Such was my evening last night at Paulo Szot's cabaret show, and the opening of the Café Carlyle's fall season. The dimly lit room was abuzz with chatter — and the clank of dinner plates — from the crowd of celebrities, including Barbara Walters, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Barbara Cook, Phyllis Newman and the like.
The host showed me to my table sandwiched between Tommy Tune and Joan Rivers (who was wearing an amazing feather-sleeved jacket — she later told me William Ivey Long designed it for her). I introduced my guest (aka my mom) to Joan, who offered, "You must be proud of your daughter. Well, not so much 'proud' as 'lucky.' You'd be proud if she was a lawyer. You're lucky because you get freebies."
With my mother left pondering my life choices, Paulo took to the stage for what was his first cabaret show ever. He didn't disappoint. The set was filled with Broadway songs and standards — including "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "If I Loved You" and "Make Someone Happy" — arranged with a distinctive Latin flair courtesy of musical director/pianist Bob Albanese (who also plays a mean melodeon — a mouth-operated mini organ).
Click here to see photos from last night's show!
The Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel, 35 E. 76th Street at Madison Avenue. For reservations call (212) 744-1600; for additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.