Linda Lavin, the Tony-winning star of Broadway Bound, will offer "Songs and Confessions of a Former Waitress" Sept. 3 and 4 at 7 PM. Lavin, perhaps best known for her award-winning stint on TV's "Alice," will be backed by Billy Stritch on piano, Steve Doyle on bass and John Brown on drums. Lavin, according to press notes, will recall "her roots in the theatre (originating Sondheim's 'The Boy From...' in The Mad Show) and her early cabaret trials and tribulations in some less-than-glamorous boites." Cabaretgoers can expect to hear tunes by the Gershwins, Maltby & Shire, Dave Frishberg and Trisha Yearwood. There is a $35 cover charge.
MAC Award-winning lyricist Amanda Green, represented on Broadway last season with the new musical High Fidelity, will play Birdland Sept. 16 at 7 PM. She will be joined by several guest stars as well as musical director Tom Kitt. There is a $25 cover charge.
Legally Blonde star Kate Shindle and Wild Party composer Michael John LaChiusa will team up for a Sept. 17 performance at the intimate cabaret. The duo will perform Broadway standards as well as several of LaChiusa's tunes. Show time is 7 PM; cover charge is $30.
Donna Lynne Champlin, most recently on Broadway in the actor-musician revival of Sweeney Todd, will reprise her "Finishing the Hat" cabaret act Sept. 30 at 7 PM. The evening of stories and songs will feature Joseph Thalken on piano. There is a $30 cover charge.
Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For reservations call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.birdlandjazz.com.