:00 pm. Laura will be doling out a spoonful of sugar along with many favorite Julie tunes. Laura and her musical director Beckie Menzie previously created Sentimental Journey: The Music of Doris Day, so Ms. Andrews seemed like the next logical performer to honor with a tribute show. Laura plans to share stories about the actress' amazing career in vaudeville, Broadway and film in between singing some of her most beloved songs, including "I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady), "A Spoonful of Sugar" (Mary Poppins), "Le Jazz Hot" (Victor/Victoria) and, of course, "The Sound of Music". 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.: SALLY KELLERMAN LIVE! WITH •JAZZ, BLUES, ROCK AND ROLL!

VICKY'S OF SANTA FE (45-100 Club Drive, Indian Wells, CA - 760-345-9770) will close this season's Jazz Series on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30 pm with the presentation of SALLY KELLERMAN LIVE! "A LITTLE JAZZ, A LITTLE BLUES, A LITTLE ROCK AND ROLL!" starring Sally Kellerman. Kellerman, the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated actress and singer who created the infamous role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan in Robert Altman's classic film, "M*A*S*H," has been singing since she was 18, when she received her first record contract with Verve Records. Kellerman will be accompanied by Ed Martel as Music Director and Pianist, Dick Weller on Drums and Lyman Medeiros on Bass. The cost is $75 per person including, Prix Fixe Dinner at 6:00 pm, tax, tip and entertainment.


SF: PETER ASHER: "A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE 60S AND BEYOND"

"Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond" will be presented at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday & Thursday, May 16th & 17th at 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 9:00 pm; and Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. The show brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles' Apple Records, then famously to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening. "Memoir" includes film footage and photos from Peter's considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller's gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative - along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including "I Go to Pieces", "True Love Ways", and "Lady Godiva". The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: "Woman", "I Don't Want to See You Again", "Nobody I Know", and "World Without Love", all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter = backed by a four piece band - presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era. There is a $40-$45 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: TIM MCKEW - AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD

Tim Mckew presents 'An Evening with Noel Coward' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday & Wednesday, May 15th & 16th at 8:00 pm. The show is a tribute to the acclaimed photographer Cecil Beaton and Noel Coward, to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee of QUEEN ELIZABETH II. Noel Coward and Cecil Beaton were friends and artistic contemporaries, both luminaries of their age, many superb photographic portraits were taken of Sir Noel by Sir Cecil over the decades. Australian cabaret legend, Tim Mckew is the 21st Century Noel Coward. From his days as a child TV star to garnering international acclaim, touring London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Shanghai, singing with Jamie Redfern and supporting Nick Cave. This smashing new show 'An Evening with Noel Coward', is a musical tribute to the great writer - with a 21st Century twist! Call for cover/minimum information.

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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: CONCERT FUNDRAISER FOR TEAM HRC AIDS WALK NEW YORK
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

A concert fundraiser for Team HRC AIDS Walk New York, featuring the Music of GLEE will be held at STONEWALL INN (53 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-488-2705) on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 pm. Performers include Lindsay Katt, Nick Cacciola-Price, Brooke LeWarne, Zach Frank, Karla Shook, Ruthie Stephens, Jo Doyle, Benet Braun, Dick Baker, Mary E. Rodriguez and Paul Lanello. The show will be hosted by Jamie Cacciola-Price. There is a $10 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: 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: SHEERA BEN-DAVID AT FEINSTEIN'S IN "AFTER THE RAIN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presentas the return engagement of award winning vocalist, Sheera Ben-David on Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 19th at 8:00 pm with additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. Ms. Ben-David's new show "After The Rain" features music from theater composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and Cy Coleman as well as pop writers like Randy Newman, Boz Scaggs, Amanda McBroom and Christine Lavin. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by her brother, Book of Mormon associate conductor Adam Ben-David and also features Mat Fieldes on bass, Ray Marchica on drums and Jake Ezra Schwartz on guitar. Sheera Ben-David is a graduate of New York University -Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; shows at various clubs and venues in and around Manhattan such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events. There is a $25-$45-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH "I'LL TAKE ROMANCE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) presents acclaimed vocalist Steve Tyrell back in an exclusive two-week spring engagement in the legendary New York venue from Tuesday through Saturday, May 15th through 26th with nightly at 8:45 pm plus additional performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:45 pm. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four and a half decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. Steve will celebrate the release of his newest CD "I'll Take Romance" (Concord Records), an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance. Featuring such gems as "That's All," "Taking a Chance On Love," "All of You" and the title track, Mr. Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits "At Last" and "Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's "Talk to Me." "I'll Take Romance" is a passionate song selection and a modern-day take on all things love. Steve will be supported by his big band led by Musical Director, Quinn Johnson. There is a $100 cover Tuesdays through Thursdays, $110 on Fridays & Saturdays.

DC: THE TONY MARTUCCI QUARTET AT BLUES ALLEY

The Tony Martucci Quartet (with John Abercrombie, Marc Copeland, Tom Baldwin) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Tuesday, May 15th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Tony Martucci has cultivated an original and interpretive drum style that is both supportive and interactive, reflecting his deep understanding of the jazz tradition and his vast stylistic influence. He is a creatively skilled accompanist and a soloist of unusual melodic depth. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tony's professional career began over 25 years ago. A partial list of his credits include work with the following musicians: Mose Allison, Gary Burton, Charlie Byrd, Eddie Daniels, George Garzone, Joe Henderson, Fred Hersch, Steve Kessler, The Jose Limon Dance Company, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Don Patterson, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Sonny Stitt, Dave Valentin, Kenny Werner and Glenn Wilson. There is a $20 cover.

SF: NO DAY BUT TODAY THE 10TH ANNUAL CABARET TO FIGHT AIDS

Sean Ray and friends return to the RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Monday & Tuesday, May 14th & 15th at 8:00 pm for "NO DAY BUT TODAY", the 10th annual Cabaret to Fight AIDS. This highly anticipated evening of cabaret benefits the programs and services of Project Open Hand - www.openhand.org -, the bay area non-profit dedicated to providing "meals with love" to people living with HIV/AIDS, the homebound critically ill, and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County. Donna Sachet once again hosts this heartfelt evening of great music which features accomplished performers from throughout the bay area. Singers include Jeanne Batacan-Harper, Wade Marshal Crosson, Beth Elliott, William Giammona, Jorge R. Hernandez, Melissa O'Keefe, Sean Ray, Ryan Rigazzi, Pia Trinidad-Sprague, Steve Valdez, and Thena Yacap-Zaragoza. With Michael Grossman on piano, Daniel Fabricant on bass, and Erika Johnson on drums. This annual fundraiser has raised thousands of dollars for various AIDS service organizations since it began in 2002. This year's show will feature a wide array of song styles including show tunes, standards, pop hits, and country tunes. There will also be great raffle prizes to win. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $50 VIP tickets include a pre-show champagne reception & preferred seating.

AUS: TIM MCKEW - AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD

Tim Mckew presents 'An Evening with Noel Coward' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday & Wednesday, May 15th & 16th at 8:00 pm. The show is a tribute to the acclaimed photographer Cecil Beaton and Noel Coward, to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee of QUEEN ELIZABETH II. Noel Coward and Cecil Beaton were friends and artistic contemporaries, both luminaries of their age, many superb photographic portraits were taken of Sir Noel by Sir Cecil over the decades. Australian cabaret legend, Tim Mckew is the 21st Century Noel Coward. From his days as a child TV star to garnering international acclaim, touring London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Shanghai, singing with Jamie Redfern and supporting Nick Cave. This smashing new show 'An Evening with Noel Coward', is a musical tribute to the great writer - with a 21st Century twist! Call for cover/minimum information.

LON: REUBEN KAYE: BACK AT THE PHEASANTRY

Australian cabaret artist Reuben Kaye is back in London after almost a year away entertaining Fritz auf Deutsche. He will be performing on Tuesday, May 15th at 8:30 pm at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017). And what better way to celebrate than a return to one of London's most prestigious cabaret venues! Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS "SPECIAL EVENT!"

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 14th, Bronwyn will present a special event: Staged reading of scenes from the upcoming revival of Village legend Charles Ludlam's "Camille", starring Steven Hayes, with John Holly, Barbara Mundy, Phil Stoehr, Eric Rice, Francesca MacAaaron, Christian Teague and Marc Kessler, directed by John Phillip. There will be open-mic before and after the performance. 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 just a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DARYL SHERMAN SWINGS AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Jazz vocalist/pianist Daryl Sherman to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 pm. Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Last June, she headlined the annual Cole Porter Festival in his hometown of Peru, IN. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59 Theaters where she was lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. As a sparkling mainstay of Manhattan's nightlife, there's hardly jazz joint, supper club, Chinese restaurant or hotel that Daryl has missed. Her many recordings are in regular national rotation on Cable TV's Music Choice and Sirius/XM Radio. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD - which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE NATE BIRKEY QUARTET AT 55 BAR

The Nate Birkey Quartet (Nate Birkey - trumpet, vocals; Jim Ridl, piano; Bill Moring, bass; Marko Marcinko, drums) will play from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday, May 14th at 55 BAR (55 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-929-9883 - ). Birkey has released seven albums for the California-based Household Ink Records. With the 2008 releases of Almost Home and Christmas - his first recordings made with his New York City quintet, Birkey takes another step upward and outward. Deftly mixing standards tastefully delivered, warm and imaginative originals in various genre leanings, and material from less-trodden sources, Birkey has an engaging way with a song, as a fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace. There is no cover charge.


NYC: GODSPELL'S TELLY LEUNG IN CONCERT AT BIRDLAND

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presents Telly Leung, currently starring in Godspell, in concert at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 pm. Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent, "Glee") will share his unique show business journey through the music that has inspired and molded him, performing his personal "playlist" in an eclectic evening of songs and anecdotes. Musical Director for the evening will be Gary Adler (Altar Boyz), and the evening will be directed by Alan Muraoka. Telly is currently performing on Broadway in Godspell. Broadway & National Tour credits include Flower Drum Song (2003 revival), Sondheim's Pacific Overtures (2005 Roundabout revival), Wicked (Boq - original Chicago company), and RENT (Final Broadway Company & Broadway Tour). Film & TV appearances include "Glee" (Wes, Dalton Academy Warblers), "RENT: Filmed Live On Broadway," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "The Tony Awards," "Ellen," "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America." There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JERSEY BOYS' RUSSELL FISCHER: UNCHARTED

Direct from Jersey Boys, Russell Fischer will make his New York Cabaret debut in UNCHARTED at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 pm. Mr. Fischer revisits performing experiences from his backyard to Broadway, drawing inspiration from Musical Theater to Pop/Rock. UNCHARTED is co-written by Fischer and Peter Gregus (Jersey Boys), directed by Gregus with musical direction by Joshua Stephen Kartes. UNCHARTED is a presentation of Lee Summers' Just A Piano Concert Series, which celebrates its sixth year at the Triad Theatre. Since 2006 The Just A Piano Series has presented top recording artists, Broadway stars, Tony Award and Grammy Award Winners in a beautiful intimate setting. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: 4 SCORES AND 7 SHOWS AGO

A benefit for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS "4 Scores and 7 Shows Ago", featuring original music from Daniel Lincoln will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Monday, May 14th at 9:30 pm. The event features performances by Brian Cali (Master Class), Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray), Ryan Raftery (Ugly Betty, Law & Order, Malcolm in the Middle), Sasha Weiss (What Would You Do, Jerry Springer: The Opera), Ricky Schroeder (Naked Boys Singing), Anne Frasier Thomas (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), Kyle Kleiboeker (Hairspray, Rent), MAC and BISTRO Award Winning singer and nightlife personality Brandon Cutrell, Jody Cole Wood, Brittany Marie Arnao, and Dimitri Joseph Moise. Reservations are required. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SPRING INTO LOVE WITH DEB BOWMAN

Mama Bama Records presents Spring Into Love at THE UNDERGROUND LOUNGE (955 West End Avenue, NYC - 212-531-4759) on Monday, May 14th at 8:30 pm and Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 pm. The show will feature Deb Bowman with the Dean Fransen Combo Nation. This promises to be a real awakening of story, song and schtick from an exciting new Production Company and Record Label: Mama Bama Records LLC. There is a $10 cover.


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: NO NAME PRESENTS THE UPTOWN CABARET (NOW ON MONDAYS)

Host Alexandra de Suze and Musical Director Marilynn Seits host a monthly evening of performances by singers, songwriters and musical lovers alike at INDIAN ROAD CAFE (600 West 218th Street, NYC - 212-942-7451) on MONDAY, May 14th at 7:00 pm. Inspired by the Fabulous Jennifer Wren's Big Night Out and Eric Vetter's No Name and a Bag of Chips, The Uptown Cabaret is an opportunity to play; to enjoy your music; your art; an opportunity to share this joy with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists. Bring that new audition song! Bring that song that you'd never get to sing otherwise! Bring that new material for your BMI class and test it out in a safe and fun place. No Name Presents: The Uptown Cabaret is now going to be on MONDAYS, the second Monday of every month! Call for cover/minimum information.


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: 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: THE TOWN HALL PRESENTS THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1975

The critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year's 12th Season at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-840-2824) continues with "The Broadway Musicals of 1975" on Monday, May 14th at 8:00 pm. 1975 was a year that brought us famous shows by musical theater icons including Marvin Hamlisch, (A Chorus Line), John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago), and Richard O'Brien (The Rocky Horror Show), among others. Produced by The Town Hall, The Broadway Musicals of 1975 is created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel. The initial casting for The Broadway Musicals of 1975 includes Ashley Brown (OBC Mary Poppins), Three-time Grammy winner Lari White (Ring of Fire), Two-time Tony nominee Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Dirty Blonde), Maya Days (Aida), Scott Coulter (The Stephen Schwartz Show) and Award-winning vocalist Carole J. Bufford, with additional casting soon to be announced. The Broadway Musicals of 1975 will be directed by Scott Coulter, with choreography by Vibecke Dahle, and musical direction by Ross Patterson. The year 1975 includes shows like The Wiz, Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Shenandoah, just to name a few. And, for the first time ever, the series will feature the Broadway by the Year Chorus, made up of more than two dozen emerging musical theater stars. Tickets are $55-$50-$45 and are on sale through TicketMaster at 800-982-2787, http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or The Town Hall Box Office.


DC: THE ERNEST "EC3" COLEMAN TRIO AT BLUES ALLEY

The Ernest "EC3" Coleman Trio moves into BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Monday, May 14th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Ernest studied at the Naval Conservatory of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was awarded a special honor for being the youngest student to graduate from this conservatory. After his tour with the Navy Band, Ernest moved to Los Angeles, California and began his true musical quest. Ernest got the call to work with Loretta Holloway in Las Vegas and he soon took over as Loretta's musical director. Then Ernest was offered an opportunity to play with a great jazz legend-the one and only jazz bassist, "Al McKibbon". Ernest would go on to work with such greats as Kenny Burrell, Russell Malone, Lorendo Alameida, Lorez Alexandria, John Clayton, George Cables, Charlie Owens and the Las Vegas Symphony. There is a $20 cover.

SF: NO DAY BUT TODAY THE 10TH ANNUAL CABARET TO FIGHT AIDS
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT


Sean Ray and friends return to the RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Monday & Tuesday, May 14th & 15th at 8:00 pm for "NO DAY BUT TODAY", the 10th annual Cabaret to Fight AIDS. This highly anticipated evening of cabaret benefits the programs and services of Project Open Hand - www.openhand.org -, the bay area non-profit dedicated to providing "meals with love" to people living with HIV/AIDS, the homebound critically ill, and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County. Donna Sachet once again hosts this heartfelt evening of great music which features accomplished performers from throughout the bay area. Singers include Jeanne Batacan-Harper, Wade Marshal Crosson, Beth Elliott, William Giammona, Jorge R. Hernandez, Melissa O'Keefe, Sean Ray, Ryan Rigazzi, Pia Trinidad-Sprague, Steve Valdez, and Thena Yacap-Zaragoza. With Michael Grossman on piano, Daniel Fabricant on bass, and Erika Johnson on drums. This annual fundraiser has raised thousands of dollars for various AIDS service organizations since it began in 2002. This year's show will feature a wide array of song styles including show tunes, standards, pop hits, and country tunes. There will also be great raffle prizes to win. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $50 VIP tickets include a pre-show champagne reception & preferred seating.

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