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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel returns to Café Carlyle for her fifth engagement, Reviewing a previous engagement at the Café, The New York Times called Joel, daughter of music legend Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, "a singer following her own heart," adding, "Her original work… is firmly grounded in a pop tradition in which streams converge, from gospel to Tin Pan Alley. The songs are bluntly melodic, lyrically direct and catchy." Since she was 15, Joel has been writing complete songs and complementing those songs with piano accompaniment, and writing poetry. At Café Carlyle, Alexa Ray Joel will perform original material in addition to giving her signature style to a set of popular songs.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
A is For is back with an all new, one night only karaoke show. A night of dinner and music with the chance to bid on your favorite stars singing the karaoke hit of your choice. All proceeds benefit A is For in its mission to promote reproductive rights and end the stigma against abortion care.
Hosted by SNL's Cecily Strong, performers include Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Award winner Lena Hall, Emmy Award winner Martha Plimpton, Tony nominee Orfeh, Emmy nominee Titus Burgess, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and many more. Musical direction by Dan Lipton.
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 26th edition!
This always sold-out annual event combines the eye-popping burlesque with the glamour and razzle-dazzle of Broadway. More than 200 of the hottest male and fema dancers in New York City take to the stage for two sensational shows.
In an evening featuring Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers, Bare, Found), Laura Dreyfuss (Glee, Once), and Alex Finke (Les Miserables), performers from Broadway and Off-Broadway will come together to sing music spanning the pop, rock and folk genres. Proceeds from the evening will go to Syrian refugees receiving aid from UNICEF, which is currently mobilizing the largest humanitarian operation in history.
Since the Syrian conflict began four years ago, over 12 million people, more than the entire population of New York City, have been displaced both inside the country and beyond its borders. Because bombs are still being dropped and fighting is raging with no end in sight, too many are unable to return to their homes and every day lives.
This concert is an effort to raise funds and awareness for a situation that is growing more desperate each day, and aims to serve as a reminder that the Broadway community has a special ability to bring people together to positively impact the world.
The Princesses are throwing a ball, and you're invited! After four previously sold out shows, Broadway's Cinderella, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and music director Benjamin Rauhala return to host The Broadway Princess Party. The all-star cast will sing the most beloved 'Princess' songs of stage and screen in a magical evening that is not to be missed! Where else might a little mermaid duet with a beautiful bookworm? Or might an ice queen drink tea with a princess who keeps only dwarves for company? Might the princess with a lost glass slipper confide in a princess who lives in a tower, with the longest of hair? There is only one way to find out – Get your ballgown out of the closet, dust off that tiara and make your way to a Broadway Princess Party you will never forget!
Tribute to Nat "King" Cole
She is the history of New York. As Assistant to the Mayor she created street fairs, starting with the 9th Avenue Food Festival. Organizing many major events in the city, including the arrival of the tall ships in New York harbor for the Bicentennial. She is so New York that she married the chief of police of Manhattan South, traveled the world several times over and then began sheep farming.
She started as a singer, working in clubs all over the United States and Europe and now "she's back were she belongs," resuming the career she never wanted to leave: the nightclub stage! Experience the unique combination of the great American song book and a great American life in her stunning and inspiring new show, with Musical Director Ian Herman.
An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and has received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry's Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), The Visit and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful.
This Spring's Down Town Glee Club concert, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, celebrates "love," that most powerful of emotions, which has launched ships and destroyed empires, inspired great works of art and literature, moved mountains and driven people crazy.
Our repertoire will feature such standards as "I Get a Kick out of You" and "How High the Moon," and contemporary selections like "God Only Knows," "Fire and Rain," "The Things We Do for Love," and of course "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."
Here's a rare opportunity to see one of the theater's most innovative composers do what he's actually best at— thrilling a live audience. The New York Times has called his live performance "A thrill-ride at a volcano's edge". Together with a band of the most exciting musicians in NYC, David Yazbek will perform songs from his albums and shows— old, new and upcoming. Expect a cool Special Guest or two as well. Don't miss this chance to see the composer/lyricist of The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Boardwalk Empire and the haunting Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego Theme strut his piano-banging stuff.
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.
A part of the Fresh Fruit Theater Festival hosted by The Wild Project, Xandra ibarra aka La Chica Boom is pleased to share an original work titled F*ck My Life (FML). FML tells the riveting backstory and failure of Xandra Ibarra's burlesque persona La Chica Boom. Using evocative sound montage, critical political imagery, and fast paced physical theatrics, FML chronicles Ibarra's early ambition to use burlesque "spictacles" to undermine her audience's Mexiphobic gaze. With astute direction from Evan Johnson, Ibarra reveals not only her tasseled pasties, as is traditional in burlesque, but also her incompatible relationship with her interracial audience and the emotional toll that her perverse-cum-filled-minstrel-spectacles have had over the past ten years of her burlesque life. By juxtaposing her story with the rumored death of Hollywood's "Mexican Spitfire" Lupe Velez, who purportedly died with her head in the toilet, La Chica Boom foreshadows the destiny of her burlesque persona. While Ibarra doesn't resolve the show with death as Lupe did, she proposes to live the afterlife of La Chica Boom as a cockroach: reviled and untamable.
Trumpet icon Herb Alpert and Grammy Award-winning vocalist/producer Lani Hall return to Café Carlyle. Lani Hall started her career as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes' breakthrough group, Brasil 66. Herb Alpert's legendary career includes five decades of unprecedented breakthroughs as a musician, painter, sculptor, and record executive and philanthropist. In the past two years alone, he won his ninth GRAMMY® for 2013's Steppin' Out and received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Come Fly With Me, the latest album on his own label, Herb Alpert Presents, is some of the best work of Herb Alpert's career, rivaling his classic Tijuana Brass output. In the past year, Alpert composed seven original songs for the album, drawn from a diversity of musical influences, with inventive arrangements and lush orchestrations. His stirring new material is wonderfully complimented by fresh interpretations of some of the most indelible melodies of the 20th century.
Jay Armstrong Johnson has wowed Broadway audiences in On The Town (Chip), Hands on a Hardbody (Greg), Hair (Claude), and Catch Me If You Can. The New York Times called his performance as Anthony Hope in the New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd "affecting and ardent," and his performance as Herman in Encores' Most Happy Fella "a standout."
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.
Female Celebrity Impersonator Joe Posa and Fashion Police Executive Producer and Head Comedy Writer, Tony Tripoli team up to bring Joan's comedy back to the stage in this 90 multimedia stage performance.
Musical theater writer and rabble rouser Joe Iconis brings his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree back to Feinstein's/54 Below. Join Joe and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of Joe's incendiary songs. Expect classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress. Spill a drink, make a friend, and spend an evening with a tribe of artists determined to bring along their traditional musical theater Family Values as they blaze into the future.
In 2007, after triumphant successes on Broadway, Carnegie Hall and the International Concert Circuit, cabaret legends Kiki and Herb decided to take a break from the grind of live performance and touring in order to explore more mainstream opportunities in film, television, and journalism which ultimately culminated in a brief stint as Middle East correspondents for Al Jazeera. Having recently been released from undisclosed locations in Syria and Thailand respectively, Kiki and Herb are anxiously awaiting their return to Joe's Pub with a brand new show Kiki and Herb: Seeking Asylum!
In a personal, revealing evening of song and stories, Broadway leading lady Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof) shares her journey of coming to New York City and making it her home. You'll hear some of her most favorite songs, ranging from musical theatre classics like "Don't Rain on My Parade", to current pop hits by artists such as Sara Bareilles. There will even be tunes from her favorite shows written by Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim, and Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy… who wrote her current Broadway venture, Finding Neverland. Laura Michelle Kelly invites you to experience her heart and a taste of what makes her feel at home. Be ready for some fun surprises and a big hearted welcome!
Tony winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall returns to Café Carlyle. Lena Hall just completed touring the US and Canada with Josh Groban on the Stages tour and ended her critically acclaimed run starring as Yitzhak in the hit Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for which she won the 2014 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical.
Dubbed the "Belle of the Blues" for her crystal pure voice and charming stage presence, she the playfulness and daring of a little girl riding a bicycle with no hands, as Lisa strides into various musical territories with wild abandonment.
As a storyteller, singer, songwriter, and actress, Lisa guides the audience on a musical journey from Blues to Jazz, performing some of her original music, as well as the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Nina Simone, and Etta James. Lisa wraps the music of all of these influential women into one intoxicating performance.
Joined by Jeff Levine on piano who was commissioned to arrange a medley of Ray Charles music for the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Awards Show honoring Ray.
Join this "psycho-delicate" girl as she explores her "soul love" for David Bowie, arguably one of the most important contemporary artists of the past 50 years. Ms. Cion's personal stories and the deep cuts of some of her favorite David Bowie songs are the fuel this artist uses to rocket us through her inner space—coming of age as an outsider; navigating the celestial realms of love, midlife crisis and loss; and ultimately finding acceptance and hope in the embrace of David Bowie's artistry.
Fresh off her Broadway run in the critical hit Noises Off, acclaimed star of stage and screen Megan Hilty makes her return to Café Carlyle. Of her previous engagement at the Café, Stephen Holden of The New York Times exclaimed, "Ms. Hilty projected the attitude of a frisky, fun-loving gal… she reveled in the pleasure of as big and loud a sound as she could muster." Megan Hilty will release a new live album, containing songs from her previous Café Carlyle performances, this May.
Mother, Mommy, Mom, Mama, Ma...a musical journey about the rollercoaster of motherhood.
Nads is a laugh-out-loud ladies' night of fun that any fan of "guy candy" won't want to miss. Mix a little "Whose Line is it Anyway?" with a little "Magic Mike," then stir in some drink specials with a table full of your besties, and you have the recipe for a perfect girls' night out!
The men of Nads are all accomplished stars of the stage and screen, and by far the hottest men in comedy. The Runway Package will get audience members up-close and personal with the Nads as they make it all up on the spot and interact directly with the crowd.
Nads is hosted by the devilishly wicked Nicholas Sotack and his puppet Kenny, a self described ladies man who has the unfortunate disadvantage of being connected to a gay man arm!
Funked Up Fairy Tales by Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Miracle Brothers) is a collection of delightfully twisted urban fairy tales for sophisticated children and grown-up kids. The show welcomes you to the world of Titania, Faireetheeya, and Magikwanda: teenage fairies with attitude. They wag their heads and suck their teeth as they turn things upside down to pass their Fairyland Academy exam. Will they pull through with flying colors and earn their Happy Ending rowns?
Join Becca and a few of her friends as she leads you through the brief forty years of her life in song and stories. With music from the American Songbook, Indigo Girls, modern musical theatre, and more, Becca shares her loves, sorrows, joys, and hopes for one night only!
Our Hills Are Alive! a burlesque rendition of the beloved show, The Sound of Music. All the charm and sentimentality of the original with added thrill of seeing your favorite characters strip, twirl and twerk! Starring The Pink Chardonnays + Apathy Angel, Candy Applebottom, The Shape Shack and more!
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.
Robyn Spangler has been wowing audiences since childhood. She has appeared on some of the most prestigious stages in the world and continues to guest alongside a long list of celebrities. "Second Wind" is her self-penned single which spent two weeks at #1 on ReverbNation and is available on ITunes, Amazon and CD Baby and all online stores along with her many other recordings.
Take a wild ride with Mark Nadler through the most scandalous decade of the 20th Century! Accompanied by flappers on trumpet and clarinet, Nadler will take us on a journey into the era of excess, scandal, and underground nightclubs with colorful stories and songs that bring to life the smoldering torch singers, underground drag queens, Hollywood sex addicts, and one of the great murder trials of all time. Join us for this high-energy cabaret party featuring the music of Gershwin, Porter, Weill, and Berlin…and even learn how to make a perfect, extra-dry gin martini!
This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart, a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, celebrates one of the most prolific and legendary songwriting duos of all time. Travis Moser takes the audience on a journey through the Rodgers and Hart songbook, while offering backstage and personal stories about the songs and the shows from which they came. "This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart" features new gender bending arrangements and mash-ups of some of Rodgers and Hart's most beloved songs by musical director Steven Silverstein. Selections include "This Can't Be Love," Nobody's Heart (Belongs to Me)," "Manhattan," "My Funny Valentine" and many more!
A uniquely talented and gifted jazz pianist, jazz critic and writer George Simon called John Bunch, "The Fred Astaire of the piano". This performance celebrates the life and career of John Bunch from his days growing up in the small farming community of Tipton Indiana, his heroic service during World War II to his days of accompanying a who's who list of artists including Tony Bennett and Benny Goodman.
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan's last two cabaret outings were critically acclaimed shows that celebrated the work of the Beatles and of 1970's female singer-songwriters. She continues this tradition with her brand new show Unwritten, Celebrating 21st Century Female Singer-Songwriters.
In a homage to the ladies, cabaret singer, Gerry Mastrolia is a man who sings songs… sung by women. The show is chocked full of impersonations, stories and songs from Broadway, standards and cabaret favorites saluting tough divas who didn't take smack from anyone! Ladies like, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, Carol Burnett, Tallulah Bankhead and more.
Center On The Aisle (#COTA) presents We Love Her, a celebration of one of Broadway's foremost — and its funniest — leading ladies, Tony winner Laura Benanti (currently starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of She Loves Me). Conceived and hosted by #COTA's editor-in-chief, and frequent guest on NBC Weekend Today in New York, Steve Schonberg, the night will feature a cast of Benanti's friends and fellow stars who will celebrate this incredible talent with songs and stories from her career (Into the Woods, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer, ABC's Nashville, and more) — and of course, her most "favorited" Tweets.
The wizardry of Stephen Schwartz is in its fifth decade and has given us some of the best loved shows of all time: Godspell, Pippin, and the mega-smash hit, Wicked.
Throughout her career, Kelli Rabke has had the opportunity to work with Stephen on several occasions, including the Paper Mill Playhouse production/American Premiere recording of Children of Eden where she played "Yonah."
Now, she pays tribute to her favorite musical theatre composer who never ceases to amaze and inspire in The Wizard…and I: The Music of Stephen Schwartz. Join Kelli as she honors some of Schwartz's most lasting works – songs that speak to that part in all of us searching for our "Corner of the Sky."