10 Shows to See This Month! From Joe's Pub to 54 Below and Beyond

News   10 Shows to See This Month! From Joe's Pub to 54 Below and Beyond Playbill.com gives you a round-up of cabaret shows and music events to see this month in New York City.

Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole

The Skivvies featuring Laura Benanti and Lena Hall at 42West

The ever-entertaining comedy-pop duo of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley are known for their acoustic performances of songs, wearing nothing but their underwear. This month they make their 42West debut with a show that features a host of Broadway talent including Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch,), Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera) among others. One night only Jan. 12. (42West is located at 514 West 42 St., btw 10th and 11th Aves, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.) 

Make Some Noise with Gavin Creel at Joe's Pub

Broadway darlings Celia Keenan-Bolger and Caissie Levy will welcome back Gavin Creel to the US after his award-winning run in The Book of Mormom on the West End. In this one-night-only Jan. 26 benefit for the Performing Arts Project, Keenan-Bolger and Levy will join other stars of the stage in performing songs Creel has either written or recorded. (Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St, Astor Place, New York. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.)

Sam Harris in Ham at Ars Nova  Tony nominee Harris stars in his own musical memoir, a hilarious and poignant recounting of stories from Bible-Belt Oklahoma to show biz to fatherhood. Directed by Tony winner Billy Porter, the show is based on Harris' book, "HAM: Slices of a life," a collection of stories and essays. Performances run Jan. 8-24 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (Theater 511 is located at 511 West 54th St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

Rachelle Rak: Sas with One 'S' at 54 Below

Rachelle Rak has been performing in Broadway shows for over 20 years, with credits that include Cats, Fosse, Thou Shalt not, Oklahoma!, The Look of Love, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. She brings her world-premiere solo show to 54 Below and promises to spill all the beans on being ferociously 44 and sassy and working with some of the most talented people in show business. The concert will feature songs from Starlight Express, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Fosse. Now through Jan. 29. (54 Below is located at 254 W 54th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.)

Cheyenne Jackson in Eyes Wide Open at Cafe Carlyle

Broadway heartthrob Cheyenne Jackson will take an honest and entertaining look at his past journey of "love, loss, revelation and recovery." Over the past few years, Jackson has performed in numerous Broadway shows including Xanadu, The Performers and Finian's Rainbow, starred in the City Center Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella," and squeezed in film credits such as "Behind the Candelabra" and "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks." In his candid and intimate new show at the Carlyle, he promises to discuss it all. The evening will feature tunes by Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith. Performances run Jan. 13-24. (For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Cafe Carlyle is located at The Carlyle Hotel, 34 East 76th St., New York.) 

Nathan Lee Graham in Perfectly Porter at Metropolitan Room

Broadway performer (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and long-time cabaret favorite Nathan Lee Graham returns to the Metropolitan Room in his Great American Songbook Series. In Perfectly Porter he explores the music of legendary Cole Porter, "the effervescent, the bon vivant, the timeless." Check him out Jan. 27. (The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

Caleb Hawley/Barnaby Bright at Joe's Pub 

Local New York City performer Caleb Harley channels early Stevie Wonder and other classic Motown sounds with his soulful voice and charm. He is joined in concert with Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and brains behind Barnaby Bright. The talented duo average around 150 shows a year, playing notable venues like Lincoln Center and sharing stages with the likes of Norah Jones and the Lumineers. The combination of both acts will guarantee an entertaining and unforgettable evening at Joe's Pub. (Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St, Astor Place, New York. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.) 

Robyn Spangler Live at Metropolitan Room

Award Winner Robyn Spangler celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Nelson Riddle/Linda Ronstadt collaboration of the Great American Songbook with song selections from their three albums. Spangler will be joined by her musical director Todd Schroeder. Having performed cabaret shows across the country and internationally, it is sure to be a fabulous evening at the Metropolitan Room. Performances run Jan. 12-17. (The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

Christine Ebersole in Big Noise From Winnetka at 54 Below 

Two-time Tony Award winner and star of the stage and screen, Christine Ebersole returns to 54 Below with her solo show following a sold out two week run. Musical director Bette Sussman (Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler) leads Ebersole's four-piece band for a concert that features both classics and re-imagined Broadway hits, pop and jazz classics, and numerous entertaining personal anecdotes. Performances run Jan. 21-31. (54 Below is located at 254 W 54th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.) 

Rent Star Carla Bianco at the Bitter End

Recording artist and songwriter Carla Bianco is celebrating her new album, "All This Time" with a performance at the famed New York City club, The Bitter End - once host to legends like Bob Dylan. Bianco played the role of Maureen in the Tony Award winning musical Rent on Broadway and has a long, impressive musical career that includes working alongside artists like Gino Vanelli, Rusted Root, Seth Giler and Sting among others. The sound of her new album is described as piano-driven with pop melodies. Carla Bianco will perform one show on Jan. 14; tickets are available at the door. (The Bitter End is located at 147 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village, for more information, click here.)

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