The Cabaret announces lineup through June '14 

Megan Hilty in Smash.
  • Megan Hilty in Smash.
The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, which somehow managed to score the domain name thecabaret.org when it emerged from the ashes of American Cabaret Theatre, announced today another six month's worth of intimate, not-all-that expensive shows by top names in musical theater and jazz.

This season also marks the fifth anniversary for The Cabaret, which has found a home at the Columbia Club after briefly stopping by The Connoisseur Room in its quest to find an appropriate venue for New York-style dinner and drinks cabaret (as opposed to ACT's musical theater-centric programming).

Megan Hilty, whom you may know from the dubious NBC show Smash or Broadway musicals Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical, opens 2014 on Jan. 18.

Londoner Meow Meow, "part cabaret and part Phyllis Diller with a bit of Piaf thrown in," says The New Yorker, will make good on her cancelled 2013 appearance April 11 and 12.

Three other Broadway stars are on the bill: Stephanie J. Block (like Hilty, of Wicked and 9 to 5 fame), Tony winner Laura Benanti and Chester Gregory, in a tribute to Jackie Wilson.

The Cabaret already did quite a bit of jazz programming, but this year they're making it more official with a "Jazz at the Cabaret" series, featuring gypsy jazz singer Cyrille Aimee, many-time Grammy winner Karrin Allyson and the Hugh Hefner-endorsed James Torme (son of Mel).

Details from the press release follow:

AN EVENING WITH MEGAN HILTY
Presented by The Lacy Foundation
January 18, 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Hilty! Megan will wow with an evening of Broadway showstoppers, along with selections from her brand
new album It Happens all the Time. On stage, Hilty starred in Broadway's Wicked and 9 To 5: The Musical, as well as City Center Encores! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Audiences also know her as Marilyn Monroe/Ivy Lynn on NBC's SMASH, which earned her a Grammy nomination for "Let Me Be Your Star." Hilty can currently be seen alongside Sean Hayes in NBC's Sean Saves the World.
Price: $65, $75, $86, $95

CHESTER GREGORY: THE EVE OF JACKIE, A TRIBUTE TO JACKIE WILSON
February 14 & 15, 8:00 PM
The Cabaret celebrates Black History Month with Broadway star Chester Gregory in his award-winning show The Eve of Jackie. Gregory reveals the sometimes tragic side of the man who recorded over 50 hit singles from 1957-1975 from "Lonely Teardrops" to "(Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me) Higher and Higher" and inspired generations of entertainers from Elvis Presley to Al Green to Michael Jackson. Gregory's Broadway credits include Sister Act, Hairspray, and Dreamgirls, to name a few. Other credits include The Jackie Wilson Story, Hairspray the Movie and performing for Michael Jackson.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55

STEPHANIE J. BLOCK: THIS PLACE I KNOW
March 7 & 8, 8:00 PM
Tony nominated, Stephanie J. Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She stared on Broadway in Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, 9 To 5: The Musical, The Pirate Queen and The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman).
Most recently, Stephanie stared in the Off-Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine based off of the Oscar-nominated film. Stephanie is sure to "wow" with songs from her vast Broadway career as well as from her solo album, This Place I Know.
Price: $35, $45, $55, $65

TIERNEY SUTTON: AFTER BLUE, THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT, FEATURING MARK SUMMER AND SERGE MERLAUD
March 19, 8:00 PM
In her most daring and revealing project to date, five-time Grammy nominee, Tierney Sutton, pays homage to the revered pop singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Sutton puts her unique stamp on Joni Mitchell tunes going back to "Both Sides Now" and "Big Yellow Taxi" to more recent numbers like "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," "Be Cool," and "Don't Go to Strangers."
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55

MEOW MEOW: FELINE INTIMATE
Presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll
April 11 & 12, 8:00 PM
The bustier-clad, vampy, sexy and slightly deranged chanteuse "drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century" (Time Out NY). Her purr-fectly unique, post-post-modern brand of kamikaze cabaret has hypnotized, inspired and terrified audiences worldwide. Expect nothing less than sequins and satire; witty wicked Weimar; 60's French pop; Brel, Brecht and Kitt; mayhem and magnificence.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55

CYRILL AIMÉE
April 23, 8:00 PM
Internationally renowned, Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Born in Fontainebleau, France, Aimée's introduction to jazz was the result of the fortuitous location of her upbringing in Samois-sur-Seine, where the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt once lived. At the young age of 27, Aimée has already released five CDs internationally, was winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition and a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55

KARRIN ALLYSON: ROUND MIDNIGHT
Presented by Morris Machine Co., Inc. & Chris Morris
May 2 & 3, 8:00 PM
After a dozen releases on Concord Jazz over the course of two decades, and three Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album along the way, the versatile vocalist/pianist still believes that the emotional connection that takes place in a small, quiet club during the late hours is one of the best parts of the jazz experience. Explore the warmth and depth of an artist who engages with a range of music from Gershwin and Porter to Duke and Thelonious. The evening will feature songs from Karrin's vast career as well as from her newest release, Round Midnight.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55

JAMES TORMÉ: LOVE FOR SALE
Presented by Morris Machine Co., Inc. & Chris Morris
May 16, 8:00PM
The Cabaret celebrates Jazz History month with the son of the legendary entertainer Mel Tormé. James Tormé brings classic jazz to a new generation, infusing older classics with contemporary influences, and haunting newer songs with his timeless throwback renditions. Having grown up hanging out with jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, and more, it is no surprise that his debut jazz album Love For Sale reached #2 on iTunes Jazz and #3 on Amazon Jazz. Come find out why Jazz FM says, "If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket."
Tormé brings classic jazz to a new generation, infusing older classics with contemporary influences, and
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55

LAURA BENANTI: IN CONSTANT SEARCH OF THE RIGHT KIND OF ATTENTION
June 6 & 7, 8:00 PM
Celebrating the release of her brand new CD, Live at 54 Below, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, bares all in an evening filled with amusing stories, mesmerizing melodies and a dab of self-deprecating humor. This kooky and sexy Broadway and TV star will feature an eclectic range of music from the Great American Songbook to popular songs of today.
Price: $35, $45, $55, $65

SUSAN WERNER
June 27, 8:00PM
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Susan Werner and her music defy category. She has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter who boldly endeavors to weave old with new to create altogether new genres of music. She has recorded sixteen albums with projects ranging from jazz to country, and even gospel. With her grace, wit, and pure genius in capturing the human experience in music, Werner delivers it all.
Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $55

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