Off the Boards: Where to See—and Hear—Your Favorite Stars Away From Broadway

Off the Boards: Where to See—and Hear—Your Favorite Stars Away From Broadway For a more intimate evening of performance from stage notables, check out these small concert venues.
Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole

If you can’t wait for War Paint to see two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole, you’re in luck. The musical theatre great hits the cabaret scene later this month. And she’s not the only one. Find your favorite voices at these New York City venues and enjoy a night out on the town.

Marilyn Maye
Marilyn By Request
January 5–14 at the Metropolitan Room
The grande dame of nightclub singers—who turns 89 in April—returns with music director Billy Stritch for an evening of songs requested by the audience. (Have your requests ready when you book a table, so Maye and Stritch can prepare the set list.)

Ute Lemper
Songs from the Broken Heart
January 7–11 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
The German-born chanteuse, a renowned interpreter of the works of Kurt Weill, returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a new show about life, wonder, love, doubt, and loss.

David Yazbek
January 9 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
The composer of The Full Monty, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and the new musical The Band’s Visit is a vibrant, high-octane performer of his songs. He will stop in at Feinstein’s/54 Below for one night, sharing the stage with special guest Anaïs Mitchell, the singer-songwriter who composed last season’s Off-Broadway musical Hadestown.

Christine Ebersole
After the Ball…
January 19–21 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Two-time Tony winner Ebersole, who will be back on Broadway this spring with War Paint, returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with her latest act featuring classics like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Lazy Afternoon.”

Get Happy: Harold Arlen’s Early Years
Jan. 21–23 at the 92nd Street Y
Robert Kimball, Vince Giordano, and Klea Blackhurst have assembled this salute to Arlen’s early output, including all those hits from his years at the Cotton Club in Harlem (including “Stormy Weather” and “I’ve Got the World on a String”). Gary Griffin, of Honeymoon in Vegas, directs.

Nellie McKay
A Girl Named Bill—The Life and Times of Billy Tipton
January 26–28 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Singer-songwriter McKay returns with A Girl Named Bill, which was one of the most memorable cabaret acts of 2014. The story of bandleader Billy Tipton, who was discovered after death to have been a woman, is even more provocative and relevant today; and McKay—whom you might have seen in The Threepenny Opera or Old Hats—is a most entertaining performer.

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