Off the Boards: Cabaret Around the City

Special Features   Off the Boards: Cabaret Around the City
Where to see—and hear—your favorite stars away from Broadway.
Carmen Cusack Monica Simoes

The 2015-2016 season introduced audiences to the formidable talent of Tony nominee Carmen Cusack and the laugh-a-minute comedy of Disaster! The Musical. Both are back on the cabaret scene this month, plus performances by talents such as Linda Eder, EGOT winner Bobby Lopez and more. For a more intimate evening of performance from stage notables, check out these small concert venues.

Carmen Cusack
March 8, 14, 15, 16 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Cusack—the newly minted star of last spring’s Bright Star—followed that new musical’s demise with a crowd-pleasing summer visit to 54 Below. Now she returns for another four nights.

Linda Eder
March 9–11 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Recording star Linda Eder, forever remembered for the original Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde, returns for another stint at the cabaret beneath Studio 54.

We Never Do This: An Evening with Kristen & Bobby Lopez
March 11 at American Songbook, Appel Room
The songwriting team responsible for Frozen make a rare stage appearance with an evening of songs. Bobby Lopez is also co-author of the long-running The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q; Kristen Anderson-Lopez made her Broadway debut in December as co-author of the new musical In Transit.

Paul Jabara’s Rachael Lily Rosenbloom…and Don’t You Ever Forget It!
March 13 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Fans of fabled flops have a rare opportunity to revisit Rachael Lily Rosenbloom, which closed during previews at the Broadhurst back in 1973. The campy disco spoof was a thorough mess, yes; but it lives on, apparently, and is likely to prove fascinating for some.

Suzanne Vega
March 14–25 at Café Carlyle
Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega pays homage to Southern writer Carson McCullers (A Member of the Wedding) with songs from her recent album Lover, Beloved, which in turn was based on her 2011 musical Carson McCullers Talks About Love (with music by Duncan Sheik).

Lyrics & Lyricists—Baby, Dream Your Dream: Dorothy Fields and the Women of the American Songbook
March 18–20 at the 92nd Street Y
Host Deborah Grace Winer (Lyrics & Lyricists’ artistic director) and music director John Oddo present songs from pioneering lyricist Dorothy Fields along with works by lyricists and composers Betty Comden, Carolyn Leigh, and Mary Rodgers. The stellar cast will include Marilyn Maye, Kenita Miller, and Emily Skinner.

The New Yorkers: A Sociological Musical Satire
March 22–26 at City Center
Encores! continues their season with a rare viewing of Cole Porter’s madcap 1930 musical, set in the Prohibition era and featuring the hits “Love for Sale” and “I Happen to Like New York.”

It’s a Disaster! Seth Rudetsky, Kevin Chamberlin, Roger Bart, and Kerry Butler
March 27 & 30 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Four of the stars of last season’s Disaster!—and longtime friends—join for an evening of songs and sketches which will touch on highlights of their respective careers.

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