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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 AROUND THE WORLD
JUNE 2013


CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - JUNE 2nd

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NYC: ONCE UPON A TIME WITH EDIE STOKES

Edie Stokes brings her new show "Once Upon a Time" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sunday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm. She will be joined on stage by musical director Barry Levitt and Jon Burr on bass. The show will invite you to step back into a gentler time - with gentler songs - where personal communication between people was an important and necessary part of life. The song list includes eternal favorites like "Tenderly" and "Send in the Clowns". There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARIEANN MERINGOLO & ORCHESTRA IN "ORCHESTRATED"

Adored and MAC & Back Stage Bistro Award-Winning Vocalist, Marieann Meringolo and her 7 Piece Orchestra will raise the roof off THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with her new show "Orchestrated" on Friday, May 31st at 9:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd at 7:00 pm. It's a cabaret show on STEROIDS! Directed by Eric Michael Gillett the show features musical direction by Doyle Newmyer. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MARIE-CLAIRE - UNDER THE COVERS

Marie-Claire brings her show "Under The Covers" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sundays, June 2nd and July 21st, both shows at 9:30 pm. Marie-Claire is An Italian-Trained Opera Singer who lives and breathes the musical genres of opera, jazz, hip-hop and reggae, making her one of the most adaptable artists of our day. Her recent engagements include singing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclay Center, performing standards with Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in LA and she continues to appear at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. She has also spent time in front of the camera as a cast member on the second season of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central and is currently auditioning for other roles on network TV as she works to expand her skills to acting. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-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: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.


NYC: PAQUITO D'RIVERA HAVANA NIGHTS AT THE IRIDIUM

Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan presents Paquito D'Rivera Havana Nights at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) on Sunday, June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. The winner of eleven GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premier several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, won several GRAMMY nominations (1979, 1980) and a GRAMMY (1979). There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS MATTHEW MORRISON

Emmy, Tony, and two-time Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd at 9:30 pm and Tuesday, June 4th ar 7:00 pm. Morrison may be best known for his performances in hit Broadway shows such as Hairspray, South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, or for his role as Mr. Schuester on the hit television show, GLEE. Now, join Matthew as he celebrates the release of his brand new studio album, Where It All Began (released on June 4th). Featured on the recording are a collection of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. To create the twelve songs featured on this exciting new album, Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone (who produced the likes of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett, among MANY others), and Grammy Award-winning producer Gregg Field. The collection marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. You can place your pre-order now on Amazon. There is a $75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LACHANZE SINGS DIANA ROSS

Back by popular demand, LaChanze, One of Broadway's most celebrated, powerhouse voices takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm and Wednesday & Thursday, June 5th & 6th at 9:30 pm in salute of a woman who broke barriers and challenged stereotypes throughout her legendary career. Love Hangover, Do You Know Where You're Goin' To?, Endless Love and Good Morning, Heartache are just a few of the tunes forever linked with this formidable artist (who won a Tony for 1977's An Evening with Diana Ross). And who better to celebrate this music than another formidable artist? LaChanze, a Tony, Emmy, Obie and Theatre World Award winner, is best known for her show-stopping performances in The Color Purple, Dessa Rose & Once on This Island, among others. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF" RETURNS TO THE YORK THEATRE

By popular demand, THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25) has announced the return engagement of the new musical I'm a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, with Franca Vercelloni on accordion, Jessica Tyler Wright on vioin and directed by David Schweizer. Performances will resume on Tuesday evening, May 28th at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday afternoon, June 9th at 2:30 pm. The heart, soul and tears of the music that helped define Broadway in its golden age was inextricably linked to a magical (and sinister) several years in pre-WWII Berlin. It was a brief period when the creative strangers of the society - poets, playwrights, Jews, gays and artists of all sorts - were embraced and even exalted. And it's this smart, sexy, jazz-fueled, booze-soaked era that the astonishing, multi-award winning entertainer Mark Nadler brings to life in I'm a Stranger Here Myself - the deeply emotional undercurrents of a society about to break itself into a million pieces. I'm a Stranger Here Myself will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $67.50.
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK NADLET BY PARKER SCOTT - CLICK HERE

TOR: "A MONTH OF SUNDAYS" FEATURES MICAH BARNES

Sundays at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) features Jazz Brunch with entertainment from a series of noted jazz/cabaret vocalists at 12:30 pm. The same artist will appear at every Sunday Brunch for a month - hence the title of the performance stream, "A Month of Sundays". Throughout the month of June dynamic vocalist/ entertainer/ pianist/ composer/ educator, Micah Barnes is featured performer. Micah will be performing provocative original material from his hit CDs, as well as a tasty sampling of choice jazz standards and brand new original music. The multi-talented Micah Barnes will be accompanying himself on our gorgeous Steinway B, and will also be joined by Russ Boswell on bass and his uber-talented brother and frequent collaborator, drummer/ composer Daniel Barnes. Some wonderful "Special Guests" will also be stopping by during Micah's run (marvelous jazz vocalist John Alcorn is already confirmed!). There is a $15 cover.


TOR: JAZZ DRUMMER NORMAN MARSHALL VILLENEUVE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Veteran Canadian jazz drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve and his ensemble, "The Jazz Message Quintet" (featuring Dave Restivo on piano, Mike Downes on bass, Brian Chahley on trumpet, Ken Fornetran on alto saxophone and special guest vocalists Heather Bambrick and Errol Fisher) will celebrate his 75th BIRTHDAY in grand "Jazz Bistro" Style at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) on Sunday, June 2nd at 6:00 & 8:00 pm. For this very special event, doors will open at 6:00 pm for musical performances and a sumptuous birthday buffet - music charge $25 INCLUDING BUFFET! From 8:00 to 10:00 PM, the Music Charge will be $15.


DC: JOHN PIZZARELLI AT BLUES ALLEY

Jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 30th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Using performers like Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. For Pizzarelli though, his hero and foundation was Nat "King" Cole and the comparison to his iconic trio is the highest of compliments. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: SCOTT GRYDER'S SIMPLY SCOTTY AT CLUB 3160

Scott Gryder's monthly SIMPLY SCOTTY! show at CLUB 3160 (3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL - 773-327-5969) will be presented on Sunday, June 2ndfrom 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Scott will once again entertain from his self-compiled songbook of zany, heartfelt music! He is accompanied by the incomparable Nick Sula on piano, and joined at the mic by guest singers Freddie The Puppet, Laven Deer and the legendary operatic pachyderm Placebo Dominguez. Scott Gryder is a professional entertainer in Chicago. Currently performing in the cabaret circuit and at local music venues, Scott specializes in character songs, with musical styles ranging from pop and cabaret to specialty numbers and show tunes; covering the works of local talents like Susan Werner, show music from Sondheim to Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, pop from stars such as Elton John, and many more. Guest singers welcome. No cover charge - just a 2-drink minimum.

MICH: LAURA FREEMAN AND CHERYL SZUCSITS AT THE ACORN

Laura Freeman and Cheryl Szucsits return to the ACORN THEATER (107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI - 269-756-3879 - ) this summer in American Bandstand: the Music of Our Lives on Sunday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm. American Bandstand ran for 4 decades and brought into America's living rooms some of music's most loved artists. This show takes a look back at the dance crazes that swept the nation and the songs that make up the fabric of our lives! After their show of the girls of the early 60s last year, Michiana favorites Laura Freeman and Cheryl Szucsits return with a tribute to artists from the 50s like Jerry Lee Lewis, songs of the 60's like 'California Dreamin', an overview of the 70s variety show with Tony Orlando and Dawn and the Captain and Tennille and finally ending in the 80s with tunes like 'Let's Hear it for the Boy. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: JEROME ELLIOTT COMES TO PALM DESERT'S NEWMAN THEATER

Cabaret singer and actor Jerome Elliott stars in a one-man musical concert entitled "My Favorite Springs" on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 pm as part of the Sundays In Summer Series presented by Les Michaels at THE ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATRE at the JOSLYN CENTER THEATRE (73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA - TKTS: 760-325-2731 - ). With music by various composers in several genres, Jerome selects much of his music based on the lyrics and how they represent his feelings and certain events in his life in addition to songs that relate to the overall theme of his shows. Over the last few years Jerome has written and performed six different shows, which he has performed locally as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. With the help of musical director and pianist Charlie Creasy, they have interwoven standards and some lessor known music from the Broadway stage, Hollywood movies, and The Great American Songbook, around patter and stories that go from funny to endearing and even thought provoking. Jerome is an alumnus of the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University and has been nominated a number of times for Desert Theater League Awards. He is also seen regularly in Palm Canyon Theater productions. There is a $10 cover.

L.A.: KRITZERLAND: MAD ABOUT THE BOY! THE SONGS OF NOEL COWARD

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterling's presents "The Randy Newman Album" on Sunday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm at STERLING'S AT THE FEDERAL (5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA - 818-754-8700 - ). As always, the cast includes some of the best voices in town, including Eileen Barnett (Broadway: Louisa Contini in Nine; Nat'l Tour Footloose; TV: Mad Men, Workaholics, Brothers and Sisters); Lisa Livesay (Nat'l Tour, Wicked, Glinda; Monteen, Parade, Center Theatre Group; Tribute to Alan Menken, New York); Jane Noseworthy (Reprises's Carousel; Taming of the Shrew, A Noise Within; Kodak Theatre's A Christmas Carol); John Sloman (Broadway: Revival Music Man; TV: Passion, PBS; Mad Men (Raymond "Heinz" Geiger); OutsideTheBox Chinatown); Robert Yacko (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Company with Carol Burnett; Sunday in the Park with George; Parade); Oliviana Marie (Panama Hattie, Theatre West; The Tempest, Idyllwild Arts; Gretl, Sound of Music. TV: Mike and Molly); Sami Staitman (Annie, Annie, Pioneer; Young Cosette, Les Miserables; Singing in the Rain; The King & I, Cabrillo Theatre) Plus specoal guest: Susan Watson (Broadway: Bye, Bye, Birdie; Carnival; Celebration; Ben Franklin in Paris; A Joyful Noise [Tony nomination], No, No Nanette, Carousel (Lincoln Center); Oklahoma (City Center); Nat'l tour Follies in D.C., on Broadway and LA (Ahmanson Theatre). Music Director: Lloyd Cooper. The show is a tribute to a unique, one-of-a-kind original - Noel Coward. Coward did it all - he wrote plays (Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Present Laughter, Private Lives), musicals (The Girl Who Came to Supper, Sail Away and others), divertissements (Tonight at 8:30 - a cycle of nine short plays performed over three nights), he starred in and directed most of his shows, and he was posessed of an incredible "talent to amuse" - a brilliant wit with a brilliant way with words and music, a romantic who could melt the heart, and someone who was the very epitome of sophistication and style. Cover charge is $28 with includes a $10 food/drink allowance. Reservations required.

SF: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY - "BOOM!"

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway bring their acclaied show BOOM! to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) Wednesday through Friday, May 29th through 31st at 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a late show added on Saturday at 10:30 pm. When Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway combine musical forces in their new show "BOOM!," memories come alive through the music of such greats as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The two Tony Award nominated stars share heartwarming and humorous stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York. One of today's most celebrated sister acts put their unmistakable stamp on solos and duets of songs such as "Both Sides Now", "Up, Up and Away", "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Downtown" among other classics. As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. Liz Callaway, the award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, sang "Memory" as Grizabella in Cats.Tickets at $75 - $95 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.

SF: GALA TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH AT THE VENETIAN ROOM

A Gala Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch has been scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd at 7:30 pm at THE FAIRMONT VENETIAN ROOM (950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA) as a fundraiser for Bay Area Cabaret . Bay Area Cabaret reopened the historic Venetian Room in 2010 after it had been dark as a musical venue for 21 years with a program by Academy, Grammy, Emmy, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch. At this, their first fundraising gala, they will celebrate Mr. Hamlisch and his music on what would have been his 69th birthday. Guest artists include Mr. Hamlisch's close friends, Academy Award winners and Songwriters Hall of Fame members Marilyn and Alan Bergman ("The Way We Were", "Windmills Of Your Mind", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?", Yentil), Broadway stars Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray) and Lisa Vroman (Phantom Of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, Aspects Of Love), Bay Area Teen Idol winner Bobby Conte Thornton (Equus, Les Mis), Grammy Award-winning musical director Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Reba McEntire) along with ACT Young Conservatory alums Hannah Sears, Emily Morris & Julia Cassandra Smith. Buy Gala tickets ($70-$100) by CLICKING HERE, or by calling City Box Office at 415-392-4400.

SF: DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS AT YOSHI'S

Cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing singer/songwriter Dan Hicks will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600 - ) on Sunday, June 2nd with shows at 6:00 & 8:00 pm. Beginning as a drummer in the seminal 60s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, and continuing with his unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dan Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the defining figures in American roots music. Having earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor, Hicks continues to carve his way through a number of genres from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from tin pan alley to country blues - all the while cultivating his own unique sound. There is a $18 (6:00 pm) $25 (8:00 pm) cover charge.


AUS: JUST AN OLD FASHIONED GRRRL!

Danielle Asciak will perform "Just an Old Fashioned Grrrl!" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday through Sunday, May 29th through June 2nd at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). It's time to kick off the heels and resurrect the feline attitudes of cabaret's first ultra sex kitten, Eartha Kitt. Danielle Asciak simply oozes cabaret. Performing a selection of Kitt's signature tunes such as 'C'est si bon', 'Love for Sale', 'I want to be Evil!' and 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy'. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT MISS HOPE SPRINGS

After 10 months of packed houses, standing ovations, critical acclaim and a recent sell out CD launch, London cabaret sensation, singer-songwriter-pianist Miss Hope Springs turns up the heat this season with a simmering new show 'Latin ala Springs' every Monday night at 8:00 pm at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). In this season's brand-new show, piano-playing ex-Vegas showgirl Hope performs more of her original songs, this time infused with the musical flavours of Latin America, accompanied by throbbing double bass and chilli-hot percussion. You'll hear sensual bossa novas, scintillating sambas, down and dirty mambos and cheeky cha cha chas. With audience favourites such as "The Devil Made Me Do It' nestling next to brand new compositions, this smart, funny and touching show is a continuation of Miss Hope Springs' hugely successful 'Sunday Soiree' residency. Stay after the show as DJ Martin Green spins a vintage selection of Latinesque sounds. Call for cover/minimum information.

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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - JUNE 1st

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NYC: MARIEANN MERINGOLO & ORCHESTRA IN "ORCHESTRATED"

Adored and MAC & Back Stage Bistro Award-Winning Vocalist, Marieann Meringolo and her 7 Piece Orchestra will raise the roof off THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with her new show "Orchestrated" on Friday, May 31st at 9:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd at 7:00 pm. It's a cabaret show on STEROIDS! Directed by Eric Michael Gillett the show features musical direction by Doyle Newmyer. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: THE BIRTH OF A DIVA - A MUSICAL STORYTELLING

Opera and Concert Singer Julia Chalfin brings her autobiographical one-woman show The Birth of a Diva to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday, June 1st at 7:00 pm. Julia made her debut with this show at the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Her cabaret-meets-opera style of storytelling highlights her humorous journey of musical self-discovery through Musicals, Rock 'n' Roll, Jazz and Classical music, in search of the appropriate genre and world fame. The program includes songs from "Les Miserables", Walt Disney's "The Little Mermaid", "Think" by Aretha Franklin, "My Funny Valentine" and "Summertime" as well as beautiful classical jewels by Mozart, Handel, Bizet, Puccini Lehar and Dvorak. She humorously shares her vocal-experimentation through the different genres of music on her determined search for fame and fortune. With her "never never never never give up" mentality, Julia gives a fascinating glimpse into what it takes to become a singer and the psychology behind the polished facade of a prima donna. There is a $10 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 Saturdays in June 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: BENDING THREADS PRESENTS LEGENDS AT THE UNDERGROUND THEATRE

The vocal group Bending Threads presents its sizzling new show, LEGENDS at THE UNDERGROUND THEATRE (955 West End Avenue, NYC - 212-531-4759) on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00 pm. The show features the music made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billie Holiday - the classic jazz legends of the 20th century. Bending Threads is an innovative collective consisting of four artists (Kareen Foster, Patrice Bell, Rejinald Woods & Westley Todd Holiday) in pursuit of a new vision for cabaret. Through live musical performance themed with African-American literature they create an atmosphere to entertain, educate and inspire audiences. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. No credit cards. Please RSVP to info@bendingthreads.com

NYC: MOLLY "EQUALITY" DYKEMAN'S HIT SOLO SHOW RETURNS TO NEW YORK

Molly "Equality" Dykeman's hit solo show "The F*cking World According To Molly" returns to NYC as part of the terraNOVA Collective's 10th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival on Saturday, May 25th at 7:00 pm; Tuesday, May 28th at 9:00 pm; and and Saturday, June 1st at 3:00 pm at THE IRT THEATER (154 Christopher Street, 3rd Floor, NYC ). Molly "Equality" Dykeman is a loveable, but barely lucid security guard at PS 339 who dabbles in a bit of poetry, a bit of Percocet and a lot of drink. She may be a foul mouthed, straight talking, lady kissing, mother lover, but she still needs to find a way to pull herself together, overcome bed bugs, love and sissy kids to perform in her first poetry show. Will she succeed? Only Molly can tell Andrea Alton stars as Molly "Equality" Dykeman in her hit solo show, The F*cking World According To Molly, which premiered at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and made it's European Premiere at the 2012 Dublin International Gay Theater Festival. Molly has appeared all over New York with notable appearances at The Gotham Comedy Club, Comix, UCB, The PIT, Stonewall Inn and Dixon Place. She has also performed at comedy festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, DC and Toronto. She often performs at The Laurie Beechman Theater in her original variety shows; A Molly Jolly Christmas, I Can't Even Think Straight and Happy Mollydays. Written and performed by Andrea Alton, directed by Molly Marinik, choreographed by John Paolillo, produced by Irwin Kroot & Andrea Alton, production manager Liz Richards, costume design Anthony Catanzaro and sound design David Crabb. Tickets are $20.

NYC: HEDDA LETTUCE AT THE MET

Hedda Lettuce will perform on Saturday, June 1st at 9:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). She will present a hot variety show featuring some of the most sizzling singers, comics and drag queens in NYC. Hedda will be steaming it up with her sultry song stylings and blistering wit accompanied by pianist Paul Leschen. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN


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


NYC: ELIANE ELIAS AT BIRDLAND

Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, Brazilian pianist/ singer/ composer/ arranger Eliane Elias will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, May 28th through June 1st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Elaine is known for a distinctive musical style which blends Brazilian roots with a sensuous, alluring voice and impressive compositional and piano skills. After working with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho at the age of seventeen, Elias moved to NYC in 1982 and landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead. Since then she has enjoyed critical acclaim as an artist equally expressive in jazz, classical and Brazilian music (she's widely considered a foremost interpreter of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim). There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.

NYC: GERALD CLAYTON TRIO AT THE IRIDIUM

Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan presents Gerald Clayton Trio at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today's jazz lexicon. Born in the Netherlands in 1984 and raised in Southern California, Clayton took his first piano lessons before age seven with the full support and encouragement of his father, the acclaimed jazz bassist, composer and bandleader, John Clayton. Music was a central part of his life from as long as he can remember. Clayton is well on his way toward etching his own enduring mark in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Never has this been more apparent than in Life Forum, his latest recording on Concord Jazz and his most ambitious project to date. In 2009, he released Two Shade, his debut album as a leader, with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. Sanders and Brown have remained with him for his two subsequent records. It was from this recording that Gerald received a 2010 Grammy nomination in the category of "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" for his rendition of Cole Porter's "All of You."

NYC: LEA SALONGA AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress and recording artist Lea Salonga will perform at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600) on Tuesdays through Fridays, May 21st through June 8th at 8:45 pm, with late shows on Saturdays ay 10:45 pm. Having enchanted audiences worldwide, Lea Salonga originated the role of Kim in Broadway's Miss Saigon, for which she won the Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. She also played Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway. She was named a "Disney Legend" in 2011 for her work as the voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret in 2010, performing a sold-out, three-week engagement at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City. In August 2011 she released a live version of her 2010 concert "Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far." Her show at The Carlyle promises to be an intimate evening that features a selection of Broadway tunes, standard classics and today's hits, as well as personal stories of Salonga's incredible journey, spanning decades. Cover Charge: Tuesday through Thursday $45-$75-$125; Friday & Saturday $50-$85-$135.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS MATTHEW MORRISON

Emmy, Tony, and two-time Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd at 9:30 pm and Tuesday, June 4th ar 7:00 pm. Morrison may be best known for his performances in hit Broadway shows such as Hairspray, South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, or for his role as Mr. Schuester on the hit television show, GLEE. Now, join Matthew as he celebrates the release of his brand new studio album, Where It All Began (released on June 4th). Featured on the recording are a collection of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. To create the twelve songs featured on this exciting new album, Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone (who produced the likes of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett, among MANY others), and Grammy Award-winning producer Gregg Field. The collection marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. You can place your pre-order now on Amazon. There is a $75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE CAST OF CHICAGO AT 54 BELOW
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Get up close and personal with the cast of Chicago, both past and present at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 pm. The cast will celebrate 16 razzle dazzle years on Broadway. Look for Adam Pascal, Christine Pedi, Paige Davis and a host of others belting out some of their favorite tunes, ranging from Broadway favorites to pop hits, and all that jazz. A portion of the proceeds will benefit U.S. Veterans in honor of Memorial Day. Additional cast members TBA. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF" RETURNS TO THE YORK THEATRE

By popular demand, THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25) has announced the return engagement of the new musical I'm a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, with Franca Vercelloni on accordion, Jessica Tyler Wright on vioin and directed by David Schweizer. Performances will resume on Tuesday evening, May 28th at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday afternoon, June 9th at 2:30 pm. The heart, soul and tears of the music that helped define Broadway in its golden age was inextricably linked to a magical (and sinister) several years in pre-WWII Berlin. It was a brief period when the creative strangers of the society - poets, playwrights, Jews, gays and artists of all sorts - were embraced and even exalted. And it's this smart, sexy, jazz-fueled, booze-soaked era that the astonishing, multi-award winning entertainer Mark Nadler brings to life in I'm a Stranger Here Myself - the deeply emotional undercurrents of a society about to break itself into a million pieces. I'm a Stranger Here Myself will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $67.50.
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK NADLET BY PARKER SCOTT - CLICK HERE

NE: WE MADE THAT: THE SONGS OF MILLER & TYSEN

MR. FINN'S CABARET at THE SYDELLE AND LEE BLATT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA - 413-236-8888), part of the Barrington Stage Company (BSC), kicks off it's new season on Saturday & Sunday, June 1st (9:30 pm) & 2nd (8:00 pm) with the songwriting team who wrote The Burnt Part Boys and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick for the Musical Theatre Lab perform tunes from those shows and from their new musical Tuck Everlasting. Miller and Tysen will be joined by Jay Armstrong Johnson and Alysha Umphress from BSC's On the Town and Ben Roseberry and Barrett Wilbert Reed. Johnson was previously seen at BSC in Pool Boy (2010), Roseberry in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (2008) and Umphress in Funked Up Fairy Tales (2007). Described as equal parts James Taylor and Stephen Sondheim, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen's songs have been performed everywhere from East Village rock clubs, to Off-Broadway theaters, to Sesame Street. Chris and Nathan have won numerous awards and grants including the Jonathan Larson, Richard Rodgers, Daryl Roth, Kitty Carlisle Hart, ASCAP, and the NEA. They began their collaboration together at NYU where they received their MFA's in musical theatre writing. Tickets are $25, general admission.

DC: JOHN PIZZARELLI AT BLUES ALLEY

Jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 30th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Using performers like Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. For Pizzarelli though, his hero and foundation was Nat "King" Cole and the comparison to his iconic trio is the highest of compliments. Call for cover/minimum information.


IOWA: JOYCE BREACH CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF COMPOSER BART HOWARD

Joyce Breach brings her show Fly Me to the Moon: Celebrating the Music of Composer Bart Howard to GALLERIA ROOM, TAMA EVENT CENTER (310 Jefferson, Street , Burlington, IA - 319-572-6637) on Saturday, June 1st at 8:00 pm. She will be joined by John di Martino at the piano. Call for cover/minimum information.


N.O.: MEGAN HILTY PERFORMS AT NOLA ONE SHOW ONLY

Megan Hilty, star of NBC's "Smash" and Broadway's "Wicked" joins NOCCA series on June 1 at 7:30 pm for one show only at at LUPIN HALL AT NOCCA (2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA -800-838-3006). The series, which previously featured Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster and Megan Mullally, is produced by Mark Cortale, long time producer/manager of Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, and is hosted by Sirius/XM radio star Seth Rudetsky at the piano. The series is sponsored exclusively by the New Orleans Hotel Collection and Gambit. Megan Hilty stars as the triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama Smash, currently in its second season. A native of Seattle, Megan made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked shortly after graduating from prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. She has also appeared on New York stages as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, for which she earned rave reviews. For her critically acclaimed portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway's 9 to 5: The Musical she received nominations for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Awards, as well as the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award. Her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney's Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings and also in Disney's The Secret Life of Magic Gourd, Phineas & Ferb, Glenn Martin DDS, American Dad, Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games, Robot & Monster as well as singing as Snow White in the film Shrek the Third. For tickets please visit http://www.broadwaynola.com/

SF: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY - "BOOM!"

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway bring their acclaied show BOOM! to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) Wednesday through Friday, May 29th through 31st at 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a late show added on Saturday at 10:30 pm. When Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway combine musical forces in their new show "BOOM!," memories come alive through the music of such greats as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The two Tony Award nominated stars share heartwarming and humorous stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York. One of today's most celebrated sister acts put their unmistakable stamp on solos and duets of songs such as "Both Sides Now", "Up, Up and Away", "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Downtown" among other classics. As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. Liz Callaway, the award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, sang "Memory" as Grizabella in Cats.Tickets at $75 - $95 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.

SF: ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA D'PRIMERA AT YOSHI'S

Cuba's hottest band HAVANA D'PRIMERA will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday, May 31st & Saturday, June 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band is directed by Alexander Abreu, widely recognized as the greatest trumpeter of his generation and a key part of Paulito FG's Elite during its glory years and the first call studio trumpeter for everyone from Juan Ceruto to Juan Formell to Issac Delgado. There had always been rumors of Alexander's behind-the-scenes creative contributions in the form of coros and mambos, but he's now come front and center as a dominating lead vocalist and songwriter. His voice is reminiscent of Roberton but with the added melodic sophistication of a skilled instrumentalist. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: AMANDA KING AT THE MUSIC BOX at THE MOON

Amanda King makes her Half Moon Bay, CA debut at a new venue, MUSIC BOX at THE MOON (315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA - 650-726-5129) on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 pm. Amanda King is a classic chanteuse who performs little known gems from the 1930s and 40s, as well as jazz standards and popular songs from the Great American Songbook. Combining the best of the jazz and cabaret worlds by focusing on the words, the music, and the swing, Amanda masterfully interprets the music she adores. In the last three years Amanda has appeared at venues throughout San Francisco and the greater Bay Area including, the Empire Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl's, Bliss Bar and the Herbst Theater. She also appeared at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the North Beach Festival, and the Castro Street Festival where she became an instant hit. In December of 2008 Amanda performed with the prestigious San Francisco Chamber Orchestra singing Gershwin songs arranged for the orchestra by Bay Area jazz icon Jeff Neighbor, Amanda's regular bassist. The Sound Room is the home of Bay Area Jazz and Arts, Inc (BAJA). BAJA is a nonprofit organization that nurtures music, art, and creative ventures through live performance and educational programs. Prix fixe dinner plus $20 cover.


AUS: JUST AN OLD FASHIONED GRRRL!

Danielle Asciak will perform "Just an Old Fashioned Grrrl!" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday through Sunday, May 29th through June 2nd at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). It's time to kick off the heels and resurrect the feline attitudes of cabaret's first ultra sex kitten, Eartha Kitt. Danielle Asciak simply oozes cabaret. Performing a selection of Kitt's signature tunes such as 'C'est si bon', 'Love for Sale', 'I want to be Evil!' and 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy'. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: THE BUTCHER SHOP MEAT AT THE BUTTERFLY

The Badass crew are back at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Saturday, June 1st at 10:30 pm for their monthly residency, performing their show The Butcher Shop MEAT. This time there will be no mincing about. Ditch your sweet tooth, get off your rump and quit loin around, this saucy show will not be foiled. Mix a sizable portion of Melbourne's spiciest burlesque, chuck in some singers, a fillet of stand up and your favorite host Dirk Von Danger (he'll probably be winging it). Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR

Following three sell-out Edinburgh runs, a national tour and two West End Seasons, THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR arrive at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Wednesday through Saturday, May 29th through June 1st at 8:00 pm. The group will perform some of their favourite radio tales, including "The Day They Stole They Eiffel Tower" and "The Champion" - all sponsored by "Soho Cigarettes" (Smoke the smoke the experts smoke! Smoke "Soho"!). 1940s-inspired radio adventures, brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism - with sound effects created live by the cast! Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, the Fitzrovia Radio Hour use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience. The Fitzrovians revel in the glamour of a bygone era, from costume and performance to props. They transport audiences to their unique universe - a wonderful imagining of how commercial 1940s radio should have been done. The Fitzrovia Radio Hour lovingly satirise the casual imperialism and stiff upper lips of the period, throwing them into relief with physical comedy and a modern twist to produce a heady comic cocktail. 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: MARIEANN MERINGOLO & ORCHESTRA IN "ORCHESTRATED"

Adored and MAC & Back Stage Bistro Award-Winning Vocalist, Marieann Meringolo and her 7 Piece Orchestra will raise the roof off THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) with her new show "Orchestrated" on Friday, May 31st at 9:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd at 7:00 pm. It's a cabaret show on STEROIDS! Directed by Eric Michael Gillett the show features musical direction by Doyle Newmyer. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MARC MCBARRON KESSLER'S NAKED ARCADE AT MAMA'S

On Friday, May 31st at 7:00 pm, there will be an encore performance of Marc McBarron Kessler's provocative new musical play, NAKED ARCADE at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ). The show features Marc McBarron Kessler as Mickey, Go Mahan as Pearl, J. Michael Reeds as John, Francesca MacAaron as Ellis The Mermaid, Andrew Loren Resto as The Killer, and Barbara Mundy as Mickey's Mother. A brief synopsis: Times Square, 1980. On a winter's eve a few weeks after the death of hustler-musician Mickey, his friends gather to remember him, taking a final tour through his life, his art, and his complicated dreams, as they struggle to find their own place in the world now that their anchor is gone. There is a $12 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 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: LAILA BIALI LIVE: THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Award-winning Canadian pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali will perform at SUBCULTURE NYC (45 Bleeker Street, NYC) on Fridays, May 24th and 31st at 7:30 pm. Special guest on May 24th is Jo Lawry and on May 31st is Zach Brock. Laila has toured with Grammy award-winners Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and has recorded with and supported pop icon Sting. Laila has an acute awareness and appreciation for pop and rock that she combines with her jazz training to create thrilling arrangements. Her recent CD, LIVE IN CONCERT, captures the intimacy and excitement she generates on stage and the range of music she makes her own from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Imogen Heap and Bruce Cockburn to American Songbook standards like "Nature Boy" and "The Best Is Yet to Come." Recorded live in February 2012 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto before a boisterous and appreciative audience, the CD is in rotation at 73 radio stations across North America and also features Laila's original compositions. Beloved in Canada, she has moved to New York City where she is quickly winning acclaim and invitations to perform. There is an $18 cover.


NYC: STEPHEN HANKS WITH BEYOND AMERICAN PIE: THE DON MCLEAN SONGBOOK

Stephen Hanks brings his debut show Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Fridays, May 31st & June 14th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 22nd at 9:30 pm. By trade, Stephen is a magazine publisher, editor, writer, and book author. Stephen is also the Board President of Musical Mondays Theatre Lab, which workshops four to five new musicals each year at the Snapple Theatre Center. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: TOMMY IGOE AND THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND EVERY FRIDAY

Every Friday at 5:15 pm, the "Broadway Big Band" directed by Tommy Igoe, roars into action at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080), playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is fast becoming the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!"Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ELIANE ELIAS AT BIRDLAND

Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, Brazilian pianist/ singer/ composer/ arranger Eliane Elias will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, May 28th through June 1st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Elaine is known for a distinctive musical style which blends Brazilian roots with a sensuous, alluring voice and impressive compositional and piano skills. After working with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho at the age of seventeen, Elias moved to NYC in 1982 and landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead. Since then she has enjoyed critical acclaim as an artist equally expressive in jazz, classical and Brazilian music (she's widely considered a foremost interpreter of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim). There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.

NYC: GERALD CLAYTON TRIO AT THE IRIDIUM

Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan presents Gerald Clayton Trio at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today's jazz lexicon. Born in the Netherlands in 1984 and raised in Southern California, Clayton took his first piano lessons before age seven with the full support and encouragement of his father, the acclaimed jazz bassist, composer and bandleader, John Clayton. Music was a central part of his life from as long as he can remember. Clayton is well on his way toward etching his own enduring mark in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Never has this been more apparent than in Life Forum, his latest recording on Concord Jazz and his most ambitious project to date. In 2009, he released Two Shade, his debut album as a leader, with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. Sanders and Brown have remained with him for his two subsequent records. It was from this recording that Gerald received a 2010 Grammy nomination in the category of "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" for his rendition of Cole Porter's "All of You."

NYC: LEA SALONGA AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress and recording artist Lea Salonga will perform at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600) on Tuesdays through Fridays, May 21st through June 8th at 8:45 pm, with late shows on Saturdays ay 10:45 pm. Having enchanted audiences worldwide, Lea Salonga originated the role of Kim in Broadway's Miss Saigon, for which she won the Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. She also played Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway. She was named a "Disney Legend" in 2011 for her work as the voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret in 2010, performing a sold-out, three-week engagement at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City. In August 2011 she released a live version of her 2010 concert "Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far." Her show at The Carlyle promises to be an intimate evening that features a selection of Broadway tunes, standard classics and today's hits, as well as personal stories of Salonga's incredible journey, spanning decades. Cover Charge: Tuesday through Thursday $45-$75-$125; Friday & Saturday $50-$85-$135.


NYC: REBECCA LUKER RETURNS WITH SONGS OF JEROME KERN TO 54 BELOW

Rebecca Luker returns for one night only to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, May 31st ar 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 $45-$55 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: NICK BLAEMIRE & THE HUSTLE AT 54 BELOW

Nick Blaemire & The Hustle will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, May 31st at 11:00 pm. Born out of the hi-fi's in their parents' suburban living rooms, this seven piece band blends their love for the surprising time and harmony changes of r&b, funk and jazz with infectious pop melodies to create their very own brand of "nerd soul." After releasing their debut EP last year, they've been selling out shows around the country. The Hustle came to be as a product of the Broadway community - Nick and keyboardist/arranger Jesse Vargas met while working on Broadway's short lived Glory Days, amassing their band from some of the most talented and sought after musicians in New York. Nick himself has appeared on the Great White Way in shows such as Godspell and Cry-Baby, off-Broadway in Dogfight and The Black Suits, and on television in The Big C, Law & Order and Zero Hour. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF" RETURNS TO THE YORK THEATRE

By popular demand, THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25) has announced the return engagement of the new musical I'm a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, with Franca Vercelloni on accordion, Jessica Tyler Wright on vioin and directed by David Schweizer. Performances will resume on Tuesday evening, May 28th at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday afternoon, June 9th at 2:30 pm. The heart, soul and tears of the music that helped define Broadway in its golden age was inextricably linked to a magical (and sinister) several years in pre-WWII Berlin. It was a brief period when the creative strangers of the society - poets, playwrights, Jews, gays and artists of all sorts - were embraced and even exalted. And it's this smart, sexy, jazz-fueled, booze-soaked era that the astonishing, multi-award winning entertainer Mark Nadler brings to life in I'm a Stranger Here Myself - the deeply emotional undercurrents of a society about to break itself into a million pieces. I'm a Stranger Here Myself will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $67.50.
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK NADLET BY PARKER SCOTT - CLICK HERE

DC: JOHN PIZZARELLI AT BLUES ALLEY

Jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 30th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Using performers like Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. For Pizzarelli though, his hero and foundation was Nat "King" Cole and the comparison to his iconic trio is the highest of compliments. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: ANITA KALLEN AT DAVENPORT'S WITH THAT'S SO CLICHE!

Anita Kallen along with Music Director Beckie Menzie follows up on last year's "Dangerous Women" duo show with a solo cabaret show at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) celebrating all things cliche with songs by Mercer, Webb, Bernstein, Ellington, Krall, Wildhorn, Lerner & Loewe, and others. Performances are Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 8th, both shows at 8:00 pm. The show, titled That's So Cliche! (But Music to My Ears) is a fresh and funny musical romp through our favorite well-worn cliches and stale stereotypes. Directed by Suzanne Thompson. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SF: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY - "BOOM!"

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway bring their acclaied show BOOM! to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) Wednesday through Friday, May 29th through 31st at 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a late show added on Saturday at 10:30 pm. When Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway combine musical forces in their new show "BOOM!," memories come alive through the music of such greats as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The two Tony Award nominated stars share heartwarming and humorous stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York. One of today's most celebrated sister acts put their unmistakable stamp on solos and duets of songs such as "Both Sides Now", "Up, Up and Away", "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Downtown" among other classics. As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. Liz Callaway, the award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, sang "Memory" as Grizabella in Cats.Tickets at $75 - $95 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.

SF: ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA D'PRIMERA AT YOSHI'S

Cuba's hottest band HAVANA D'PRIMERA will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday, May 31st & Saturday, June 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band is directed by Alexander Abreu, widely recognized as the greatest trumpeter of his generation and a key part of Paulito FG's Elite during its glory years and the first call studio trumpeter for everyone from Juan Ceruto to Juan Formell to Issac Delgado. There had always been rumors of Alexander's behind-the-scenes creative contributions in the form of coros and mambos, but he's now come front and center as a dominating lead vocalist and songwriter. His voice is reminiscent of Roberton but with the added melodic sophistication of a skilled instrumentalist. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: JUST AN OLD FASHIONED GRRRL!

Danielle Asciak will perform "Just an Old Fashioned Grrrl!" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 - ) on Wednesday through Sunday, May 29th through June 2nd at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). It's time to kick off the heels and resurrect the feline attitudes of cabaret's first ultra sex kitten, Eartha Kitt. Danielle Asciak simply oozes cabaret. Performing a selection of Kitt's signature tunes such as 'C'est si bon', 'Love for Sale', 'I want to be Evil!' and 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy'. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: {BRACKETS} STAND UP COMEDY

"Intelligent comedy" is on the menu at {BRACKETS}, a new Stand Up Comedy show every Friday night at 10:30 pm at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 - ). These shows are beautifully crafted by comedians who have something to say - and they won't leave you in the gutter. Curated by Clayton Steele and presented in association with Australian Mensa Inc. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR

Following three sell-out Edinburgh runs, a national tour and two West End Seasons, THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR arrive at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Wednesday through Saturday, May 29th through June 1st at 8:00 pm. The group will perform some of their favourite radio tales, including "The Day They Stole They Eiffel Tower" and "The Champion" - all sponsored by "Soho Cigarettes" (Smoke the smoke the experts smoke! Smoke "Soho"!). 1940s-inspired radio adventures, brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism - with sound effects created live by the cast! Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, the Fitzrovia Radio Hour use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience. The Fitzrovians revel in the glamour of a bygone era, from costume and performance to props. They transport audiences to their unique universe - a wonderful imagining of how commercial 1940s radio should have been done. The Fitzrovia Radio Hour lovingly satirise the casual imperialism and stiff upper lips of the period, throwing them into relief with physical comedy and a modern twist to produce a heady comic cocktail. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: THE 6TH SEASON OF THE CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS
WEDNESDAY SHOW POSTPONED TO THURSDAY AT 6 PM


The First of the 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm has been postponed to Thursday, May 30th at 6:30pm due to predicted severe weather for Wednesday afternoon. The concerts are presented free of charge and open to the public at TUDOR CITY GREENS PARK (enter at Tudor City Place between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets) with "I Feel So Much Spring," and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. This concert will feature multiple MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award Winner BABY JANE DEXTER, Singer/Pianist ERIC YVES GARCIA, Forbidden Broadway Alumni & Recording Artist JAMES DONEGAN, Opera Singer JULIE DINIZ, Opera and Symphonic Singer JIMI JAMES, Singer-Songwriter, Pianist & Recording Artist KAREN KARSH and Metro Star Winner & Recording Artist MARISSA MULDER.
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NYC: CANYON FOLKIES: OVER THE HILLS & UNDER THE COVERS

A journey through a time and place where music legends would become legendary is presented in Lauren Fox's "Canyon Folkies: Over the Hills & Under the Covers" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 pm at 9:30 pm. She is joined by Jon Weber (Piano/Musical Director), Peter Calo (Guitar) and Ritt Henn (Bass). From the mid-sixties to the early-seventies, something magical took place in Southern California and it all happened in a bucolic stretch of hills, just above the Sunset Strip, called Laurel Canyon. Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to name just a few, all lived, loved, created, and collaborated there. Lauren Fox tells the story of this epic time in American music history, and sings the songs that it inspired. Lauren Fox was born and raised in New York City. She has been featured in several films, including Pi, Noon Blue Apples, Revolution Summer, and We Need To Talk About Kevin, and on TV in New Amsterdam and Fringe. Her New York theater credits include: Hillbilly Women, and GO-SEE, ArcLight Theater, and Heathens, Theater For A New City. Lauren's last show, "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen," ran last Spring with sold out shows, received critical acclaim, and will soon be available as a live CD. Lauren is the 2012 recipient of the MAC and Bistro Award for Debut Artist. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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: STEVEN CHERA IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Steven Chera will be performing at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, May 30th at 9:30 pm. Steve is a singer/song stylist of traditional pop, jazz, & easy listening. Over his life-long career as a singer he has developed an eclectic range of shows featuring music from the 1930s/1940s jazz standards, 1950s rock, to the swinging hits of the 1960s & 70s. The Brooklyn born Chera spent his early years listening and studying music legends like Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin,Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley. Even though he has responsibilities of working in the family retail business he never stopped pursuing music. His friends jokingly refer to him as "Elvis." There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DANIELLE GRABIANOWSKI AT THE DUPLEX

Danielle Grabianowski, the award-winning singing actress makes a return to the NYC club scene in an eclectic, impromptu set of standards, stories and pop tunes at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 pm. Grabianowski was last seen as the jazz singer Josephine Grant in the award-winning Off-Broadway sensation, Sleep No More. The evening will also feature longtime collaborator and fellow Buffalo, NY native Nate Buccieri on piano. Grabianowski won the 2010 MAC Award for Outstanding Female Debut, the Bistro's Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award given to a "Star on the Rise" and the first-ever 1930s Idol competition. Danielle took a two-year hiatus from performing to pursue a master's degree in Social Work from New York University and has performed with various theater companies around the country including the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Bakerloo Theatre Project and Bigfork Summer Playhouse as well as in various readings and workshops of new musicals and plays in New York City. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: GEORGE BRAITH QUARTET AT BIRDLAND

The George Braith Quartet will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 pm. Legendary Saxophonist George Braith is a New York saxophonist who made three distinctive recordings for Blue Note from 1963 to 1964, "Two Souls in One" with guitarist Grant Green, followed by "Soul Stream" and "Extensions." Around 1961 Braith developed a technique for playing two horns - a soprano sax and straight alto sax - at the same time, which became his signature. Braith went on to lead a varied and eclectic career in California, New York and Europe, at one point running his own NYC club, Musart, from 1966 to 1972, collaborating with sax legends John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins and even playing his two-sax "Braithophone" in the 1984 Robin Williams film "Moscow on the Hudson." There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: ELIANE ELIAS AT BIRDLAND

Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, Brazilian pianist/ singer/ composer/ arranger Eliane Elias will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, May 28th through June 1st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Elaine is known for a distinctive musical style which blends Brazilian roots with a sensuous, alluring voice and impressive compositional and piano skills. After working with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho at the age of seventeen, Elias moved to NYC in 1982 and landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead. Since then she has enjoyed critical acclaim as an artist equally expressive in jazz, classical and Brazilian music (she's widely considered a foremost interpreter of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim). There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.

NYC: THE IRIDIUM PRESENTS THE HIPSTONES

The Hipstones move into the IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Thursday, May 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Hipstones are soul with a capital S. Soul that soothes. Soul that grooves. And Soul that moves. With an eye to the classic R&B sounds of the 1960s, the duo of Mark Palmer (keys/vocals) and Anthea White (vocals) have shaped a sonic identity all their own. From the streets of Tokyo to the stage of the Sydney Opera house; from Australia to the musical depths of the New York City, the Hipstones have established themselves as one of the premier soul bands on the scene today. With their eight-piece powerhouse ensemble tearing up New York's funkiest clubs, Mark Palmer and Anthea White have built a sound that's just a little bit Marvin Gaye, and a whole lot modern day. Their latest album, Dreamers (2010), is a testament to their unique vision and mastery of all things jazz, soul, funk and reggae. It's an album that is sophisticated yet accessible, subtle yet strong. A record that is rich in lush harmonies and grounded in the duo's undeniable songwriting talent. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JOHN BUCCHINO WITH COREY COTT FROM NEWSIES

John Bucchino makes a return appearance at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, May 30th at 9:30 pm. The composer of Broadway's A Catered Affair is also one of New York's most prolific singer/songwriters. Join John Bucchino, along with his special guest Corey Cott from Newsies, as he shares an intimate night of his own tunes. Music lovers around the world fell in love with John when his acclaimed CD, Grateful: The Songs on John Bucchino, was released, featuring the likes of Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Judy Collins and Art Garfunkel. Now, for one night only, 54 Below is honored to welcome John to our stage. There is a $25 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, just a $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LEA SALONGA AT THE CAFE CARLYLE

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress and recording artist Lea Salonga will perform at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600) on Tuesdays through Fridays, May 21st through June 8th at 8:45 pm, with late shows on Saturdays ay 10:45 pm. Having enchanted audiences worldwide, Lea Salonga originated the role of Kim in Broadway's Miss Saigon, for which she won the Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. She also played Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway. She was named a "Disney Legend" in 2011 for her work as the voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret in 2010, performing a sold-out, three-week engagement at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City. In August 2011 she released a live version of her 2010 concert "Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far." Her show at The Carlyle promises to be an intimate evening that features a selection of Broadway tunes, standard classics and today's hits, as well as personal stories of Salonga's incredible journey, spanning decades. Cover Charge: Tuesday through Thursday $45-$75-$125; Friday & Saturday $50-$85-$135.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS ISABEL ROSE

Isabel Rose performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 pm. With arrangements that match Michael Buble's for their lush, imaginative interpretation of standards and contemporary fare alike, Isabel Rose delivers a high-energy, toe-tapping evening of crowd-pleasing favorites. Compared to Ann-Margret by Jazz Times, Isabel is more Vegas than cabaret, though her roots lie squarely in the Great American Songbook. 60s favorites like Reflections and Peter Gunn share the bill with That's All and This Could Be The Start of Something Big. Sure to be a night of glamorous, cheeky and hard swinging fun. Theres a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF" RETURNS TO THE YORK THEATRE

By popular demand, THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25) has announced the return engagement of the new musical I'm a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, with Franca Vercelloni on accordion, Jessica Tyler Wright on vioin and directed by David Schweizer. Performances will resume on Tuesday evening, May 28th at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday afternoon, June 9th at 2:30 pm. The heart, soul and tears of the music that helped define Broadway in its golden age was inextricably linked to a magical (and sinister) several years in pre-WWII Berlin. It was a brief period when the creative strangers of the society - poets, playwrights, Jews, gays and artists of all sorts - were embraced and even exalted. And it's this smart, sexy, jazz-fueled, booze-soaked era that the astonishing, multi-award winning entertainer Mark Nadler brings to life in I'm a Stranger Here Myself - the deeply emotional undercurrents of a society about to break itself into a million pieces. I'm a Stranger Here Myself will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $67.50.
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK NADLET BY PARKER SCOTT - CLICK HERE

NYS: PIANO BAR WITH BOBBY BELFRY AT THE BEAR MOUNTAIN INN

Each Thursday night beginning at 8:00 pm, THE BLUE ROOF TAPAS BAR at THE BEAR MOUNTAIN INN (55 Hessian Drive, Bear Mountain, NY - 845-786-2731) will host a rollicking night of great music from Sinatra to GaGa and just about every musical genre in between! This Thursday, May 30th, will feature award winning recording artist and songwriter Bobby Belfry as singer & host and the brilliant all-around musician and singer David Budway at the piano, as well as the magnificent Sarah Mucho on vocals (this lady can croon and rock then tear it all up and start over again! If you don't know what that means-there's only one way to find out!) The mic is OPEN! So if you sing, bring sheet music and sing a tune. AND if you don't sing, sing along anyway! Chef Michael Matarazzo has prepared a phenomenal menu of delicious & sophisticated tapas and comfort-bar food that will satisfy and amaze! There is also an exceptional wine list, tap beers, and cocktails that tie it all together in the cozy package that it is. Call for cover/minimum information.


PHILA: SUSIE MEISSNER AT CHRIS JAZZ CAFE

Susie Meissner will be appearing at CHRIS JAZZ CAFE (1421 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA - 215-568-3131) on Thursday, May 30th with sets from 8:00 pm to midnight. She is accompanied by her band (John Swana - EVI; Larry McKenna - sax; Byron Landham - Drums; Lee Smith - Bass; and John Shaddy - Piano). Susie sings and swings with a lush tone and playful rhythm. Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., Susie surrounded herself in music through piano and vocal lessons, choirs, glee clubs, school musicals, and performances with local professional singing groups. Her grandmother played stride piano and her sheet music from the 20s and 30s inspired Susie to look back into the Great American songbook. In her youth, Susie began to explore the world of jazz through the recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, and after witnessing the performances by jazz greats such as Earl "Fatha" Hines, Kenny Burrell and Nancy Wilson, her interest was piqued and she started down the jazz discovery road. To date, Susie has recorded or performed with Jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnarelli, John Swana, Freddie Hendrix, Martin Wind, Dean Johnson, Tim Horner, Lee Smith, Byron Landham and Matt Wilson. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: JOHN PIZZARELLI AT BLUES ALLEY

Jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 30th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Using performers like Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. For Pizzarelli though, his hero and foundation was Nat "King" Cole and the comparison to his iconic trio is the highest of compliments. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY - "BOOM!"

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway bring their acclaied show BOOM! to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) Wednesday through Friday, May 29th through 31st at 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a late show added on Saturday at 10:30 pm. When Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway combine musical forces in their new show "BOOM!," memories come alive through the music of such greats as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The two Tony Award nominated stars share heartwarming and humorous stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York. One of today's most celebrated sister acts put their unmistakable stamp on solos and duets of songs such as "Both Sides Now", "Up, Up and Away", "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Downtown" among other classics. As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. Liz Callaway, the award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, sang "Memory" as Grizabella in Cats.Tickets at $75 - $95 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.

SF: PARAGUAYAN HARPIST & VIOLINIST CARLOS REYES AT YOSHI'S

Carlos Reyes recording artist, producer, engineer, harpist and violinist will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 pm. Reyes has been breaking musical barriers since his first public performance at the age of five. Born in Paraguay South America. He began his musical education at the age of three and a half on the violin. A few years later, his father, a musical and national hero in Paraguay, dared young Carlos to learn the complicated 36 string native Paraguayan harp. Being called a child prodigy at an early age, he took his father's challenge seriously. Carlos purchased his first harp for $50.00 when he was just ten years old. Two weeks later, he earned a double encore and $250.00 at his first professional harp concert. Since then he has taken the harp and its music to new and groundbreaking levels. There is a $25 cover.


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: THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR

Following three sell-out Edinburgh runs, a national tour and two West End Seasons, THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR arrive at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Wednesday through Saturday, May 29th through June 1st at 8:00 pm. The group will perform some of their favourite radio tales, including "The Day They Stole They Eiffel Tower" and "The Champion" - all sponsored by "Soho Cigarettes" (Smoke the smoke the experts smoke! Smoke "Soho"!). 1940s-inspired radio adventures, brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism - with sound effects created live by the cast! Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, the Fitzrovia Radio Hour use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience. The Fitzrovians revel in the glamour of a bygone era, from costume and performance to props. They transport audiences to their unique universe - a wonderful imagining of how commercial 1940s radio should have been done. The Fitzrovia Radio Hour lovingly satirise the casual imperialism and stiff upper lips of the period, throwing them into relief with physical comedy and a modern twist to produce a heady comic cocktail. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: THE 6TH SEASON OF THE CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS OPENS


The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, commences on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 30th at 6:30pm.) at TUDOR CITY GREENS PARK (enter at Tudor City Place between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets) with "I Feel So Much Spring," and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.
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NYC: SIDEWALK SWINGS PRESENTS JERRY COSTANZO

Crooner Jerry Costanzo performs at SIDEWALK CAFE (94 Avenue A, NYC - 212-473-7373) on Wednesday, May 1st at 8:00 pm. Mr. Costanzo has assembled a quartet of New York's finest musicians, including Pianist/arranger Tedd Firth, Guitarist Joe Cohn, Bassist Neal Miner and Drummer Johathan Mele, to accompany him.. A charismatic crooner dedicated to the preservation of the Great American Songbook, Costanzo's stylish interpretations of Songbook classics transport audiences to an era when this sultry, swinging music was the "pop" of the day.The new CD "Invitation" features 14 songs including the title track, as well as a new single "The Lonely One/Nature Boy", a medley of two Nat King Cole classic tunes. Joining Jerry as his guest, will be Jazz pianist and singer Champian Fulton putting her artistic spin on "Here's To The Losers", one of two duets featured on "Invitation". There is a $15 cover.

NYC: LAUREN FOX WITH "THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL & LEONARD COHEN"

Lauren Fox brings her show "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen" back to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00 pm. Through stories and song, Lauren Fox examines the creative genius and conflicted desires of two of folk music's most enduring artists. Musical Director/piano, Jon Weber, with Ritt Henn on bass and Peter Colo on guitar. Lauren Fox is a New York City, born and raised, actress, singer, writer and restaurateur. Her film credits include Darren Aronofsky's Pi, Noon Blue Apples (Sundance 2002 premiere), Revolution Summer, Standing on Fishes, and the recent films, Hamill and We Need To Talk About Kevin. Television credits include New Amsterdam and Fringe. In January of 2011, Lauren was in the show Hillbilly Women, at the ArcLight Theater, directed by Sondra Lee. Her performance as Appalachian factory worker, Sharleen, has won critical praise from The New York Times. Her screenplay, Atlas Of The Soul, is in development with Lauren set to play the lead role, under the direction of Raul Esparza. Lauren is a member of The Indies Lab, a developmental film and theater lab in New York City. She, along with her sister, Haley Fox, wrote the Alice's Tea Cup cookbook (named after the popular tea houses they founded), which was released for worldwide sales in the fall of 2010. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: ANNIE KOZUCH RELEASES NEW CD AT STAGE 72

Annie Kozuch will release her new CD Mostly Jobim with three performances at STAGE 72 (formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Thursdays, May 29th & June 6th, and Wednesday, July 10th, all shows at 7:00 pm. Three years after her acclaimed debut recording Here With You, the outstanding vocal stylist Annie Kozuch has released a marvelous second album Mostly Jobim. Returning from her first CD are bassist and drummer Saadi Zain and Vito Lesczak, flautist/ tenor saxophonist Cecilia Tenconi; and most significantly, Annie's musical director and pianist, Frank Ponzio, who arranged all of the pieces on this delightful album. Joining into the festivities are acoustic guitarist Sean Harkness and Brazilian percussionist Edson Aparecido da Silva. For her CD release shows at STAGE 72, Ms. Kozuch will be accompanied by Frank Ponzio - piano & musical director, Saadi Zain - bass; Vito Lesczak - drums, Cecilia Tenconi - sax/flute, and Samuel Torres - percussion. Ms. Kozuch, whose extensive background in theater, film and television is further enhanced by her multi-lingual skills, has performed as a vocalist around the world, from clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. to being a featured soloist with the Tokyo Symphony. On Mostly Jobim, she brings her full palette of artistry to this lovely exposition of one of the world's most beloved and influential composers, Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SARAH KIMBALL IN "BLUE"

Sarah Kimball's "Blue," a new cabaret show, will be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, May 29th at 9:30 pm. This show grew from Sarah's love of the Joni Mitchell song and album of the same name. With the help of director Lina Koutrakos, and musical director, Rick Jensen & bass player, Tom Hubbard, and through the music of Mitchell, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Leonard Cohen, Toots Thielemans, and others, Sarah will weave an intricate spell of blue smoke and thunder, of balmy breezes and dazzling vistas, exploring the deepest of blues to the brightest of skies. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTENNIAL BAND

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band aka David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band (also known as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band) breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Now in its 11th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/ vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder, and more! There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ELIANE ELIAS AT BIRDLAND

Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, Brazilian pianist/ singer/ composer/ arranger Eliane Elias will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, May 28th through June 1st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Elaine is known for a distinctive musical style which blends Brazilian roots with a sensuous, alluring voice and impressive compositional and piano skills. After working with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho at the age of seventeen, Elias moved to NYC in 1982 and landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead. Since then she has enjoyed critical acclaim as an artist equally expressive in jazz, classical and Brazilian music (she's widely considered a foremost interpreter of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim). There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.

NYC: THE MARCUS STRICKLAND QUARTET AT IRIDIUM

Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan presents Marcus Strickland Quartet featuring Marcus Strickland, tenor and soprano saxophones; Ben Williams, bass; EJ Strickland, drums; and David Bryant, piano at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Wednesday, May 29th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Triumph of the Heavy: Volume 1 & 2 is Strickland's fourth release from his independent Strick Muzik record label, and his seventh as a leader. The music lives up to its title, and Strickland's distinctive artistry is synonymous with its concept. With a professional career that has just passed the ten- year mark, Strickland's influential sound, distinguished body of work, impressive set of credentials and steady acknowledgement from every credible jazz critic since emerging on the scene has earned him a rightful place alongside the very best narrators of modern jazz. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHARLES BUSCH RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

Charles Busch makes a triumphant return to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, May 29th at 9:30 pm. Whether he's playing a Westchester housewife who's preparing her cabaret tribute to Edith Piaf, Cinderella's much maligned stepmother in the style of Mildred Pierce, or the tough but warm-hearted owner of a speakeasy, performance legend Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, illusionist and camp icon. The author of dozens of hit plays (Tale of the Allergists Wife, Red Scare on Sunset, Flipping My Wig, Times Square Angel, Our Leading Lady, The Third Story, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister & Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name but a few) Back by popular demand for one more special performance, joined by Musical Director Tom Judson. Expect laughter, music, tears and sequins. But no boas. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT: THE STUDIO; LIFE IS NOT A MUSICAL

On Wednesdays at 11:00 pm, The Studio at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) is the place to see up-and-coming New York talent: comedians, musicians, songwriters, improv groups- just to name a few. Each week will feature a different new New York artist, so visit our calendar to see what this Wednesday has in store for you. This week, Wednesday, May 29th, The Studio features Karl Michael Johnson and Victoria Bennett in "Life is Not a Musical". Karl and Victoria love playing with fire, and they have some torch songs to show for it. In Life is Not a Musical, these two relive foibles with old flames and use them as sparks for a Happy Hour of emotional fireworks with the help of their pyromaniac friends: Breanna Noel Winslow (Body Stories; cello), Mike Sayre (Muncie Symphony Orchestra; French horn), Michael Morales (EndAnd, Generator Ohm, Scottish Octopus; drums), Daniel Shuman (Sabbath Assembly, Monocle, Amy Miles; bass), and Ryan Kerr (woodwinds), with special guest Nick Cearley (All Shook Up, The Skivvies; vocals and ukulele). With original songs by Karl Michael Johnson as well as some standards. No cover, $20 food/drink minimum.


DC: BLUES ALLEY PRESENTS THE ELDAR DJANGIROV TRIO

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents the Eldar Djangirov Trio on Wednesday, May 29th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. When Eldar Djangirov (pronounced john-'gear-ov) was signed to Sony Classical at the age of 17, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he's had the good fortune to meet and work with the masters including Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Harvey Mason, Ron Carter, Pat Martino and many others. Through these opportunities and other wonderful musical experiences, Eldar continues to explore new frontiers through composing and performing, enabling him to ultimately to realize his own musical vision. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: ANDREA MARCOVICCI AT THE GARDENIA

Cabaret favorited Andrea Marcovicci brings her show Moonlight Cocktail - Stork Club to THE GARDENIA(7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Wednesday, May 29th and Friday & Saturday, June 21st & 22nd, all shows at 9:00 pm. The show celebrates that bygone era of sophisticated New York nightlife of dining and dancing at The Stork Club and the El Morocco. And at Tony's, Spivy's and The Blue Angel where the singers that enthralled you became household names like Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, Julie Wilson, Hildegarde, Portia Nelson, Billie Holiday and more. Andrea's nostalgic spin through the forties and fifties, when an evening began at one club before winding down with fine champagne at another, is filled with her unique insight, charm and wit. She reveals the backstage stories while capturing the joi de vivre of the era. Highlights include: Sunday in New York, You Fascinate Me So, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, All in Fun, Talk of the Town, Some Other Time, as well as the delicious title song Moonlight Cocktail. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY - "BOOM!"

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway bring their acclaied show BOOM! to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) Wednesday through Friday, May 29th through 31st at 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, June 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a late show added on Saturday at 10:30 pm. When Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway combine musical forces in their new show "BOOM!," memories come alive through the music of such greats as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The two Tony Award nominated stars share heartwarming and humorous stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York. One of today's most celebrated sister acts put their unmistakable stamp on solos and duets of songs such as "Both Sides Now", "Up, Up and Away", "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Downtown" among other classics. As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. Liz Callaway, the award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, sang "Memory" as Grizabella in Cats.Tickets at $75 - $95 include a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.

SF: THE ARTIST SESSIONS: CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY

The Artist Sessions is a new Yoshi's classical series of intimate, interactive evenings featuring international soloists and ensembles, hosted monthly by concert pianist Lara Downes at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600). Featured on the first show of the series on Wednesday, May 29th at 8:00 pm is Christopher O'Riley. Since the triumphant release of True Love Waits, pianist Christopher O'Riley's reimagining of works by Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake have garnered critical accolades and international acclaim, including the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone to a Classical pianist. His latest White Tie Classics/Mesa - BlueMoon release, Out Of My Hands, includes music of R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Bad Plus, The Smiths, Tears for Fears as well as material from Radiohead and Elliott Smith. There is a $30 cover.

LON: THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR

Following three sell-out Edinburgh runs, a national tour and two West End Seasons, THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR arrive at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Wednesday through Saturday, May 29th through June 1st at 8:00 pm. The group will perform some of their favourite radio tales, including "The Day They Stole They Eiffel Tower" and "The Champion" - all sponsored by "Soho Cigarettes" (Smoke the smoke the experts smoke! Smoke "Soho"!). 1940s-inspired radio adventures, brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism - with sound effects created live by the cast! Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, the Fitzrovia Radio Hour use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience. The Fitzrovians revel in the glamour of a bygone era, from costume and performance to props. They transport audiences to their unique universe - a wonderful imagining of how commercial 1940s radio should have been done. The Fitzrovia Radio Hour lovingly satirise the casual imperialism and stiff upper lips of the period, throwing them into relief with physical comedy and a modern twist to produce a heady comic cocktail. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: JACK PHILLIPS' CAFE NIGHTS IN NEW YORK
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Vocalist/songwriter Jack Phillips will be performing popular American Songbook standards as well as selections from his new original standards album "Cafe Nights In New York" at New York's legendary venue DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00 pm. Jack will be accompanied by Conal Fowkes on piano. Fowkes performs regularly with Woody Allen and the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band at the Cafe Carlyle on Monday evenings. Debbie Kennedy, who also performs often with Woody Allen at the Cafe Carlyle, will be on bass. Klaus Suonsaari will be on drums (Klaus was Bobby Short's drummer at the Cafe Carlyle for fifteen years). Jack will be performing selections from his CD "Cafe Nights In New York", an album of original "standards" composed by Jack Phillips in association with Conal Fowkes and Eddy Davis. The album was recorded at Nola Recording Studios in New York, mixed and engineered by Jim Czak, mastered by Bill Moss, and arranged and produced by Eddy Davis. There toryis a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: KIM SMITH WITH NOVA: AN ELECTRO-POP FANTASIA AT JOE'S PUB


Australian singer Kim Smith performs his debut electro-pop album, Nova, with an electronic band at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555 - ) on Tuesday, May 28th at 9:30 pm. Featuring the singles "Jealous," and "Never Ever," Nova's sound has been likened to the Pet Shop boys, George Michael, Kylie Minogue and Robyn.Kim Smith will be joined by Musical Director David Aaron Berger, Stephanie Brown, Steve Dawson and guitarist & backing vocalist Silya. Australian Kim Smith is an emerging electro-pop singer, and award winning cabaret performer, known for his Weimar-era inspired works that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His cabaret programmes, Misfit and Morphium have performed regularly in New York City at Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Due Theatre at DMAC, and Bard Spiegeltent at Bard College, while also touring Australia - presented at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2010, 2012), The Festival of Voices, Slide Bar and Lounge, Chapel Off Chapel, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Smith's cabaret birthplace, the Butterfly Club. Tickets are $15.


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: MOLLY "EQUALITY" DYKEMAN'S HIT SOLO SHOW RETURNS TO NEW YORK

Molly "Equality" Dykeman's hit solo show "The F*cking World According To Molly" returns to NYC as part of the terraNOVA Collective's 10th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival on Saturday, May 25th at 7:00 pm; Tuesday, May 28th at 9:00 pm; and and Saturday, June 1st at 3:00 pm at THE IRT THEATER (154 Christopher Street, 3rd Floor, NYC ). Molly "Equality" Dykeman is a loveable, but barely lucid security guard at PS 339 who dabbles in a bit of poetry, a bit of Percocet and a lot of drink. She may be a foul mouthed, straight talking, lady kissing, mother lover, but she still needs to find a way to pull herself together, overcome bed bugs, love and sissy kids to perform in her first poetry show. Will she succeed? Only Molly can tell Andrea Alton stars as Molly "Equality" Dykeman in her hit solo show, The F*cking World According To Molly, which premiered at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and made it's European Premiere at the 2012 Dublin International Gay Theater Festival. Molly has appeared all over New York with notable appearances at The Gotham Comedy Club, Comix, UCB, The PIT, Stonewall Inn and Dixon Place. She has also performed at comedy festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, DC and Toronto. She often performs at The Laurie Beechman Theater in her original variety shows; A Molly Jolly Christmas, I Can't Even Think Straight and Happy Mollydays. Written and performed by Andrea Alton, directed by Molly Marinik, choreographed by John Paolillo, produced by Irwin Kroot & Andrea Alton, production manager Liz Richards, costume design Anthony Catanzaro and sound design David Crabb. Tickets are $20.

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: ELIANE ELIAS AT BIRDLAND

Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, Brazilian pianist/ singer/ composer/ arranger Eliane Elias will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, May 28th through June 1st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Elaine is known for a distinctive musical style which blends Brazilian roots with a sensuous, alluring voice and impressive compositional and piano skills. After working with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho at the age of seventeen, Elias moved to NYC in 1982 and landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead. Since then she has enjoyed critical acclaim as an artist equally expressive in jazz, classical and Brazilian music (she's widely considered a foremost interpreter of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim). There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF" RETURNS TO THE YORK THEATRE

By popular demand, THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25) has announced the return engagement of the new musical I'm a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, with Franca Vercelloni on accordion, Jessica Tyler Wright on vioin and directed by David Schweizer. Performances will resume on Tuesday evening, May 28th at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday afternoon, June 9th at 2:30 pm. The heart, soul and tears of the music that helped define Broadway in its golden age was inextricably linked to a magical (and sinister) several years in pre-WWII Berlin. It was a brief period when the creative strangers of the society - poets, playwrights, Jews, gays and artists of all sorts - were embraced and even exalted. And it's this smart, sexy, jazz-fueled, booze-soaked era that the astonishing, multi-award winning entertainer Mark Nadler brings to life in I'm a Stranger Here Myself - the deeply emotional undercurrents of a society about to break itself into a million pieces. I'm a Stranger Here Myself will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $67.50.
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NYC: JOAN RIVERS: LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE!

Comedy legend Joan Rivers returns with her her live stand-up act to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00 pm. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashions. Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. A full dinner menu and bar are available, and pianist Will Hall plays from the time doors open until Joan takes the stage. Net proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A full dinner menu and bar are available. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased at http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.


NYC: 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: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.

NYC: SCOBAR PRESENTS TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND

ScoBar Entertainment presents Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band with special guest KJ Denhert at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, May 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The multi-award-winning, multi-talented vocalist, bandleader, and comedian Terese Genecco is currently the longest-running nightclub act on Broadway, appearing here as a headliner at The Iridium NYC every month - for more than 72 performances - since her opening night in March of 2009. Her brand new live CD was recorded at The Iridium on October 12, 2011 and can be found at www.CDBABY.com. Genecco has appeared in major music venues, performing arts centers and jazz festivals around the world since her cabaret debut in 2003 when she became San Francisco's "Entertainer of the Year." After garnering a Back Stage Bistro Award, 2 MAC Awards, and being named one of the Top Ten Best Cabaret shows of the year by Time Out New York Magazine in 2006 and again in 2007, Genecco wrapped up a year-long run at San Francisco's premiere nightclub, The Rrazz Room, in 2008 and relocated to New York City where she has continued to earn critical acclaim, another Bistro Award, two more MAC Awards (for Major Artist & SHOW OF THE YEAR) and a rabid fan following in her open-ended run of shows at The Iridium with her stellar 8-piece "Little Big Band." There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE WBGO JAZZ SERIES PRESENTS BENNY GOODMAN & OTHER JOYS

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 28th, the return by popular demand of the thrilling Benny Goodman tribute concert these jazz masters performed at 54 Below earlier this month. Don't miss this fabulous exhibition of virtuoso musicianship honoring the music of Benny Goodman. A thrilling introduction for those who haven't yet experienced the wonders of the 54 Below/WBGO Jazz Series and a not to be missed event for jazz fans. Featuring jazz masters Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart, Ehud Asherie, and Willie Jones III. 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 28th are Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner, Book of Mormon), Betty (legendary rock trio), Rashidra Scott (Sister Act), Kevin Meaney (Broadway's favorite comedian), Emily McNamara (NEWSical), Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray), and Jessica Vosk (West Side Story). No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.


DC: ALLYN JOHNSON SONIC SANCTUARY AT BLUES ALLEY

Native Washingtonian, Allyn Johnson will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, May 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Johnson is a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation. Allyn, a prodigy who began playing piano at the tender age of five, got his start playing piano for the youth choir in his uncle's church. There he honed his inner musical gift. While a student at the University of the District of Columbia, Allyn was mentored by the late great jazz legend Calvin Jones. At UDC, Allyn was the first recipient of the Felix. E Grant Scholarship Award in jazz performance, graduating magna cum laude 1997 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. Now Allyn has served for more than six years as an adjunct professor of music and assistant director of the Jazz Studies program before succeeding Jones as the director in 2005. Call for cover/minimum information.

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.


LON: A CRAZY MONDAY SHOW ON A TUESDAY WITH NIGEL OSNER

Nigel Osner hosts A Crazy Monday Show On A Tuesday at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00 pm. Nigel is a writer, lyricist, actor and performer. In his show he takes a quirky look at the worlds of the living and of the supernatural - using oodles of his own lyrics and monologues. His characters include an actor with a crisis of confidence, a love-sick Brummie, a fading star on an endless tour, a cougar and a vampire! His show has been described as 'filled with warmth and performed with cheeky panache.' He has written a children's book published by Heinemann, then helped adapt it into a musical called Goblins Don't Scare Us, performed in London and Delaware, USA. He has also published worldoflegends.com, a fantasy novel. In recent years he has acted in various films, including The Drummond Will, a feature film, for which he received a best actor nomination. Accompanist Tom Wakeley is a gifted pianist, arranger, musical director and composer. He has many West End credits, including playing on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Phantom of the Opera and City of Angels. In recent years he was an assistant conductor on Chicago. He loves cabaret. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: EMILY DANGER AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

The dark cabaret rock sensation EMILY DANGER make their THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) debut on Monday, May 27th at 7:00 pm, with the premiere of "A Delicate Disaster". Emily Danger anxiously returns to its theatrical roots for this unique show at The Metropolitan Room where they will perform both original songs and favorite show-tunes arranged in their signature style. EMILY DANGER combines haunting melodies and vulnerable lyrics with dark, orchestral arrangements. The band re-defines indie rock with classical influences and theatrical flair. Operatically trained lead singer Emily Nicholas' voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley and Fiona Apple. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-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 at Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs at San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

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

NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND
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: THE POP SHOW PRESENTS THE SINGS OF ELTON JOHN

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce the premiere of The Pop Show, their newest monthly event, on Monday, May 27th at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080). Hosted by Jim Caruso, the night will feature Elton John's soul-searching ballads, the most rockin' uptempos and everything in between. Scheduled performers include Tony Award winner Len Cariou, Natalie Douglas, Van Hughes, Christopher Jackson, Kyle Dean Massey, Leslie McDonel, Jarrod Spector and Daniel Quadrino, with additional names to be announced. Proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities. There is a $30-$35 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: ORRIN EVANS - CD RELEASE SHOW AT THE BLUE NOTE

Orrin Evans will celebrate the release of his latest CD at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Monday, June 27th at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. He will be joined by Luques Curtis on acoustic bass and Donald Edwards on drums. Since moving to New York in the winter of 1995 Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianist of his generation. In a short span of time Orrin has earned the titles of pianist, composer, bandleader, teacher, producer and arranger and most recently, a recipient of a 2010 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Evans spent 3 years as a teacher at the coveted Germantown Friends School where he taught middle school music and conducted three jazz ensembles. He returned to Settlement Music School to teach individual piano lessons, theory lessons and an advanced jazz ensemble. He continues to be a musical commentator, conducting workshops, clinics and master classes both in the United States and abroad, while continuing to record and tour with his own bands. There is a $10-$15 cover.

NYC: THE PAT MARTINO TRIO AT THE IRIDIUM

The Pat Martino Organ Trio, featuring Pat Bianchi and Carmen Intorre Jr. will perform at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Monday, May 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Pat began playing professionally in 1961. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Stanley Clark, Eric Kloss, Trudy Pitts, Willis Jackson, Lloyd Price, Woody Herman, Chuck Israels, Charles Earland, Barry Miles and Joe Pesci. Since 1967, Pat has been touring as a leader. He has been a Recording Artist for Vanguard, Prestige, Warner Brothers, Muse, Columbia, King, Paddlewheel, Evidence, Sony, 32 Jazz, High Note, Milestone, Polydor, Concord, Fantasy, House of Blues, Mythos, Mainstream, Cobblestone, Atlantic and, most currently, Blue Note Records. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


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