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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 2013

MONDAY through SUNDAY -May 6th to May 12th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - MAY 12th

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NYC: BARBARA MALLEY IS OUT OF ORDER
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Barbara Malley bring her latest show 'Barbara Malley Is Out Of Order" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sunday, April 28th at 5:15 pm. Additional shows are scheduled for Sunday, May 12th at 3:00 pm; Friday, May 17th at 7:00 pm; and Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm. She is joined on stage by musical director David Gaines, with Dona Kelly on drums. This is Barbara's fourth cabaret show. Coming from Brooklyn of parents who met as members of the Greenwich Village Players and a grandfather who sang in Vaudeville, lust for the stage was always in her blood. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: MARTHA LORIN WITH LOVE SONGS FOR MOTHERS' DAY

Martha Lorin presents Love Songs for Mothers' Day at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, May 12th at 2:00 pm. The show will feature Martha's and her band performing jazz versions of classic songs mixed with several originals by Martha herself. From Cole Porter to Ellington, from Gershwin to Lorin, hear the voice thast has been critically acclaimed for it's rich tone. After living in New York City for some years, Martha now calls Milford, Pennsylvania home. Martha is constantly exploring the jazz landscape with a spirit of lifting and broadening her musical acumen. Her explorations have presented the opportunity to work with a wide range of world class musicians, including, Paul Smith, Benny Green, Richard Wyands, Harvie Swartz, Eddie Marshall, Monty Budwig, Leon Joyce, Butch Miles, and Mark Isham. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: "DEAR CHARLIE" MOTHERS' DAY BRUNCH AT THE BEECHMAN

Charle The Matchmaker's will be performing his hit cabaret show on "Dear Charlie" on Mothers' Day, Sunday, May 12th at 1:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). "Dear Charlie" will guide you on a whirlwind tour through the ins and outs of love. With his new cabaret show, Charlie will bring his matchmaking secrets center stage, allowing love to carry the day as he offers advice on communication, special moments, and achieving lifelong love. His new book Love Made Easy, is a compilation of advice blogs written by Charlie, to assist his clients from his matchmaking business with finding love and happiness in their lives. Covering everything from communication to first date guidelines, Charlie offers witty, poignant, and engaging insight into the world of love. This is your opportunity to receive the same personal guidance that he offers to his clients. As a matchmaker, Charlie has worked with hundreds of clients to help them find love. As a singer he has performed at both cabarets and stadiums throughout the New York Metro Area and Atlanta. Charlie is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and My Lifestyle Magazine. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Tickets can be purchased at http://dearcharliebrunch.eventbrite.com

NYC: LAUREN WHITE AND THE QUINN JOHNSON TRIO CD RELEASE SHOW

Lauren White and the Quinn Johnson Trio will perform on Sunday, May 12th at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). White is an accomplished vocalist who seamlessly blends the worlds of jazz and cabaret. The show is directed by Clifford Bell. With the release of her new CD "Meant To Be", Lauren brings a fresh take on an eclectic collection of music from great composers like Dave Frishberg, Alan Broadbent, Melody Gardot, John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Stephen Sondheim, Bobby Troup and Susan Werner. Featuring arrangements by Quinn Johnson and Eli Brueggemann, Lauren White's "Meant To Be" crosses genres with its compelling vocal performances and thrilling instrumentals from world class musicians like Quinn Johnson, Trey Henry, Ray Brinker, Hussain Jiffry, Kevin Winard, Bob Sheppard, Kleber Jorge and Bob Mann. Produced by Quinn Johnson. Executive Producer: Clifford Bell. Lauren has performed from coast to coast from the legendary Cinegrill at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles to the popular Triad in New York City. She celebrates the release of "Meant To Be" with engagements on both coasts, at Vitello's in Los Angeles and The Metropolitan Room in New York City. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: WRITE NOW: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL MOTT

Write Now: The Music of Michael Mott will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday, May 12th, with performances at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. It promises to be an eclectic evening of soaring ballads, quirky comedy numbers and catchy pop tunes by Michael Mott, starring some of Broadway's best and brightest talents. The concert will feature songs from Michael's musicals FAUSTUS and THE LIFE OF A MOB WIFE, as well as several stand alone pop, jazz and swing songs. Featured in the cast are Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Michael Hunsaker, Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, NBC's "Smash), Marissa McGowan (A Little Night Music, Bonnie & Clyde), Jacqueline Petroccia, and Ashley Spencer (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages). Directed by Brandon Ivie the show features Musical direction by Jeff Theiss. Produced by Shoshana Feinstein. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ARTURO O'FARRILL AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) every Sunday night at 9:00 pm. Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE LOU DONALDSON QUARTET AT THE IRIDIUM

THE Lou Donaldson Quartet (Lou Donaldson - alto saxophone, Akiko Tsuruga - hammond B3 organ, Randy Johnston - guitar, Fukushi Tainaka - drums) performs at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) Friday through Sunday, May 10th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jazz critics agree that "Sweet Poppa Lou" Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as a bandleader with Blue Note Records in 1952 and, already at age 25, he had found his sound, though it would continue to sweeten over the years - earning him his famed nickname -"Sweet Poppa Lou." He made a series of classic records for Blue Note in the 50's, and takes pride in having showcased many musicians who made their first records as sidemen for him: Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Horace Parlan, and others. After also making some excellent recordings for Cadet and Argo Records in the early 60s, Lou's return to Blue Note in 1967 was marked by one of his most famous recordings, Alligator Bogaloo. Lou was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by North Carolina A & T University and a scholarship was established in his name that is awarded to the most gifted jazz musician at North Carolina A & T University each year. He was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and is the recipient of countless other honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to jazz, America's "classical music." There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE BLUE NOTE PRESENTS TAKE 6

Jazz-vocal group Take 6 will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 7th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Take 6 is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley) united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world. The group has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they've never slowed down. There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS SARAH DASH

On Sunday, May 12th at 9:30 pm at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551), the original diva Sarah Dash presents an evening of jazz and blues, including songs she's made famous throughout her career, interspersed with reminiscences and anecdotes of the people she's met along the way. Sarah Dash began her career as a founding member of the well known and widely popular Patti Labelle and the Bluebells (I Sold My Heart to the Junkman), which morphed into the hugely successful Labelle, releasing numerous hits from 1972 to 1977, including the classic, Lady Marmalade. Sarah has enjoyed a fruitful career as a solo artist, spanning many genres, including disco (Sinner Man), R&B, pop and gospel, performing alongside the likes of Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones, among many others. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SAM HARRIS AT 54 BELOW

Sam Harris returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for two shows only, on Sunday & Monday, May 12th & 13th at 7:00 pm. Harris will be bringing his singular interpretation and inimitable style to an eclectic collection of Broadway and pop classics from Hammerstein & Sondheim to U2, Lennon & Hendrix. Also look for sneak preview material from his upcoming book - HAM: Slices of a Life (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). For over two decades, Harris has starred on Broadway, on television and in concert. His talent for redefining the vast American Songbook, exploring songs from the 20's up to today, defines him as one of cabaret's most distinguished performers. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: GRAND SLAM AT THE BLUES ALLEY

GRAND SLAM (Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, George Mraz & Lewis Nash) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Stemming from the recording made live at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts from January 2000. This diverse, creative group features songs written by Jim Hall and Joe Lovano that range from unaccompanied to orchestral. This group's debut reveals the edge and tenderness in their music and also describes various periods of the guitarist's career. Sonically Grand Slam recalls the early 60's Sonny Rollins band (The Bridge ) in which Hall also played, but this band plays more adventurous music and is more together as a unit. Hall has evolved, and Nash and Mraz are simply better, more sympathetic musicians than their predecessors. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: A SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY OPERA TRIBUTE

2012-2013 Bravo Lyric Opera Cabaret Series presents A Special Mother's Day Opera Tribute featuring Students from James Harp's Opera Styles and Traditions Class at the Peabody Conservatory at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Sunday, May 12th at 7:30 pm. Maestro James Harp directs this region's finest opera performers in this marvelous cabaret series presented by The Lyric Opera House. $10 cover is a donation to the Opera Education Fund of the Lyric Opera House.


MW: MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH WITH THE JEANNIE TANNER TRIO

Chicago vocalist, composer & trumpeter, Jeannie Tanner performs with her trio at PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE (412 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL - 847-243-3700) for Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12th, with sets from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Jeannie Tanner Trio features: Jeannie Tanner (vocals/trumpet/piano) and the talents of renowned guitarist, Tim Fitzgerald and bassist Joel Kelsey. Audiences will enjoy Sunday Brunch listening to music written by Ms. Tanner - her original jazz-pop (a mix of jazz, pop, R&B and Latin rhythms), along with standards from the Great American Songbook, and audience favorites. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: SPEND MOTHERS DAY WITH CARLA GORDON AND BECKIE MENZIE

Carla Gordon and Beckie Menzie will present a special night of fun and music at LITTLE BUCHAREST BISTRO (3661 North Elston Street, Chicago, IL - 773-604-8500 - ) with sets from 5:00 to 8:00 pm (including open mic). The club will feature a special Mother's Day Menu that includes duck in rum sauce,rosemary lamb, and white chocolate soup. Singers: if you wish to join the fun, bring a chart, and join in the music making. 3 Course Fix Prix Menu: $30 per person including live musical entertainment.

L.A.: SKETCHY QUEENS STARRING KAY SEDIA & REBA AREBA

Sketchy Queens will be presented at CAVERN CLUB THEATER/CASITA DEL CAMPO RESTAURANT (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-662-4255) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with late shows added on Friday & Saturday (7:00 pm Sunday). Sketchy Queens is an evening full of hilarious sketch comedy. The show headliner is everyone's favorite Tupperware Diva Kay Sedia and introducing Mexico's #1 country music star Reba Areba. The show theme is what happens when you combine Mexican's hit country singer, Reba Areba with beauty queen and Tijuana high fashion model, Kay Sedia! The show is directed by Kimberly Lewis and co-star's Cher Ferreyra, Beth Leckbee, Bryan Lovell, Leo Ryan & Kimberly Lewis. There is a $25 cover.


L.A.: TIN PANS AND RAGS COMES TO PALM DESERT'S NEWMAN THEATER

Francesca Amari, Joel Baker, and Michael Holmes in "Tin Pans and Rags" will be presented Sunday, May 12th as part of the Sundays In Summer Series presented by Les Michaels at the THE ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATRE at the JOSLYN CENTER THEATRE (73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA - TKTS: 760-325-2731) on Sunday, May 12th at 2:00 pm. The show is their tribute to such composers as Scott Joplin, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and even the impressionistic Claude Debussy. Francesca, Joel, and Michael will celebrate the important influences that popular Tin Pan Alley and Ragtime Music made on the evolution of Jazz, Blues, and even Broadway and popular music. Each of these entertainers is well known here in the desert and the national level. Francesca as a cabaret artist and musical theater actress, Joel on the piano bar, cabaret open mic circuit, and as a sought-after music director for many productions, and Michael with his many characters in The Judy Show here in the desert for 5 years. Together they will be an unstoppable tour de force in "Tin Pans and Rags" that you are sure to love. There is a $10 cover.


SF: SUTTON FOSTER OPENS NEW FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) opens their first season in San Francisco with award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, May 8th through 12th. Showtimes are 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 7:00 & 10:30 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Ms. Foster has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, LITTLE WOMEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK THE MUSICAL, and her Tony Award-winning performances in ANYTHING GOES and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She is currently starring in ABC family's new series "Bunheads". Sutton has recently appeared in JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SESAME STREET, LAW AND ORDER SVU and ROYAL PAINS. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, Joe's Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets at $75 - $100 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.


SF: YOSHI'S PRESENTS JUNIOR BROWN

Country singer-songwriter guit-steel master Junior Brown will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Sunday, May 12th at 7:00 pm. Born l952 in Cottonwood, AZ., Junior showed musical talent at an early age playing little melodies on the family piano before he could talk. Curiosity led him to an old guitar in his grandparents' attic, thus setting the stage for a lifelong interest in the steel strings. After a series of high school dance bands, he hit the Country dance club circuit full time while still in his teens. This continued for decades all over the United States and many excursions abroad. After settling in Austin, TX, with his wife and rhythm guitarist-singer, Tanya Rae, he began his weekly tenure at the legendary Continental Club where the band successfully honed their craft leading ultimately to a major label signing (Curb), a Country Music Association Award (CMA), three Grammy nods, a Bluegrass Music Association Award (IBMA) with legend, Ralph Stanley, duets on record and video appearances with everyone from Hank Thompson and George Jones to The Beach Boys and Stone Temple Pilots. Lately Junior has been concentrating just as hard as always on his songwriting skills with his more recent material, which still references dry wit, serious sentiment and instrumental prowess. There is a $25 cover.

AUS: ALMA MATER - AN EVENING OF FADO AND MODINHA

Alma Mater - an evening of Fado and Modinha will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). Reawakening the voice of worlds since lost to dusty hard-covered volumes, Alma Mater brings a fresh vitality to a long-held tradition. Sung with the unique passion of the world of men being lost to an untamed ocean, of women taking refuge from harsh and howling winds in candle-lit taverns, of the last drops of wine in a damp cellar. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LA CHARADE AT THE BUTTERFLY

La Charade will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) May 7th through 12th, Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 8:00 pm & Thursday & Friday at 9:00 pm. What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone ... except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star-magician Fantismo Wonderhard. The show must go on! Now Roberta from Portaloo is running the show - all of it - and it's better than ever. According to her. This show is stupid, brilliant and hilarious. Call for cover/minimum information.


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SATURDAY - MAY 11th

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NYC: TANYA HOLT & MARCUS SIMEONE IN QUIET STORM

Two of cabaret's most popular and honored vocalists of the last decade, Tanya Holt and Marcus Simeone, bring their dynamic new show, Quiet Storm, to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for six Saturday shows beginning April 13th at 7:00 pm, with additional shows on Fridays, April 13th, May 11th, June 15th, September 14th, October 19th and November 16th, all shows at 7:00 PM. Tracy Stark serves as musical director with Marco Broehm on bass. Quiet Storm tells compelling stories - in song. It is a wildly unique show of riveting duets and shattering solos featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary rarities and familiar tunes culled from the American songbook by a mixed bag of diverse and respected songwriters including: Matt Alber, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Jimmy Webb, Cole Porter, Comden & Green and Vincent Youmans. Collectively, the songs unfold haunting and whimsical stories of life and love as seen through the eyes of two powerful artists. The show will include never performed duets as well as some made famous by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack and Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday nights May 11th & 25th at 8:00 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES IN MAY AT THE DUPLEX

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 pm; and Saturdays, May 11th, 18th & 25th at 9:30 pm. Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: COURTNEY ACT: BOYS LIKE ME

She has opened for Lady Gaga, starred in Rent and sung a duet with Idina Menzel, now Australian Idol sensation COURTNEY ACT premieres her newest solo show in New York at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturday, May 11th; Thursday, May 16th; and Saturday, May 18th, all shows at 7:30 pm. In COURTNEY ACT: BOYS LIKE ME, the multi-talented drag idol sings her favorite songs and divulges the fascinating and funny dirty laundry list that is her sex life. There's that angry text from a straight boy's girlfriend, the twins in Montreal, and the US Marine, just to name a few of the titillating encounters she details in story and song. This tuneful, hysterical performance showcases Courtney's sharp observations of living life on the gender divide, and illustrates what happens when boys like her. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: ANTHONY LOGAN COLE - JUST MISUNDERSTOOD

Anthony Logan Cole returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with his solo concert Anthony Logan Cole: Just Misunderstood, on Saturday, May 11th at 2:00 pm. The show is a celebration of Broadway's best villains and misunderstood characters. Anthony promises an evening of spectacular music and hilarious backstage stories as he explores the dynamic roles from his repertoire, as well as a few he hopes to play in the future. In this special concert, Anthony will be joined by Off-Broadway star Lauren Lawson and International Pop Sensation Brady Cudmore, with special accompaniment by Henry Koperski. Cole has numerous regional and international credits, including: the Original Middle East casts of Les Miserables (Javert), Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), US productions of Beauty And The Beast (Beast), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), RENT (Mark and Benny), AIDA (Radames), and many more. He is currently playing Tom Lincoln in the hit Off-Broadway production Honestly Abe - The Musical at The Actor's Temple and will be playing Gary Mitchell in World Premier of Where No Man Has Gone Before-The Unauthorized Star Trek Parody Musical in Washington DC this June. Brady Cudmore is a multi-talented performer from Prince Edward Island who has entertained hundreds of thousands in North America. Lauren Lawson graduated with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from New York University. Favorite past credits include: The Sound of Music (Maria Rainer), Oklahoma! (Laurie Williams), Little Women (Meg March), Peter Pan (Wendy Darling), Children of Eden, Smile, and If It Only Runs a Minute 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. there is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: IMPRESARIO NOW! AT THE BEECHMAN

Impresario Now! 90% Theater, 90% Musicale, Very Mozart Most of the Time will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturdays, May 11th & 18th at 3:00 pm. The score is a very "now" version of Mozart's original 1786 comic songspiel. The classic four tunes are sing in really good English, and in this unique version, Mozart's rarely seen non-singing characters morph into a troupe of singers vying for roles by auditioning with a selection of Mozart's greatest hits. Dueling sopranos, battling baritones, a libidinous backer and one very broke producer. The same old story, brand new. You'll meet, and learn to love and loathe, Vinnie Birdwhistle, Heartbroken Tenor; sopranos Isolde Goldentrill and Swanhilda Silverspiel - one on the way up, one on the way out; Drusilla Kronensprech, a Mezzo with a Method, as well as Donaldo Largesse Angelgelt, Swifty Frank, and his Faithless Companion Buddenbrooks Buff, Fredrich Goldentrill - Barihunk Trouble Incarnate - and Tristana Straight, all weird in their own way. You won't see Wolftreudle Birdwhistle and you'll find out why. Laughs probable, applause compulsory. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/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: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF DAVE BRUBECK
CABARET SPECIAL EVENT

"A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Brubeck" will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm at THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE (1047 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC). There are no tickets to this event; the event is free and all are welcome. Artists scheduled to perform include Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Rufus Reid, Bobby Militello, Hilary Kole and Darius, Chris, Matthew and Dan Brubeck. Other performers and speakers will be announced. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck passed away on December 5, 2012 at age 91, the day before his 92nd birthday. A private funeral was held in Wilton, Connecticut in December, 2012. Dave Brubeck Bio information: Legend. American icon. Jazz titan. These are just a handful of the accolades offered to jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck. Dave Brubeck recorded over 100 albums from 1942 to 2011 and broke musical ground for composing commercially successful music in odd time signatures.

NYC: SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY "SANDI DURELL'S 12TH ANNUAL SONGWRITER SHOW"

THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY , established in 1980, continues it's 2012-2013 Season on Saturday, May 11th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC) with "Sandi Durell's 12th Annual Songwriter Show". The event opens at 12:30 pm with a flea market where you can buy and/or trade sheet music and memorabilia. The show runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. You can join the society online at http://www.nysms.org/ for only $50 per year, entitling you to nine fabulous programs/meetings and nine lively newsletters from October through June. Non-member guest fee is $10.


NYC: THE BLUE NOTE PRESENTS TAKE 6

Jazz-vocal group Take 6 will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 7th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Take 6 is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley) united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world. The group has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they've never slowed down. There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: THE LOU DONALDSON QUARTET AT THE IRIDIUM

THE Lou Donaldson Quartet (Lou Donaldson - alto saxophone, Akiko Tsuruga - hammond B3 organ, Randy Johnston - guitar, Fukushi Tainaka - drums) performs at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) Friday through Sunday, May 10th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jazz critics agree that "Sweet Poppa Lou" Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as a bandleader with Blue Note Records in 1952 and, already at age 25, he had found his sound, though it would continue to sweeten over the years - earning him his famed nickname -"Sweet Poppa Lou." He made a series of classic records for Blue Note in the 50's, and takes pride in having showcased many musicians who made their first records as sidemen for him: Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Horace Parlan, and others. After also making some excellent recordings for Cadet and Argo Records in the early 60s, Lou's return to Blue Note in 1967 was marked by one of his most famous recordings, Alligator Bogaloo. Lou was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by North Carolina A & T University and a scholarship was established in his name that is awarded to the most gifted jazz musician at North Carolina A & T University each year. He was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and is the recipient of countless other honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to jazz, America's "classical music." There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BIRDLAND PRESENTS MONTY ALEXANDER'S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express will be presented by BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Monty has performed and recorded with a wide array of renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and others. As a leader, Monty has recorded over 60 albums to date, and has reinterpreted the music of a diverse collection of his favorite artists including Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Bob Marley. Monty's HK Express seamlessly melds the sounds of a classic jazz quartet with an additional Jamaican rhythm section. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: STEVE KAZEE AND THE SHINY LIARS

The 2012 Tony Award winner, for his performance as Guy in Once, Steve Kazee will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday & Saturday, May 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm and Monday, May 13th at 9:30 pm. Kazee makes his 54 Below debut with this, his very first chance to share his original songs with New York audiences! Joined by his band, The Shiny Liars, this alt-country evening reflects Steve's southern upbringing. Inspired by artists such as Damien Jurado, Night Beds, Wilco, and others, a few of which Kazee will cover in the show, these special evenings showcase the tunes planned for his debut album, which he'll be recording this summer! In addition to winning the 2013 Grammy for Musical Theater Album for Once, Broadway has embraced Steve in roles including Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Starbuck, opposite Audra McDonald, in Roundabout's 110 in the Shade, To Be or Not to Be at MTC, and Edward Albee's Seascape. There is a $35-$55 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: AARON TVEIT MAKES CABARET DEBUT AT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) is delighted to welcome Aaron Tveit to their stage for 4 performances: Friday, May 3rd at 11:00 pm; Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, May 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th, all shows at 11:00 pm. Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Tveit's cabaret debut will have them talking for years. Broadway embraced Aaron when he memorably created roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me if You Can, in addition to his performances in Hairspray and Wicked. Television audiences can soon tune in regularly for the debut of his new USA Network series, Graceland, coming this June, and movie goers were recently starstruck by his work in Les Miserables. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


BOS: GREG ABATE QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST PHIL WOODS 

The Greg Abate Quintet, featuring Phil Woods with Tim Ray, John Lockwood and Mark Walker will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Saturday, May 11th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Greg Abate's latest release features saxophone legend, Phil Woods. Greg Abate, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 150 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to '87. Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia. Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad. Dinner/Show: $70 - Show only: $30.

DC: GRAND SLAM AT THE BLUES ALLEY

GRAND SLAM (Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, George Mraz & Lewis Nash) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Stemming from the recording made live at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts from January 2000. This diverse, creative group features songs written by Jim Hall and Joe Lovano that range from unaccompanied to orchestral. This group's debut reveals the edge and tenderness in their music and also describes various periods of the guitarist's career. Sonically Grand Slam recalls the early 60's Sonny Rollins band (The Bridge ) in which Hall also played, but this band plays more adventurous music and is more together as a unit. Hall has evolved, and Nash and Mraz are simply better, more sympathetic musicians than their predecessors. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: JAZZ AT THE ATLAS PRESENTS LUCIANA SOUZA DUO

World-renowned jazz singer and interpreter Brazil-born Luciana Souza performs as part of the Jazz at the Atlas series at the ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC - 202-399-7993) on Saturday, May 11th at 8:00 pm. Luciana Souza transcends traditional jazz and incorporates a range of musical styles. Souza has eight acclaimed releases including seven Grammy-nominated records. She performs with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo. Tickets are $15-$30


DC: THE LARRY BROWN QUARTET AT GERMANO'S

The Larry Brown Quartet (Larry Brown - piano, Kent Miller - bass, Dominic Smith - drums, Peter Fraize - tenor sax) will appear at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 pm. A post be-bop jazz pianist, Larry lists his major influences as Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and Miles Davis. There is a $20 cover.


CHI: THREE DATES WITH "MY FAIR AUDREY" AT DAVENPORTS

Hilary Ann Feldman brings her new show "My Fair Audrey" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Saturdays, May 4th, 11th & 18th at 8:00 pm. Hilary is joined by pianist Beckie Menzie in this musical tribute to this unique and beautiful star. From WWII refugee to Academy and Tony Award winner, from UNICEF beneficiary to UNICEF Ambassador, Audrey Hepburn was not only a beloved celebrity but also a celebrated human being. Actress, fashion icon, wife, mother, multi-lingual ambassador and humanitarian, Audrey is as adored today as she was half a cenury ago. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


L.A.: CABARET ON THE GREEN AT THE DATE PALM COUNTRY CLUB

Palm Springs entertainer Les Michaels will launch a new show at AJ'S ON THE GREEN RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE (36200 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, CA - 760-202-1111). Cabaret On The Green will take place on Saturdays in May from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Dinner reservations for tables in the main room are highly advised or open seating is available in the lounge. Overlooking a lake at the Date Palm Country Club, AJ's is an ideal location for live entertainment with seating for 140 and a baby grand piano that will be played by Joel Baker who has worked along side Les for nearly four years and is considered 'a singer's best friend' for his ability to accompany them in any style but mostly Standards, Jazz, Broadway, and The Great American Songbook. There is no cover charge so food and drink purchase is customary.

L.A.: SKETCHY QUEENS STARRING KAY SEDIA & REBA AREBA

Sketchy Queens will be presented at CAVERN CLUB THEATER/CASITA DEL CAMPO RESTAURANT (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-662-4255) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with late shows added on Friday & Saturday (7:00 pm Sunday). Sketchy Queens is an evening full of hilarious sketch comedy. The show headliner is everyone's favorite Tupperware Diva Kay Sedia and introducing Mexico's #1 country music star Reba Areba. The show theme is what happens when you combine Mexican's hit country singer, Reba Areba with beauty queen and Tijuana high fashion model, Kay Sedia! The show is directed by Kimberly Lewis and co-star's Cher Ferreyra, Beth Leckbee, Bryan Lovell, Leo Ryan & Kimberly Lewis. There is a $25 cover.


SF: SUTTON FOSTER OPENS NEW FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) opens their first season in San Francisco with award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, May 8th through 12th. Showtimes are 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 7:00 & 10:30 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Ms. Foster has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, LITTLE WOMEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK THE MUSICAL, and her Tony Award-winning performances in ANYTHING GOES and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She is currently starring in ABC family's new series "Bunheads". Sutton has recently appeared in JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SESAME STREET, LAW AND ORDER SVU and ROYAL PAINS. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, Joe's Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets at $75 - $100 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.


SF: CONTEMPORARY R&B ARTIST K'JON AT YOSHI'S

R&B singer/songwriter K'Jon will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Saturday, May 11th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. K'Jon will forever be linked to many people for his hit song, "On The Ocean", which gave him a #1 song on the radio for six weeks straight. Amazingly, his last album "I Get Around" also debuted at #1 on the Hip Hop/R&B album charts and later made Billboards Top 50 R&B/Hip Hop Album of 2009! The album was so well received by audiences nationwide that K'Jon was nominated for the Best New Artist category at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards. There is a $28 (8:00 pm) $24 (10:00 pm) cover.


AUS: LA CHARADE AT THE BUTTERFLY

La Charade will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) May 7th through 12th, Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 8:00 pm & Thursday & Friday at 9:00 pm. What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone ... except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star-magician Fantismo Wonderhard. The show must go on! Now Roberta from Portaloo is running the show - all of it - and it's better than ever. According to her. This show is stupid, brilliant and hilarious. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: ALMA MATER - AN EVENING OF FADO AND MODINHA

Alma Mater - an evening of Fado and Modinha will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). Reawakening the voice of worlds since lost to dusty hard-covered volumes, Alma Mater brings a fresh vitality to a long-held tradition. Sung with the unique passion of the world of men being lost to an untamed ocean, of women taking refuge from harsh and howling winds in candle-lit taverns, of the last drops of wine in a damp cellar. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: SALENA JONES AT THE YAMAHA MUSIC ROOM

London jazz icon Salena Jones will perform at THE YAMAHA MUSIC ROOM AT THE BULL`S HEAD (373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 - 020 8876 5241) on Saturday, May 11th at 8:30 pm. Salena will sing with her quintet, including the new addition of Hugh Wilkinson playing percussion, to her regular members: Will Bartlett, Matt Ridley, Patrick Davey and Richard Shepherd.Born Joan Shaw in Newport News, Virginia, she is a direct descendant of Crazy Horse, the Indian Sioux warrior. Frustrated by the racism in her home country, Joan moved to England in 1965 and changed her name to Salena Jones. CBS Records signed her, and she performed throughout Europe in major venues and TV shows. In 1967 Salena was booked for two weeks at Ronnie Scott's in London. The audience reaction was so strong that it led to an extended run of seven weeks - still a record for this famous jazz club. Over the last five decades, Salena has continued to work from her base in the UK, and has toured throughout Europe, Africa, America and Asia. She is a well loved artiste in Japan where she has toured on a regular basis since 1978. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: LEE LESSACK FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS

Lee Leesack brings his show FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th at 8:00 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Nathan Martin accompanies Lee on piano. The show is a musical journey of performances from the New York stage to the Paris concert hall via just about every city in between and features songs by some of Lessack's favourite artists such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Aznavour, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Frank Wildhorn, Gilbert Becaud, Edith Piaf and Simon & Garfunkel. Lessack's graceful, lyrical baritone vocals and sophisticated, yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing "cabaret romanticism of a high order". Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing seven albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. His MAC and Bistro Award Winning album In Good Company, features duets with such music notables as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: "CHAMPAGNE PAM" IS ... DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
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"Champagne Pam" (Pamela Lewis) brings her new show to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) for three performances: Friday, May 10th; Wednesday May 15th; and Friday May 31st, all shows at 7:30 pm. Lewis offers an entertaining inventory of song and story as she checks off the list of a life well lived and loved. The show features a spectrum of sound from contemporary music to jazz, and is designed to pop with music lovers everywhere and of course, the cabaret devotee. Under the direction of the award-winning Susan Winter, Pamela will be accompanied by a full band including guitarist husband, John Hurley. In recent years, Pamela has been featured in a range of venues and performances, including music, comedy and acting - both improvisational and scripted. In addition to the singer/songwriter duo with her husband, Lewis fronts a ten-piece orchestra for hire. There is an $18 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $12 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: "DEVIN BING & THE SECRET SERVICE"

Crooner and composer, piano man and performer, Devin Bing brings his show "Devin Bing & The Secret Service" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, May 10th at 7:00 pm. Whether he's seated behind the grand piano or swinging at the head of his dynamic 8-piece band, Bing promises a scintillating journey of smooth vocals, elegant beats and a seductive air of elegance. Over the years, Devin has devoted himself to the musical life. Lusting to be the next Harry Connick Jr., Bing began singing and playing the standards at age 11. Soon after, he began preforming live in local clubs, restaurant venues and privately upon request. At 17, he headlined his own jazz quartet began to perform throughout the NYC metro area. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE AT THE BEECHMAN

Dallas DuBois hosts DISTORTED DIZNEE, an outrageous take on some of the most beloved animated classics, at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Fridays, April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th at 10:00 pm. DuBois and a troupe of fabulous drag queens will present a twisted - and very adult - journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This 70-minute extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies". Starring Dallas DuBois, Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Shenea DeDranke, and more! There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE BLUE NOTE PRESENTS TAKE 6

Jazz-vocal group Take 6 will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 7th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Take 6 is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley) united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world. The group has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they've never slowed down. There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: THE LOU DONALDSON QUARTET AT THE IRIDIUM

THE Lou Donaldson Quartet (Lou Donaldson - alto saxophone, Akiko Tsuruga - hammond B3 organ, Randy Johnston - guitar, Fukushi Tainaka - drums) performs at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) Friday through Sunday, May 10th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jazz critics agree that "Sweet Poppa Lou" Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as a bandleader with Blue Note Records in 1952 and, already at age 25, he had found his sound, though it would continue to sweeten over the years - earning him his famed nickname -"Sweet Poppa Lou." He made a series of classic records for Blue Note in the 50's, and takes pride in having showcased many musicians who made their first records as sidemen for him: Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Horace Parlan, and others. After also making some excellent recordings for Cadet and Argo Records in the early 60s, Lou's return to Blue Note in 1967 was marked by one of his most famous recordings, Alligator Bogaloo. Lou was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by North Carolina A & T University and a scholarship was established in his name that is awarded to the most gifted jazz musician at North Carolina A & T University each year. He was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and is the recipient of countless other honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to jazz, America's "classical music." There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BIRDLAND PRESENTS MONTY ALEXANDER'S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express will be presented by BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Monty has performed and recorded with a wide array of renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and others. As a leader, Monty has recorded over 60 albums to date, and has reinterpreted the music of a diverse collection of his favorite artists including Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Bob Marley. Monty's HK Express seamlessly melds the sounds of a classic jazz quartet with an additional Jamaican rhythm section. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DAVID BERGER JAZZ ORCHESTRA FRIDAYS AT BIRDLAND

The David Berger Jazz Orchestra performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Fridays at 5:00 pm. Jazz composer, arranger and conductor David Berger is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era and big band music. Conductor and arranger for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from its inception in 1988 through 1994, Berger has transcribed more than 750 full scores of classic recordings including over 500 works by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Mr. Berger maintains a close working relationship with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: AARON TVEIT MAKES CABARET DEBUT AT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) is delighted to welcome Aaron Tveit to their stage for 4 performances: Friday, May 3rd at 11:00 pm; Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, May 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th, all shows at 11:00 pm. Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Tveit's cabaret debut will have them talking for years. Broadway embraced Aaron when he memorably created roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me if You Can, in addition to his performances in Hairspray and Wicked. Television audiences can soon tune in regularly for the debut of his new USA Network series, Graceland, coming this June, and movie goers were recently starstruck by his work in Les Miserables. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: STEVE KAZEE AND THE SHINY LIARS

The 2012 Tony Award winner, for his performance as Guy in Once, Steve Kazee will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday & Saturday, May 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm and Monday, May 13th at 9:30 pm. Kazee makes his 54 Below debut with this, his very first chance to share his original songs with New York audiences! Joined by his band, The Shiny Liars, this alt-country evening reflects Steve's southern upbringing. Inspired by artists such as Damien Jurado, Night Beds, Wilco, and others, a few of which Kazee will cover in the show, these special evenings showcase the tunes planned for his debut album, which he'll be recording this summer! In addition to winning the 2013 Grammy for Musical Theater Album for Once, Broadway has embraced Steve in roles including Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Starbuck, opposite Audra McDonald, in Roundabout's 110 in the Shade, To Be or Not to Be at MTC, and Edward Albee's Seascape. There is a $35-$55 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CAFE CARLYLE WELCOMES YANNA AVIS TO "LATE NIGHT SERIES"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600) is pleased to welcome cosmopolitan chanteuse, Yanna Avis, for its new "Second Act, A Late Night Series of Fun and Entertainment" at the Cafe Carlyle on Thursdays & Fridays, May 9th & 10th, and 16th and 17th at 10:45 pm. Ms. Avis is making her Cafe Carlyle debut with her new program, In Love With Love, which will feature her unique brand of sophisticated European cabaret and will be multi-lingual from a variety of influences: Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollander and other sophisticates and heartbreakers. Ms. Avis will be joined on stage by musical director David Shenton at the piano, Tony Macelli on bass, Rich Mercurio on drums, and Will Holshouser on accordion. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NE: LUCIE ARNAZ LATIN ROOTS AT RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE

Lucie Arnaz brings her show Latin Roots to THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE (80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT - 203-438-5795) on Friday, May 10th at 8:00 pm. The daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, much of America grew up with Lucie Arnaz having watched her blossom as an actress opposite her mother on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. But Arnaz has since triumphed in a variety of mediums, most notably in the Broadway musical They're Playing Our Song and in the film The Jazz Singer, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In recent years, she has become a popular nightclub performer, and on May 10th, she brings her new show Latin Roots, based on the CD of the same name, and an homage to her father's legacy. Tickets are $55.

DC: GRAND SLAM AT THE BLUES ALLEY

GRAND SLAM (Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, George Mraz & Lewis Nash) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Stemming from the recording made live at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts from January 2000. This diverse, creative group features songs written by Jim Hall and Joe Lovano that range from unaccompanied to orchestral. This group's debut reveals the edge and tenderness in their music and also describes various periods of the guitarist's career. Sonically Grand Slam recalls the early 60's Sonny Rollins band (The Bridge ) in which Hall also played, but this band plays more adventurous music and is more together as a unit. Hall has evolved, and Nash and Mraz are simply better, more sympathetic musicians than their predecessors. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ALI RYERSON & STEVE RUDOLPH

Back by popular demand, internationally renowned jazz flutist Ali Ryerson returns to CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - ) on Friday, May 10th at 7:30 pm. Ali will join in a special duo evening with one of her favorite collaborators, pianist Steve Rudolph. Ali and Steve will perform music from their CD 'Soul Quest' plus some beautiful ballads, bossa novas and jazz standards. Ali Ryerson is considered to be among the top jazz flutists in the world, as voted in the 2012 Downbeat Jazz Poll, and by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center; the Monterey Jazz Festival to the famed Blue Note jazz club in both NY and Japan. She has released nearly two dozen highly acclaimed jazz albums on major jazz labels and has performed with a multitude of jazz icons during a career spanning four decades. There is a $15 cover.


CHI: DARK CAFE DAYS: FOILED AGAIN SINGS JONI MITCHELL

The vocal group Foiled Again brings their award-winning tribute to Joni Mitchell back to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) for the first time in 10 years, with performances scheduled for Fridays, May 3rd & 10th at 8:00 pm. Foiled Again is Allison Bazarko, Rob Lindley, Anne Sheridan Smith with Doug Peck on piano & Gavin Kirk on guitar. This is the show that really helped Foiled Again find their signature sound as they cover Mitchell's greatest hits and also some of her lesser-known tunes. This fantastic evening features their signature harmonies on tunes like: Woodstock, The Circle Game, Raised on Robbery, Chelsea Morning. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

L.A.: SKETCHY QUEENS STARRING KAY SEDIA & REBA AREBA

Sketchy Queens will be presented at CAVERN CLUB THEATER/CASITA DEL CAMPO RESTAURANT (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-662-4255) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with late shows added on Friday & Saturday (7:00 pm Sunday). Sketchy Queens is an evening full of hilarious sketch comedy. The show headliner is everyone's favorite Tupperware Diva Kay Sedia and introducing Mexico's #1 country music star Reba Areba. The show theme is what happens when you combine Mexican's hit country singer, Reba Areba with beauty queen and Tijuana high fashion model, Kay Sedia! The show is directed by Kimberly Lewis and co-star's Cher Ferreyra, Beth Leckbee, Bryan Lovell, Leo Ryan & Kimberly Lewis. There is a $25 cover.


SF: SUTTON FOSTER OPENS NEW FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) opens their first season in San Francisco with award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, May 8th through 12th. Showtimes are 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 7:00 & 10:30 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Ms. Foster has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, LITTLE WOMEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK THE MUSICAL, and her Tony Award-winning performances in ANYTHING GOES and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She is currently starring in ABC family's new series "Bunheads". Sutton has recently appeared in JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SESAME STREET, LAW AND ORDER SVU and ROYAL PAINS. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, Joe's Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets at $75 - $100 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.


SF: LYDIA PENSE & COLD BLOOD WITH RICK STEVENS

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday, May 10th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Lydia Pense & Cold Blood debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation's musical Meccas. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia's voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60's, early-70's albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Rick Stevens vocals first came to prominence when he sang on Sparkling in the Sand from East Bay Grease, Tower of Power's first album on San Francisco Records. In 1972, he forever etched his place in music history with the memorable You're Still a Young Man, from the album Bump City, leading to TOP's first chart record. There is a $26 (8:00 pm) or $19 (10:00 pm) cover.


AUS: LA CHARADE AT THE BUTTERFLY

La Charade will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) May 7th through 12th, Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 8:00 pm & Thursday & Friday at 9:00 pm. What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone ... except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star-magician Fantismo Wonderhard. The show must go on! Now Roberta from Portaloo is running the show - all of it - and it's better than ever. According to her. This show is stupid, brilliant and hilarious. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: ALMA MATER - AN EVENING OF FADO AND MODINHA

Alma Mater - an evening of Fado and Modinha will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). Reawakening the voice of worlds since lost to dusty hard-covered volumes, Alma Mater brings a fresh vitality to a long-held tradition. Sung with the unique passion of the world of men being lost to an untamed ocean, of women taking refuge from harsh and howling winds in candle-lit taverns, of the last drops of wine in a damp cellar. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: LEE LESSACK FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS

Lee Leesack brings his show FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th at 8:00 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Nathan Martin accompanies Lee on piano. The show is a musical journey of performances from the New York stage to the Paris concert hall via just about every city in between and features songs by some of Lessack's favourite artists such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Aznavour, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Frank Wildhorn, Gilbert Becaud, Edith Piaf and Simon & Garfunkel. Lessack's graceful, lyrical baritone vocals and sophisticated, yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing "cabaret romanticism of a high order". Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing seven albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. His MAC and Bistro Award Winning album In Good Company, features duets with such music notables as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. Call for cover/minimum information.


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THURSDAY - MAY 9th

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NYC: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

"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: DENNIS MCNEIL AT THE MET WITH "ME AND MY BIG FAT MOUTH"

Multi-award winning entertainer, Dennis McNeil, will bring his show "Me and My Big Fat Mouth" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 pm. Musical director is James Followell. McNeil is no stranger to the concert stage, having performed in every state and around the world with symphonies, opera companies, regional theaters, and national tours. He has performed for 5 United States Presidents and many other dignitaries and heads of state. He was 1993 National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and in addition to other awards including the Richard Gold Career award from the New York City Opera and a Rex Foundation Award from The Grateful Dead. After recently garnering an award and rave reviews for his debut Cabaret show, "Me and My Big Mouth" in Los Angeles, Dennis has continued to receive raves and standing ovations from audiences and the press alike at landmark Los Angeles venues including the Gardenia, Cicada Club, Vitello's, and the Comedy and Magic Club. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARIA OTTAVIA PRESENTS MARIA & FRIENDS
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Maria Ottavia hosts the third installment of Maria & Friends at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 pm. Maria & Friends is a variety show with a talk show format. In addition to performing, Maria promotes Cabaret and other Live Music events on Facebook and other social network sites. Her special guests for this show are Richard Skipper, Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak, Tim Clement And Special Featured Guest: Andrew Ahne. Musical direction is by Barry Levitt. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

$10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: JACK KLEINSINGER'S HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ SALUTES GEORGE WEIN

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, "New York's Longest Running Jazz Concert Series" presents a Salute to George Wein on Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 pm at THE TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (199 Chambers Street, NYC - 212-220-1460). Performers scheduled to appear include Ron Carter, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Jay Leonhart, Kenny Washington, Lew Tabackin plus Guest of Honor: George Wein. George will receive the Highlights In Jazz Annual Award. Every year since 1974 Highlights In Jazz has honored a living jazz musician for their 'matchless musical achievements'. Previous honorees have included Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Frank Wess, Roy Haynes, Maxine Sullivan, Hank Jones, Dr. Billy Taylor and Sonny Fortune to name a few. Tickets are $45.


NYC: THE BLUE NOTE PRESENTS TAKE 6

Jazz-vocal group Take 6 will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 7th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Take 6 is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley) united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world. The group has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they've never slowed down. There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: BIRDLAND PRESENTS MONTY ALEXANDER'S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express will be presented by BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Monty has performed and recorded with a wide array of renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and others. As a leader, Monty has recorded over 60 albums to date, and has reinterpreted the music of a diverse collection of his favorite artists including Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Bob Marley. Monty's HK Express seamlessly melds the sounds of a classic jazz quartet with an additional Jamaican rhythm section. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MOLLY RINGWALD TO RELEASE DEBUT CD AT IRIDIUM

Critically-Acclaimed Actress, Author and Singer Molly Ringwald will appear at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Wednesday & Thursday, May 8th & 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm as part of her nationwide CD release tour. Except ... Sometimes, the debut CD from actress and author Molly Ringwald, was released by Concord Records on April 9th, 2013 (international release dates may vary). An homage to the Great American Songbook, Ringwald has crafted a carefully chosen selection of nine standards which she caps off with her take on The Breakfast Club classic, "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The release of Except ... Sometimes will be accompanied by select tour dates as well as appearances in conjunction with the release of her bestselling new novel, When It Happens to You. Except ... Sometimes was produced by Peter Smith and features Clayton Cameron on drums, Allen Mezquida on alto saxophone, Peter Smith on piano and Trevor Ware on bass. Currently, Molly can be seen starring in the breakout hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, and she is also on the road promoting her new novel, the national bestseller, "When It Happens to You." There is a $35-$55 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: REBECCA LUKER SINGS JEROME KERN AT 54 BELOW

Rebecca Luker Sings Jerome Kern will be presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 pm. Additional performances are scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, May 15th & 16th at 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, May 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm. Broadway audiences fell in love with Rebecca Luker when she created the role of Lily in The Secret Garden. Since then, she's delighted New York with Tony nominated roles in The Music Man, Showboat, and Mary Poppins, as well as her acclaimed performances in Nine and The Sound of Music. Her solo CD's, Greenwich Time and Leaving Home, are available on PS Classics. A long time champion of new composers, Rebecca has trumpeted new works in her appearances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and on her recordings. This May, 54 Below is thrilled to present Rebecca in a reprise engagement of her brilliant evening of music, all penned by the singular Jerome Kern. There is a $30-$40 with a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: AARON TVEIT MAKES CABARET DEBUT AT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) is delighted to welcome Aaron Tveit to their stage for 4 performances: Friday, May 3rd at 11:00 pm; Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, May 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th, all shows at 11:00 pm. Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Tveit's cabaret debut will have them talking for years. Broadway embraced Aaron when he memorably created roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me if You Can, in addition to his performances in Hairspray and Wicked. Television audiences can soon tune in regularly for the debut of his new USA Network series, Graceland, coming this June, and movie goers were recently starstruck by his work in Les Miserables. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT: 54 PIANO BAR THURSDAYS
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

On Thursdays at 11:00 pm at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551), it's time for 54 PIANO BAR. Just pick a song and join extraordinary pianist and host Brian Nash as you take your turn on the stage. See new Broadway talent perform on a whim, and perhaps take part in the ever-popular (and inevitable) audience sing along. No cover charge. No cover charge, just a $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CAFE CARLYLE WELCOMES YANNA AVIS TO "LATE NIGHT SERIES"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600) is pleased to welcome cosmopolitan chanteuse, Yanna Avis, for its new "Second Act, A Late Night Series of Fun and Entertainment" at the Cafe Carlyle on Thursdays & Fridays, May 9th & 10th, and 16th and 17th at 10:45 pm. Ms. Avis is making her Cafe Carlyle debut with her new program, In Love With Love, which will feature her unique brand of sophisticated European cabaret and will be multi-lingual from a variety of influences: Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollander and other sophisticates and heartbreakers. Ms. Avis will be joined on stage by musical director David Shenton at the piano, Tony Macelli on bass, Rich Mercurio on drums, and Will Holshouser on accordion. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: FOURPLAY AT SCULLERS

The contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday & Friday, May 9th & 10th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. For two decades, Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. Dinner/show: $78 - show only $38


DC: GRAND SLAM AT THE BLUES ALLEY

GRAND SLAM (Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, George Mraz & Lewis Nash) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Stemming from the recording made live at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts from January 2000. This diverse, creative group features songs written by Jim Hall and Joe Lovano that range from unaccompanied to orchestral. This group's debut reveals the edge and tenderness in their music and also describes various periods of the guitarist's career. Sonically Grand Slam recalls the early 60's Sonny Rollins band (The Bridge ) in which Hall also played, but this band plays more adventurous music and is more together as a unit. Hall has evolved, and Nash and Mraz are simply better, more sympathetic musicians than their predecessors. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: SKETCHY QUEENS STARRING KAY SEDIA & REBA AREBA

Sketchy Queens will be presented at CAVERN CLUB THEATER/CASITA DEL CAMPO RESTAURANT (1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-662-4255) Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 8:00 pm, with late shows added on Friday & Saturday (7:00 pm Sunday). Sketchy Queens is an evening full of hilarious sketch comedy. The show headliner is everyone's favorite Tupperware Diva Kay Sedia and introducing Mexico's #1 country music star Reba Areba. The show theme is what happens when you combine Mexican's hit country singer, Reba Areba with beauty queen and Tijuana high fashion model, Kay Sedia! The show is directed by Kimberly Lewis and co-star's Cher Ferreyra, Beth Leckbee, Bryan Lovell, Leo Ryan & Kimberly Lewis. There is a $25 cover.


SF: SUTTON FOSTER OPENS NEW FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) opens their first season in San Francisco with award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, May 8th through 12th. Showtimes are 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 7:00 & 10:30 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Ms. Foster has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, LITTLE WOMEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK THE MUSICAL, and her Tony Award-winning performances in ANYTHING GOES and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She is currently starring in ABC family's new series "Bunheads". Sutton has recently appeared in JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SESAME STREET, LAW AND ORDER SVU and ROYAL PAINS. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, Joe's Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets at $75 - $100 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.


SF: PAULA COLE AT YOSHI'S SAN FRANCISCO

GRAMMY winner and seven-time GRAMMY nominee Paula Cole will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 pm. Paula has released six solo albums spanning an 18-year career. In April, she released her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel's "Secret World Live" tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger (Imago Records). With Raven, Paula returns to her Harbinger-styled, storytelling roots. Her songs "Life Goes On" and "Eloise" tell the tales of family, heartache, love; "Sorrow-on-the-Hudson" paints the image of the river as Self; mighty, yet lonely. The anthemic "Strong Beautiful Woman" is Cole's mantra for mothers, partners and daughters. Fear and the danger of losing one's voice in "Scream" resolves in finding her voice through the cathartic writing and singing, not unlike Cole's personal journey. Longing, sex, fantasy and feminism are all themes evoked in Raven. There is a $32 cover.

AUS: LA CHARADE AT THE BUTTERFLY

La Charade will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) May 7th through 12th, Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 8:00 pm & Thursday & Friday at 9:00 pm. What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone ... except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star-magician Fantismo Wonderhard. The show must go on! Now Roberta from Portaloo is running the show - all of it - and it's better than ever. According to her. This show is stupid, brilliant and hilarious. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: ALMA MATER - AN EVENING OF FADO AND MODINHA

Alma Mater - an evening of Fado and Modinha will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday through Sunday, May 9th through 12th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). Reawakening the voice of worlds since lost to dusty hard-covered volumes, Alma Mater brings a fresh vitality to a long-held tradition. Sung with the unique passion of the world of men being lost to an untamed ocean, of women taking refuge from harsh and howling winds in candle-lit taverns, of the last drops of wine in a damp cellar. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: THIRSTY THURSDAYS WITH TREVOR JONES
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT


Thirsty Thursdays - the tradition in the music theatre community for a ritual post-show drink - is a terribly kept secret. It is celebrated weekly at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursdays at 10:30 pm. Legendary piano man and cabaret performer Trevor Jones takes charge of our showroom for an evening of laughs and great music. Bring a song to sing, request your favourite, or just enjoy the performances and rub shoulders with cast members from major musicals. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: OPEN MIC NOW IN LONDON WITH HAROLD SANDITEN
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

Starting on Thursday, April 18th and every Thursday thereafter, Harold Sanditen will be hosting an open mic night at London's THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). This will be a unique open mic in the West End, having an acoustic baby grand piano and a bass player. Michael Roulston and Jonty Fisher will be regular musicians - and both are versed at both jazz and more theatrical songs. Harold hopes to create a fun and exciting evening where everyone feels free to perform - jazz, pop, rock, theatre, cabaret, even opera! He welcomes not just singers, but also composers and musicians who want to showcase their talent - both up and coming performers who want to be seen/heard, alongside established singers who want to do a turn. This is a purely musical open mic - no stand-up comedy. Cover is just 5 pounds! HAROLD IS A PREMIER SPONSOR OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

LON: LEE LESSACK FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS

Lee Leesack brings his show FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th at 8:00 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Nathan Martin accompanies Lee on piano. The show is a musical journey of performances from the New York stage to the Paris concert hall via just about every city in between and features songs by some of Lessack's favourite artists such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Aznavour, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Frank Wildhorn, Gilbert Becaud, Edith Piaf and Simon & Garfunkel. Lessack's graceful, lyrical baritone vocals and sophisticated, yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing "cabaret romanticism of a high order". Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing seven albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. His MAC and Bistro Award Winning album In Good Company, features duets with such music notables as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: ROCHELLE AND PAUL CHAMLIN - "LET'S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL"
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Take a trip with Paul and Rochelle as they explore the pleasures, frustrations, and rewards of hitting the road at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday May 5th at 4:00 pm and Wednesday May 8th at 7:00pm. This journey through song will include great standards, humorous numbers, wistful ballads, and the usual underperformed gems and novelties from the "files of Paul Chamlin" - plus a premiere by songwriters Roger Schore and Nancy Winston. This is the sixth show from the critically acclaimed duo, who continue to delight audiences with their high-spirited banter, beautifully blended voices, and unique chemistry. Directed by Teresa Fischer with John Loehrke on Bass, this is a trip you won't want to miss. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS WITH MARNIE KLAR
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Marnie Klar will perform her show Accidental Happiness at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Wednesday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 21st, both shows at 7:00 pm. She is joined on stage by musical director Jeff Cubeta on piano, Matt Scharfglass on bass, Greg Ritchie on drums, and Erin Cronican on vocals. Tanya Moberly directs. The show will feature songs by Tori Amos, Jack Artonoff, Jeff Cubeta, John Lennon, Jeff Marx, Sting, Steve Trask, Phil Vasser and others. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: GARY NEGBAUR RETURNS TO THE FLATIRON ROOM

Pianist/ singer/ songwriter Gary Negbaur will perform with Dom Richards (bass) and Nat Seeley (drums) at THE FLATIRON ROOM (37 West 26th Street, NYC - 212-725-3860) on Wednesday, May 8th with sets from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Gary Negbaur has toured across the USA, Europe and Australia wowing audiences with his heartfelt and often humorous originals along with his innovative arrangements of standards. His recordings include a CD of original music (Let me explain) as well as a critically acclaimed solo album of standards (Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat) and a children's CD (Max's Family Band). The song list will include several New Orleans R&B numbers as Gary prepares from his performances in the Big Easy later last year. There is no cover.

NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT NOW ON RESTAURANT ROW


Following a successful four-month run at San Martin on the East Side, Chris Barrett brings his music to LA RIVISTA RISTORANTE (313 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-366-4603) for an open ended run on Mondays through Wednesdays starting Monday, January 21st. There are two shows nightly, a dinner show at 8:00 and a supper show at 10:00 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard. Chris Barrett's career highlights include repeat engagements at New York's Stanhope, Carlyle, Pierre, UN Plaza and Westbury Hotels. Also in New York he has appeared in cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Helen's Hideaway Room, Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's Chelsea, L'Omnibus d' Maxims; The Reprise Room @ Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC.There is no cover charge.

NYC: MARISSA MULDER BRINGS BACK TOM WAITS TRIBUTE

Marissa Mulder's acclaimed show "Tom ... in His Words" featuring the music and poetry of Tom Waits returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, May 7th at 9:30 pm and Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm. Mulder's journey into the dark, thorny and ofter hilarious world of this iconic American rocker, is directed by Lauren Fox, with music direction by Jon Weber with a trio that includes Ritt Henn on bass and Mike Rosengarten on guitar. In "Tom ... in His Words" Mulder performs Waits classics ("Downtown Train" and "Ol' 55") as well as some lesser-known treasures like "Broken Bicycles" and "Alice." All along the way, she recharges the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's strange mixture of rock, jazz and the blues (and even vaudeville) with a current that while different, couldn't be more true. The 2011 MetroStar Talent Challenge winner made her cabaret debut in 2010 at Don't Tell Mama, followed that with her critically acclaimed tribute to songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen in 2011. Her previous engagement at the Metropolitan Room in 2012, "Illusions," was directed by singer Karen Oberlin. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ROSE & THE NIGHTINGALE CD RELEASE SHOW

Rose & The Nightingale's CD Release Show will be presented at SUBCULTURE NYC (45 Bleeker Street, NYC) on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30 pm. Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi- instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin) & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band's warm sound of three-part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. The band's new album, Spirit of the Garden, inspired by botanical gardens everywhere, blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, world, and chamber music. The performance integrates poetry about gardens and nature as the lyrics to the songs, as inspiration for improvised interludes, and as thematic threads through the concert. Rose & the Nightingale "live" shows have proven to uplift audiences with the power of the quartet's fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent. Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength. There is an $18 cover.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: MATT FRIES TRIO

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. The show on Wednesday, May 8th features Matt Fries Trio with Matt Fries - Piano; Phil Palombi - Bass; Joe Strasser - Drums. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.


NYC: THE BLUE NOTE PRESENTS TAKE 6

Jazz-vocal group Take 6 will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 7th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Take 6 is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley) united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world. The group has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they've never slowed down. There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: BIRDLAND PRESENTS MONTY ALEXANDER'S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express will be presented by BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Monty has performed and recorded with a wide array of renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and others. As a leader, Monty has recorded over 60 albums to date, and has reinterpreted the music of a diverse collection of his favorite artists including Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Bob Marley. Monty's HK Express seamlessly melds the sounds of a classic jazz quartet with an additional Jamaican rhythm section. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MOLLY RINGWALD TO RELEASE DEBUT CD AT IRIDIUM

Critically-Acclaimed Actress, Author and Singer Molly Ringwald will appear at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Wednesday & Thursday, May 8th & 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm as part of her nationwide CD release tour. Except ... Sometimes, the debut CD from actress and author Molly Ringwald, was released by Concord Records on April 9th, 2013 (international release dates may vary). An homage to the Great American Songbook, Ringwald has crafted a carefully chosen selection of nine standards which she caps off with her take on The Breakfast Club classic, "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The release of Except ... Sometimes will be accompanied by select tour dates as well as appearances in conjunction with the release of her bestselling new novel, When It Happens to You. Except ... Sometimes was produced by Peter Smith and features Clayton Cameron on drums, Allen Mezquida on alto saxophone, Peter Smith on piano and Trevor Ware on bass. Currently, Molly can be seen starring in the breakout hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, and she is also on the road promoting her new novel, the national bestseller, "When It Happens to You." There is a $35-$55 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FRESH WORK. FRESHMAN AT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents "Fresh Work. Freshman" on Wednesday, May 8th with performances at 9:30 & 11:00 pm. For those craving a night of innovative and off-beat musical theater with no shortage of drinks and a lively crowd, Pace University & Ryan Scott Oliver present an evening of songs from hot, new musicals all written, performed and directed by Pace University freshmen. A high-energy crowd pleaser with striking melodies and an unruly attitude, Hatched, a yearly event, is always an electrifying night. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DANIEL BREAKER WITH ADDED ENCORE PERFORMANCE

Tony nominee Daniel Breaker is proud to return to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm, performing an intimate set with frequent collaborators Jon Spurney (Passing Strange), Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Ron McBee (Ruined). After gaining high praise for his fresh and riveting performance in Broadway's Passing Strange, Daniel's recent stage credits include Shrek, the Musical, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and The Performers, as well as appearances in film (Limitless, Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer). There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

RI: KRISANTHI PAPPAS TRIO AT JAZZ NIGHT AT SARDELLA'S

Krisanthi Pappas will be joined by Mike Renzi on piano and Dick Lupino on bass on Wednesday, May 8th with sets from 7:30 to 10:00 pm at SARDELLA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT (30 Memorial Boulevard West, Newport, RI - 401-849-6312). Based in the Boston-area, Krisanthi is a full-time entertainer playing an average of 150 performances a year at jazz concert venues, singer-songwriter series, festivals, resorts, clubs and private events throughout New England and New York City. Reservations are required to dine in the music room. Call for cover/minimum information.

NE: AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC WITH ROBIN BURRAGE
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

Every second Wednesday of the month Leslie Holmes hosts an amazing Open Mic night at the AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER (160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA - 508-405-2787), and each show features a special guest. On Wednesday, May 8th the featured guest will be Robin Burrage. Robin Burrage sparkles and offers a varied, meaningful repertoire. Her trained voice lends itself equally well to classical repertoire and cabaret. Pianist for the open mic is Tom LaMark. The open-mic starts at 7:00 pm (signup at 6:30 pm), and the featured performers go on at 8:10 pm. There is an $10 cover charge ($9 cover for BACA members).

DC: SOULCIAL HOUR BAND PRESENTS THE LEGENDS OF SOUL REVUE

Soulcial Hour Band presents the LEGENDS OF SOUL REVUE at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, May 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Hosted by, "Mr. Cheek." The LEGENDS OF SOUL REVUE will take all on a soulful journey with Special Tribute to the music and legacy of Luther Vandross, Phyllis Hyman, Anita baker, Marvin Gaye, Chaka khan and more. Featuring Marc Staggers (Expansion Records), Songstress Rashida Olley and Special Guest Vocalist Cortney Hicks (Majic 102.3FM). Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: SUTTON FOSTER OPENS NEW FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) opens their first season in San Francisco with award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, May 8th through 12th. Showtimes are 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 7:00 & 10:30 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Ms. Foster has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, LITTLE WOMEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK THE MUSICAL, and her Tony Award-winning performances in ANYTHING GOES and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She is currently starring in ABC family's new series "Bunheads". Sutton has recently appeared in JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SESAME STREET, LAW AND ORDER SVU and ROYAL PAINS. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, Joe's Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets at $75 - $100 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.


SF: YOSHI'S PRESENTS TEDDY RILEY & BLACKSTREET FEATURING DAVE HOLLISTER

Teddy Riley & Blackstreet Featuring Dave Hollister performs at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Wednesday, May 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Blackstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Thomas Taliaferro (producer) Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley, the inventor of New Jack Swing known for his work as a member of Guy. The original lineup released their first single in 1993 on the soundtrack to the movie CB4 starring Chris Rock titled "Baby Be Mine" featuring Joseph Stonestreet on lead and produced by Teddy Riley and written by Teddy Riley and Joseph Stonestreet. Stonestreet however left the group shortly after the single was released due to creative and personal differences with Riley and was replaced by Dave Hollister before the group recorded their debut album but not before he and Riley co-wrote a song called "I Wanna Make Love" for their debut album. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: LA CHARADE AT THE BUTTERFLY

La Charade will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) May 7th through 12th, Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 8:00 pm & Thursday & Friday at 9:00 pm. What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone ... except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star-magician Fantismo Wonderhard. The show must go on! Now Roberta from Portaloo is running the show - all of it - and it's better than ever. According to her. This show is stupid, brilliant and hilarious. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: LEE LESSACK FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS

Lee Leesack brings his show FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th at 8:00 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Nathan Martin accompanies Lee on piano. The show is a musical journey of performances from the New York stage to the Paris concert hall via just about every city in between and features songs by some of Lessack's favourite artists such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Aznavour, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Frank Wildhorn, Gilbert Becaud, Edith Piaf and Simon & Garfunkel. Lessack's graceful, lyrical baritone vocals and sophisticated, yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing "cabaret romanticism of a high order". Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing seven albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. His MAC and Bistro Award Winning album In Good Company, features duets with such music notables as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT NOW ON RESTAURANT ROW


Following a successful four-month run at San Martin on the East Side, Chris Barrett brings his music to LA RIVISTA RISTORANTE (313 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-366-4603) for an open ended run on Mondays through Wednesdays starting Monday, January 21st. There are two shows nightly, a dinner show at 8:00 and a supper show at 10:00 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard. Chris Barrett's career highlights include repeat engagements at New York's Stanhope, Carlyle, Pierre, UN Plaza and Westbury Hotels. Also in New York he has appeared in cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Helen's Hideaway Room, Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's Chelsea, L'Omnibus d' Maxims; The Reprise Room @ Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC.There is no cover charge.

NYC: JON PETERSON - SONG MAN, DANCE MAN

Jon Peterson returns to STAGE 72 - formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 pm with a salute to male entertainers of the 20th Century. Take a rollercoaster-ride through the lives of seven of the greatest: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, George M Cohan, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr and Anthony Newley. Jon will be telling their story, how their lives entwined and the impact they had on show business. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARISSA MULDER BRINGS BACK TOM WAITS TRIBUTE

Marissa Mulder's acclaimed show "Tom ... in His Words" featuring the music and poetry of Tom Waits returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, May 7th at 9:30 pm and Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm. Mulder's journey into the dark, thorny and ofter hilarious world of this iconic American rocker, is directed by Lauren Fox, with music direction by Jon Weber with a trio that includes Ritt Henn on bass and Mike Rosengarten on guitar. In "Tom ... in His Words" Mulder performs Waits classics ("Downtown Train" and "Ol' 55") as well as some lesser-known treasures like "Broken Bicycles" and "Alice." All along the way, she recharges the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's strange mixture of rock, jazz and the blues (and even vaudeville) with a current that while different, couldn't be more true. The 2011 MetroStar Talent Challenge winner made her cabaret debut in 2010 at Don't Tell Mama, followed that with her critically acclaimed tribute to songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen in 2011. Her previous engagement at the Metropolitan Room in 2012, "Illusions," was directed by singer Karen Oberlin. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: YVONNE CONSTANT AT METROPOLITAN ROOM

The Tony Award-winning actress Yvonne Constant will appear in her latest show "One of a Kind," at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, April 30th; Tuesday, May 7th; Monday, May 20th, and Tuesday, May 28th, all shows at 7:00 pm. She is joined by music director Russ Kassoff on piano. "One of a Kind," is her seventh Metropolitan Room engagement since making concert debut there in 2008. In the show Contstant declares her independence, exploring in song and stories the many ways in which her singleness of mind, body and spirit, have brought her joy and fueled her career. In "One of a Kind," Constant has her way with songs by or associated with some of her favorite free-spirits and iconoclasts, from Petula Clark, to Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman, to Giusseppi Verdi. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: GEORGE GEE SWING ORCHESTRA TUESDAY NIGHTS AT SWING 46

The hot big band sounds of The George Gee Swing Orchestra were the first to grace the SWING 46 JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB (349 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-262-9554) stage and continue to thrill music lovers and swing dancers weekly at the Tuesday night big band spectacular from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Both New Yorkers and tourists from around the world make the pilgrimage each week to experience the ultimate NYC swing big band extravaganza - at the only swing dance supper club standing strong and true (7 nights a week)! George Gee and his 12 piece swing orchestra (along with vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes) are not just rooted in the past, but also serve up brand new cutting edge arrangements, inspired by the old Harlem Savoy Ballroom era. Tuesday evenings also regularly feature The SWING46 Big Band Floor Show with the award-winning lindy-hop dance team, SwingFX and a complimentary dance lesson provided by Dance Manhattan Studios! There is a $12 cover.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday nights 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: THE BLUE NOTE PRESENTS TAKE 6

Jazz-vocal group Take 6 will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 7th through 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Take 6 is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley) united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world. The group has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they've never slowed down. There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: BIRDLAND PRESENTS MONTY ALEXANDER'S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express will be presented by BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Monty has performed and recorded with a wide array of renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and others. As a leader, Monty has recorded over 60 albums to date, and has reinterpreted the music of a diverse collection of his favorite artists including Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Bob Marley. Monty's HK Express seamlessly melds the sounds of a classic jazz quartet with an additional Jamaican rhythm section. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: NICOLAS KING WITH SPECIAL GUEST HILARY KOLE

ScoBar Entertainment presents Nicolas King with special guest Hilary Kole, for one performance only, on Tuesday, May 7th at 8:00 pm at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121). He will be accompanied by the Mike Renzi Trio, with Musical Director Mike Renzi on piano, Gary Haase on bass & Ray Marchica on drums. King has been performing since the age of 4. He appeared on Broadway in Beauty & the Beast, A Thousand Clowns opposite Tom Selleck & Hollywood Arms, directed by Hal Prince, all before the age of 13. He has performed on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, "The View," "The Today Show," "Liza & David," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2006 tour with Liza Minnelli, and elsewhere throughout the US. His album, Nineteen, is available on iTunes. Hilary Kole has recorded & concertized with music legends Oscar Peterson, David Brubeck & Michel LeGrand & has recorded with Hank Jones, John Pizzarelli & Freddy Cole, among others. She began her professional career at the legendary Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to headline and was their lead singer for two years. From there, she performed at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Lincoln Center as part of the "American Songbook Series," Carnegie Hall in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson, The Town Hall, The Carlyle, The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Zankel Hall & the 92nd Street Y. Hilary headlines throughout the world at major European music festivals, jazz clubs & performing arts centers. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE WBGO JAZZ SERIES PRESENT NIGHTSONGS: AN EVENING WITH JANIS SIEGEL

The 54 Below WBGO Jazz Series at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) will feature weekly Tuesday evening shows by jazz artists with performances at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. Just around the corner from Swing Street, these seasoned jazz performers come to Broadway's Nightclub to play and sing the night away in grand style. Whether you're a long time jazz buff or new to the genre, this series, sponsored by the country's premier jazz radio station, promises a truly classic only-in-New York experience. Featured on Tuesday, May 7th, Nightsongs: An Evening with Janis Siegel. "Nightsongs" - An Evening with Janis Siegel will feature songs from her brand new, soon-to-be released Palmetto CD, a delicious, nocturnal blend of jazz, Cuban and Brazilian grooves guaranteed to put you in the mood. Featuring a band of some of New York's most extraordinary and versatile musicians led by pianist John DiMartino, this ten-time Grammy-winning vocalist will premiere new songs as well as old favorites, and as always, some fresh surprises. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, HOSTED BY SUSIE MOSHER

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents BACKSTAGE, Broadway's Tuesday night cocktail party/songfest, hosted by Susie Mosher at 10:30 pm. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Mosher guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform. Members of the "Backstage repertory company", featuring some of New York's most exciting musical theatre talent, are on hand each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. Special guest stars on May 7th are Keala Settle (Tony nominated for Hands on a Hardbody), Kathleen Monteleone (Hands on a Hardbody), Jim Newman (Hands on a Hardbody), Jeff Blumenkrantz (composer/ actor Broadway's Into the Woods revival, Damn Yankees), Kevin Meaney (Broadways favorite comedian), Trent Armand Kendall (Broadway's Into the Woods revival, Off-Broadway Bat Boy), and Melanie Field (Broadway's Evita revival). No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.


ONT: "TAKE THE STAGE TUESDAY" AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

"Take the Stage Tuesday", every Tuesday night at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) will feature emerging artists, CD Launches and other presentations. If it's a Tuesday, there may be a CD release - a performance by a visiting musician who needs a Toronto-based venue for the night and a stage to present an evening of music - or possibly a musical evening that is part of an existing arts festival. The artist/promoter/producer provides the idea, and "The Jazz Bistro" will provide the stage and sound! In addition, on the first Tuesday of every month, we will present "Lucien Grey's Student Jazz Jam", which will feature an array of talented young musicians who represent the future of jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: BLUES ALLEY PRESENTS CASHANDRA J

CaShandra J. will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, May 7th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. CaShandra's story began in Wichita Falls, Texas at the age of 7 where music began calling her through lessons on an upright piano. Her repertoire expanded to include the violin and clarinet. After some time of study she realized the instrument she found most dear was her voice. The arts never let her go. Photography, fashion design and dance all became skills at her disposal. The latter of the three provided her first "big break." While performing with a cultural dance company in Austin, Texas she was provided an opportunity to sit in with the house band. The responses from these sessions became the catalyst for her to pursue music further. Howard University is where she was led and left with a Bachelors in Music. An artist inspired through multiple mediums and genres, her style is eclectic, but always honest. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: INSPIRE MUSIC PRESENTS HIPKIDS CHORUS AND VOICES CHORUS

Inspire Music presents HipKids Chorus and VOICES Chorus at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 pm. HipKids Chorus and Voices Chorus are two exciting vocal performance groups offered by Inspire Music Learning Center in San Francisco. Mainly for third-to-fifth graders, HipKids Chorus is a vocal performance group open to all who have a desire to sing. From first-time beginners, to performers with a couple seasons of experience, HipKids Chorus is about having FUN singing in a variety of styles, from kids' favorite pop hits, to classic rock and Motown. VOICES Chorus, an award-winning performing group, is for teens and 'tweens with high hopes in the arts. Inspired by popular shows such as Glee, X-Factor, and Idol, VOICES offers training in pop and Broadway performance, including vocal coaching, audition technique, and stage movement. This is a fun, creative group of kids who value music, and work to perfect their vocal and stage skills. There is a $25 cover.

AUS: BUTTERFLY GLEE CLUB MEETS MONDAYS IN MELBOURNE

At 6:30 pm every Tuesday The Butterfly Glee Club meets at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) for a 1 hour session. The Butterfly Glee Club is the best sing-along choir in town. There are no solos, no microphones and no commitment to come every week - you just turn up, pay $12 at the door, and have a big old group sing of some of the best pop music on the planet. Perfect for keeping your vocal skills in shape with a 15 minute warm-up every session, loads of harmonies and some of the best musical directors in the country, Glee Club is perfect for all levels of singers from newbies to experts. You will never get told off for singing too raucously and, most importantly, it's super fun! The Butterfly Glee Club is organized (and often conducted) by the gorgeous and talented Vicky Jacobs (Multi Green Room Award Nominee for Musical Direction), and other legendary choirmasters like music theatre star Chelsea Plumley.


AUS: LA CHARADE AT THE BUTTERFLY

La Charade will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) May 7th through 12th, Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 8:00 pm & Thursday & Friday at 9:00 pm. What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone ... except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star-magician Fantismo Wonderhard. The show must go on! Now Roberta from Portaloo is running the show - all of it - and it's better than ever. According to her. This show is stupid, brilliant and hilarious. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: LEE LESSACK FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS

Lee Leesack brings his show FROM MANHATTAN TO PARIS to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, May 7th through 11th at 8:00 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Nathan Martin accompanies Lee on piano. The show is a musical journey of performances from the New York stage to the Paris concert hall via just about every city in between and features songs by some of Lessack's favourite artists such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Aznavour, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Frank Wildhorn, Gilbert Becaud, Edith Piaf and Simon & Garfunkel. Lessack's graceful, lyrical baritone vocals and sophisticated, yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing "cabaret romanticism of a high order". Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing seven albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. His MAC and Bistro Award Winning album In Good Company, features duets with such music notables as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. Call for cover/minimum information.


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MONDAY - MAY 6th

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NYC: BROADWAY BACKS BOSTON
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

15+ members of the Broadway community will perform in concert at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Monday, May 6th at 9:30 pm & 11:30 pm. All proceeds will go to the ONE FUND BOSTON. This charity was set up to help the people most affected by the unfortunate event that occurred in Boston on April 15th. Performers will include Nick Adams (Pricilla Queen of the Desert, La Cage aux Folles), Tessa Alves (Rock of Ages), Larkin Bogan (Hair, Wicked), Nicholas Christopher (Motown: The Musical, Rent), Matt DeAngelis (Hair, American Idiot), Ariana DeBose (Motown: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical), Brandon Ellis (Once, Company), Jeanna de Waal (Wicked, American Idiot), Dan Gleason (American Idiot), Marcus Paul James (In The Heights, Rent), Corey Mach (Hands on a Hardbody, Godspell), Maurice Murphy (Motown: The Musical, Leap of Faith), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde), Ben Thompson (Matilda The Musical, American Idiot), Wallace Smith (Godspell, Ragtime), Alysha Umphress (Pricilla Queen of the Desert, American Idiot), and more. The concerts will be musically directed by Eli Zoller. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT NOW ON RESTAURANT ROW


Following a successful four-month run at San Martin on the East Side, Chris Barrett brings his music to LA RIVISTA RISTORANTE (313 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-366-4603) for an open ended run on Mondays through Wednesdays starting Monday, January 21st. There are two shows nightly, a dinner show at 8:00 and a supper show at 10:00 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard.Chris Barrett's career highlights include repeat engagements at New York's Stanhope, Carlyle, Pierre, UN Plaza and Westbury Hotels. Also in New York he has appeared in cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Helen's Hideaway Room, Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's Chelsea, L'Omnibus d' Maxims; The Reprise Room @ Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.

NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES AND SCANDALS!
FEATURED OPEN MIC 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. Bronwyn is joined by Mathew Ward at the piano and a surprise guest. Calling all singers, songwriters, actors, poets, comics, magicians, comics, madmen and lovers! Everyone is invited to drop in, sing a song, meet new friends and have a fun time in the Village. No cover.


NYC: RICKY RITZEL SINGS ELAINE STRITCH AT MAMA'S

Cabaret warhorse Ricky Ritzel pays homage to Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in a hilarious and poignant evening of nonstop fun at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Friday, April 26th & Monday, May 6th at 7:30 pm. From Angel in the Wings to A Little Night Music, Elaine Stitch has introduced and covered some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century. Now, Mr. Ritzel puts his unique spin on them in this loving tribute to one of Broadway's greatest treasures. Directed by Jim Luzar and accompanied by Mary Rodriguez on drums & Jamie Mohamdein on bass. Ritzel has received 14 MAC Awards in 9 different categories, and was named Outstanding Person in the Arts in New Jersey by State Senator, Brian Stack. He has performed all over the United States as well as London and Paris. An accomplished solo performer, Ricky has also accompanied such greats as Vivian Blaine, Ruth Warrick, Arthur Prysock, Varla Jean Merman, Julie Wilson, Lenora Nemetz and Miss Coco Peru. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: NYC's NEXT TOP DRAG QUEEN CONTEST AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) hosts its first "New York's Next Top Drag Queen Contest." The six-week affair, running five Mondays from April 1st to May 6th (no show on April 8th), will pit eight pre-selected drag queen artists who will be judged not by looks alone but by how well they sing and entertain. Hosted by Hedda Lettuce, the highly competitive contest will feature a parade of treats for the eyes, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will hopefully be revealed at the contest's finale. Competing will be these promising entertainers, all of whom have been rigorously pre-screened: Goldie Fische (a.k.a. Gerry Mastrolia); Titania Steele (a.k.a. Danny Marr); Bootsie Lafaris (a.k.a. Justin Keller); Ninna Rubi (a.k.a. Ricky Reyes); Millie Grams (a.k.a. Sam Given); Reverend Yolanda (a.k.a. Roger Mapes); Sonja Brooks (a.k.a. Ben Christopher Marshell); and Didi Panache (a.k.a. Douglas McGeouch). For details and a schedule of performances, see http://www.metropolitanroom.com There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES IN MAY AT THE DUPLEX

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 pm; and Saturdays, May 11th, 18th & 25th at 9:30 pm. Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: AN EVENING OF FRENCH AND JAZZ MUSIC WITH MYRIAM PHIRO
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

The Actors' Guild will present a benefit concert featuring the talented French-Canadian songstress Myriam Phiro on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 pm at GUILD HALL AT THE LITTLE CHURCH (1 East 29th Street, NYC - 212-685-2927 - http://www.actorsguild.org ). Phiro will be backed by a small band, and will perform a repertoire of French and jazz music in historic Guild Hall. The concert will coincide with the release of her first album, My Reverie. Following the concert, a reception with wine and cheese will be held. A native of Quebec, Phiro is a frequent performer at The Back Room, The Duplex, and more, and has appeared in Montreal's famed "Just for Laughs Festival." Her style is influenced by many legendary artists, including Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Madeleine Peyroux, and Ella Fitzgerald. Suggested donation: $10. All Proceeds to benefit The Episcopal Actors' Guild.

NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

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

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

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

NYC: NYU JAZZ ORCHESTRA AT THE BLUE NOTE

The NYU Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece big band, will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Monday, May 6th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The band is the premier performing jazz ensemble at New York University featuring talented jazz musicians from around the world. With NYU Jazz Studies located in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City, the group performs regularly at legendary jazz clubs including the Blue Note, Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center. A wide variety of jazz artists have been featured with the ensemble over the past few years including vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonists; Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Lenny Pickett, trumpet players; Randy Brecker, Brian Lynch, Alex Sipiagin, guitarists; Larry Coryell, John Scofield, pianist; Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Gil Goldstein, drummers; Dafnis Prieto, Antonio Sanchez, bassist Richard Bona, Mike Richmond. The group has recorded two CD's with legendary jazz producer Teo Macero, entitled Study In Contrast in 2007 and NYU Jazz Orchestra Plays the Music of Teo Macero in 2005. There is a $10-$15 cover.


NYC: THE MONKEES' PETER TORK AT THE IRIDIUM

The Monkees' Peter Tork will perform at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Monday, May 6th at 8:00 pm. Peter Tork skyrocketed to fame in 1966, but the stories and musical heritage of this gifted, articulate musician and storyteller have remained unheard - and unseen - until now. Still breaking new ground in a five-decade career, Peter Tork lifts the veil on stage with "In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and so much more". Previously unseen photos and footage, unheard songs, and hits fans know and love come together powerfully and gracefully as Tork weaves the tale of a musical education in folk and pop that culminates with his early years as a performer in the clubs of Greenwich Village. But it is a move to California, and a recommendation by friend Stephen Stills, that leads Peter to audition for a part in a TV series. Reissue producer and writer Andrew Sandoval, who has overseen the legacy of the Monkees for over 20 years and arranged their acclaimed 2011 and 2012 tours, is producing the show alongside Peter. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BROADWAY'S JACKIE HOFFMAN AT 54 BELOW

Star of Broadway's The Addams Family, Xanadu and Hairspray, New York favorite Jackie Hoffman is back on stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for one special night only on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 pm. Expect hilarity, ample kvetching and an abundance of fun. Musical Direction by Will Van Dyke and Directed by Michael Schiralli. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "THE CALLBACK" AT 54 BELOW HOSTED BY CHRISTINE PEDI

Beginning Monday, March 18th, 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) launches "The Callback," a weekly Monday night competition in which aspiring artists will perform for a chance to win their own engagement at 54 Below. The new weekly late-night event will be hosted by Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio host, Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio.) Preliminary shows are selected Mondays through May 27th. Semi-finals are April 8th, May 6th, and June 3rd. There is no cover charges, just a $20 food/drink minimum. See all the rules and show schedules at http://54below.com/wordpress/?artist=the-callback


DC: THE VOCAL WORKSHOP GRADUATION CONCERT AT BLUES ALLEY

The Vocal Workshop Graduation Concert will be held at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, May 6th with shows at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide members in the journey towards becoming the jazz vocalist they want to be. The workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share member goals. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.- based jazz pianist who specializes in working with vocalists. Chris has performed live with jazz greats Keter Betts and Buck Hill, and has also appeared with Ken Peplowski and the Chuck Redd Quartet. Paul Pieper is an award winning guitarist with over 20 years of experience as a full time jazz musician and teacher in the Washington DC area. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: BROADWAY UNPLUGGED MONTHLY AT THE BUTTERFLY
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT


Broadway Unplugged, Australia's Industry Showcase, is finally coming to Melbourne! The series will be presented the first Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000). Born as an idea to support the musical theatre industry, Broadway Unplugged provides a monthly platform for performers to do what they do best in a supportive environment. Online registration for open-mic is recommended! Call for cover/minimum information.


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