The Metropolitan Room, the now-closed Manhattan jazz cabaret that hosted many Broadway stars in its 11 years of existence, has canceled plans to renovate and move into a new larger West 29th Street New York City location. The proposed move was announced last summer.
Spokesperson Beck Lee said the owners gave no reason for the cancellation, but told Playbill, “The Metropolitan Room owners withdrew from that project and are looking at other spaces, but nothing is in the works at the moment. In the meantime [Managing Partner] Bernie Furshpan is lending his expertise at The Triad, where he is serving as the club's booking manager and customer relations adviser, and where a number of Metropolitan Room artists are being booked.”
The Metropolitan Room closed its doors at its longtime 110-seat 34 West 22nd Street home September 30, 2017, saying it planned to move into the bigger new midtown New York location in 2018. The club has moved producing operations to a temporary space at the Triad on West 72nd Street. The cabaret opened in 2006 on the site of the former Gotham Comedy Club.
Lee said, “We ask that the cabaret, jazz, and theatre communities that nurtured the club for 11 years and made it such a special place will keep a candle burning for us, because we do hope to bring back the Metropolitan Room for another act and many more years of great entertainment.” The potential move aimed to increase seating capacity and to relocate to a neighborhood with greater walk-up traffic.
Known as a launchpad for emerging talents in jazz and cabaret, as well as a showplace for established artists in the theatre, film, and television, the Metropolitan Room hosted appearances by Ed Asner, Liz Callaway, Vivian Reed, Linda Lavin, Baby Jane Dexter, Euan Morton, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Nightclub legend Marilyn Maye chose the Metropolitan Room as the venue to relaunch her singing career after a 15-year hiatus.