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A swinging, rip-roaring musical tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance, Ain't Misbehavin' opened on Broadway in 1978 as a musical revue of jazz legend Fats Waller's popular songbook, was nominated for numerous awards, and won the 1978 Tony for Best Musical.
For one night only, some of the most dynamic and diverse faces in American theater will join WeSoHapa for an evening of song and spoken-word performance that questions the nature of what it means to be American and multiracial.
"What is Hapa?" you might ask. By definition, the term refers to a person of part-Asian descent. However, Hapa has evolved to mean anyone who is two or more ethnicities. In the current political climate of this country, many are asking just what it means to be an American — or more frequently, "Who am I, and where do I fit in?"
WeSoHapa speaks not only to those of Asian descent but to all people who identify as multiethnic, question their identity, or simply wish to broaden their mind through an evening of thought-provoking entertainment.
Join MetroStar veteran April Leonhard for an evening of her favorite songs from the silver screen in April Leonhard Goes to the Movies.
Come join Becca as she explores the path she took to become a performer. Songs from the American Songbook, modern musical theater, and popular music. Directed by Gretchen Reinhagen, with musical director by Tracy Stark
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
Every Thursday night at 11 PM Broadway Ballyhoo: A Show Tune Hootenanny! will offer approximately four different stars each week who will sing Broadway's great songs. This ever-changing cast of stars will sing the show tunes they know and love best. Jesse Kissel is the musical director and Scott Siegel hosts!
Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, returns for its 27th edition!
This annual extravaganza features seductive stripteases from more than 150 of the sexiest and most talented dancers on Broadway. They will strut and strip their way into your heart during two dazzling shows.
Acclaimed singer Jackie Evancho makes her Café Carlyle debut. Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. Since then, she's released a string of platinum and gold albums. Jackie has recorded duets with artists such as Tony Bennett, Susan Boyle, Il Volo, Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Chis Botti, the Tenors, and Joshua Bell. At 16 years old, she is still recording classical crossover songs in her beautiful soprano voice but is also evolving into pop territory with the well-received singles "Apocalypse," "Writing's on the Wall," and "Safe and Sound."
Award-winning actor-singer and veteran of Seinfeld and Dancing With the Stars John O'Hurley makes his Café Carlyle debut. A Man With Standards is his 90-minute retrospective on the songs of the Great American Songbook, along with musings from his eclectic life and career. Both humorous and poignant, A Man With Standards brings back the sounds of nostalgia in the voice of one of America's greatest storytellers.
Café Carlyle veteran John Pizzarelli returns with an all-new show celebrating iconic singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer. At the Café, he'll perform Mercer's most recognizable hits as well as lesser-known gems such as "Jamboree Jones" and "Slue Foot."
Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb makes her Café Carlyle debut. The trailblazing independent artist's musical career was launched with the platinum-selling hit song "Stay (I Missed You)" from the Gen-X film Reality Bites. Loeb followed with the singles "Do You Sleep?", "I Do," and "Let's Forget About It," as well as the albums Cake and Pie and No Fairy Tale.
Cat Gorman makes her Metropolitan Room debut singing songs from the Great American Songbook. Reaching into her collection of leading-lady roles performed in regional theater productions of My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man, and more, Gorman gives this show a sense of fun with a positive theme. Accompanying Gorman on her musical journey is Barry Levitt on piano, bassist Boots Maleson, guitarist Jack Cavari, and drummer Howard Gordon.
This raucously funny and deeply felt cabaret act features personal stories and killer songs by Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Sinead O'Connor, and others. It's been slaying audiences; you'll die laughing. Come and see a show that dares to ask the questions about death that a show would ask about death if a show could ask questions about death.
One of Broadway's greatest stars will join forces with an authority on all things Broadway for an extraordinary evening of music and merriment. For the first time in New York City, two-time Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone will revisit some of the iconic roles of her illustrious career, and Seth Rudetsky, the host of Seth's Big Fat Broadway on SiriusXM, will deconstruct them as only he can do. After acclaimed performances together across the U.S. and in London, the pair's unscripted evening will include stories LuPone hasn't talked about anywhere else and would share only at the prompting of Rudetsky. Proceeds from the event will benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway. We all know it. We all love it. Distorted Broadway asks and answers the simple question: What if your favorite Broadway shows didn't end up being quite what you expected? What if Avenue Q really turned out to be a ballet about south Brooklyn or if Jersey Boys was about the Jersey Shore? What would Oklahomo, Trannie, The Queen & I, The Book of Morons, or West Village Story be like? And what the heck does "Turn Off The Dark" mean, anyway? Find out in this truly wicked 70-minute, non-stop musical theater tribute, where everything gets twisted -- even the happy ending!
Distorted Diznee is an outrageous Las Vegas-style parody revue of some of America's most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as a troupe of fabulous drag queens takes you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This ever-evolving 75-minute non-stop extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies"-- with a bit of Cher, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel and Rihanna thrown in for good measure! This show is certain to offer a happy ending -- if you believe in fairies, that is!
Come enjoy New York's hottest up and coming talent at this wonderful cabaret located in the heart of the theater district. Don't Tell Mama's Piano bar provides music and fun every night from 9:30 pm on. The space provides two cabaret rooms showcasing a wide range of performers and styles. To check out their full schedule click: Don't Tell Mama. There is a two drink minimum at all cabaret performances.
Back in the good old days, freedom of speech went just so far and came at a cost. Censorship, especially in entertainment, was at its highest... even in private clubs. Blues singers had to seduce their audiences with clever lyrics, double entendres, and lots of food references to get around strict decency laws. Singer Rev. Mary and her Blue Crew unveil a steamy array of vintage bawdy blues paying homage to performers like Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Rosa Henderson, Ruth Brown, Stella Johnson ... and Barrel House Annie, to name a few. You'll be amazed at all the hidden meanings "grease my griddle," "hot dog roll," "mighty tight," "arriving in low," and "put some sugar in my bowl," can have.
Let's get biblical! Fresh from a hit run at Fringe World in Australia, everyone's favorite gay-married drag super-duo darlings return to New York City with a brand-new glitter bomb of award-winning dance, irreverent striptease, and surreal campy magic. Expect to be converted and shouting "Yas Gawd!"
Whether you're pure as the driven snow or a Catholic school dropout, you must not miss Kitten 'n' Lou's demented and glittering romp through the Old Testament and beyond. They dig deep and ask the hard questions: What is the meaning of our existence in the universe? Are we really supposed to believe there's a god if Donald Trump is president? How can homosexuality be a sin when the Bible is clearly so GAY GAY GAY?!
Jim Caruso's Cast Party, a popular weekly event on Monday nights, is now at Birdland!
"No one can be called a true New Yorker until they've been to the Cast Party, which is to Broadway what the Conde-Nast cafeteria is to publishing. Divas and dapper-dans insouciantly sip cocktails while watching each other sing and perform at the open-mic event during Broadway's dark night," says Next Magazine. Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Performers are accompanied by Billy Stritch, pianist and musical director for Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour.
Lighthearted comedy and song. Familiar oldies and pop standards to lesser-known romantic ballads. Comedy "living room" friendly chat style: tales of growing up, vignettes on family, friendships, life's little relatable annoyances.
After starring as Judy and Liza to critical acclaim in The Boy from Oz, Nancy Hays and Michelle Lauto now re-create the 1964 London Palladium performance of the legendary Judy Garland and her 18-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli. That Palladium concert was the only time in history when Judy and Liza performed together onstage. This loving tribute features the classic songs, musical arrangements, dialogue, outfits, and dance steps to recapture the historic occasion.
Accompanied by a jazz combo led by music director Robert Ollis, Nancy (portraying Judy Garland) and Michelle (portraying Liza Minnelli) perform iconic solos like "The Man That Got Away," "Just in Time," and "Gypsy in My Soul" and duets like "Chicago" and "Get Happy / Happy Days," celebrating the thrilling mother-daughter collaboration that occurred only "once in a lifetime."
As a child growing up in a one-bedroom railroad apartment in Brooklyn, Marilyn Hausfeld loved to sing. She landed a spot on a weekly television show and a Nathan's Hot Dogs commercial, but she didn't truly take to the stage until after she'd seen her three kids off to school. She has appeared in many D.C.-area theaters in roles including Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Stella Adler in Stella, Kate in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Esther in Richard Rashke's Dear Esther.
Now Marilyn tells her own story in an intimate one-woman cabaret show featuring 15 songs plus reflections on parenthood, marriage, and being a grandparent. Washington Women in Theatre chose Just Between Us as the only cabaret at the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
In a (mostly) true and hilarious reimagining of their platonic…errr...romantic journey (with inspiration from their favorite film), Look at It My Way gives Broadway's Kelli Barrett and Jarrod Spector the chance to recount the story of how they ended up together — from each of their often wildly divergent perspectives. Fresh off the heels of their award-winning concert debut, the Broadway couple uses the best of pop (Prince, Peter Gabriel), rock (REO Speedwagon, the Beatles), soul (Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles), and even a little musical theater to discover what happens when you see through the eyes of someone who likes you a whole lot more than you like yourself.
Acclaimed writer-performers and real-life married couple Joe Iconis and Lauren Marcus take on Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in this new show featuring songs made famous by and inspired by the coolest couple in outlaw country. Over the course of three intimate evenings, this husband-and-wife duo tackle romantic collaborations, artistic relationships, volatile partnerships, Autoharps, and Jackson. Featuring original songs in addition to a host of reimagined Cash-Carter classics, this show is a fiery love letter from one pair of mavericks to another.
Drag queens serve up dinner, outrageousness, and a show at Lucky Cheng's Restaurant. The show features comedy, karaoke, and — embrace yourself — interactive cabaret. The cross-dressed staff are anything but a drag; they enhance the fun as your bartenders, waitresses, and performers. After 19 years in downtown Manhattan, this dinner show transferred in 2012 to the Times Square area, where the shenanigans continue today.
A Mexican Affair celebrates the relationship between Mexico and the United States, including the beautiful cultural influences flowing between both countries. The evening is one of delicious music, candid stories, and spicy romance, featuring popular jazz tunes written by Mexican and American composers. The fusion of rhythms and musical influences invites audiences to take an adventure filled with passion, heartbreak, and a little dirty mambo! A Mexican Affair features songs by Frederick Loewe and Alan J. Lerner, Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr, Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne, Agustín Lara, Maria Grever, Pablo Beltran, Consuelo Velazquez, and others.
This season, Obie Award winner Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go) returns with a new adventure in bittersweet and hilariously off-kilter storytelling. With music by Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy, and Ian Riggs performed by a quartet, The Outer Space follows a married couple as they leave the noise, pollution, and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the journey? Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs this out-of-this-world musical about the sacrifices we make for sustainable living and love.
Porter Carroll, Jr of Hall & Oates and Atlantic star, along with The Tambourine Band featuring Wali Ali, Eric Perez, Danny Obadia & Kevin Hill begin their much anticipated Residency at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. It's the ultimate baby boomers musical buffet; the Contemporary American songbook tantalizingly reworked into something fresh, imaginative and ultramodern, while constantly reflecting the roots of these sophisticated and powerful players. The entire show runs the gamut from R& B and improvisational Jazz to soul,funk,blues, rock & roll and more. It is a bold and daring nightclub act for the modern world.
The Russian Samovar is delighted to announce The Russian Cabaret Night, featuring the baritone and entertainer David Serero. The evening is a dinner theatre basis including a 3-course meal and a unique David Serero performance of Russian classics and entertainment including singing, audience participation; stand up comedy, improvisation in the warm ambiance and unique decor of the Russian Samovar.
Broadway vets and good friends Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, and Seth Rudetsky team up for an all-comedy evening of music and Broadway stories. The show features Seth Rudetsky doing his classic Broadway deconstructions, Kevin Chamberlin re-creating Seussical's Horton the Elephant, Kerry Butler being Hairspray's Penny Singleton once more, and Roger Bart showing audience members why he won a Tony Award for playing Snoopy! But wait, there's more...tunes from Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, A Day in Hollywood, and of course, the musical they recently all did together on Broadway: Disaster! Come for the laughter and Broadway hit songs; stay for the classic story about Kevin's kidney stone during Seussical.
Storm Large has been making a name for herself. Whether performing with her band Le Bonheur, touring with Pink Martini, or taking the stage at Carnegie Hall, she has a history of mesmerizing audiences. Songs at her Stormy Love performance include selections from Tom Waits and Randy Newman. They also include the following:
"Under My Skin" (Cole Porter)
"The Lady Is a Tramp" (Rodgers & Hart)
"Ne Me Quitte Pas" (Jacques Brel)
"Angels in Gas Stations" (Storm Large herself)
One of contemporary music's most iconic singer/songwriters, Suzanne Vega, makes her Café Carlyle debut. Ms. Vega recently released a new album paying homage to renowned Southern novelist Carson McCullers. On the release, Vega inhabits McCullers' extraordinary character and renders the life of a woman who, revolted by the politics and racism of her upbringing in the American South, arrived in New York in her early twenties and became one of the literary lights of the 20th century. The songs, which she co-wrote with longtime friend and theatrical collaborator Duncan Sheik, richly capture the essence of McCuller's insightful words and forward-thinking philosophies on gender and love. At Café Carlyle, she'll perform selections from this release as well as favorites from her expansive discography.
Teresa Fischer hosts a retrospective performance featuring some audience favorites, special requests, some new gems, and a special appearance or two.
You might expect that the daughter of an African-American minister father and a lawyer mother would become an activist working at the United Nations. But D'Vorah Bailey had other ideas — show business was her calling! Arriving in New York City with a suitcase full of hope and big Broadway dreams, she soon realizes that dreams have a way of evolving. From the wishful thinking of a young girl to the self-acceptance of the woman she becomes, join D'Vorah as she reflects on life in — and out — of show business, with some of her favorite songs from Broadway and beyond. From Hoagy Carmichael to Alan Menken, Rodgers and Hammerstein to Ahrens and Flaherty, D'Vorah will delight with her lilting soprano and infectious charm.
Woody Allen continues his long standing engagement to perform Monday nights with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band.